05 March 2019
Universities around the world have become increasingly concerned with internationalisation over the last few years. This is in part a consequence of the growth of global and regional rankings, some of which include international students, international faculty, inbound and outbound exchange students, or international research collaboration among their indicators. An article by Viggo Stacey in PIE News reports on a growing gap between the priority given to internationalisation in Western Europe and Western Asia, including Turkey.
Speaking at the Eurasia Higher Education Summit in Istanbul, Jos Beelen of the Hague University of Applied Sciences, reported that only 10% of universities in Western Asia give priority to internationalisation compared to over a third of Western European universities. He noted that Turkish universities had been trying to send students overseas but that the numbers still remained relatively small.
The Turkish government, among others, has announced a target for internationalisation and plan to recruit 350,000 international students for the country’s universities over the next few years.
The article reports that at the Summit Mustafa Aydin, President of the Eurasian Universities Union, said that Turkish universities were increasingly looking to China for partners and collaborators, pointing to the high quality of research and increasing funding for higher education.