State university advertisement reveals fixing in academic employment

A university named after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan mistakenly published the names of academics seemingly pre-selected to fill vacancies there in an ad that appeared in Turkish media on Thursday.

According to media reports, a university employment advertisement specifies the conditions and requirements of academic positions to be filled in various departments.

But scandalously, the names of academics who are apparently being considered for the positions also appeared in the ad, as well as some notes regarding their academic career profiles.

In the notes regarding a vacancy in the faculty of medicine, there is the name of the academic under consideration for the job and it also says that the candidate still has some problems in his academic career.

The university later said in a written statement that the ad was published mistakenly and it is not an official document.

“An administrative investigation has been launched concerning the situation,” the university said, adding that the document is only a draft schedule for faculty members who attended the examination for associate professorship.

Meanwhile, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Rector Arif Yılmaz told the Doğan news agency that the incident occurred through an oversight and it is being investigated.

“The names on the document are working at our university as assistant professors and they already have the right to become associate professors. But it is not nice that their names were publicized by the media,” Yılmaz stated.

Commenting on the incident, the Turkish Medical Association said that the ad showed the extent of arbitrary appointments in universities, and called on President Abdullah Gül and the Higher Education Board (YÖK) to take action.


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