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Best Universities in Turkey

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

bilkent universityThe number of international students choosing to study in Turkey has more than doubled since 2006, signaling the country’s growing importance as a higher education destination. In the 2015-16 academic year, there were around 48,000 foreign students in Turkey. Do you wonder how Turkey’s universities are ranked in the World University Rankings.

The thirteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, compiled by global higher education think tank QS Quacquarelli Symonds, announced world’s best universities. Turkey’s Bilkent University drops out of the top 400. Bilkent University drops 26 places, and it now ranks 420th. This year’s results indicate that Turkey’s universities are falling. They are performing well for graduate employability. However, they are struggling to produce high-impact research.

koc universityMeanwhile, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked as the world’s best university for a fifth consecutive year.

Other key results for Turkey include:

  • Nine Turkish universities are ranked, two more than in last year’s edition due to the expansion of the ranking which now includes 916 institutions; These are Gazi Üniversitesi and Cukurova University. Both rank in the 701+ category;
  • Koç University is Turkey’s only university to rise this year. It jumps from 481-490th to 451-460th;
  • All but one of Turkey’s institutions receives a lower global rank for research this year. This is measured using QS’s citations per faculty;
  • The only Turkish university to improve its research performance is Sabanci University;
  • However, eight Turkish universities improve their rank for employer reputation;
QS World University Rankings 20162017: Turkey
2016 2015 Institution Name
411-420  394= BILKENT UNIVERSITY
441-450 441-450 SABANCI UNIVERSITY
451-460 481-490 KOÇ UNIVERSITY
471-480 431-440 MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
471-480 441-450 BOGAZIÇI ÜNIVERSITESI
651-700 551-600 ISTANBUL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
 701+  701+ ANKARA ÜNIVERSITESI
 701+  701+ CUKUROVA UNIVERSITY
 701+   GAZI ÜNIVERSITESI
 701+ 651-700 HACETTEPE UNIVERSITY
 701+  701+ ISTANBUL UNIVERSITY
© QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016 http://www.TopUniversities.com/
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