Yasar University

Yasar University EU Center, İzmir, Turkey - Research Performing Organisation

The organisation

Established in 2001, Yasar University (YU) has quickly become an ideal environment for research, personal development and learning by its 9 faculties (Law, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Engineering, Communication, Art and Design, Science and Letters, Architecture, Business and Humanities), 2 graduate schools, vocational school, EU Research Centre, Open and Distance Learning Centre, Knowledge & Technology Transfer Office and Continuing Education Centre.


Status of gender inequalities

YU does not have a specific program for gender-mainstreaming. However, the institution strongly encourages and supports academic researches and publications regarding women’s situation in Turkey, women’s rights, employment of women, violence against women. The University has a workforce of 413 academic and 324 administrative staff. Distribution of administrative personnel according to gender is 47% female and 53% male. Gender imbalance is visible in the distribution of academic managerial positions: Deans: 37,5% female, 62,5% male; Deputy Deans: 62,5% female, 37,5% male; Directors of institutes: Both institutes have male directors with one female and one male deputy directors; Directors of schools: 75% female, 25%male; Directors of research centers: All research centers have male directors with no deputy director; University Management: Rector and all vice-rectors are male; University Senate Members: 33% female, 67% male; Board of Trustees: 15% female, 85% male; Board of Directors: 39% female, 61% male.  While there is a good balance in the M/F ratio among enrolled students (Bachelor and Master Studies), there is still a gender gap among male and female PhD (44% female) and Associate Degree (42% female) students. The total number of research projects funded by YU ’s own funds is instead 69, of which 29 have women as principal investigators while men coordinated 40 projects.


Existing gender equality policies at a faculty level

There is no center in the university that takes care of Gender Studies. However, gender is quite important to any research carried out in the academic field within the University. At the core of the YU ’s mission is “gender equality. At its establishment in 2001, YU ’s strategy was published. It is the intention of the university to be able to meet up with all its important responsibilities and also work on an agreed strategy that is above the minimum requirement for compliance. Being one of the popular Universities in Turkey, the policy on gender equality is meant to support all legislation on equality in countries that have an active collaboration with the university and also support government interests and policies. In addition, there is a wide range of services and policies that the university has, which is designed to make sure employees, is treated with utmost respect and in a fair manner. Policies and services that have relevance to the equality policy are employment of disabled personnel, harassment and bullying policy, flexible working hours to accommodate different religious engagement, policies that are supportive and family friendly.

By participating in CALIPER project, Yasar University aims to create a ripple effect of change within the university in terms of fostering gender equality policies. The CALIPER project will contribute gender equality in recruitment, working conditions and career development of women and elimination of any existing gender bias. Beyond institutional level, fostering equality in scientific careers, ensure gender balance in decision-making processes and bodies, and improve the integration of the gender dimension in research and innovation content at regional and national levels are the major purposes of becoming a part of this consortium.

GEP Working Group

The GEP Working Group of Yasar University consists of academic and administrative representatives from different fields and departments including also high level policy makers of the institution. The goal of the GEP Working Group is to support the YU CALIPER project team in mapping of the organizational capacity of the YU in terms of gender equality and contribute to the design and implementation of the GEP. Furthermore, GEP Working Group will provide strategic and technical advice and affect the decision-making processes to drive the design of the gender equality policies of Yasar University and to contribute its’ implementation.
  • Prof. Dr. M. Cemali DİNÇER (M): Rector and Head of the GEP Working Group
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gokay OZERİM (M) -Faculty Member of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of International Relations -Director of the EU Research Center - Institutional Coordinator of CALIPER Project
  • Prof. Dr. Nazlı BAYRAM (F) Head of the Radio, Television and Cinema Department
  • Prof. Dr. Sevilay UZUNALLI (F) Dean of the Faculty of Law & Head of the Department of Private Law
  • Prof. Dr. Meltem GUREL (F) Dean of the Faculty of Architecture
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Meltem İNCE YENİLMEZ (F): -Faculty Member of the Faculty of Business, Department of Economics - Researcher in CALIPER Project
  • Assis. Prof. Dr. Hacer OZTURA (F) -Faculty Member of the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Assis. Prof. Dr. Mehmet KAHYAOGLU (M) -Faculty Member of the Faculty of Art and Design, Department of Graphic Design
  • Assis. Prof. Dr. Refet POLAT (M) -Faculty Member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Mathematics - Central Student Activities Coordinator & Central Planning Coordinator
  • Dr. Senem YILMAZ (F) Director of the Career and Alumni Center
  • Ilgın OZTURK (F) Director of Human Resources, Deputy Secretary General (Human Resources, Information and Document Works)
  • Guldan KALEM (F) Expert at EU Research Center Institutional Vice-Coordinator of CALIPER Project

Organisation Team

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gokay OZERİM (M)

  • Director of the EU Research Center
  • Institutional Coordinator of CALIPER Project

Gudan KALEM (F)

  • EU Expert
  • Institutional Vice-Coordinator of CALIPER Project

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Meltem İNCE YENİLMEZ (F)

  • Faculty Member of the Faculty of Business, Department of Economics
  • Researcher in CALIPER Project

Burcu KİPER (F)

  • Chief of the EU Research Center, EU Expert
  • Administrative Staff