An Assessment of MoNE-YLYS scholarship program from the perspectives of scholars’: changes in cultural, political, economic and educational perceptions


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Sciences, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Özlem Erden

Supervisor: AHMET OK

Abstract:

This study aimed to assess MoNE-YLSY scholarship program relying on the opinions of scholars, and determine the changes in scholars’ cultural political, economic and educational perceptions and the reasons that lie behind the changes. Mixed design was used to examine the stated purpose. Qualitative data were collected from 18 participants studying in the UK to obtain information on the program. A self-developed questionnaire was delivered to 156 participants studying in the UK to obtain information on the changes in scholars’ perceptions and the reasons. SPSS Statistics 20 was utilized for the explanatory fac tor analysis, descriptive statistics and regression analysis. According to the results, the aims and objectives of MoNE-YLSY scholars hip program were student mobility, training future academics, gaining overseas experiences, strengthening new-opened universities, contributing to scientific developments in Turkey, gaining language skills, and international networking. The program did not accomplish its aims and objectives regarding sending determined number of students due to lack of advertising, and unsystematic structure. MoNE-YLSY scholars complained about the amount of stipend, lack of employee rights, academic advisory, miscommunication with MoNE and consultants at universities in Turkey, bureaucratic procedures and the duration of compulsory service. MoNE-YLSY scholars underwent some changes such as becoming more open to different ideas, being more respectful to individual differences, decreasing their prejudice against different nations, religions, and ethnicity. The reasons of these changes are the cultural, political, economic and educational characteristics of the host society. The changes in scholars’ perceptions were only related with cultural, political and educational reasons.