Turkey to stop sending students to United States for graduate degrees

Turkey is to stop sending students to the United States for post-graduate studies and limit the number it sends to European and Asian countries, Yeni Şafak newspaper on Thursday quoted Deputy Education Minister Mustafa Safran as saying.

NATO allies Turkey and the United States are embroiled in a diplomatic tussle over Turkey’s imprisonment of Americans that Washington says are being held as hostages. The United States last month imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers and doubled tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminium imports. Turkey responded with sanctions of its own on some U.S. goods.

Safran criticised post-graduate teaching in the United States and said the new policy would save the Turkish government $20 million it pays to U.S. universities annually. Students would only be sent to European and Asian countries for post-graduate studies in a limited range of subjects.