The flaw in the world-class university paradigm (January 2016)

Bekir S. Gur, University World News, Issue No: 396, January 15, 2016.

Many have criticised the pernicious effects of global university rankings. Nonetheless, the same rankings are perhaps the most powerful tool influencing national higher education policies around the world.

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How to abolish the Board of Higher Education (October 2014)

Bekir S. Gur, University World News, October 31, 2014.

Turkey has expanded higher education at a remarkable rate in the last decade. The ruling AK Party government decisively prioritised increasing access and established many new universities to meet demand for higher education in a country of 76 million people, where about half of the population is under 30 years of age.

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Turkey should establish Arabic-language university

Bekir S. Gür, Al Monitor, October 23, 2014. (Translated from Turkish daily Star, October 21, 2014.)

The war in Syria has been under way for four years, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives. The enormous death toll and the scale of savagery has naturally overshadowed the crises of daily life.

The war has deeply affected the academic community as well.

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