Academics to give lectures at earthquake-hit universities

To ensure the normalisation of education in the quake zone before the new school semester, academic staff from prestigious universities will give lectures in quake-hit provinces, Türkiye’s Higher Education Board (YÖK) member Professor Ömer Acikgöz announced, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

Preparing to launch the Mobile Teachers project and speaking to parliament’s Earthquake Research Commission, Acikgöz stated that professors from well-established universities such as Istanbul Technical University, Bogazici University and Middle East Technical University will be enabled to give lectures at universities in and around the disaster zone to contribute to education. Incentives such as wage support will be provided to these academic staff. Acikgöz also noted that 1,605 students and 1,148 university staff lost their lives in the 6 February earthquakes.

Emphasising that distance education will continue in only two provinces, Acikgöz stated that as of 3 April, students in these provinces have been able to attend face-to-face classes, yet attendance is not mandatory. Renovation works have started at quake-hit universities and the aim is to fully transition to face-to-face education in southern provinces of Kahramanmaras, Hatay and Adiyaman in September.
Full report on the Hurriyet Daily News site