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Erdoğan’s vision for higher education in Turkey

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan believes Istanbul’s prestigious Boğaziçi (Bosporus) University has failed to become a global brand because it does not “lean on national values.” He also says the university is closed to those whose ideas it disagrees with.

Erdoğan told a gathering of Boğaziçi graduates over the weekend that the achievements of their University, as well as Istanbul’s equally prestigious Galatasaray University, have remained limited under the Turkish Republic because their education is mostly based on a foreign language.

Boğaziçi and Galatasaray were initially established in Ottoman times as institutions of secondary level education, the former teaching in English and the latter in French, before becoming universities.

In his address, Erdogan lauded Ibn Khaldun, the Arab historiographer considered a precursor to modern sociology, and Ibn Sina, the Persian polymath (known as Avicenna in the west)........

© Hürriyet Daily News