International Student Mobility

Our country is in great change in the area of higher education with the enhancing numbers of universities, research centers, academicians and with its dimensions of internationalization.

In the last 10 years, the number of international students studying in our higher education institutions has increased by 75% and according to current figures, our country became one of the most international student welcoming countries in the world with approximately 110 thousand international students, 25 thousand of which are scholarship students.

Our country aims to host 200 thousand international students by 2023.

Similarly, in the world, the number of people studying outside of their own country is increasing rapidly.

While the number of students studying in a country other than their home country was only 800 thousand in 1975, this number reached to 4 and a half million in 2010. It is estimated that this number is reached 7.5 million today and will be reached to 20 million by 2030.

On the other hand, the number of students enrolled in a higher education program all over the world is also increasing rapidly. While the number of students enrolled in any higher education institution in the world in 2009 is 170 million, it is estimated that this number will be 262 million in 2025.

Education was once seen as a way of cultivating the human resources demands of a country in the line with its own national needs.

Nowadays, to the extent of the problems of our world are universal and concerns whole humanity, the aim of education becomes to educate generations who can find common solutions to the shared problems.

From this point of view, it can be said that individuals who come from different countries and cultures and have received international education apart from the countries they are from, have a unique experience and obtain different achievements.

As far as countries are concerned, many countries of the world today have made international student mobility a topic of competition and use it as a tool to provide benefits in their economic, cultural, academic and many other areas.

Our country regards the works in this area as a very important opportunity, primarily in terms of constituting mutual relations with other countries.

Turkey's internationalization efforts in higher education is basically based on the following four principles:

Academic development and interaction

Economic development and solidarity

Social and cultural interaction

Development of political and diplomatic relations

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