Mahmut Özer, Deputy Minister of National Education, told a newspaper about his post-epidemic plans for R&D centers established in vocational high schools. Özer said, “We will have approximately 20 R&D centers. Each center will focus on a different area. ”
Deputy Minister of National Education Özer's interview is as follows: "We are now moving to the R&D period in vocational education," Deputy Minister of National Education Özer said, adding that the Kovid-19 epidemic is the most important factor in vocational education. kazanStating that this will be one of their investments, he said, “We will add new ones to the R&D centers we have established in this process, taking into account the regional distribution. We will have approximately 20 R&D centers. Each center will focus on a different area. For example, one center will only focus on software, while another will focus on biomedical device technologies. Its main focus will be to produce, register and commercialize product development, patents, utility models, designs and brands. We will constantly increase the product variety. We will now carry out our teacher trainings in these regional R&D centers.” Stating that the vocational education curriculum will be rapidly updated for automation, software, artificial intelligence technologies and digital skills after the process, Özer emphasized that R&D centers will make a significant contribution to the update.
The Ministry of National Education (MoNE) started a big attack in the days of fighting the kovid-19 outbreak. A large number of products were produced from the disinfection materials needed before the school, from the mask, from the face protective trench to the disposable gowns and overalls. In this way, MEB made very important contributions to the prevention of the epidemic in the first days of the struggle. Then he continued the production of mask machine, air filtration device, video laryngoscope device from respirator. In this process, which shows the importance of strong vocational education, Deputy Minister of MoNE Mahmut Özer explained what kind of vocational education planning would be after the outbreak of kovid-19.
'We were negatively affected'
In the days of the fight against Kovid-19, vocational training gave a successful test. An incredible experience kazanWhat are your plans for the future of vocational education?
Vocational education has been making an important contribution by training the human resources with the professional skills required by the labor market for many years in our country. Vocational education had a depressed period especially after the coefficient application. In this period, vocational education has ceased to be the choice of academically successful students. In the following years, a second shock was experienced in the application of placement points to all high schools. What happened after the coefficient application started to repeat, vocational education again turned into a compulsory option for the relatively unsuccessful students. These processes negatively affected the morale of our managers and teachers in our vocational high schools. Vocational education has become known for problems, student absenteeism, and disciplinary offenses. As a result, the graduates' inability to meet the expectations of the labor market reinforced the negative perception towards vocational education. Therefore, there was a serious loss of self-confidence in vocational education.
Is self-confidence seriously restored in this process? kazanwas it done?
Definitely. The most important contribution of this process is to regain the self-confidence in the old prestigious days of vocational education. kazanit cost. He showed what he could do when his problems were solved, given the opportunity and motivated. In this process, it came to the fore not with the problems of vocational education, but with what it produced and its production capacity. As his achievements were featured more in national and international media organizations, his self-confidence increased even more. As the belief in what they can do, produce and what they produce is valuable, success has come with it.
'Every center will focus on one area'
Will the R&D centers be permanent in the days after the Kovid-19 outbreak?
We are now in the R&D period in vocational education. The most important contribution of the Kovid-19 epidemic to vocational training kazanThis will be one of them. In this process, we will add new ones to the R&D centers we have established, taking into account the regional distribution. These works are about to be completed. We will have approximately 20 R&D centers. Each center will focus on a different area. For example, one center will only focus on software, while another will focus on biomedical device technologies. The centers will be in constant communication with each other and will support each other. These centers will also be centers of excellence. Its main focus will be to produce, register and commercialize product development, patents, utility models, designs and brands. We will constantly increase the product variety. We will now carry out our teacher trainings in these regional R&D centers. These centers will also make an important contribution to the updating of the vocational education curriculum.
Their trust increased
Can we say that the investments made by MEB in vocational education for the last two years have yielded fruit?
Yeah. As a ministry, we really focused on vocational education. We have realized very important projects one after another. Most importantly, for the first time, we have carried out intense and comprehensive cooperation with strong representatives of the sectors in all fields of education. Therefore, the confidence of the sectors in vocational education has increased gradually. All these steps enabled a rapid, collective and dynamic response to be produced in this process.
How will you plan from now on?
We will continue to strengthen the education-production-employment cycle in vocational education. We will constantly update the training in a stronger cooperation with the labor market. We will make our vocational high schools the centers of production. We will continuously increase the production capacity of products and services, especially within the scope of revolving funds. For example, in 2019, we increased the income obtained from the production made within this scope by approximately 40 percent to 400 million TL. In 2021, our target is 1 billion TL production. The most important issue is to improve the employment capacity and employment conditions of graduates in the labor market. The collaborations we have established with the sectors with employment priority were our first steps towards this. These steps will continue to get stronger.
'All the products we focused on were produced'
You have established R&D centers in vocational high schools. What was the purpose?
The contribution of vocational training in the days of combating Kovid-19 was twofold. The first stage involved mass production and delivery of needed mask, disinfectant, face protection trench, disposable apron and overalls. This stage was very successful and productions in this context are still going on. The second phase focused on the design and manufacture of devices such as respirators and mask machines needed to combat the kovid-19. In order to be successful in the second stage, we established R&D centers within our vocational and technical Anatolian high schools in our provinces with strong infrastructure. We strengthened the infrastructure of our R&D centers for the design and production of these products. Very intensive studies were carried out in these centers we established in our cities such as Istanbul, Bursa, Tekirdağ, Ankara, İzmir, Konya, Mersin, Muğla and Hatay. In these centers, we were able to produce all the products we focused on. In this context, many products were designed and produced such as surgical mask machine, respirator, N95 standard mask machine, video laryngoscope device, intensive care bed, air filtration device, sampling unit.
Cooperation with ITU-ASELSAN
Considering the curriculum update, will you make new updates, considering that the labor market will turn out after the Kovid-19 outbreak?
Certainly. After this process, there will be a rapid curriculum renewal for digital skills. We do not think of vocational and technical education institutions as institutions where only skill training is provided. The key skills of all our students are also needed so that they can adapt to changing technological and social conditions. kazanWe want your goods. Over time, we want to reduce the distinction between vocational and general education. For this reason, we cooperate with institutions that are strong both technically and academically, such as ITU and ASELSAN. The skills needed according to the technological level of the field in the job market will be included in the curriculum in all the vocational fields we provide training. However, we will not be satisfied with this, we will work to strengthen the general skills of our graduates.