Paid military service halves demand for masters courses

Applications for masters programmes in Turkey have decreased by 60% in state universities and 50% in private universities after the government introduced paid military service for young men who can complete the draft by paying a fee and serving just 21 days, writes Emre Eser for the Hurriyet Daily News.

Military service in Turkey is compulsory, with many Turkish men having applied for masters programmes in the past in order to postpone their conscription. But now, with the new law, the demand for masters programmes throughout Turkey has substantially decreased.

This has also decreased income universities generate through their tuition fees. Masters programmes cost around TRY15,000 (US$2,800) in private universities, the same fee as the paid draft, while the median tuition fee is TRY5,000 in state universities.
Full report on the Hurriyet Daily News site