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Brain drain to the West

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Islamic world “is losing its brightest brains to the West.”
Erdoğan emphasized the importance of education when speaking in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, where he opened the “Science and Technology Summit” of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

He stressed that 55 percent of the Islamic world is illiterate and complained about the brain drain.
The president’s sensitivity is of course gratifying, but we must also look at the situation in Turkey.

Turkey’s situation

Investments for education, the number of schools and universities, and the allocation to research and development from the national income have increased during the Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rule. Alongside these quantitative developments, however, we should also see the dire truth.

In terms of scientific publications, Iran, a country which had been much behind Turkey in the past, first caught up with Turkey in 2010, then overtook Turkey.

According to the Times Higher........

© Hürriyet Daily News