Turkey is a rapidly developing country, with the youngest population ratio in Europe. There is a large market for a skilled, educated, and globally-minded current and future workforce. This translates into a strong need for education, but the education system in Turkey is lacking space for all of the enthusiastic students seeking to advance academically. Because of this, families and prospective students are looking outside of Turkey for viable study options, in order to plan for the future. In October 2017, IEFT organized the 32nd Education Fairs of Turkey, and hosted 170 exhibitors from 25 countries and around 18.000 visitors in total.
Medicine, engineering and computer science are parents’ top career preferences for their children and also the top study programs for the student participants. However, the competitive environment and huge young population in Turkey is motivating students to consider more trending and innovative programs.SUMMARY AND FORECASTS FOR 2018An overwhelming majority of Turkish students and parents would definitely consider study overseas programs as a future plan. More than 45% of national employers actively seek or value an international study experience when recruiting. In such a competitive environment the number of Turkish students who choose to study abroad is increasing each year.While in the past, the most popular study areas were graduate programs, there is a remarkable growth in both undergraduate and high school programs. Although the most popular study destinations are still the UK, the USA and Canada, the rising currency is turning the destination choices further towards Canada and much more affordable European countries. In recent years Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, South Korea, and China have seen an upward trend at IEFT Fairs. Our surveys show that 2018 will also be a great year for international education. We expect the numbers will continue to grow. It is definitely the right time for any international institution to invest in the Turkish Student market.
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