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24 July 2019

Department of Cartoon and Animation will accept its first students

Üsküdar University has added a new department. The Department of Cartoon and Animation is opened at Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication. Department of Cartoon and Animation, which will accept students due to their central placement scores, is waiting for its students. The Department of Cartoon and Animation will provide education with its infrastructure equipped with the latest technology.Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication has opened the Department of Cartoon and Animation and therefore added a new one to its existing departments.Animation falls within a very wide rangeÜsküdar University Dean of Communication Faculty Prof. Nazife Güngör made the following comments about the Department of Cartoon and Animation:“In today’s World, animation is used in various fields of media and communication such as fine arts, architecture, medicine, defense, high-tech sectors, entertainment and so on. The Department of Cartoon and Animation, which has the feature of opening important doors in the transportation of communication sciences to the future, aims to transfer the theoretical knowledge in the field of communication by supporting it with practical training and to train qualified professionals and artists in the universities.Equipped designers are aimed to be trainedComputer labs, television studios, production and editing workshops are equipped with the latest technology, provide a suitable environment for advanced education in the field of cartoon and animation. With its qualified academic staff, our department aims to be the best among the its field and aims to train well-equipped designers with superior technical skills.Which courses are included?The syllabus is structured on traditional cartoons, 3D computer animation and cinema courses. From full-length films to short films, commercials and films are used in interactive designs, will be in the field of application of the cartoon. We aim to train graduates who will work in various branches of advertising, cinema, television, multimedia and education sectors at the end of four-year education that consist of cinema language, film, video, animation techniques, are taught. Drawing ability required for animation is a drawing ability where creativity is at the forefront, unlike art disciplines such as painting and sculpture. Observing the environment and visual perception, transferring what you observe to the animation project is much more important than drawing in animation. Students will be able to gain experience in the subjects such as basic drawing and design rules, perspective, concept character drawing which are the basis of animation oriented drawing in the curriculum.What are the job opportunities?Graduates can be employed in the animation industry as Character Designer, Storyboard Artist, Concept Designer, 3D Modeling Artist, Rigging Artist, 3D-2D Animator, Animation Director, Texture and Light Artist, Screenwriter, Visual Effects Artist, Sound Designer and Editing.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

22 July 2019

Üsküdar University received great interest at the fair!

University Fair is organized at İstanbul Congress Center in which 105 universities attended. Üsküdar University once again received great interest from prospective students and their families. Üsküdar University academicians, students and consultants provide information on all issues to candidates and parents who will make a choice.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan and Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan also attended the fair at İstanbul Congress Center. Tarhan and Arıboğan answered the questions from prospective students and their families.“The choice you make, will not be the last choice of your life”Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan gave a conference to prospective students within the scope of preference days. Prof. Arıboğan shared stimulating ideas in her conference that is entitled “Making the Right Choice and New Occupations in a Changing World”.Prof. Arıboğan reminded the candidates that they are at a very important point of their lives and also that the choice they make, will not be the last choice of their lives. Therefore, they should stay away from being stressed out.“Professions have to keep up with the new civilization” Arıboğan stated that a new plane of civilization has been formed in the changing world and she added, “The new level of civilization is destroying traditional occupations. Professions have to keep up with the new civilization. There shouldn’t be a doctor or lawyer who does not know about artificial intelligence. The future occupations should be directed in this plane.”“Everyone can be a doctor but not everyone can be a good doctor”Arıboğan emphasized the importance of leading young people to the professions in line with their abilities and she continued as, “All young people should be led to professions that are in line with their abilities. Everyone can be a doctor but not everyone can be a good doctor. Doing a job fondly brings advancement in that profession.”“You can shorten your way with the right choices” Prof. Arıboğan remarked and advised the following in her speech, “Let the students make professions compatible with their abilities. Let them be educated according to their fields. Let the guitarist play guitar, not to be an engineer. Whoever loves sewing should specialize in that. If you don't have any certain ability, you can go further to a point in an area. But you can shorten your way with the right choices”.The program ended after Prof. Arıboğan answered the students' questions.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

