“We need to carry measures that will prevent this brain drain, which is causing our science world to become a desert, into effect as soon as possible,” Turkish President Erdoğan said in an event on higher education in the Muslim world at the Beştepe Presidential Complex in Ankara, Turkish media Hurriyet reported.
Saying that there were only a few universities from the Muslim world among the top 500 universities in the world, he added that the brightest youths were moving to Western countries. “On top of that, we are transferring very serious amounts of money to Western countries for this. After these students complete their academic studies, we naturally expect them to return to their countries and serve their own people. But most of the time, those finishing their schools do not return to their homelands, but stay where they received education,” he noted.