Turkey aims to host 200,000 international students

Turkey is aiming to enrol 200,000 international students by 2023, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said at an event in Istanbul, and has praised educators for their work helping students from nations struggling economically, or suffering war and famine.

According to the Council of Higher Education in Turkey, there were 125,138 international students at the country’s universities in 2017/2018.

However, to compete for fee-paying international students, universities will have to offer a “high-quality package across the board”, including attractive curricula, adequate staff to student ratio, and good accommodation, facilities and support.

In 2018, Erdogan announced that the country is aiming to attract 350,000 international students, however, no clear timeframe for reaching the target was established.