Turkey wants to become leading study abroad hub

Turkey wants to become leading study abroad hub

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that it is one of his administration’s key goals to make Turkey a leading study abroad education hub for international students.

President Erdogan, speaking in New York at a Turken Foundation event, said his goal was to see Turkey become one of the top five study abroad destinations for international students, reported the country’s Anadolu Agency.

Established in the US in 2014 by Turkey’s two major education foundations, Turken assists eligible Muslim students by means of housing, scholarship and other cultural programmes to improve their educational experience.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made this announcement while at a dinner in New York hosted by the Turken Foundation.

Erdogan wants Turkey to double international student numbers to 350,000

Erdogan said: “We have made Turkey and education hub for the students from friendly and brotherly regions.

“We have 168,000 visiting students in Turkey studying either with the Turkiye Scholarships [a programme offered by Turkey’s Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities] or by their own means.”

“Our goal is to raise the number of visiting students in Turkey to 350,000 and this to be among the top five countries hosting the largest number of visiting students in the world,” Erdogan stressed.

This follows our report in July about an increase in the number of foreign students choosing to study in Turkey.

Over the past ten years, the number of international students choosing to study abroad in Turkey has grown by 75%, with the majority of students coming from Asia, Africa and the Balkans.

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Hari Srinivasan - Managing Editor, Global Education Times (GET News)

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