Every year, Turkish government offers scholarships to thousands of students all over the world to continue their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Turkish universities over a variety of academic programmes. Applications to the Turkish scholarships for the next academic year has recently opened and will be accepted until 20 Feb 2022.
According to the current figures, Turkey has become one of the most international student welcoming countries in the world with approximately 150,000 international students, 17,000 of which are scholarship students last year. Medicine, engineering and social sciences are the leading fields preferred by international students in Turkey. Over the last decade, 14,000 students from many African countries have been awarded Turkish scholarships in various academic programs.
In the recent years, several Batswana students have also been granted scholarships for undergraduate, Master’s or PhD degrees in Turkish universities in numerous fields such as international trade, health administration, public relations, sociology, agriculture, food technologies, energy and others.
“We are happy to see a growing interest among Batswana students in the Turkish scholarships program and we believe that Turkey can become one of the top education destinations for young Batswana in the near future,” emphasised the envoy.
Providing a high standard of education is a priority area for all countries. The Turkish Government is ready to develop cooperation with Botswana in this important field towards this common goal.
To this aim, last year, Turkey and Botswana signed a bilateral agreement in the field of higher education, which envisages cooperation between the universities of the two countries, scholarship opportunities, joint academic programmes, conferences, exchanges of students and academicians. We are confident that we will see concrete outcomes of this engagement in the near future and a significant increase in the numbers of Batswana students benefiting from the Turkish scholarships.
Moreover said the envoy, “we are happy that last year Botho University signed cooperation protocols with two distinguished private Turkish universities; Bahcesehir University based in Istanbul and Yasar University in Izmir. We are willing to expand this cooperation model to other universities in Botswana. The recently signed bilateral agreement will pave the way for enhanced cooperation in education, science and technology.”
MELTEM BUYUKKARAKAS* is Turkish Ambassador in Botswana