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Rate of women professors in Turkey outstrips EU

Former US vice President's wife Jill Biden (C) poses with Turkish teachers and students in Istanbul on January 22, 2016 [STR/AFP via Getty Images]
Former US vice President's wife Jill Biden (C) poses with Turkish teachers and students in Istanbul on January 22, 2016 [STR/AFP via Getty Images]

The proportion of women professors employed at Turkish universities has outpaced the average in EU countries, the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YOK) announced on Saturday, reports Anadolu Agency.

Turkey has 207 higher education institutions, with nearly 8.22 million students and almost 91,000 academics in total.

The ratio of male students in higher education is 51% with over 4.17 million, while that of female students is 49%, increasing from 42% in 2002.

While the number of academics was 74,134 in 2003, this reached 180,065 in 2020, of which 98,404 are men and 81,661 are women. The proportion of women academics exceeds 45%.

Also, there are 51,412 research assistants in Turkey, with 26,352 women and 25,060 men.

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