International Article from the University of Mediterranean Karpasia


We have just received this very interesting article from Assoc. Prof.Dr. Mehmet Nesip Öğün from the University of Mediterranean Karpasia.


International Article from the University of Mediterranean Karpasia

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Mehmet Nesip Öğün

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Mehmet Nesip Öğün who is the Vice Rector of the University of Mediterranean Karpasia has co-authored an article entitled “Cementing State Authority: Soviet Education System” at the Journal of Black Sea Studies along with Dr. Murat Aslan from Hasan Kalyoncu University.

The aim of this article is to explore how education was used to build state authority in Soviet System. State pursues to construct an environment that is consistent with the state’s intent to shape its own society. Soviet education, with its centrally planned nature, is designed to create a standard individual in productive fields with communist nature, although leadership changes challenged the education policies. Education in the USSR appeared to be a tool of justifying not only the regime but also the promotion of the values of the political leadership. Nevertheless, state centric, centrally planned educative circles, instead of donating individual’s free mind, did not feed the overall system to sustain itself. History, ideology, purpose and philosophy of soviet education system will be analyzed to show how Soviets determined a very comprehensive education policy and employed methods to strengthen the basis of the ‘perfect’ society.