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“Free and Secure Universities” in Turkey

January 13, 2011 92 Comments

Derya Ozkul – Alumna of Bogazici University 

Note: To understand the situation of Turkish universities in crisis, one would need to write about the overarching neoliberal policies and all the attempts at policing the resistance against them. Yet this would require a more comprehensive investigation. Here I will have to limit myself to only one of the latest examples: the decision for the so-called ‘Free and Secure University’ management by the Higher Education Council in Turkey.

I am an alumna of Bogazici University, a public university in Turkey, a country that survived several military coups whose repercussions still manifest themselves in the everyday life of the citizens. The current constitution regulating many aspects of daily life is the legacy from the latest coup in 1980. According to the constitution, YÖK (The Higher Education Council) is responsible for the planning and supervision of Turkish universities.

The task of planning and supervision of universities do not include only approving the courses and the faculties, but also intervening in campuses physically. The recent protests at Turkish universities were thus met with great anxiety by the Council. These protests have been mainly against the absence of education for minorities and the increased fees even in so-called free public universities. Following several student protests around the country, YÖK met to discuss what sort of a new management to initiate.

To this purpose, the so-called ‘Free and Secure University’ decisions were taken in a closed meeting and were sent out to all universities at the beginning of the last academic semester through the means of Security General Directorate. The president of YÖK states that these will help universities to produce knowledge in freedom and to control the security situation on their campuses. (Please note that in their words these two concepts of freedom and security are used almost as synonymous.) Only to make sure that knowledge is produced in a free environment, the president declares that their aim is to train private security guards working specifically on university campuses. As such, the ‘Free and Secure University’ decisions are taken to prevent any sorts of protest and ‘noxious’ views and to react them as immediately as possible. The decisions include, but are not limited to, the following acts:

  • For campus security purposes, universities should control their entry-exit points, develop illumination systems, use cameras and if possible check fingerprints.
  • To react as immediately as possible, universities should demand in advance the permission to employ policemen and/or private security guards.
  • Universities should designate a specific area for policemen on campus.
  • If private security guards are not adequate, formal police forces should also be able to intervene on campuses.
  • For each academic semester, all university staff should have at least two meetings regarding the security situation among students.
  • Students participating in protests should be followed and offered counseling services. Toward that end, counseling services should be improved and made available on campuses (which is a sharp demonstration of one of the ways to ‘cure’ the students).

Apart from the physical security, YÖK ‘helps’ to produce knowledge in a free environment in financial terms as well. The higher education system in Turkey consists of public and private universities. Whereas the public ones were considered to offer better education, during the last decade, with the increased financial support of industrial groups, private ones started to attract the good professors from the public ones, signaling that the balance will change in the coming decades. In fact, one of the reasons for permitting private universities was that the Turkish state claimed itself to be financially inadequate in meeting the educational needs. Now in 2010, the YÖK initiates the provision of:

  • a larger source of credits to students who are unable to pay the fees (as such forcing graduates to work only in certain sectors where they can earn enough money to pay them back).
  • ‘state-funded scholarships’ to students who would like to study in private universities (which makes one wonder where these sources then come from, if the state is financially deficient). 

The right to education still exists in the Constitution and these decisions are all claimed ‘to help’ students to have a ‘free and secure education’. Yet to me they seem to be mere evidence that the state is trying to help to train young indentured workers.

92 Comments → ““Free and Secure Universities” in Turkey”

  1. Eldar 6 years ago   Reply

    Good article

    • Mohmed 4 years ago   Reply

      I am Mohamed from Somalia I would like to study in turkey for free

    • abshir 2 years ago   Reply

      my name abshir xasan maxamuud ifinished secondry school i like study turki language

  2. collins 6 years ago   Reply

    please what are the names of this free university so that i can apply. i really want to go to school.
    thanks

    • omar 2 years ago   Reply

      hello,my name is omar from morocco i have a BA degree in english language;plz if possible to help me find free universities of english language iwant to do my post graduate in turky

  3. Usamot kamil 6 years ago   Reply

    Please i need an addimission in your school and i want to know the closing date

  4. olatimi oluwaseun bayonle 5 years ago   Reply

    pls kindly assist and update me on any available university in turkey thanks alot.
    Olatimi Oluwaseun Bayonle

  5. Prof. Shahid Shaheed 5 years ago   Reply

    I am Prof. Shahid Shaheed prinicipal in College in Pakistan looking to get admission in higher education in Turkey as foriegn student (free education offered) Every one can advise me in this respect. My field is commerce and business aministeration and Human Behavior.(Child Protection).

