Over 100,000 for­eign­ers now study in Turkey

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

The Prime Min­istry’s Pres­i­dency for Turks Abroad and Re­lated Communities (YTB) said nearly 108,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents from 180 dif­fer­ent coun­tries are study­ing in Turkey. YTB act­ing Pres­i­dent Ah­met Al­gan told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the num­ber of stu­dents study­ing on Turk­ish schol­ar­ships has sur­passed 20,000, adding that these schol­ar­ships will play an im­por­tant role in Turkey’s goal of reach­ing 350,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents.

He said more and more stu­dents are fly­ing abroad for higher ed­u­ca­tion stud­ies due to an im­prove­ment in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and trans­porta­tion.

Nearly five mil­lion stu­dents are reg­is­tered in higher ed­u­ca­tion boards of coun­tries that they are not cit­i­zens of. “Ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates, the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents across the world will reach 10 mil­lion in 2025,” Al­gan added.

He as­serted that Turkey be­gan to re­ceive more stu­dents with agree­ments made with var­i­ous coun­tries and univer­si­ties. “Turkey’s suc­cess­ful in­fra­struc­ture and for­eign pol­icy moves be­gin­ning in the 2000s has re­quired the coun­try to re­vise its pol­icy on the mo­bil­ity of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, a mat­ter that has be­come more im­por­tant than ever. “In this con­text, Turkey Schol­ar­ships was es­tab­lished in 2012 with nearly 20 pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions com­ing to­gether and work­ing on ed­u­ca­tional trends in the world,” he said.

With the schol­ar­ship pro­gram, in­ter­na­tional stu­dents are able to ob­tain an ed­u­ca­tion in pres­ti­gious univer­si­ties in Turkey, said Al­gan. “Turkey Schol­ar­ships is one of those rare in­ter­na­tional pro­grams that in­clude univer­sity place­ments. It pays above stan­dard monthly stipends to ben­e­fi­cia­ries and cov­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion, gen­eral health in­sur­ance, tu­ition fee, Turk­ish lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion and one-time ar­rival and de­par­ture trans­port cost,” he added.

The schol­ar­ship, which only caters to for­eign na­tion­als, can be ap­plied for on­line dur­ing a spe­cific time of the year. Stu­dents who pass the first as­sess­ment phase are in­ter­viewed by global aca­demics and ex­perts. Al­gan said in 1992 the num­ber of in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes was nearly 50,000. Since 2012, the coun­try has hosted 40,000 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents in­clud­ing Syr­i­ans. Nearly 150,000 alumni from Turk­ish univer­si­ties are spread across 160 coun­tries, he said.

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