Education and training have long been recognized as key drivers of social and economic development. With a population of 15 million, Istanbul has more than 4 million students from primary school to universities. Out of these 4 million students, 943 k study in higher training programs of 61 universities. According to OECD’s analyses on education in Turkey, the country has made impressive gains in tertiary enrollment over the past decade.

Turkey has long expressed its determination to harmonize tertiary education in Turkey to EU standards, so adopted a three-cycle degree structure and introduce the common European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. Plus, Turkish universities now participate in the EU’s Erasmus student exchange program; therefore, Istanbul’s 61 universities accept thousands of international students. The portion of private sector participation in education sector is only 4% in Turkey, mostly concentrated in Istanbul. It is now targeted to rise to 25% by 2023, which is an excellent opportunity for international investors. Moreover, current investment incentive system provides great advantages in both lower and higher education.

Turkish universities are now taking steps to raise foreign student numbers. Among many issues attracting the attention of education policy makers in Turkey, one of the most critical is the country’s and Istanbul’s position in the global higher education. This has been an area of success over the past several years, as seen by the huge increase in international student enrollment.

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