The Appointment of New TGU Rector


As a result of the 2022/230 decision published in the Gazette dated June 3, 2022 and numbered 31855, Prof. Cemal Yıldız, the General Director of Higher Education and Foreign Education of the Ministry of National Education, was appointed as the Turkish-German University Rector according to the 13th article of the 2547 numbered Higher Education Law and the 2nd, 3rd, and 7nd articles of the Presidential Decree no 3. Prof. Halil Akkanat, who served as the Acting Rector of TGU between the years 2012 and 2014 and as the Rector of TGU between the years 2014 and 2022, handed the rectorship over to Prof. Cemal Yıldız with an official inauguration ceremony held on 8 June 2022 at the TGU Rectorate Building.

Prof. Cemal Yıldız, born in Düzce in 1964, completed his primary education in Düzce and his secondary education in Bolu and Germany. After graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of German Language and Literature in 1988, he started to work as a research assistant at the Department of German Language Education of Atatürk Education Faculty at Marmara University in 1989. He obtained his master's degree in 1992 and his doctorate degree in 1994 from the same university. Prof. Yıldız received the title of assistant professor in 1996 and that of associate professor in 1998 and became a professor in 2004. He has taught courses in Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, Linguistics and Textlinguistics at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Marmara University and Yeditepe University. Prof. Cemal Yıldız, who on a German DAAD scholarship conducted research related to his doctorate field at Duisburg and Bochum-Ruhr Universities in Germany in the years between 1992 and 1993 and undertook research into linguistics, foreign language and mother tongue teaching at Ruhr, Duisburg, Koblenz, Frankfurt, Berlin and Weingarten Pedagogical Universities of Germany for short periods in the years: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2011, has several articles and papers published in international and national journals on linguistics, textlinguistics, language acquisition, foreign language and mother tongue teaching. He served as the Director of School of Foreign Languages at Marmara University in 2014 and as the Education Counselor of the Berlin Embassy of the Turkish Republic in the years between 2014 and 2021. As of August 2012, he served as the General Manager of Higher Education and Foreign Education until June 2022, and then he was appointed as the Rector of the Turkish-German University in June 2022. Prof. Cemal Yıldız can speak German and English. He is married and has two children.