The Turkish prime minister said on Wednesday that Turkey could get stronger if it attached more importance to science and information.
Speaking at a meeting of Science and Technology Supreme Council of Turkey in capital Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said becoming one of the top 10 economies in the world by the year 2023, the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the republic, was a major goal for Turkey.
"We believe we have the potential to achieve such goal and we proceed on our way with great determination," Erdogan said.
The prime minister said that Turkey had made a remarkable progress in science, technology and innovation in recent years thanks to accurate policies and strategies.
Erdogan said the administrative and legal infrastructure needed to provide flexibility in such areas had also been introduced lately.
"In order to become one of the top 10 economies in the world, we need to increase the share of high-technology products in production and exports to 20 percent from the current 5 percent," he said.
Erdogan noted that negligence or mistakes in any field might do a certain damage to a country, however, none of them would have a major effect like the mistakes made in higher education.
"Any mistake in higher education could take a country 100 years back," he said.
Erdogan also said that Turkey could not improve its competitive power and become a prosperous country by using the information, science and technology developed by others.
"Therefore, we need to support our own brain power and have the education system, science and technology that will help us train our own qualified human power," he said.
Meanwhile, students clashed with riot police during a protest against Erdogan at the Middle East Technical University (ODTU) in Ankara.