08 July 2019

Graduation enthusiasm of Üsküdar University

5,943 students who graduated from associate degree, undergraduate and graduate programs received their diplomas with a magnificent ceremony at the Graduation Ceremony of Üsküdar University's 2018-2019 Academic Year. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, who advised young graduates, said that “We want our students to have dreams for the society and humanity in addition to being successful and happy individuals.” Graduates of Child Development pointed out the problem of “child brides” and Hasan Wasfi Salman Dader, who graduated from computer engineering, had emotional moments when he watched the video of his family and relatives at Gaza, who could not attend the ceremony.5 thousand 943 students who graduated from Üsküdar University's associate degree, undergraduate and graduate programs, received their diplomas at the ceremony held at Ülker Sports and Event Hall in Ataşehir, Istanbul.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated in his graduation speech that how proud they are that the first graduates were 230 students in 2014 and the number increased exponentially every year as this year it rose up to 5 thousand 943 students.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “We are a student-focused university”Prof. Tarhan stated that they work not only for students success but also for them to be good individuals and that they try to keep the quality high and to be a student oriented university. Prof. Tarhan continued as “We have a quality standard of being a student oriented university. We care about this because there is no efficient production where quality is not available. We aim to raise the quality bar even further as a university.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “You cannot change the world unless you change yourselves”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan continued as, “You were a spark when you came to college, now you're a flame.” What does the flame do? It starts to illuminate and heat its surroundings, but it must burn itself before it does so. You cannot change the world unless you change yourselves. If you are going to do something, it is important that you win your first success, your victory against yourself. It is important that you begin to correct the world starting from yourself.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “Solidarity is essential, the struggle is an exception.”Prof. Tarhan said that “life is a struggle” motto is misunderstood. He continued, “There is competition in the sentence that ‘life is struggle’. However, cooperation is essential in life, struggle is an exception. Confidence is essential in human relations; doubt is an exception. Don't lose your relationship capital due to suspicion of insecurity.” Prof. Tarhan shared that unhappiness, loneliness and aimlessness are the main reasons of future anxiety.Advices from Prof. Nevzat Tarhan Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that the skills of the 21st century are innovation, entrepreneurship and most importantly, teamwork. He advised his students to have ego ideals, to plan for the future, to learn a foreign language, not to be addicted to technology, but to dominate technology. Prof. Tarhan remarked, “Having good intentions, being patriotic and religious does not protect the individual from mistakes. What protects people is accountability. You must not lose your sense of accountability.” Prof. Tarhan said, “In addition to being successful and happy individuals, we want our students to be individuals with dreams for the society they live in and for humanity.”Awards were given to the highest ranking studentsSign language instructor Ahmet Kerem Erkan also accompanied Prof. Nevzat Tarhan as he translated Tarhan’s speech to sign language. The awards were presented to the top three students. Firomsa David Osman, the International Student Representative and Tayfun Gözler, the President of the Alumni Association, each gave a speech at the ceremony. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Üsküdar University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Furkan Tarhan and İDER Foundation Member of the Board of Trustees Fırat Tarhan gave diplomas to the highest ranking graduates. Vice Presidents, Deans of the Faculties, Director of Vocational School and other academic staff presented diplomas to the graduates.The athletes of football, futsal and basketball teams, who led Üsküdar University to success in the inter-university sports competitions, were also awarded at the ceremony.Presented diplomas to their daughters Üsküdar University Advisor to the President and the AK Party 22, 23 and 24 Term Istanbul Deputy Halide İncekara presented the diploma. To her daughter Ülkü İncekara who graduated from the psychology department. Üsküdar University Asst. Prof. Hasan Çiçek presented the diploma to her daughter who graduated from English Psychology Department. Bolu Abant İzzet Baysal University Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Prof. Muhammet Güzel Kurtoğlu also presented the diploma to his daughter Fatma Hacer Kurtoğlu who graduated from Molecular Biology and Genetics Department.Mother-daughter graduated together The mother-daughter graduated from the Department of Psychology and they experienced the joy of receiving a diploma together. Filiz Yılmaz and her daughter Zeynep Yılmaz, received great attention at the ceremony.Student got emotional with the video message of his parents from Gaza  Hasan Wasfi Salman Dader, who graduated from the computer engineering department at the ceremony, experienced emotional moments with the video message of his family and relatives from Gaza, who could not attend the ceremony. Dader got emotional by the words of his family, who said how proud they were of him.“Child Brides” attracted attention  The most interesting and remarkable message of the ceremony in which colorful banners were opened was the graduates of Faculty of Health Sciences, Child Development program. It stated “In every 7 minutes a child becomes a ‘bride‘ / In every seven minutes in the world, a child is devastated / In every seven minutes in the world, one more light fades away.”Caps were finally tossedThe graduation ceremony ended with the delivery of the pennant and the reading of the graduation oath. The ceremony, which was quite enthusiastic, ended with the graduation of new graduates. The graduation ceremony was broadcasted live from ÜU TV and Üsküdar University Facebook account. Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

24 June 2019

Üsküdar University will be in jury at TGC Sedat Simavi Awards

Üsküdar University Dean of Faculty of Communication Prof. Nazife Güngör will be among the jury at Turkey Journalists Association Sedat Simavi Awards.Applications period has started to Turkey Journalists' Society (TGC) that was founded 43 years ago by Sedat Simavi.TGC Sedat Simavi Awards are given in 9 categories which are: Journalism, Radio, Television, Cartoon, Literature, Social Sciences, Science, Health Sciences and Sports. Awards Selection Committee members and the number of branches, are determined each year by the Turkey Journalists Association Board of Directors.Prof. Nazife Güngör is a jury member in the radio and television category at the TGC Sedat Simavi Awards.The applications for the TGC Sedat Simavi Awards will end at 17.00 on Monday evening, September 30, 2019.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

