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In Turkey, reactions to the fact that 31 percent of foreign students will be accepted to Turkish universities with the foreign student exam (YÖS) are increasing.

Many universities in Turkey react to the fact that 31 percent of foreign students will be accepted to universities with YÖS. In 2021-2022, 988 thousand 210 students will be enrolled with YKS, while 306 thousand 354 foreign students will be enrolled compared to 31 percent, which makes the educational community and many citizens nervous, especially students.


Turkey, which has 207 universities, including 74 vakıf universities, 129 state universities and 4 vakıf vocational schools, opened its doors to foreign students. In Turkey, 31 percent of foreign students will study, while 51.88 percent will host the most foreign students at the beginning of the provinces Kütahya Dumlupınar university comes. Bartin University 48.01 Gaziosmanpasa university 48.01 percent, Bilecik Sheikh Edebali university 47.28 percent, Izmir Dokuz Eylül University 47.27 percent and Tokat Gaziosmanpaşa university 46.20 percent of foreign students will study. The high quota given to foreign students was met with reaction.


Education Sen Kütahya branch president, “the university quotas announced after the last YKS exam increased the quotas allocated to foreign students and some universities this year 1. across the country, where 50 percent of students will be foreign students, this figure is 30 percent. In this context, Dumlupinar University of our province has been the university that has increased its foreign quota by 51.88 percent the most. 1 this year. one of the two students who will start the class will be a foreign student. Of course, this situation will have quite alarming consequences. If these quotas continue, the unemployment problem of our youth across the country, which already exists, will increase exponentially in the following years. We must first eliminate the future concerns of our young people by increasing unemployment from public resources and public employment,” he said.


The Turkish professor, who expressed concern that equality of opportunity, which does not already exist, will become deeper, said: “while the nature of the YKS exam is obvious, as everyone knows, the YKS exam is quite easy to win, and the criteria for the exam are not clear. All foreign students who have won the YÖS exam can go to relatively qualified universities in our country, while our students are very difficult to enter these schools. This means deepening the inequality of opportunity. At the same time, while there is no one yet able to enter the top 500 in the world from our universities, the quality of education of our relatively qualified universities will be reduced. In order to increase the quality of our universities, it is necessary to create a democratic, secular, equal and free environment for producing science. For this purpose, our qualified and qualified young people, teachers should be opened up,” he said.


Turkish professor said that they are in favor of public and free education:

“According to the sensations that come to us, students who have won the YÖS exam will study at public universities by paying fees that vary depending on the University and departments. This creates a concern that all universities can become paid over time. We must show our attitude towards public and free education. It is not acceptable to have education at universities that are also charged after an examination won.

In our province, the fact that one of the two students is a foreigner can cause negativity both on campus and in the city. It is obvious that the students and the people of our province will have problems with Harmony. This is also alarming. The problem of adapting foreign students to the language of Education will reduce the quality of Education. The latest development was the lowering of the university exam threshold. While it is obvious that there is one purpose to hide unemployment here, is another purpose to commercialize universities by taking foreign students into universities? As Kütahya Education-Sen, our struggle is to create an education system that is public, qualified, democratic, secular and equal opportunities.”


Izmir Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) students also reacted to the separation of 10 thousand 165 of the 21 thousand 260 quota for the new education period to foreign students by the rectorate. Students gathered at the entrance of the university campus carried written currencies ”education is a right, it cannot be sold”, “universities are not a commercial house”, “or DEU or annuity”, chanting the slogan “universities are not a commercial house”. 21 thousand 260 people quota 10 thousand 165 foreign students 2 thousand 800 TL to 54 thousand TL to the young people who reacted to the opening of fees ranging from CHP Izmir deputies also supported.


Deputy, who participated in the press release of Dokuz Eylul university students, said that since 2019, the foreign quota has been increased 41 times. Slope;

“For example, 250 of the 500-person quota opened by Dokuz Eylul University for the Faculty of Law was allocated to foreign students. Foreign students will be able to study at Law School without taking the university exam for 7 thousand 300 Turkish lira per year. I mean, a foreign student with money is studying law at a state university without taking the university exam. The rector of the University of 9 Eylül cannot afford the university debt by selling his law education. Instead of doing this, we have about 64 thousand young people who are waiting for equivalence despite the Lisbon Convention and the Bologna Process to which we are a party. Accept students who want to study abroad and continue their education in their own country in the Republic of Turkey with horizontal transfer to the university. Do it so we don’t have any doubts. On the one hand, we have students waiting for equivalence, while foreign students are being taken,” he said.


Prof. who made a statement on behalf of the students, said that they never accepted the university to be turned into a trading house and turned into an annuity field:

“It is clearly observed that the exam taken by foreign students who are allocated a quota is a fairly simple and unqualified exam compared to the YKS entered by millions of our student friends. This gap between exams is decidedly contrary to the principle of equal opportunity in education. At the same time, this situation poses a great danger in terms of the decline in the quality of education of the school for subsequent years. In addition, the total quota of the school has increased from thirteen thousand to twenty-one thousand, while the current physical deficiencies have come to unsolved. These physical facilities, which are insufficient for the current large student population, will increase with exaggerated foreign quotas; the endless dining hall rows will grow longer, the full amps will overflow even more, and the ring queues will never end. As Dokuz Eylül university students, we do not accept the conversion of universities into commercial houses and the conversion of our school into an annuity field with this decision taken by the rectorate in Turkey.

With this decision, Dokuz Eylül university will become even more alienated from science, education and Justice. With this decision taken at our university, where irregularities have become procedural, it is revealed that someone new has been added to the irregularities. Dokuz Eylül university is no one’s backyard. We will not allow our school to be made unqualified, our labor to be sold for money! As Dokuz Eylül university students, we are very concerned about this decision regarding the quota of foreign students. We demand that quotas be drawn to reasonable levels, that the foreign student exam be of a similar nature to YKS in accordance with Justice and equality, and that the rectorate return from this decision immediately. We do not accept the opening of public university quotas with a certain fee.”


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Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

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American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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