Turkish minister Özer visits World Horti Center in the Netherlands

As a part of his visit to Holland, Minister of National Education Mahmut Özer visited the World Horti Center in Naaldwijk, where agriculture, industry, and education sectors carried out joint studies and which also served as a vocational school.

As the first stop of his visit to Holland, Minister Özer visited the World Horti Center in  Naaldwijk, where researchers, entrepreneurs, and various different education institutions carried out innovative joint studies, innovative agriculture methods are practiced and which is also used as a vocational school.

Minister Özer received information about new developments in agriculture and water technologies, 38 different research and studies carried out in the center, and greenhouse-based technologies during his visit.

Meanwhile, the Lentiz Schools Executive Board Chairman Rick Van Dam stated that there are 60 schools affiliated to their center all around the country and cooperated with private sector representatives at the center. Noting that 40 percent of the population of Holland studied at the vocational education institutions, Dam stated that vocational education is the backbone of the country's economy. Dam added that they carried out R&D studies in cooperation with the private sector.

Minister Özer shared information about vocational education data in Türkiye and said that there are 1.2 million teachers and 19 million students in the education system of the country. He noted that approximately 3 million students are enrolled in vocational education institutions, and vocational education in Türkiye is going through a reconstruction.

Özer went on to say, "We are giving education to vocational education students in line with the demands of the labor market. We have been carrying out important campaigns since last year after making the required amendments to the related law. Türkiye is an agriculture and husbandry country. Due to this reason, we are giving special importance to improving the capacity in this field. There are 146 schools that provide agricultural vocational education. Thirty thousand students are enrolled in these schools. We signed a cooperation protocol with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry two months ago in order to carry out the management of these schools together. We planned to inaugurate new R&D centers in the agricultural vocational schools. We can conduct joint studies in these centers."

Later, Minister Özer visited the R&D center labs and chatted with students.

For more information:
Republic of Türkiye
Ministry of National Education

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