21 June 2019

Faculty of Communication Year End Academic Committee Meeting is held

Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication Academic Board Meeting was held at Üsküdar University South Campus with the attendance by Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk, Secretary General Selçuk Uysaler, Deputy Secretary General Asil Barış Bağ and faculty academic staff. Faculty of Communication discussed what needs to be done to maintain the rising success during the meeting.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan attended the meeting of Faculty of Communication Academic Committee Meeting in order to discuss Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication 2018-2019 Academic Year. Dean of the Faculty of Communication Prof. Nazife Güngör gave a speech and thanked everyone who attended the meeting. The activities carried out throughout the year, as well as the objectives for the new educational period were discussed. President Tarhan stated that the successful performance of the Faculty of Communication helped them reach through award-winning student projects and feedback from the sector. He stated that the team spirit and family awareness in the Faculty of Communication are very important.Increasing success rate in theory and practice …The educational activities, scientific meetings and publication activities of the faculty were discussed in detail during the academic committee meeting. It was evaluated that the faculty had a successful year in education with theoretical and practical courses. Faculty publications such as Interaction Magazine and Haber Üsküdar were also discussed during the meeting. Accordingly, it was emphasized that the rate of the scientific studies of the faculty should continue at an accelerated rate.Compliments from media professionals…The evaluations of the media sector regarding the faculty were also discussed during the meeting. President Tarhan emphasized that the media professionals he met during the media programs stated positive comments about Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication, and that they desired to visit the faculty, give lectures and conferences. It has been evaluated that the high student quota and occupancy rates of the faculty have demonstrated this success concretely.The new faculty building increases the success rate…Vice Dean of the Faculty of Communication Faculty Member Can Diker gave information about student satisfaction surveys. Diker said that the satisfaction rate is on a continuous rise and that the role of the strengthening of the academic staff and relocation of the faculty to the new building played a role. Vice Dean of the Faculty of Communication Faculty Member Şaha Özpınar also gave information about the vision meeting held by the University. Department heads gave information about their departments at the meeting. The Department of Cartoon Animation, which will take students for the first time, was introduced to the faculty. Prof. Hasip Pektaş informed that they are making a strong planning on this issue.Awarded Faculty of Communication students and their achievements were also evaluated…The awards and achievements of faculty students in various competitions were also discussed at the academic board meeting. Süleyman İrvan, the Head of the Department of New Media and Journalism, stated that the students put forward important studies in internet journalism and its applications.Head of Radio, Television and Cinema Department Assoc. Prof. İsmail Arda Odabaşı informed the students’ awards on short film awards they received.Head of Media and Communication Department Assoc. Prof. Feride Zeynep Güder gave attention to the rising rate of the department's satisfaction surveys.Head of Advertising Design Department Assoc. Prof. Özgül Dağlı also expressed the satisfaction of the rise of the department satisfaction graph.The external vision of the faculty was also discussed…The external vision of the faculty was also discussed at the meeting. Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk thanked the faculty for their contribution to the external perception of the university. In particular, he thanked Assoc. Prof. Feride thanked Zeynep Güder for accepting the international student coordinator position and the faculty coordinator. Prof. Konuk added that they expect much more support from the faculty in the scientific process in the future.English departments are aimed…President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan pointed out that the faculty should open an English department in the future in the meeting of the Academic Committee. He said that the necessary planning should be started.The evaluations were made regarding the university promotion period and strategies were followed during the presentations during the meeting. Prof. Hasip Pektaş and Asst. Prof. Aylin Tutgun Ünal emphasized the need to contribute to the use of social media during the promotion period..The meeting, which was held in the garden of the faculty, was completed with the wishes and suggestions.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 May 2019

