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Liya Demir


This study examines digital transformation-oriented priorities and practices in Turkish higher education. While digital technologies are gaining importance in every field with Industry 4.0, the business-human-technology relationship has entered the digital transformation process in a broader and systematic framework. Many digital technologies, such as blockchain, big data, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things, have occurred in almost all sectors. While the digital transformation process, accelerated by the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), increases the use and functionality of technology, digital technologies have become indispensable parts of individual and social life. While the digital transformation process increases the need for human resources with digital skills, digital technologies, which have gained importance with digitalization, have also led to the development of new professions. The digital transformation process has affected higher education as well as all sectors. Many digital-dimensional applications such as blockchain, metaverse, and digital twin, where digital technologies gain prominence in higher education, have begun to take their place. Turkish higher education also has a strategic role in the digital transformation process, training human resources, developing education and career relations, and university-industry cooperation. Implementing digital transformation-focused programs in Turkish higher education and training human resources sensitive to the digital economy has become more critical than ever in the digitalizing world. In this context, the first part of the study examines the concept of digital transformation and higher education. The second part reviews Turkish higher education's digital transformation goals and practices.

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