Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Bengü E.

Abdullah Gül Üniversitesi, pp.40, Kayseri, 2021

  • Publication Type: Expert Report / Expertise Report
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • City: Kayseri
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


The Covid-19 pandemic affected all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) worldwide throughout the unprecedented year of 2020. In Turkey, the Higher Education Council (HEC), the governmental body responsible for regulating all universities, both public and private, across the country, decided to interrupt the spring semester on 16 March 2020and requested universities to shift to distance education immediately after a three-week break. Following the HEC’s decision, the Abdullah Gül University (AGU) senior management held many meetings and formed strategies to ensure the continuation and effective implementation of university activities during this unexpected crisis. In so doing, AGU thoroughly analysed the different measures taken by American and European institutions during this period in order to efficiently plan its own transition process. AGU held its first virtual/online general academic assembly meeting on 16 March 2020 to bring together all academics and student groups with the aim to arrange the continuity of educational and research activities.