“3rd New Media Meets the Industry” event was held

Üsküdar University Health, Culture and Sports Directorate and Üsküdar University New Media Club jointly organized the “3rd New Media Meets the Industry” event.The event was held in Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall at South Campus and was moderated by the New Media Club President Sara Güller and TRT Presenter Aynur Ayaz was also a guest.Aynur Ayaz said that she had drawn a road map from her childhood and that she started her studies since elementary school by following that career road map. Ayaz said that she found herself dealing with newspapers, magazines, radio and corporate relations and later on television. She noted that she had been in the television world for about fifteen years.“Journalists should have eyes and ears ahead of digital”Ayaz said; “Social media is threatened because we are at the point where information pollution and copy-paste style have come to the highest level. No research, no more getting ready. It’s like you're looking for fast-food, and not home-made food. Instead of always seeing the same things, listening to the same statements from the same people, reading the writings of different items from different sectors always feeds you and enriches you”.At a time when everything became digital and the signal of danger was ringing, she emphasized that journalists should have eyes and ears ahead of digital.“We need to share the truth with people.”Ayaz stated that the students should keep their dreams wide and should have shooting points in the new media that will guide the world not only the world but also in our country, and that the opportunities of students currently are much more than in the past.Ayaz said: There is a shortage of asking questions in the new media or in the digital field, they are unable to ask questions, bringing two words together, expressing themselves and they lack vocabulary. We are trying to explain ourselves with three words while we have so many Turkish vocabulary. We're in constant consumption. Our digital space is more open to consumption, but we need to produce more on this slippery surface, catch the truth and share them with people.”The event was followed by the question and answer session and ended after Dr. Gül Esra Atalay presented a plaque to Aynur Ayaz.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)          

20 Mar 2019

2019 Golden Axon Leadership Award presented to Prof. Nevzat Tarhan

Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan received 2019 Golden Axon Leadership Award by Brain Mapping Foundation. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan is the only Turkish individual to receive among the Leadership awards in Los Angeles. Same award was presented to 2018 Nobel Prize Winner American Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel.More than 800 scientists from all over the world gathered at the annual World Brain Mapping Congress organized by the US-based Brain Mapping Foundation.Within the scope of the 2019 World Brain Mapping Congress held at the Los Angeles Convention Center; Humanitarian Aid Award, Pioneer in Medicine Award, Pioneer in Technology Development and Golden Axon Leadership Award were presented.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan received Leadership Award 2019 Golden Axon Leadership Awards are presented to Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Dr. Jeff Wang, Harry Kloor, Actor, Director and Producer Sean Stone due to strategic programs, creating awareness about the foundation and its mission through global collaborations and partnerships. Dr. Deepak Chopra is the recipient of the 2019 Humanitarian award for his global humanitarian and philanthropic work. Dr. Katrin Amunts is the recipient of the Pioneer in Medicine award for her role as scientific director of the European Human Brain Project and for developing a 3D atlas of the human brain. California Senator Kamala Harris is the recipient of the Pioneer in Healthcare Policy award for her legislation in support for healthcare and medical research and the Pioneer in Technology Development Award is presented to The French Muscular Dystrophy (AFM) Telethon for their tireless effort in introducing lifesaving drugs, which have saved thousands of lives of patients with muscular dystrophy.                                                                        The awards are presented to individuals who are leaders and pioneersProf. Nevzat Tarhan Is the only Turkish individual to receive the leadership award. Same award was presented to 2018 Nobel Prize Winner American Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel.The Brain Mapping Foundation brings together scientists, physicians and engineers from many different disciplines. In addition, the care and treatment of civilians and wounded soldiers with neurological disorders are always at the forefront of the activities. In this context, life-saving multidisciplinary clinical trials are also carried out. This organization gives awards to individuals who are leaders and pioneers in their fields as well as philanthropists each year.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan met with Los Angeles Vice-Consul of the Consulate General of Turkey Aylin Şenyüz Eleveld at the 2019 Golden Axon Leadership Awards ceremony.Click below to watch Prof. Nevzat Tarhan's acceptance speech;Click to watch Prof. Nevzat Tarhan's biography prepared for the 2019 Golden Axon Leadership Award ceremony;For more details on 2019 Golden Axon Leadership Awards;Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

