The scholarship project, which was launched last year in order to train qualified personnel to the textile industry and to increase the perception of the Textile Engineering Department, continues at full speed with the support of the Ministry of Commerce this year.
The scholarship project, which was organized for students who chose the Textile Engineering Department last year, where approximately one hundred students were entitled to receive scholarships, continues to receive attention from the students. Along with the scholarship, students are also provided with a practical education opportunity and an employment guarantee.
We talked in detail about the scholarship project in an interview with Ahmet Öksüz, Chairman of the Istanbul Textile and Raw Materials Exporters Association (İTHİB), and Mustafa Gültepe, Chairman of the Istanbul Ready Wear and Apparel Exporters Association (İHKİB).
Ahmet Öksüz shared the following with us on the subject: ‘‘The importance of human capital is increasing day by day in order to move our sectors to higher ranks, which are currently the 6th biggest supplier in the world in global export figures. Our goal is to train and bring in qualified textile engineers to our sectors, whose strategic importance was once again observed during the Covid-19 pandemic period due to the medical textile products.’’
Meanwhile, Mustafa Gültepe stated the following: ‘‘In addition to receiving a scholarship, the increase in the rate of preference and entrance scores of the Textile Engineering Department is an indication that the students prefer this department not only for scholarships but also career oriented.’’
The scholarship and employment support project, which was launched in 2019 to increase the interest in textile engineering, has been a great success and 92 percent of the total available quota has been emplaced. What is the target this year? Do you plan to provide employment support to students as well as scholarships this year?
Ahmet Öksüz: Our project, which we initiated last year in order to train and bring in qualified personnel to our sector and to increase the perception of the Textile Engineering Department, was realized with the strong interest of our students. Our quotas reached almost one hundred percent occupancy, and the department scores increased by 100 points. This year, again, we continue our scholarship project with the support of our Ministry of Trade. Along with the scholarship, we also provide our students with a practical education opportunity and an employment guarantee. The importance of human capital is increasing day by day in order to move our sectors to higher ranks, which are the 6th biggest supplier in the world in global export figures. Our aim is to train and bring in qualified textile engineers to our sectors, whose strategic importance is once again observed in the Covid-19 pandemic period due to the medical textile products.
To how many students are you planning to provide scholarships this year? Can you please give information about the amounts and the criteria of the scholarships?
Ahmet Öksüz: The criteria are the following: One of the top 5 choices of students should be the Textile Engineering Department in the university entrance examination. In the exam, the students who are placed in the first 20 thousand are given a scholarship amounting to national minimum wage, 70% of the minimum wage to the students who are placed between 20 and 50 thousand, and 50% of the minimum wage to the students who are placed between 50 and 80 thousand. The amount of scholarships granted throughout the duration of the education also increases every year as the minimum wage increases. Students who are entitled to receive a scholarship are going to receive it throughout their education life as long as they meet the required academic conditions.
How many students were given employment support last year? Can you please share the data on this subject with us?
Mustafa Gültepe: Approximately one hundred students were qualified to receive scholarships last year. In addition to receiving a scholarship, the increase in the rate of preference and entrance scores of the Textile Engineering Department is an indication that the students prefer this department not only for scholarships but also for career-oriented. We can express with peace of mind that this situation is a development that is promising for the future of our industry and makes us proud.
What was the feedback like, which was received from the students who chose the Textile Engineering Department last year?
Mustafa Gültepe: We try to meet with the students who preferred the Textile Engineering department last year. We listen to and pay attention to their demands when we meet with our students. Of course, we are closely interested in the current situation of our students. We follow up on their grades and check their performances. With the start of the classes at the universities last year, our students began their classes very well. We hope that our students will always have the same amount of interest in the lessons. We would also like to point out that our students are very willing to participate in the practical internship. Our endeavors on this issue continues.
In the second stage of the project, you announced that you will plan the future with the participation of YÖK (Council of Higher Education), department chairs, and the sector regarding the updating of the applied education and the curriculum specified in the 10-item action plan. Can you please provide information about the studies on this subject?
Ahmet Öksüz: We are conducting a study within the framework of workshops with the participation of The Council of Higher Education and the department chairs of the Textile Engineering Departments in Turkey that the students will be able to experience a seamless transition from theoretical to practical training while their formal education is still going on. Within the framework of our studies, our students will be trained in production facilities in a semester of their education, and thus, they will be adapted to business life before graduation. We hope that our young people will graduate from their departments in the most equipped way, and thus, take firm steps towards the future in positions that will best represent our country in the international arena in this reform movement that we have initiated in our current facilities and prospective factories or businesses of our students. We are proud to advance our sector, which our youth and also our country has a voice in the world market, to further levels by altering the perception of the Textile Engineering to a positive state.
Due to the pandemic we have recently experienced, if we observe from the point of the mask and protective clothing, the importance of the textile industry has once again emerged. Would this be effective for students to prefer Textile Engineering department in their undergraduate studies? Do you think that there will be an increase in the number of students who prefer Textile Engineering Department?
Mustafa Gültepe: Our sectors went through a difficult test during such a troubled period of time. The transformation speed of our sectors and their transition to production have been tremendous. This clearly demonstrates the strength and capability of our sectors. We believe that we have attracted students’ attention in this regard and we expect a higher preference and occupancy rate.
Interview: Tekstil Teknoloji Magazine