Director Message

Dear students,

The basic dynamics of university education in every period are directly affected by the knowledge, understanding and technologies of the age. From the past to the present, university education has been given to students by the professors of the subject in areas called lecture halls or laboratories, using simple educational technologies, with books and boards. These traditional methods continue to be used on a large scale even today. When the traditional university is described, the first campuses, lecture theaters, research laboratories and libraries placed in certain parts of the campus and professors' chairs come to mind. In the past, students had to go to the knowledge base to access information. Because the lecturers and books with their specialist knowledge were available at the university. Using today's communication technologies, the student can access information whenever and wherever he wants and can communicate online with the person sharing that information. Since today's university libraries are largely virtualized, information can be accessed quickly at any time from any point.

In addition to physical structuring in the university of the future, virtual structuring based on network based communication has gained great importance. Nowadays, students will be able to follow the lessons without gathering in a certain place at a certain time, meet with their teacher and work together even though they are physically in different areas.

From this point of view, the important distinguishing feature of the university of the future is that distance education is an indispensable part of university life. Distance education is the learning activity of people in a different position in terms of place and time using communication and information technologies. Distance education technologies have eliminated the obligation of higher education to be campus-centered and class-based, making it possible to receive higher education in more flexible times and wherever desired. However, it should be clearly stated that in the future, books, lecture halls and research laboratories and face-to-face lectures and consultancy will continue as the unchanging basic tools of traditional education and training. However, the above developments will enrich and contribute to face-to-face education, to the extent that it will be appropriate in terms of human-society psychology.

Education in the university of the future will be an academic activity as valuable as research. University education will be oriented towards construction and synthesis, not a transferential understanding, project-based inquiry and research will become widespread, learning by doing or living in virtual environments will gain importance, education will be dynamic and interactive. In other words, subject-based learning will gain more importance than problem-based learning.

Without the ability to think about evaluating and interpreting information, simply storing information in the human mind will cease to be a university education to a large extent. In short, the basic qualifications to be taught and acquired in universities can be summarized as learning to learn, learning to think, learning to define and solve problems, learning to question and research, learning to communicate well, learning to be oneself, learning ways of knowing and living together.

Prof. Dr. Ali Sait ALBAYRAK
Vocational School Director