Numbers of Turkish universities soar, but quality falls

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Undergraduate and graduate enrollment has increased spectacularly at Turkey’s universities in recent years. And while the infrastructure has kept pace, the same can’t be said of the quality of education.

  • Metin Gurcan
  • Al-Monitor

The number of students and academic capacity has grown tenfold in just the past decade. Going back further, in 1979 there were only 12 universities in Turkey.

There are now 203.

In 1980, out of 467,000 students who participated in university entrance exams, only 42,000 (9%) were able to enter, whereas in 2018, of 1.7 million students who took the exams, 710,000 (40%) made it.

According to 2018 data, there were 455,000 undergraduate and…

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