The IDB Education Trust Ghana started and became operational in Ghana in the 1986/ 87 academic year. That was the year in which the first batch of beneficiaries was awarded scholarships to study in Turkey.

The basic policy of IDB is for beneficiaries to study in their own countries if the institutional and other facilities allow it. However, circumstances at that time necessitated that the beneficiaries from Ghana should study outside and Turkey was selected as the preferred destination. This study arrangement persisted until the 2000/ 2001 Academic when all the beneficiaries were all located for studies in Ghana.