    Thanks and Regards,

  6. Syed Hassan Raza 5 years ago   Reply

    I am wanted to study in your country but i can not afforded all expenses.
    Can you allow me and give me scholarship with job

  7. abdirahman 5 years ago   Reply

    i would like and wish to submit my motion to your honorable office

    i would like to study in your country but i have any support but i would to university in in turkey please may u accept me to study in

  8. Mohamed abdi musse 5 years ago   Reply

    I am somali student my name is mohamed abdi musse in live in mogadishu. i finished my secondery school and i am looking addimision to get free university in turkey as foriegn student please i need help

  9. nury 5 years ago   Reply

    Im a uyghur student from xinjiang .i would like to study in your country but i can not afforded all expenses.
    Can you allow me and give me scholarship with job
    i have any support .but i really wish to go to university in turkey please help me .

  10. Nura Mohammed 5 years ago   Reply

    I am Nura from eritrea living in KSA.I woul like to study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay the fees.Please let us know the list of univesities i can apply to.

  11. a.a.sayed 5 years ago   Reply

    I want to study in your institute.

  12. I am Mohamed from Somalia living in Kuwait.I woul like to study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay the fees.Please let me to know the list of univesities for free somali citizen they can apply to.
    thanks and regards

  13. parvane 5 years ago   Reply

    IAM PARVANE NOORI FROM IRAN IM BA IN ENGLISH LITRATURE.IWANT TO COUNTINUE MY EDUCATION .BUT I HAVE AN 8 YEARS DOUGHTHER.IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME COMING THERE WITH MY DAUGHTER.SHE MUST GO TO ELEMENTRY SCHOOL……….WOULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME HOW CAN I COME THERE WITH MY SITUATION /IS THERE ANY FREE UNIVERSITY FOR SOMEONE LIKE ME?THANKS FOR YOUR REGARDING

  14. Mohamed ali 5 years ago   Reply

    I m mohamed ali i m living in south africa but i m somali i m looking 4 free education

  15. mohammed Asif 5 years ago   Reply

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  16. Nima Jama Abdilahi 4 years ago   Reply

    My name is Nima Jama, I’m living in somalia. I just finish the secondary school, and I wish to study in turkey to be a teachar to help my comunity children. pleas if you can help me i’m waiting your reply. thanks

  17. Tomomewo Tosin Emmanuel 4 years ago   Reply

    It is my dream studying in turkey but i have no sponsor am from nigeria

  18. zakariye said ahmed 4 years ago   Reply

    my name is zakariye i living in somali. i would like to study in turkey for free becouse i am not able to pay the fees please let me to know the list of universities for free somali citizen they can apply to.
    THNKS

  19. AGBOOLA TAOFEEK OLAYINAK 4 years ago   Reply

    Please i need an admission in your school and i want to know the closing date. am from Nigeria.

  20. SADIA HOSNE ARA 4 years ago   Reply

    I am a student in an university in Bangladesh looking to get admission in higher education in Turkey as foriegn student under free admission offered.
    My field is information technology.
    Thanks and Regards,

  21. Abidur Rahman 4 years ago   Reply

    Dear sir:
    I want to study in turkey with part time job.
    I am looking for free education because i am not able to pay the required fees.
    I am looking for a good response.
    Thanks

    Yours faithful
    Abidur Rahman

  22. Abidur Rahman 4 years ago   Reply

    Dear sir!

    Tell me the name of this university who offer free education.

    Let me know about the process that how to apply to this university.

    Thanks

  23. Mohammad shoaib 4 years ago   Reply

    I am Mohammad Shoaib from Afghanistan living in Tokat Turkey .I would like to study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay the fees.Please let me to know the list of univesities for free Afghan citizen they can apply to.

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    thanks and regards

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  24. Hafiz Muhammad Shaheryar Usmani 4 years ago   Reply

    Assala-mu-alaikum ,
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    thanks and regards

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  25. KASHIF RAZA 4 years ago   Reply

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  26. abdulahi adaaye hassan 4 years ago   Reply

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  27. abdulahi adaaye hassan 4 years ago   Reply

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  28. mohamed jama 4 years ago   Reply

    i am mohamed i live in bosaso somalia i would like to receive higher education in turki so plz help me

  29. umair khan 4 years ago   Reply

    Assala-mu-alaikum ,
    I am Hafiz Muhammad Umair khan niazi from Pakistan living in Rawalpindi .I would like to study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay the fees.Please let me to know the list of univesities for free Pakistan citizen they can apply to.

  30. yadagiri 4 years ago   Reply

    iam yadagiri from india i study msc orgonic chemistry last semister, i wold like to study in turky universitys free higher education, becoz iam coming from a poor family so pls help me and give a admistion any free education and scolorship availale universitys

  31. James Laiton 4 years ago   Reply

    IAM A MALAWIAN. I WISH TO PURSUE FURTHER STUDYS THROUGH FREE TURKEY UNIVERSITY.

