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2016, Cilt 6, Sayı 1, Sayfa(lar) 001-012
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DOI: 10.5961/jhes.2016.138
The Development of Turkish Post-Secondary Vocational Colleges in the 2000's and the Current Challenges
Durmuş GÜNAY1, Mahmut ÖZER2
1Executive Board Member of Turkish Council of Higher Education, Ankara, Turkey
2Bülent Ecevit University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical-Electronic Engineering, Zonguldak, Turkey
Keywords: Higher education, Vocational education, Technical and vocational schools, Turkey

Higher education system in Turkey is witnessing a significant expansion in recent years. Both the number of higher education institutions and the number of higher education students as well as of academic staff have been dramatically increased. This expansion is also making itself visible in vocational education. Similar to other areas, expansion in vocational education - that is oriented toward the quality, based on the links on education-employment, and sustainable - is of great importance for both efficient use of resources as well as the increasing opportunities of taking advantage of graduates. In particular, there is a distinct importance of vocational training in improving the economic competitiveness of Turkey. Therefore, this study discusses the current situation of post-secondary vocational colleges (MYOs) in detail. It also focuses on the steps taken to improve the quality of education in vocational colleges in recent years. Next, it addresses the current challenges of the vocational colleges and provides some suggestions to overcome these challenges.

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