18 Feb 2019

TEDx Uskudar University discussed the changing world

Üsküdar University continues to host TEDx, one of the platforms that the most important ideas and discussion are held. This year’s theme of Üsküdar University TEDx was “Changing Human, Changing World”, in which the experts from politics to psychiatry shared their opinions. Political scientist Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan stated that today a brand new wall system is introduced and she continued, “Our topics is no longer the fall of the Berlin Wall but building of Mexican Wall. This is a very important change. It shows that there are serious changes in the political structure and architecture in the world.”Üsküdar University TEDx was held at Main Campus, Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall and well acknowledged academicians were present in attendance.Our topic now is the Mexican wall Üsküdar University, Faculty Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan gave a speech titled “The walls surrounding our world” and pointed out that the canvases among the countries that have greatly influenced international politics, not only world politics but also the lives of people and societies. Prof. Arıboğan mentioned the fact that many things have changed in the world with the fall of the Berlin Wall and she said, “Today we talk about a brand new wall system. We define the new world paradigm, which we once associated with the fall of the Berlin Wall, in a whole new world through the construction of another wall in another world today. Our topic is no longer the fall of the Berlin Wall, but the building of the Mexican Wall. This is a sign of a very important change. It shows that there are serious changes in the political structure and architecture in the world. That optimist approach that started in the late 1980s is not so common in the world. Globalizators, global managers, liberalizers, libertarians have significantly reduced their voices as in today's world we are not talking about our planet that has no borders from human rights to prosperity and has transformed from the world into a global village. On the contrary, we are talking about the national boundaries whose borders are visible from space, fortified with walls higher than 3 meters and surrounded by electric barbed wires.”Immigrants became refugees after the wallsProf. Arıboğan who stated that all walls seen in history have been exceeded, also emphasized that the phenomenon of immigration since ancient times is continuing. Prof. Arıboğan added that all the walls are closed to the people living inside them, and for the people who live outside the wall is the biggest motivation source. She also shared the following:“The main motivation of people staying outside that wall is to overcome that wall. This is a matter of life or death situation, the main dynamic of their lives. Today, there are about 244 million immigrants in the world. We're talking about 65 million refugees and 10 million stateless people. This figure is higher than the outcome of World War II. People are trying to go somewhere. During the world whose borders were weakened, people tried to go from place to place. In the meantime, they did not migrate, but people began to form walls when they started to become refugee. Refugees are people who are concerned about their securities, who have to have shelters in order to save their lives, leave their home and leave their lives behind. There are new motivations for people living behind the walls, while some find shelters somewhere around the world to save their lives. They are in a position to protect their old lives, jobs and status. In fact, this conflict has turned into a very important motivation for the completion of the walls. No matter how liberal, libertarian and humane society is, it slowly begins to believe in the legitimacy of all these and the walled world begins to settle in.”Creative minds turn obstacles into opportunitiesÜsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences Director, NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar gave a presentation titled “Developing creative minds” and gave examples from her husband who is cartoonist and pointed out that people with creative brains actually has an unusual way of thinking. Sayar who described the characteristics of people with unusual thinking style continued as “They get over the obstacles. Usually, when we encounter obstacles, our motivation diminishes but these people turn obstacles to opportunities. They know to look at the problems from different point of views. Their other trait is to have multiple interests. We find examples accordingly in the history. Einstein played violin. Churchill painted. In other words, people with extraordinary thinking style do not work in a single area.”The sources of psychological well-being are meaningful life, hope and gratitudeFaculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Vice Dean Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan gave a speech titled “Sources of psychological well-being”. In his speech, he stated that it is important to make life meaningful as he continued “Meaningful life is something that we put as a result of our efforts. When we think in depth, we see that almost everything we do is done to make our lives meaningful. We want to have children and we want to make careers. We want to establish meaningful relationships. The purpose of all this is to make our lives more meaningful. If we fail to do so, we feel guilty of not living well.” Assoc. Prof. Doğan added that social support, hope and gratitude are also sources of psychological well-being.The relationship with parents in infancy affects the future of the individualÜsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Psychiatrist Prof. Sermin Kesebir held a presentation titled “Psychiatric disorders are also physical diseases: Brain, Mind and Body”. In her speech, she talked about the relationship of diseases such as depression and Bipolar Disorder with metabolic diseases such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes.Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department Head of Child Development Prof. Nurper Ülküer did a presentation titled “A cup of love has lifelong deeds on people. Who drink it in their childhood years”. She drew attention to the effects of healthy relationship and communication of the individuals with their parents in early childhood between 0-3 years of age.Üsküdar University Department of Advertisement Design and Communication Dr. Faculty Member Dinçer Atlı gave a presentation titled “Talent Management”. Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Engineering Dr. Faculty Member Rüştü Murat Demirer held a presentation titled “Will there be revolutions in artificial intelligence and big data paradigms in the future?”. Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Health and Safety Dr. Faculty Member Esin Tümer’s presentation called “Istanbul! Every building is called residence & each room is separately smart in them! The mind transformation before the urban one!”. Üsküdar University Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol did presentation titled “Unhappiness is the capital of happiness”.Science is changing and so we are Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Bioengineering Dr. Faculty Member Kaan Yılancıoğlu gave a presentation titled “Is mankind ready for the new-age without antibiotics? Can we survive?”. Üsküdar University GETIPMER Director Dr. Murat Ulusoy and GETIPMER Scientific Advisory Board Member Psychologist Nalan Eyin conducted their presentation that was entitled “Sexual mind, expanded sexual response and hypnosis”. They said stated that sexual brain should be included in the traditional treatment perspective in sexual therapy and they said “Traditional therapies are mechanical and repetitive. In fact, the repetitive homework returns to automatic behaviors after a while and the automatic behaviors do not allow us to think more, nor encourage us to secrete happiness and pleasure hormones. Science is changing and so we are. Today, the biggest obstacle in science is to ignore the imagination.”The participants took a souvenir photo together at the end of the program, which was coordinated by Üsküdar University Project Development Director, NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Neurologist Assoc. Prof. Barış Metin.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

18 Jan 2019

Üsküdar University’s 2. TEDx Conference!

