Challanges of the Information Society at Universities in Turkic Republics: Current Conditions

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Süleymanlı E., Açıkel G.

Social Research scientific-analytic journal, vol.3, no.1, pp.72-78, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The current state and issues facing universities in the Turkic Republics were assessed in this study using empirical data based on the connection between the information society and higher education. The research used a "case study" format, which is a type of qualitative research technique. A numerical analysis of the current state was also conducted using the "document analysis" method. When we examine higher education in the Turkic Republics as a whole, we discover that academic standards are not updated in line with education for the information society, academic research is not conducted in line with the philosophy of knowledge creation, academicians fail to guide university students in line with education for the information society, and graduate programs are unable to integrate information sector skills. Additionally, it is evident that universities in the concerned countries are unable to fulfill their obligations in accordance with the needs of the information society when factors like the inability to update university curricula to meet those needs, a lack of academic study sharing, and a fall in the share of national income given to universities are added to the current situation. The statistics are also negatively impacted by this situation. No university from the Turkic Republics is listed among the top 100 universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) 2020 report, which is known as one of the most trustworthy university rankings in the world. In the twenty-first century, modern society is moving towards a post-information society. During such a period, the Turkic Republics must not fall behind the times and must maintain a steady pace of development. To do this, they need to adapt to a new knowledge-based economic and social order, engage in the process of rapid technological change, and develop a new human model based on ideals that make continual learning a way of life based on the concept of "information person."