For sometime Turkish scientists have been actively involved in biotechnology related research. However, biotechnology education in Turkey is a relatively recent phenomenon. The subject has not been addressed at the undergraduate level in a serious way until recently, This is evident from the lack of undergraduate degree programmes in biotechnology at Turkish Universities. The Turkish scientific establishment is very much aware of the importance of biotechnology and has identified this subject as one of the priority areas. The Universities are taking positive steps towards enhancing Biotechnology education. This article focuses on the emergence, as well as the problems and prospects of Biotechnology education in Turkey. (C) 2000 IUBMB. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.