Number of Syrian Refugees Studying at Turkish Universities Will Be Increased

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about march of teachers and students in New Delhi, support of Turkey and EU for Syrian refugees who will be studying at Turkish universities and Malaysian students who are free to join political campaigns outside campus.

Teachers and students in New Delhi march to protest ”destruction of top universities”

In a march, organized by Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA), a large number of professors and students took a protest march from Mandi House to Parliament Street. The reason for their protest was autonomous status that was granted to some universities. One of the organizers stated: “This is done by those people who talk about progress in the society. Government is trying to destroy top universities and such effort will end social justice.” Protesters also wanted to point out that issues such as sexual harassment are present on campuses, reports Times of India.

Number of Syrian refugees studying at Turkish universities will be increased

In a joint statement by the Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and the U.N.’s refugee agency, it was discovered that more than 4.200 Syrian students will be able to enroll Turkish universities. It is also revealed that they are working together with the European Union “to increase access to quality higher education opportunities for Syrian youth in Turkey.” There are two projects that will be completely funded by Turkey and the EU, and the names of these projects are “Supporting the national institutions in Turkey to mitigate the impact of Syrian refugee crisis,” and “Increasing access to higher education for Syrian refugees in Turkey.” Mehmet Köse, the president of YTB said: “It is possible that the civil war in Syria has caused damage to the country’s infrastructure that will take long time to repair. However, a more important point is to ensure that the displaced Syrian youth are enabled to make the most of their time in the host country, while also thinking about the future of their country”, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

Malaysian students free to join political campaigns outside campus

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh stated that university students are free to join political campaigns taking place outside their campus during the 14th General Elections. If students decided to campaign at the universitiy campus, then it will be university’s decision whether to take an action against them. University Colleges Act from 2012 has allowed students to engage in political parties, associations and groups while off campus. Idris Jusoh also added: “They have the right to engage in politics outside campus. Within the campus, they are subject to university regulations”, reports the Star Online.

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