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Students Enrolled in Occupied Cyprus' Tertiary Education Top 70,000

occupied areas cyprusThe number of students enrolled in tertiary education in the occupied part of Cyprus is expected to top 70,000 this academic year.
The number of newly-registered students in occupied Cyprus has seen a year-on-year increase since 2008. Last year’s figures reveal that Turkish-Cypriots were a minority in occupied Cyprus’ education institutes.
According to Turkish-Cypriot newspaper “Yeni Duzen,” the number of students enrolled in the eight universities operating in the region reached 62,726 for the academic year 2013-2014.
Education official Ziya Ozturkler stated that the total number of students during the academic year 2014-2015 is expected to reach 70,000.
Based on the academic year 2013-2014, Ozturkler said 13,000 registered university students were Turkish-Cypriots, 15,000 were from third countries, while the vast majority, or 35,000, were from Turkey.
Meanwhile, in a separate article in “Vatan” newspaper, Ankara’s representative in occupied Cyprus, Halil Ibrahim Akca, predicted that the number of university students this year will reach 73,000.
He was quoted as saying that the economy of the Ankara-financed regime depended, to a great extent, on the revenue from tertiary education. “At the moment, 30% of the gross domestic product consists of higher education revenue, together with the direct and indirect effects,” said Akca.

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