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Turkey’s nightmare: Brain drain

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It started long before Turkey’s July 15, 2016 military coup attempt. Slowly but steadily, young professionals, entrepreneurs, engineers, academics and new graduates started leaving their home country in search of a better future. Many of the country’s best and brightest do not see any hope of creating better lives and improving their intellectual capacity in their homeland anymore. The reasons are more than political.

When my generation was growing up, state high schools named “Anadolu Liseleri” (Anatolia High Schools) were the best choice for children in smaller towns. They had great teachers, good sports facilities and a very good record of sending their graduates to prestigious universities like Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University or Ankara’s Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).

Going to expensive private schools was almost like an insult in Bursa, where I grew up. Public high schools like the Bursa Girls High........

© Hürriyet Daily News