YTB Chairman Kemal Yurtnaç explains that they began offering scholarships in 1992 to students from the Turkish Republics in Central Asia. Ever since the YTB was founded in 2010 Yurtnaç says, they have been looking into scholarship systems in 70 different countries and have received advice from 11 universities, information which they will use to restructure the scholarship system.
Mentioning that at present, there are 11,000 foreign students receiving their higher education in Turkey, Yurtnaç says that their goal for the 2012-2013 school year is to bring 3,750 students to Turkey. Yurtnaç explains that there are students from 138 different countries studying in Turkey and they now have the capacity to offer scholarships to 11,000 of them. Scholarships start out at 350 TL monthly for undergraduate students, 450 TL for graduate students and 500 TL per month are offered in the form of scholarships to doctorate students. Yurtnaç explains that they are planning to increase these figures starting in the 2012-2013 school year, up to 500 TL for undergrads, 750 for graduate students and 1000 TL for doctorate students.
"We need to make Turkey a center for education in the world in terms of both opportunities as well as grants. We will also be purchasing one ticket a year for every student that comes to study in Turkey from abroad, in order to assist them in visiting their native countries. This in itself will cost approximately ten million liras."