Somalia’s public works, reconstruction and housing minister, Sadiq Abdullah Abdi, recently announced that Turkey is the primary study abroad destination for young Somali students.

In an article on Yeni Şafak, he said, “Even if they are offered the United States or the West, they don’t choose them. Right now, they all prefer to study here, in Turkey.”

Currently, about 1,000 Somali students study in Turkey in “all fields” including medicine, engineering, and agriculture.

Abdi said, “Turkey has transformed Somalia like never before, from education to development to infrastructure development. And most importantly boosted trade ties.”

Abdi also studied in Turkey, earning his master’s degree in electronics and electrical engineering at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University in 2006. He said that Turkey became a “home away from home” for him and noted that Turkey's high educational quality, its social structure, and cultural values “attract international students, especially from Somalia.”

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