Üsküdar University continues to host TEDx, which is one of the most important ideas and discussion platforms in the world. In the program that will be conducted on February; Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, Prof. Sermin Kesebir, Prof. Nurper Ülküer, Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızla Sayar and many other academicians will present their speeches about the most interesting issues of their fields under the main concept of “Changing Human, Changing Science”. TEDx will be held at Üsküdar University Main Campus Termin Tarhan Conference Hall on 15 February, Friday in order to gather together the academics who are very familiar with the public.Üsküdar University Faculty Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan’s speech is titled “The Walls Surrounding Our World”. NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Psychiatrist Prof. Sermin Kesebir’s speech is titled “Psychiatric Disorders Are Also Physical Diseases: Mind and Body”. Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences, Department Head of Pediatric Development Prof. Nurper Ülküer’s speech will be about “A Cup of Love Has Lifelong Deeds on People, Who Drink it in Their Childhood Years”.Journey to psychological well-formed, creative minds…Üsküdar University Institute Director of Social Sciences Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar’s speech will be “Developing Creative Minds”. Deputy Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan will give speech about “Sources of Psychological Well-Being” and Advertisement Design and Communication Dr. Faculty Member Dinçer Atlı will give a speech on “Talent Management’’.Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Industrial Engineering Dr. Faculty Member Rüştü Murat Demirer will give a speech on “Will There Be Revolutions in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Paradigms in The Future?”. Faculty of Health Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety Dr. Faculty Member Esin Tümer will present his speech on “Istanbul! Every Building is Called Residence & Each Room is Separately Smart in Them! The Mind Transformation Before the Urban One!”. Üsküdar University Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol’s speech will be on “Unhappiness is the Capital of Happiness”.Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Bioengineering Dr. Faculty Member Kaan Yılancıoğlu’s speech will be on “Is Mankind Ready For The New-Age Without Antibiotics? Can We Survive?”.  TEDx – Üsküdar meeting will be concluded with Üsküdar University GETIPMER Director Dr. Murat Ulusoy and GETIPMER Scientific Advisory Board Member Psychologist Nalan Eyin’s speech on “Sexual Mind, Expanded Sexual Response and Hypnosis’ Why and How Necessary?”. For detailed information: https://tedxuskudaruniversity.com/en/2019Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

19 Nov 2018

Harvard and Yale’s “Positive Psychology” class is taught at Üsküdar University

Positive Psychology, known as “Science of Happiness” aims to advance personal skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, dealing with problems. Positive Psychology class that is being taught in Yale and Harvard Universities has been a mandatory class at Üsküdar University since 2012. Positive Psychology, known as “Science of Happiness” aims to advance personal skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, dealing with problems.Positive Psychology class that is being taught in Yale and Harvard Universities has been a mandatory class at Üsküdar University since 2012.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan emphasized that academic tools, professional knowledge, and experience are essential in life success, but human relations and empathy make a great difference.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that as a university they target to train “good human being” and continued, “We provide Project Culture, Communication Skills and Positive Psychology courses to our students as mandatory classes. Harvard University's most preferred course is positive psychology.They announced it as a groundbreaking course on their website. Positive Psychology is also included in the curriculum at Yale University. We as Üsküdar University have been conducting the positive psychology course since 2012.We do not only give importance to academic success. we aim to teach social success, the science of happiness and human values through this way. Harvard and Yale Universities have just started this course.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

31 Oct 2018

The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr. Binali Yıldırım received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Üsküdar University

