Salim Atay, President of the Human Resources Office of the Presidency, said that “Yes, there is an unemployment problem, but this is not a situation unique to Turkey.” He also asked “Do people find jobs in Spain, Italy and other European cities or in other developed economies of the world as soon as they graduate from university? We have to be realistic.”
Under the auspices of the Presidency, KTO Karatay University hosted the Central Anatolia Career Fair, which was organized on the campus of the university with the participation of 9 universities in the region.
In his speech at the opening of the fair, the President of the Presidency Human Resources Office, Salim Atay, said that their slogan is "Talent everywhere".
Uttering the importance given to the young by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Atay also said:
“There used to be 76 universities in Turkey 20 years ago. People who had children at that time used to say that “we have a young population but there are no universities.” Only in the last 18 years, with the determination of our President, have we increased the number of our universities to 206. Some people say ‘Okay, we have reached this number, but there is the problem of unemployment.' Yes, there is an unemployment problem, but this is not a situation unique to Turkey. Do people find jobs in Spain, Italy and other European cities or in other developed economies of the world as soon as they graduate from university? We have to be realistic.”
“We have increased the number of our faculty members from 80 thousand to 180 thousand.”
Atay stated that their duty is to eliminate the differences in quality between universities and continued as follows:
"There are more than 60 public institutions here. Besides that, there are more than 180 regional and national companies. This is the eighth and last organization. I am very pleased to be here. Did we just build a university building? No, we didn’t. We increased the number of our faculty members from 80 thousand to 180 thousand. We did everything needed including dormitory, scholarship and campus. We are the Turkish nation; we take the problem into consideration and then we solve it. We do not cry and whine.”
Stating that the organization was extremely effective, Atay continued: “Shouldn't we have opened a university? And then we would have stayed behind the OECD league. Of course, we had to build universities and so we did. We are pleased with what we did and the point we reached. This organization has already achieved a lot. 2 or 3 years later, young people everywhere in Turkey will discover their talent and they will enter the race like the students of universities in Ankara and Istanbul. Then they will have the careers they deserve. "
Prof. Dr. Bayram Sade, Rector of KTO Karatay University, also expressed his satisfaction for organizing the fair.
In the fair that will last for two days, the students visiting the booths of almost 200 companies such as ASELSAN, ROKETSAN and HAVELSAN will have the opportunity to meet the leading names in the sector and to establish important business contacts.
There will also be many competitions, workshops, case studies, and career and development training sessions during the fair.
Deputy Governor Fazlı Akgün, Mayor Uğur İbrahim Altay, AK Party Provincial President Hasan Angı, rectors, mayors and many students attended the fair.
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