The matter is about education and employment. Turkey has been facing a problem, which gradually assumed a threatening magnitude, in this area for years.

Vocational education and training (VET) and employment in Turkey are dependent on universities due to a misleading, but widely-shared conviction. This, however, should not be the primary function of universities. Scientific research and generation of knowledge are neglected and universities are thus reduced to high schools.

Education for skilled manpower, which should be provided at the level of secondary education, is rather provided based on an outdated, multi-modal, and very costly formal education system, which do not respond to employment requirements.

MEKSA Foundation has been endeavouring for almost 22 years to demonstrate how that vacuum should be filled through model projects, training centres and a participatory approach. Although considerable progress has been made, there is still much to be done.

MEKSA Foundation's broad-based structure comprising leading organizations in both the public sector and the private sector, which are specialized in education and employment, provides a suitable platform for promising projects.

Dr. Irfan Yazman

Secretary General