Turkey has established a foundation for a first all women’s university, whose board of trustees include the country’s first woman Education Minister Nimet Baş, the Independent Turkish reported on Saturday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced plans for the initiative last year following his June visit for the G-20 summit to Japan, where he was inspired by the large number of universities allotted exclusively for female students.
“The Women’s University and education Foundation,” which is to be shaped by officials from Istanbul’s Bahçeşehir University, has been registered and announced in the Official Gazette, the Independent Turkish said.
The foundation, whose initial assets were set as 70,000 lira ($ 11,000), will be based in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay, it said.
Bahçeşehir College Vice Chairman of the Board Hüseyin Yücel, Bahçeşehir University Washington, D.C. Rector Sinem Vatanartıran and Bahçeşehir University board member and dean of the faculty of architecture and design, Murat Dündar, are some of the other names on the foundation’s board of directors.
Erdoğan, a strong supporter of gender-segregated education, in July called on the country’s top education watchdog, the Higher Education Council (YÖK), to begin work on the country’s first all women’s university.