Turkey international students

Turkey to enrol 200,000 international students by 2023

July 12, 2019

Turkey is aiming to enrol 200,000 international students by the year 2023. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan while speaking at an event in Istanbul, stressed upon the country’s goal to increase the number of international students and also to help the students from countries suffering from war and famine. President Erdogan also called for women-only universities to be established in Turkey soon.

During a graduation ceremony of the Turks Abroad and Related Communities, Erdogan said, “Our goal is to increase international students to 200,000 by the year 2023. I see future ministers, premiers, politicians, artists among these students.

We are currently hosting 150,000 international students from 182 different countries studying in our country. According to the Council of Higher Education in Turkey, there were 125,138 international students at the country’s universities in 2017/2018. They will be Turkey’s mission chiefs when the return to their home countries.”

The president also stressed that most applicants of Turkey scholarships came from areas struggling with critical problems such as Syria, Palestine and Yemen, the state-run agency reported. Of the countries mentioned, in 2017/2018 Syria represented 12,980 students at institutions across Turkey, Afghanistan 4,911, Iraq 3,827, Somalia 1,690, Yemen 1,565, Palestine 1,485, and Myanmar 51 respectively.

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