Minister Jaabiri receives a gift from his Turkish counterpart Prof. Dr. Ziya Selçuk.

Graduate students from Somalia continuing their education in Turkey have a reason to smile after the Higher education body YOK, approved recognition of their undergraduate academic documents which were previously turned down by Turkish Universities awaiting approval from YOK.

This comes following talks between Somalia’s state Minister for Education, Culture and Higher Education, Minister Abdirahman Mohamud Abdulle Jaabiri and senior government officials in the Turkish Education sector led by Minister for National Education, Prof. Dr. Ziya Selçuk.

Minister Jaabiri (R) with Head of YOK Yekta Saraç

The decision is one of the resolutions reached as part of furthering Somali-Turkish cooperation in Education using the sector to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two brotherly nations.

The decision materialized following talks on a wide range of subjects involving Minister Jaabiri and the President of higher education in Turkey, Prof. Dr. M. A. Yekta Saraç. The Minister was also accompanied by Somalia’s Ambassador to Turkey, H.E Ambassador Jama Abdullahi Mohamed and
The Embassy’s Cultural Attache Mr. Abdiaziz Sharaf.

This means that dozens of graduate students can now comfortably focus on their studies and work on their projects towards graduation following the removal of the existing obstacle.

Minister Jaabiri welcomed the decision and expressed appreciation to the Turkish government for their continued collaboration in education.

Education has played a significant role in the growth of the diplomatic ties between Somalia and Turkey with thousands of Somali students including Somalis living in the diaspora studying in various universities in Turkey both on scholarship and on a self sponsored basis.

The Minister later held talks with Deputy president of Turkey’s religious affairs, Diyanet, Dr. Selim Argun with a keen focus on institutions offering religious education.

The minister and his delegation are on an official visit to Ankara, Turkey.