Turkey must stand on own feet in technology: Erdogan

By Gokhan Ergocun</p> <p>ISTANBUL (AA) – Turkey has to stand on its own feet in the field of technology, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Addressing the opening ceremony of a technology development area in the capital Ankara, Erdogan said: &quot;As we cannot be independent without ruling our own territory, we also cannot maintain our independence without mastering in technology.”</p> <p>From data production and security to defense, health, education, and information technologies, Turkey should have its own control on all, the president said.</p> <p>Erdogan was speaking at the opening ceremony of the information and innovation center at the Middle East Technical University.</p> <p>The center aims to attract key players in software and mobile technology areas from all around the world.</p> <p>The focus should be on the quality in the new era, Erdogan stressed, adding: &quot;For this, it is a must that we should carry our universities forward.</p> <p>“Our human capital is our most important power.&quot;</p> <p>Although the university system in Turkey is not ideal currently, Erdogan said, “We are determined to take important and extensive steps in this field”.