… Offers Scholarships To Students
Goodmus Learning Centre, at the weekend, organised an entrance examination into Karamanoglu Mehmebey University, Karaman, Turkey.
The exam known as YOS, which held at Goodmus Learning centre in Ilupeju area of Lagos, allows Nigerian students to get admission into Karamanoglu Mehmebey University and other government owned universities in Turkey.
Speaking at the venue, shortly after the exam, Prof Ugur Aygun, International Student Coordinator, Karamanoglu Mehmebey University, Karaman, Turkey said that, he was impressed with the conduct of the students and the Centre throughout the examination period.
Prof Ugur Aygun however, informed that, due to popular demand from most of the candidates who could not make the exam, another entrance exam has been slated to hold online on 10th May this year.
Confirming that the exam enables students get admission into Turkish universities, Prof Ugur Aygun noted that, about 20 Nigerian students were present in the examination.
Prof Ugur Aygun further said “In Turkey there are over 200 universities. Our university is a bit different from others because it has some uniqueness. We started in 2007. It is a well developed school with 11 faculties, 2 hostels, 6 vocational schools, Schools for PhD and Masters studies”.
“We have around 20,000 local students in our campus and our campus is one of the biggest in Turkey. With 2 million square meters area. We provide, not only academic knowledge but social amenities to help the students”, the university don added.
On the possibility of students securing employment in Turkey, the professor stated “Actually, it is not about us but about government policies and immigration laws. Any student is not allowed to work. But once they complete their studies in Turkey, they can stay and apply for working permission.. They can be given document to work in Turkey”.
Prof Ugur Aygun equally said that, left for the school, it would have been made free education for foreign students but that there is a government rule stipulating that they should ask for a minimum amount of fees from foreign students.
“It depends on the department. For some departments, it starts from $500 dollars for $700 to 800 approximately. All international students are expected to study one year language course. After the one year language, they run the program” .
On the average cost of studying in Turkey, the Prof said “A 4 – year programme in sciences for example, may cost about $60 or $70 approximately. That is government scholarships. There are lots of universities that cost $2, 000 to 3, 000 for one semester. We don’t do that. Our priority is to give an affordable and quality education to our international students, not only in Africa but other parts of the world. We want to make our campus an international campus. That is why we are not looking for money but to offer quality education for international students”.
Prof Ugur Aygun said that he has been receiving Nigeria students for two years counting and that Nigerian students are more successful than their local students.
He commended Goodmus Learning Centre for opening doors for most Nigerians and Africans to come and study in Turkey.
Also speaking at the exam centre in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer of Goodmus Learning Centre, Adekunle Badmus said the exam has become necessary due to education bilateral agreements between Nigeria and Turkey which they are implementing.
According to Badmus, the Centre is trying to activate government policy for the betterment of every African child from high school level to PhD level,adding that the Centre has discovered that education is the only thing that can rescue a child from where she/he is and their future.
To show interest and commitment to African students, Badmus said that , Karamanoglu Mehmebey University, has decided to give full tuition waiver for 10 Nigerian students in form of scholarship.
What this means according to the CEO is that, after their language course, they will not pay any fees again.
In addition, Badmus noted that the Centre , in partnership with First New Generation Citadel, Jmat Educational Consult, Blossom Ideas and Solutions and others have also decided to offer a full blown scholarship, from the lowest level to PhD level.
Advising the government, Badmus stated that “It is no longer news that the number of high school graduates that we produce don’t have enough tertiary institutions to absorb them, this has degenerated to different kinds of vices. I advise the federal government not to make UTME a fail or pass exam, so that students will all have access to different fields of education.
“It is due to education bilateral agreements between Nigeria and Turkey that we are implementing the government policy. Throughout Africa, we are like trying to activate government policy for the betterment of every African child from high school levels to PhD level. We have discussed that education is the only rescue from where a child is and their future”.
“This exam allows students to get admission into , Karamanoglu Mehmebey University. And more than other government owned universities in Turkey. This is because , Karamanoglu Mehmebey University is owed by the Turkish government. It is like our own UTME. The difference is that it is valid for 2 years and it is not a fail or pass exam but just for assessment. This year, 3,000 quotas have been assigned to African students”, Badmus stated.