Nearly 15,000 Syrians studying in Turkish universities

Nearly 15,000 Syrians are enrolled in Turkish universities as of the 2016-17 academic year and they are among 3 million Syrians currently in Turkey to “continue living in a humane way”, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

According to the head of the Higher Education Board, or YÖK, Yekta Saraç, one third of Syrian university students are women and the rest are men, while 3,473 Syrian students in the country are receiving education as a part of the special ‘Turkey Scholarship’ programme.

“Among the overall Syrian student population, 1,149 are postgraduate and 352 are doctorate students. Around 2,000 are receiving education in foundation universities,” he said at a conference on Syrian participation in higher education at Mustafa Kemal University in the southern province of Hatay on 9 March. “The fact that the number of Syrian students receiving education in universities [in Turkey] rose to 15,000 this year, from 5,000 in 2014-15 and from 10,000 in 2015-16, shows a rapid increase… There are students receiving education on every spot of the Turkish map,” Saraç stated.
Full report on the Hurriyet Daily News site