Being a student in 2016 Vs 2017 in Turkey – what has changed?
There has been a marked difference in the number of students waiting to apply to university in Turkey. At the start of 2016, the country was more peaceful than it is in 2017, particularly in terms of its political and economic situation. This tumultuous period has created a lot of uncertainty particularly for students. The country is known for its diverse cultural heritage and has always been the centre of great trade, spice and silk routes. Most inaccessible or isolated corners, as of today, are now easily accessible and display the traces of different cultures.
TURKEY IN 2016
- As of 2016, being a student in turkey required reading and creative problem-solving skills concerning education and this was substantially below the OECD average level.
22.2% of teenagers in Turkey aged 15 to 19 were not in employment, education or training, considerably higher than the OECD average of 7.1%
- 29.2% of students in Turkey felt a lot of pressure from schoolwork and were more likely to report that they like school than the average student.
- Students in Turkey also felt a relatively high sense of belonging in school. However, the overall life satisfaction of Turkish students was relatively low.
- In 2016, students were gravely affected by the attempted military coup. In the higher education sector, about 5,000 academics, professors and deans inclusive, were immediately affected by mass firings.
- At the elementary and secondary levels, an estimation of about 28,000 public school teachers lost their positions thus leading to a mass depreciation in the education and employment sector.
- Although the opportunity to experience both tradition and modernity in the region was available.
TURKEY IN 2017
- As of 2017, there are 190 universities in Turkey.
- There has been an increased hostility of foreign students and rising global uncertainty about the United States willingness to admit students from several Muslim-majority countries. This may pose an opportunity for international enrolment growth in Turkey. However, the current suppression on academic freedom presents many obstacles to growth and creates a number of barriers for students hoping to embark on higher education.
- Financial aid is also at stake including other issues central to the reputation and quality of the Turkish education system at large.
- Although tuition fees and the cost of living were lower in Turkey than in most European or American countries, the cost of living has exponentially increased in areas like Erzurum, Istanbul and Tekirdag yet the quality of education is still high.
- There are scholarships available that cover not only tuition fees, but also insurance, accommodation and travel costs.
- There has been controversy about the political situation in recent years and the circumstances running up to the Turkish public vote on 16 April 2017.