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Turkey’s Entrance to International Education: The Case of Turkish Maarif Foundation

The Turkish Maarif Foundation (TMF) is the most recent state-led institution to promote Turkey’s cultural diplomacy and soft power. This commentary contextualizes the Turkish Maarif Foundation in Turkish foreign and domestic policy and outlines a vision through evaluating its activities over the past three years.

Turkey s Entrance to International Education The Case of Turkish
University of New York Tirana is a university managed by the Turkish Maarif Foundation in Albania. University of New York Tirana / Turkish Maarif Foundation
 

Recieved Date: 01/20/2020    Accepted Date: 02/19/2020 

 

Introduction

 

Since 2010, Turkey has increasingly been one of the centers of international education. Turkish scholarships, Diyanet Foundation scholarships and increasing internationalization of Turkish universities has not only moved Turkey forward as a new hub for education but has also brought new challenges. Internationalization has brought complex issues to be tackled, new problems and most importantly adaptation of thousands of new students into Turkish academia. As the Turkish education system has internationalized, an institution to manage education on behalf of Turkey abroad has come to the fore as a necessity.

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