The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey Mr. Binali Yıldırım pointed out that the people and institutions are motivated to make reference to the areas they have identified and continued “Üsküdar University is eager to apply a multi-disciplinary approach in diagnosis to treatment within this context to also be performed in neurology, psychiatry, psychology.”Üsküdar University, which is the first thematic University in the field of Behavioral Sciences and Health, held its 2018 - 2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony with the participation by the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım. An Honorary Doctorate Degree is presented to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım and was gowned by Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan during the ceremony.  The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım, the Governor of Istanbul Vasip Şahin, Advisor to the President of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Prof. Erman Tunçer, District Governor of Üsküdar Murat Sefa Demiryürek, District Governor of Kadıköy Dr. Mustafa Özarslan, Head of Provincial Public Health Services Dr. Abdullah Emre Güner, Üsküdar District Health Director Dr. Yusuf Taşçı, Üsküdar University Member of the Board of Overseers Mustafa Ataş, Credit Institution Provincial Director Cemil Bağlama attended the 2018 - 2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony at Üsküdar University Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall.Prof. Tarhan: “We chose neuroscience as our R&D focus” Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan delivered the opening speech of the ceremony. Prof. Tarhan gave the first lecture on “Changing World and Youth”. During his speech, Prof. Tarhan stated in University’s 7th Academic Year Opening that Üsküdar University has 14 thousand graduates, 5 faculties, 1 vocational school of health sciences and institutes and currently has around 19 thousand students. Prof. Tarhan shared that they are trying to do their best as a foundation University and pointed out that the universities have 4 important functions. He continued, “We want to provide a profession, inform society, make R&D and ensure that information is transformed into products. We give importance to these four principles altogether. We, as a University, chose neuroscience as our R&D focus.”The neuroscience of intention is being researched Prof. Tarhan, who stated that the neurobiology of intention in the world is currently being researched, continued his speech as “The decision-making area of man is also the region of intentions. Whatever you intend to do is what your brain imagines as well. For example, when you think of eating, that part of the brain works as if you are eating. It is a known fact that the intended behaviour is the main behaviour in people's behaviour. This has led us to Positive Psychology and the neurobiology of morals. The brain's mirror neurons work when the person intends. Therefore, an intended behaviour is now a scientific category. This is not only an area of interest for teachers of literature and philologists, but also for the psychology branch. Harvard University currently provides Positive Psychology classes. Prof. Tarhan emphasized that Üsküdar University has made the Positive Psychology class mandatory since 2012. Prof. Tarhan continued his speech “We teach humanitarian values in this class. Positive psychology theory is as if taken from the Mawlana. It is systematized and transformed into a methodology as the scientific reasons are explained but unfortunately, they did not give a reference to Mawlana. This is our shortcoming.”Giving up on critical thinking has stopped the progression of thoughtProf. Nevzat Tarhan addressed the reasons why the Ottoman Empire missed the industrial revolution and said “theology, mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy classes were removed from the madrasas in the 18th century. Ibn Sina, Ibn Rush, Farabi who was considered the second Aristotle, were removed from the syllabus. While Europe initiated the thought school in the Middle Ages, a protective approach was maintained in the madrasas as the thought-based approach was eliminated in the education system. This has stopped the improvement of thought.”Critical thinking should be instructed Prof. Tarhan addressed the importance of teaching critical thinking and continued, “It is crucial to provide religious education and positive sciences together. This is to ensure the advancement of thought. It is vital in this aspect to generate a generation that is capable to criticize and query.”Value-based education is importantProf. Tarhan said that the issue of artificial intelligence is a significant topic that is spoken around the world, and now there is a civilization crisis in both the West and the East. There is an evolving youth out there. Value-based education is important. It is also important to be able to teach charity, forgiveness, being a good person. This is how we can win over the new generation youth.”We should respond to the youth’s psychological needs Prof. Nevzat Tarhan expressed that there are 3 fragile points of today’s youth and continued, “The younger generation has a high expectation of justice. They hate the peremptory approach and have high expectations of freedom. If we do not respond to these expectations and psychological needs of the youth, it will be very difficult to communicate with them. Sultan Abdülhamid was a very good leader and sovereign. He did a great deal of work until a strong military structure was formed, but in doing so, he played into the other’s hands. A dialogue was not made between the youth. Therefore, the youth he trained, turned against him. For this reason, we need to be able to re-establish an emotional connection with youth.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan read the Honorary Doctorate Degree justification The Honorary Doctorate Degree Ceremony started after the Dean of Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Advisor to the President Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan read the Honorary Doctorate Degree justification. It was stated in the justification that “Üsküdar University Senate cordially and unanimously decided to grant Mr. Binali Yıldırım the title of “Honorary Doctorate Degree” due to his significant contributions to the Turkish politics, our democracy and the Turkish public with his unifying personality and moral standing through obtaining a concept of social responsibility and conducting infrastructure studies.”Honorary Doctorate Degree presented to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım Honorary Doctorate Degree was presented to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım and Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gowned Mr. Yıldırım. Mr. Yıldırım delivered a speech in the ceremony in which Üsküdar University’s The Feeler was also presented.Mr. Binali Yıldırım: “These young people are becoming a hope for our future”Mr. Binali Yıldırım stated that there have been more than 19 thousand graduates at Üsküdar University with 4 faculties, 5 institutes and 1 vocational school and which has the roots back to 1999, the founding of NP Group. Mr. Yıldırım said, “These young people are becoming a hope for our future due to the formation education they receive. Because Üsküdar University is a University that brings together good, beautiful and true social sciences with positive sciences seeking realities. Our friends have told me that Üsküdar University is Turkey's first behavioural and health thematic University.”  