A Contribution from TABIP and ASAM to Refugees Live in Turkey on Accessing to Higher Education!

The first day of “Workshop on the Higher Education Accessibility of Refugees Living in Turkey” held with the cooperation between the Association of Solidarity with Refugees and Immigrants (ASAM) and Academic and Scientific Cooperation Project of Turkey (TABIP), which is carried out by Yunus Emre Institute under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, started with the opening speech of Dr. Mehmet Aykaç, the Chairman Advisor of Yunus Emre Institute.

Dr. Aykaç emphasized the importance of being proactive in creating solutions for the common problems of humanity as well as the importance of TABIP which is carried out by Yunus Emre Institute under the auspices of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

The workshop in which 70 people attended from the academic, scientific and social circles of Turkey continued with the speech of Ayşegül Yalçın Eriş, the General Coordinator Deputy of ASAM.

The workshop continued with Elite Dialogue Project Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Armağan Erdoğan’s presentation titled “Research Findings of ELITE DIALOGUE Project: Tendencies and Expectations of the Syrian Youth in Education” that addressed the aims and expectations of Syrian youth in their integration to the education system of our country; and with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) University academic member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Başak Yavcan’s presentation.

The presentation of the Yaşar University Academic Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayselin Yıldız titled “REFREC-TR Project Research Findings: Transparency of Qualification and the Comparisons of the Countries” revealed the capacities of the countries, the current number of refugees living in these countries and their qualifications with shocking truths.

Süheyla Alazamah from Gaziantep University and Ziad Othman who graduated from the Faculty of Law of Damascus University shared their experiences on the participation of the Syrian students in higher education in Turkey.

Likewise, Bahara Murardi, who graduated from the master’s degree in the Department of Business of Ege University, shared the experiences of Afghan students in participating the higher education in Turkey and accreditation procedures.

Yelik Öz Tok from the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) gave information about the works of YTB on refugees and immigrants.

The problems of the refugees living in Turkey were respectively discussed in the round table meetings where each group focused on a different problem and the first day of the workshop ended.

The second and last day of the “Workshop on the Higher Education Accessibility of Refugees Living in Turkey” started with the presentation titled “Social Adaptation Example: Storytelling in two languages” of the Syrian students, who joined the workshop from the Karabük University. With these stories told in two languages, it was emphasized that language differences should not disintegrate the meaning of the stories.

Solutions were offered by the representatives of each round table after the problems had been detected on the first day of the workshop and solution offers were created for the challenges that refugees living in Turkey face in accessing higher education.

In the closing speech, the speakers first thanked to Yunus Emre Institute, TABIP and ASAM for their contributions and declared that a consensus had been reached to submit the reports of the workshop to the authorities regarding the problems of the refugees living in our country in accessing the higher education and their integration to the social life; then emphasized that there should be more productive activities such as this one.

After the second day, “Workshop on the Higher Education Accessibility of Refugees Living in Turkey” which was held with the cooperation between TABIP and ASAM ended.