By Asma al-Mohattwari
On Thursday, Turkish Ambassador to Yemen Fazli Corman received Yemeni students selected with full scholarships to Recep Tayyip Erdogan University in Rize, to bid them farewell before their departure.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan University has provided Yemeni students with 22 scholarships for Bachelor studies. Mr. Corman said that these scholarships have been offered in addition the annual scholarship granted between Yemen and Turkey. “In May of this year, we opened a new chapter in our relationship by choosing 22 students to study in one of the best universities in Turkey.”
The number of scholarships was determined in accordance with the number of Yemeni governorates. According to Mr. Corman, the director of Recep Tayyip Erdogan University was so impressed with Yemen and the possibilities of the educated Yemeni youth during a recent visit that “he just give us 22 scholarships to choose the first, second and third-best student from every governorate to go to Turkey for four years of university education and one year of language study.”
The Minister of Higher Education, Hesham Sharaf, said that this is a great opportunity to send Yemeni students to Turkey. “Two to three thousand students apply for scholarships, but only 500 or 600 scholarships are offered, so you are so lucky that they have chosen you.”
Mr. Sharaf hopes that the Turkish Ambassador might create a similar scholarship for girls. He observed that 50% of Yemeni society is made up of women, so they should receive the same opportunities as boys.
Malak Mohammed Taher received the highest grade in her class in Sana’a’s Asma School. Her joy at getting a chance to study and represent Turkey in Yemen was almost palpable.
“You are the ambassadors of Yemen in Turkey, and I am sure you will represent Yemen well. After five years I want to see you become very active members in Yemen, active participants in its change and development,” Corman concluded.