Foreign students who studied in Turkey and graduated in 2021 from the "Turkiye Scholarships" program provided by the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) expressed gratitude to Anadolu Agency for the program.
“If YTB had not given us this opportunity, perhaps we would not have had the opportunity to do a doctorate as the situation in Palestine is difficult,” said Issa M. A. Baraijia, a Palestinian who graduated from Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University’s Department of Contemporary History postgraduate program. “There are no PhD programs in the West Bank.”
“I think this program is good for international cooperation. Graduates of this program will contribute to relations between countries,” said Indonesian Haryono Haryono, a graduate from the Department of Business Administration at Selcuk University in central Konya province.
Higher education scholarship programs provided by Turkey were branded "Turkiye Scholarships" in 2012.
More than 165,000 applications from 178 countries were received in 2021.
Nearly 15,000 international students are currently studying in Turkey as part of the Turkiye Scholarships program, while nearly 3,000 students from 104 countries graduated in 2021.
International students who graduated attended the "10th International Student Graduation Ceremony and 2020 Turkey Alumni Awards" ceremony in Ankara.
*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz.