In brief, the critical issue in building a new system is not whether or not to have an entrance exam. What matters is creating a mechanism in which the entrance exam will be designed to select a limited number of students.
Even the oldest universities in Turkey are deprived of a fundamental academic culture, universities still discuss higher education issues by shouting slogans and universities tend to be repressive and resist the new.
With the appointment of Yusuf Ziya Özcan as the new president of Turkey’s Higher Education Board (YÖK), there is renewed hope for the future of the Turkish university system. For too long Turkish universities have performed way below acceptable international standards. Nor have they catered to the increasing needs of Turkish society. Instead of improving the standards of higher education in Turkey, YÖK has acted like an academic police controlling everything in the universities.