Turkey aims to be ed­u­ca­tion hub for for­eign stu­dents

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

TUrKey re­ceived ap­pli­ca­tions from more than 100,000 stu­dents across 163 coun­tries for its univer­sity schol­ar­ship pro­gram this year, of­fi­cial data said Friday. The Pres­i­dency for Turks Abroad and Re­lated Com­mu­ni­ties (YTB), un­der the purview of the Prime Min­istry, said 106,550 for­eign stu­dents ap­plied to the "Turkey Schol­ar­ship" pro­gram for the up­com­ing 2017-2018 aca­demic year.

Only 2,717 stu­dents were awarded schol­ar­ships in the first round ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­ceived from the YTB. The pro­gram aims to trans­form Turkey into a world-class ed­u­ca­tional hub, the YTB said. Each year through this pro­gram 5,000 stu­dents are awarded schol­ar­ships. The num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions has nearly dou­bled from 55,181 in 2013 to 106,550 in 2017.

In 2016, 1,425 Syr­ian stu­dents at­tended higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in Turkey through the pro­gram, which not only pro­vides ac­com­mo­da­tion, food ex­penses and monthly al­lowances to un­der­grad­u­ate, grad­u­ate and doc­tor­ate stu­dents, but also plane tick­ets back to their home coun­tries af­ter grad­u­a­tion.

Nearly 16,000 for­eign stu­dents have re­ceived ed­u­ca­tion in Turkey through the schol­ar­ships. How­ever, the to­tal num­ber of those re­ceiv­ing ed­u­ca­tion in Turkey with­out schol­ar­ships is above 100,000.

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