11 September 2018:
In his speech, where he addressed the problems in university education, President Erdoğan evaluated the problems as follows:
"Our higher education institutions that we have today are the successors of the oldest educational institutions of the world. The Harran School in the province of Şanlıurfa is considered to be one of the oldest universities in the world. Our cities in the Aegean region, which have a thousand-year history, are also centers of culture and knowledge.
"How come are the universities in Turkey not among the best 500 universities of the world? It means that we have lost something, it means that there is a problem somewhere.
"We cannot achieve the desired results yet"
"In this process, we have made the biggest investment in education; but, I cannot, unfortunately, say that we could achieve the desired results.
There will be changes in the educational system
"We still have problems in terms of the content and system (in education). God willing, in the new school year, our primary goal will be to increase the level of education, both in terms of system and content, in such a way to contribute to Turkey to reach its goals.
"We will change our perspective and practices in all areas starting from the family and reaching to the university and working life in accordance with the needs of our country."
"We have 8 million university students"
"As you know, I was in Germany a short time ago. During our meeting with the Chancellor (Angela Merkel), I asked her about the number of university students in Germany. And, of course, her answer was interesting.
"She mentioned having around 3 million students at academic institutions. There are currently 8 million students in our universities. It means that we are actually good. In other words, we can have some problems in terms of quality; but, our way is still open." (HK/SD)