  32. abdisamad elmi 4 years ago   Reply

    I am abdisamad from Somalia I would like to study in turkey,Im live in malaysia

  33. taufiq ibrahim 4 years ago   Reply

    i am taufiq plz i would like to study in turkey but i am in ghana………

  34. mohammed ibrahim 4 years ago   Reply

    DIR Sir,
    iam somalian tat lives in K.S.A amd i would like to study in free public universities in turkey so can i get any information about how,when and where to apply
    thanks

  35. ahmed abdi 4 years ago   Reply

    dear manger !
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    • najah abdi 3 years ago   Reply

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  36. obiorah beatrice 3 years ago   Reply

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  37. ahmed 3 years ago   Reply

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  38. kwizera.ibrahim 3 years ago   Reply

    asalam alaikum Dear manage i am ibrahim from Burundi i hope to study in Turkey but i haven’t any money to pay school fees. please help me and Thank you.

  39. Ayazimam 3 years ago   Reply

    Assalam alekum .This is Ayazimam from pakistan i want to study in Turkey free of cost if eve give a chance to study i would be very thankful to ………

  40. Adile 3 years ago   Reply

    hello ,

    i am Adile from Xinjiang China , i want to study in Turkey , but i do not have

    enough money to pya for the school , i had my Bachelor Degree in China ,

    please give me helpfull information about free school !

    thank you you so much !

  41. ifeoma 3 years ago   Reply

    Hi please I live in Nigeria and I want to study in turkey and I don’t have money to pay my tuition fee,i need free schooling and I also have a bachelor degree in Nigeria. Thank you and God bless. I wil be waiting for your reply

  42. kayse khadar 3 years ago   Reply

    al hamdulillah please help me iam ended in high school then i living somaliland today have no money to come in turkey please help help in fast

  43. arslan arshad 3 years ago   Reply

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  44. hazrat wali 3 years ago   Reply

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  45. qadra 3 years ago   Reply

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  46. my nema galaydh 3 years ago   Reply

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  48. AbdIRahman Hassan Mohamoud 3 years ago   Reply

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  49. mohamud 3 years ago   Reply

    Iam a kenyan my name is mohamud yussuf i live in kenya i would like to study in turkey .iam studying my human resource diploma in moi university so kindly waiting for a possitive response

  50. ibrahim aman 3 years ago   Reply

    iam a fourm four student iwould like to persue higher education in turkey please help me thnx

  51. ajayi simon temitope 3 years ago   Reply

    Good morning to u all, am really kin to study in ur country and also like to know the universities that are involed i mean the free tuition schools. am waiting for reply thanks so much.

  52. Abdul Rahman 3 years ago   Reply

    I am Abdul Rahman from Afghanistan I would like to study in Turkey for free

  53. husa addin 3 years ago   Reply

    Hi I am Husam from Yemen would like to study Diploma or degree if possible at Turkey for free. I started my Diploma at KLMU in Malaysia, but because of my inability to pay the tuition fee I stop in my fourth semester. I was doing good in accounting subject. Please if there is any chance for me, please email me and accept my application to study at any university in Turkey. Thanking you in advance for your kind cooperation.
    Regards,

  54. itrat zehra mughal 3 years ago   Reply

    hello. i would like to study in turkey for free because of lack of sources i am not able to pay fee. please reply me.
    Thanks

    • Muhammad Iftikhar 3 years ago   Reply

      Assala-mu-alaikum ,
      I am Muhammad Iftikhar from Pakistan living in MuzaffarGarh near Multan .I would like to study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay the fees.Please let me to know the list of univesities for free Pakistan citizen they can apply to.
      bye my Mail id is iftikhar.bscs@gmial.com
      thanks and regards.

  55. Albert A.Kester 3 years ago   Reply

    Hello,
    I will appreciate it if i could get a an assistance to study in Turkey. I have tried in funding myself through a Secondary school here in Nigeria but could not go further to any University again, as a result of me not having the means of sponsoring myself.

    Helping me to study in your free university will be appreciated by me as i hope to hear from you soon.

    Best regards,
    Albert A Kester

  56. Abdikariim 3 years ago   Reply

    I am Abdikariim Ali Mohamed i living Somaliland i finish high schoo I would like to study in turkey for free university so plz help me

  57. suleiman 3 years ago   Reply

    iam suleiman saed yasin from Somalia living in somalia.I woul like to study in turkey for free university because I am not able to pay the fees please if you can help me i’m waiting your reply.
    thanks alot

  58. nurul 3 years ago   Reply

    I am Nurul from Malaysia.I would love to study in Turkey for free university because Iam not come from a well-to-do family.My parent want me to achieve a high education but we not afford it.

