Education and training have long been recognized as key drivers of social and economic development. With a population of 14.6 million, Istanbul has more than 3 million students from primary school to universities.

Out of these 3 million students, 777 k study in higher education programs of 56 universities. 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 56 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. The Times Higher Education conducted a study in 2017 that indicates universities international rankings in Emerging Economies. According to the study Istanbul hosts 2 universities in top 20.

2 of 20 Best Universities in Emerging Economies are in Istanbul!


(Times Higher Education 2017)

This has been an area of success over the past several years, as seen by the huge increase in international student enrollment.