An infectious diseases expert noted that sharing make-up products can spread COVID-19 within a matter of hours. Prof. Mehmet Ceyhan said that coronavirus can stay active on products for up to five hours.
No Turkish universities ranked in the top 100 of the global education survey Shanghai Ranking in 2020. Meanwhile, eleven schools ranked among the top 1,000, with Istanbul University at the top. Ankara University, Ankara's Bilkent University, Middle Eastern Technical University (ODTÜ) and Gazi University also ranked in the list.
Turkey's Council of Higher Education (YÖK) has said that it asked universities to postpone their reopenings until Oct. 1 amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. The YÖK said that it will be up to universities and their faculties to decide if courses will be taught online or on campus.
Gazi University Faculty of Science Dean Orhan Acar resigned from his post after he was caught looking at female students' pictures secretly. The footage caused uproar on social media, with thousands of Twitter users urging him to resign late on May 12.
Nuray Pehlivan reports: Politicians and education representatives in Turkey agree that the latest amendments to the higher education system make the system less inclusive, as it transfers authority from elected officials to appointed ones. As a result of a recent amendment, chancellors will effectively become the sole authority on hiring academics.
Three universities in Turkey's capital Ankara entered the worldwide race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), Bilkent and Hacettepe Universities have come together for the effort with support from Turkey's Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK). Professor Mayda Gürsel, who is leading the team, previously worked with the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on developing vaccines.