Size Matters in Turkish Higher Education

  • Oğuz Esen İzmir University of Economics
Keywords: Turkey, Turkish higher education, mergers and splits, universal access, university size


In recent years, mergers and consolidation have been widely used in higher education to create stronger, more competitive universities in the transition from mass to universal access. In Turkey, however, developments have gone in the opposite direction. Initially, a number of smaller-scale, highly specialized public universities were founded, and recently new universities were established by splitting larger-scale, existing universities. Universal access requires a more comprehensive vision.

Author Biography

Oğuz Esen, İzmir University of Economics

Oğuz Esen is professor of economics and former rector of İzmir University of Economics, İzmir, Turkey. E-mail:

How to Cite
Esen, O. (2020). Size Matters in Turkish Higher Education. International Higher Education, (103), 31-32. Retrieved from

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