“In the state universities, of 1,388 deans some 216 are women; in the foundation universities, of 409 deans some 106 are women, corresponding to 18 percent. Some 17 of our rectors are women, corresponding to nine percent, out of 206 universities,” Saraç has told daily Hürriyet in an interview.
“It is a fact that there are less women (compared to men) who are applying for dean and rector positions and we need to address this issue,” he said.
“The recent figures show that there are 23,812 women research assistants whereas for men, this figure is 23, 228,” he said.
“Some 42,587 of postgraduate students are females. I attach serious importance to this figure for the future Turkey,” he said.
“Even though the number of women who have been subjected to mobbing, violence and harassment is low in academia, we still fight against it. We are trying to raise an awareness [regarding this issue] in our universities,” he said.