A UNIQUE PROJECT EXAMPLE REGARDING STUDENT CLUBS IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN TURKEY
Hicran Özlem ILGIN
Didem Ataman YENGİN
The subject of this study is MEMYO Social Solidarity and Aid Club formed by Namık Kemal University Marmaraereğlisi Vocational School Students. The aim of the study is to ensure that the MEMYO Social Solidarity and Aid Club project is an example of a unique project proposal for other higher education institutions. The study consists of a systematic compilation of data on the actualization of 26 aid campaigns conducted by the club during the 2015-2016 Academic Year Spring semester and 2016-2017 Fall semester. The “case analysis” method was used as the research method. For the analysis, the record book used by the club members, the photos taken by the Vocational School Press and Public Relations Unit during club activities, and printed and video news about the national press club work in 2016 were used. As a result of the research, without any formal hierarchical structure, regardless of university student communities, and without limitation to any regulations or rules; it is revealed that the continuity of the activities of the “MEMYO Social Solidarity and Aid Club”, which is carried out by the student centre, originated from the original and autonomous study area that the students created. In this context, it is important that the coordinator instructors only assume the role of consultant in the work of the clubs established in higher education, and that a broader movement of the student is provided in terms of club activities and functioning.
Keywords: Project, Student, Student Clubs, Higher Education, Social Responsibility