  59. harun abdullah 2 years ago   Reply

    am harun abdullah from Ghana.i would like to study for free in turkey.notify me if any.

  60. ëmrën räshëëd 2 years ago   Reply

    Yo all welcom guys, i think if not prepared here, you can try for Gémany all Institutions there are for free tuition, Wishing yo succes !

  61. arash 2 years ago   Reply

    Im Arash,ill finish my highschool in next 9 month so i wanna study in turkey,i want a free university and i want to know that what should i do to universities accept me there,some one tell me that what should i do to been accepted in universities there???

  62. mahin 2 years ago   Reply

    I am Mahin from India living in India. I woul like to
    study in turkey for free because I am not able to pay
    the fees.Please let us know the list of univesities i can
    apply to.

  63. justice jacobson ayiah 2 years ago   Reply

    my name is justice and i live in ghana. i want to school in turkey

  64. sharmake ali osman 2 years ago   Reply

    i am sharmake from somalia, leving kenya and finish primary education. i would like to study secondary education in turkey for free, because my family they were not able to pay school fees. please if you can help , i am waiting you reply
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  65. mohamed hassan ali 2 years ago   Reply

    i am mohamed from somali. am leving somali i was educated primary education in kenya and i would to study for free seconday education because am not have enough money to pay school fees so please help me

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  68. seidu abass 2 years ago   Reply

    I am abass seidu from Ghana, i would like to study in your country. also would want to know the tuition free universities in your country.hope to hear from you soon.. thank you

  69. patrick 2 years ago   Reply

    am patrick from nigeria i would like to study free in ur country please.thanks

  70. Study in Turkey 2 years ago   Reply

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  71. College Turk 2 years ago   Reply

    Thanks for informative post.

  72. Muhammad 2 years ago   Reply

    My name is Muhammad i’m from Afghanistan i’m graduated from high school and i want to study in turkey for free i really need help please help .
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  73. Aurangjeb 2 years ago   Reply

    I am Aurangjeb from India I would like to free education offer Phd..Management in marketing.
    Please sir reply immediately.

  74. sheriff yusif 2 years ago   Reply

    Assalamu alaikum,
    i am sherif-deen yusif. I am a Ghanaian and i have completed Secondary school this year as a science student. I want to study medicine in turkey. I would be happy to hear from you soon.
    sheeif-deen yusif.

  75. AMINA MOHAMMED 2 years ago   Reply

    i am amina mohammed form Ghana and have completed my higher national diploma in community development,please i would like to pursued free education in entreprenuship and research studies

  76. sarasadat 1 year ago   Reply

    hi iam mursal from afghanistan i want to learn turkish language and i wold lik study free in turky unversity university pleas hilp me pleas i waiting you thanks

  77. mursal salhi 1 year ago   Reply

    hello iam mursal salhi from afghanistan i wold lik study poltical unversity in turky country if you can hilp mi pleas thanks

  78. yaasir othman aadam 1 year ago   Reply

    hi my name is yaasir othman aadam ifinishing secondary school in somalia sow iwould like to study in turkey sow questioner in scollership free accept with scoller ok

  79. Said 1 year ago   Reply

    Hello sir/ madam!

    My name is Said and I live in Holland.
    My brother lives now in Turkey and study there, but he can’t pay the accommodation and education fee.
    Please help me, I want for him a free education as an other somalian boys which also lives there and have a free education.

  80. njapteh ragid 1 year ago   Reply

    hello
    i am from cameroon and a holder of a bachelors degree in law i wish to do a double degree programme in law in turkey but cant cover all the expenses please help me

  81. Samuel owusu Yeboah 1 year ago   Reply

    Please am a diploma in Basic education holder and I want admission from your noble institution so what should I do to be admitted. Thank you.

  82. Samuel owusu Yeboah 1 year ago   Reply

    Please am a diploma in Basic education holder from Ghana and I want admission from your noble institution so what should I do to be admitted. Thank you.

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  84. I am somali my name is maxamed cabdulaahi xasan I garaduated secoundry school i want to foriena country so i want free university I would like to study in Turky

  85. Mohamed Lamine Kamara 9 months ago   Reply

    My name is Mohamed Lamine Camara.I am Guinean from Guinea-Conakry.I am a graduate. I speak both English and French.I am currently studying translation.I have always been thinking of studying in Turkey.

  86. ismacil 8 months ago   Reply

    my names ismacil i live in mogadisho I would love to study in Turkey for free university because Iam not come from a well-to-do family.My parent want me to achieve a high education but we not afford it.

  87. ashraf ata turk 6 days ago   Reply

    i am ashraf ataturk iam in somalia i apply to get free secondary education in turkey please

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