Kütahya Dumlupınar University is counting days to start a new project that will contribute to the modernization of Higher Education.
Kütahya Dumlupınar University has started a countdown for the MOCAT project. The MOCAT Project ((Modern Competencies of Academic Teachers - The Key to Modern HEI), chaired by WSB Poznan Banking School in Poland, aims to develop methodological, multicultural and teaching skills of faculty members through online and eclectic learning modules.
In order to explain the details of the project that will contribute to the modernization of higher education with the methods, tools and materials to be developed, the faculty member of the Faculty of Engineering Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay Şahbaz, faculty member of the School of Foreign Languages lecturer Dr. Figen Karaferye and International Relations Office Erasmus Coordinator Berrin Demir met with Rector Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören.
ACADEMIC TEACHING MODEL TO BE DEVELOPED
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Oktay Şahbaz giving information about the Project having a budget of about 390 thousand euros said: “The project of which partners are Kütahya Dumlupınar University, Poland, Iceland, Kenya, Georgia, Romania, Italy and Indonesia aims to increase the academic skills and competencies of academic staff in accordance with the requirements of the age. In addition, an academic teaching model will be developed with the contributions of our institution.”
“In the world where technological developments are advancing rapidly, it is necessary for our educators and the content of the courses they teach to be suitable for the age," said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şahbaz. He also stated that within the scope of the project, training of trainers activity will be carried out in order to transfer the methods of effective communication with the new generation, leadership and gamification techniques to the trainers, and at the end of the project, significant data will be obtained from the training of trainers activity.
Dr. Figen Karaferye and Erasmus Coordinator Berrin Demir expressing that the project would be an international study pointed out that KDPÜ will be one of the leading universities which adopt the contemporary education methods.
In addition, within the framework of the project, the project coordinators will work together with especially Prof. Dr. Kaan Erarslan, Prof. Dr. Kürşat Yılmaz, Asst. Prof. Dr. Serkan Arık and lecturer Ulaş Yabanova.
A PROJECT THAT MATCHES THE EDUCATIONAL VISION OF 2023
Prof. Dr. Remzi Gören expressed that the goals and methods of the project are also mentioned in 2023 Provisions announced by the Minister of National Education Prof. Dr. Ziya Selçuk.
“WE MUST RAISE OUR STUDENTS NOT WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE AGE WE LIVE IN, BUT WITH THE ONES OF THE AGE THEY WILL LIVE IN.”
Prof. Dr. Gören stating that the whole world is in a process of digitization said: “Unmanned factories and robots are not in a very distant future. If we can't enforce the requirements of the age, a student who will enter the university next year will probably face unemployment when he graduated in 2024. We must raise our students not with the requirements of the age we live in, but with the ones of the age they will live in. Therefore, the outputs of this project are far more than material and internationalization.”