Üsküdar University tries to apply a multidisciplinary approach starting from treatment to diagnosis in TurkeyMr. Yıldırım shared that it is not possible to be good at every field in the current age and he continued as, “I can do any kind of job” era is now history:“People and institutions are now moving towards making reference to the areas they identify themselves with. Üsküdar University is eager to apply a multi-disciplinary approach in diagnosis to treatment within this context to also be performed in neurology, psychiatry, psychology. Therefore, I can also say that this is a University that has differs itself from other universities. It is a fact that it is trying to actualize the health sciences from the classical field to a computer-based education system. I can say that this qualification of the university addresses our young people who are interested in psychology and behavioural health sciences. The word university combines universe and city, which the gateway to reach universal from local. It is tried to reach a new synthesis with different beliefs, thoughts and interpretations by using the accumulation of humanity as a whole. At this point, it is very important not to be ideological and dogmatic. It is obvious that there is a need for universities in order to produce knowledge systematically, teach academic thought and obtain the power of analysis. We need universities in order to mature democracy through seeing differences as a richness and developing a culture of communication and consultation. In this sense, universities that produce knowledge and value in the fields such as health, engineering and social sciences contribute greatly to humanity.”Mr. Yıldırım thanked President Tarhan  The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly Mr. Binali Yıldırım said “I have seen and witnessed today that Üsküdar University, which expresses its principles as open to criticism, libertarian, pluralist and participant, offers you tremendous opportunities. I would like to thank once again everyone who has contributed starting with Prof. Nevzat Tarhan who put forward the idea of a university.”He appreciated the social responsibility projects Mr. Yıldırım also stated that he learned that Üsküdar University is not only engaged in academic education but also social responsibility projects. He said, “I appreciate the fact that you are extending your hand to our young children who need to be sheltered with the help of civil society organizations such as Hold My Hand, Happy Family Happy Life Organizations. This is the way to integrate with society and move from theory to practice. I also congratulate you on being actively involved in solving social problems.”These are your golden years, make the best of it Mr. Yıldırım advised, “Dear youngsters, without a doubt, you are our security and power in regards to protect Turkey's future and look to the future with hope. You absolutely need to learn a language while at the university. Learn to write, speak and every aspect of a language. These are your golden years. If you do not learn a language at these years, it becomes harder afterwards. When I was 45 years old. I left my family with children back home and went abroad for two years to learn a language. I also did a master’s degree. This is what we need. Whatever your occupation may be, you have to learn a language to open up to the rest of the world and know what is happening globally. Learn at least one language, whichever that will be.”Mr. Yıldırım: “Never give up on learning”Mr. Yıldırım, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly said that there is no age limit in learning and continued as, “As soon as you give up on learning, you start to age. It does not matter if you are 60 years old or 20 years old, learning keeps people young. Therefore, we will read and learn more. Learning smooths ruffled feathers of people. It completely eliminates the combative identity. Learning brings everything to the point in which mutual understanding is accomplished.Prof. Sevil Atasoy presented the gowns Academic Upgrade Gowning was also actualized in the ceremony. New faculty members, associate professorships and professors were given their new gowns in the ceremony.Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Sevil Atasoy presented the gowns who became Dr. Faculty Members.Merve Çebi from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Psychology (English), Zeynep Bahadır Ağce from the Department of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Çetin Sayaca from the Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Sultan Mehtap Büyüker from the Pharmacy Services Program of the Vocational School of Health Services, Ebru Özkan Oktay from the Vocational School of Health Services Technology Program, Feride Kulalı from the Vocational School of Health Services Nuclear Technology and Radiation Safety Program, Miraç Kamışlıoğlu, Özge Kılıçoğlu, Tuğba Kaman from Medical and Aromatic Plants of Vocational School of Health Services wore their gowns.Prof. Mehmet Zelka presented the associate professorship gowns Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Mehmet Zelka presented the gowns to the associate professors. Feride Zeynep Güder from Faculty of Communication - Department of Media and Communication, Özgül Dağlı and Dinçer Atlı from Department of Advertising Design and Communication, Çiğdem Yazıcı from Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Department of Philosophy, Işıl Göğcegöz Gül from Department of Psychology, Türker Tekin Ergüzel from Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences - Department of Software Engineering, Cemal Onur Noyan from Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Occupational Therapy, Mesut Karahan from Biomedical Device Technology Program, Tuğba Altıntaş from Department of Health Management, Hüseyin Ozan Tekin from Radiotherapy Program received their new gowns.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan presented the professorship gowns Prof. Nevzat Tarhan presented the new gowns to the academicians who received the title of professor. Tunç Çatal from Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences - Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (English), Nedret Hızel from Faculty of Health Sciences - Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Defne Kaya from Department of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation, Arif Şanlı from Department of Audiology, Abdullah Karatay and İsmet Galip Yolcuoğlu from Department of Social Services, Niyazi Beki from Institute for Sufi Studies received their new gowns.The ceremony was live streamed from ÜU TV and a family photo was taken at the end of the event.Mr. Binali Yıldırım stayed afterwards and had his lunch at Üsküdar University together with the Üsküdar University President, Vice Presidents and Advisors.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

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