150 Gaza students set to get Turkish scholarships

By Hedaya al-Saidi, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Turkish delegation currently visiting the Gaza Strip has begun conducting interviews with hundreds of applicants

A Turkish delegation currently visiting the Gaza Strip has begun conducting interviews with hundreds of applicants

GAZA CITY – A Turkish delegation currently visiting the Gaza Strip has begun conducting interviews with hundreds of applicants who hope to be part of a scholarship program being sponsored by the Turkish government in a number of countries.

Program coordinator in the Turkish cabinet Ahmet Atabas, currently in Gaza, said his delegation would provide 150 Gazan students with academic scholarships during its current visit to the Palestinian enclave.

He told Anadolu Agency that the delegation began interviewing applicants two days ago, adding that around 2000 students – including 1200 from Gaza – had already applied for the program.

Atabas described the caliber of Gazan applicants as "very good," noting that about 150 Gazan students would receive scholarships.

He said the Turkish government would try to increase the number of scholarships offered to Gazan students, in light of the Palestinian territory's difficult circumstances.

He added that the Turkish government would provide young scholars with flights home, health insurance and a Turkish language course – as well as study fees.

According to Atabas, the Turkish government has already received more than 36,000 scholarship applications from students in 170 countries.

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