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Turkey emphasizing education

  • Pandaya

    The Jakarta Post

Istanbul   /   Tue, June 26 2012   /  08:00 am

Learning: Kids take lessons at Burc College’s kindergarten in Istanbul. JP/PandayaFor Taufan, studying in Turkey is a dream come true. He came to Istanbul all the way from the Central Java town of Semarang on a scholarship that the Turkish government offered for a six-month Turkish language course.

“I will go back to Indonesia in September and hopefully will go again to Turkey next year for my post-graduate program in international relations,” said the 21-year-old man who is captivated by the glory of ancient Turkey and the history of early Islam there.

Turkey, the homeland of world-renowned Sufi guru Jalal ad-Din Rumi, has over the past five years become an attractive destination for international Muslim students such as Taufan for the higher education in its 167 universities.

Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) statistics show that in the 2005/200...