Turkey opens its universities to Syrian refugees

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Sisters Tamara and Eilada fled their village in Syria but now have a chance to continue their studies in Turkey.

The Turkish government has established a programme which will allow Syrian refugees in the country to attend national universities, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The government has waived all university fees for qualified Syrian refugees who will begin classes at seven universities in March.

UNHCR reports that so far, 70 Bachelor's degree candidates and 10 Master's degree candidates from Adiyaman camp in southern Turkey have submitted applications.

Turkey currently shelters more than 140,000 Syrians who have fled the conflict in their country.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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