Civil engineering as an occupation has a very special position in Türkiye. Nationally, civil engineering departments enrolled the best students from the 1950s to the middle of the 1970s. These graduates became the employees of many Turkish civil engineering firms. As a result, Turkish civil construction companies were able to sign a large number of contracts, subsequently performing successfully in projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. These large construction companies required Turkish engineers, who were well educated and could speak a foreign language (usually English), to be hired in their international projects and construction sites.