Universities urged to open doors to foreigners

Turkish universities should not hesitate to open their doors to more foreign scholars and students, President Abdullah Gül said during a speech calling for increased contact with other academic cultures, reports Anadolu Agency.

“I will tell the Higher Education Board [YÖK] when I meet them. Don’t hesitate to bring more foreign students and scholars [to Turkey]. Quite on the contrary, let’s encourage it,” Gül said in his address during the start of the academic year at Abdullah Gül University in his hometown of Kayseri on 25 October.

“I will consider removing the quotas of foreign students so each university can independently enrol students from other countries as a great contribution to Turkey,” he added. Currently, the number of foreign students that may be enrolled in each university and faculty is determined by YÖK. In addition the state institution, based in Ankara, has the final word in approving each foreign student’s application.
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