UNESCO selected Turkey’s first center of excellence
Üsküdar University, Turkey’s first thematic University in the field of Behavioral Sciences and Health, is selected by UNESCO as Turkey’s first center of excellence due to its studies within the scope of Neurobiology, Cognitive Medicine and Brain. Consequently, many doctorate students from all over the world will visit Üsküdar University. Üsküdar University is Turkey’s first University to be selected as the center of excellence by Academy of Sciences for the Developing World– TWAS.
Prof. Muhsin Konuk shares details of that visit
Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk stated that Dr. Max Paoli, Coordinator of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, visited Üsküdar University upon invitation. Prof. Muhsin Konuk explained Dr. Max Paoli’s visit to Üsküdar University’s laboratories and research centers and how amazed he was, declaring the reason why TWAS selected Üsküdar University to be Turkey’s center of excellence. Prof. Konuk said: “Dr. Max Paoli, the Coordinator of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, who coordinates between UNESCO and World Academy of Sciences, came to Istanbul to attend a meeting organized by the World Academy of Sciences. Paoli told his friend, who happened to be the Turkish member of the World Academy of Sciences, that he wanted to deliver a speech to the academicians. His friend called me and we organized a meeting. We met with Dr. Max Paoli at our University.
Given the fact that Paoli is a protein engineer, we showed him our laboratories. He observed our laboratories and our work environment. He offered a proposal to me after seeing our experimental animal units, pharmacogenetics, molecular biology, genetics, neuroscience and neurotechnology laboratories. Paoli said ‘We, as the World Academy of Sciences, ensure that doctoral students from developing countries work in the centers of excellence that we have determined. Would you accept our offer that we would like to make, due to your University’s studies in neuroscience, brain and cognitive processes? Hereafter the process has started.”
The first University in Turkey that is chosen as a center of excellence by TWAS Prof. Muhsin Konuk explained that UNESCO accepts selected doctorate students from developing countries into their Word Academy of Science Excellence Center. Prof. Konuk continued, “TWAS enabled students to send students to various countries to continue their studies. Therefore, we are the first University in Turkey to be the center of excellence selected by TWAS.”
Üsküdar University will train good individuals
Prof. Muhsin Konuk emphasized the fact that Üsküdar University, which is derived to train good individuals, will educate students from all over the world. He said, “This is not only important just for our University but also for Turkey as the prestige will increase concurrently. Due to our meetings with TÜBİTAK, TÜBİTAK developed a program that the students from all Turkish Universities can benefit from accommodational and nutritional opportunities. Actually, they have improved the previous version. TÜBİTAK will provide financial aid to students. In our laboratories, under the guidance of our scientists and our candidates, these students will complete their studies.”