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09 Aug 2019

Sociology; An expert in overview of social events

Üsküdar University has started “Sociology Master’s Program (Thesis)” within Institute of Social Sciences. The program offers professional deepening and academic career opportunities for those who wish to specialize in sociology and wish to develop a different perspective on social events. Üsküdar University aims to make an important contribution to Sociology literature by adding the “Social Dynamics of the Turkish World” course to its master's program. Sociology, which is necessary for social science, has become an increasingly important field in terms of evaluating human relations and social developments. The Sociology Master Program, which is a postgraduate program with a thesis, is opened under Üsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences. Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of the Department of Sociology Prof. Ebulfez Süleymanlı provided information about the Master's Program in Sociology, which provides solutions to social problems, makes sense, and provides critical methodology for critical approach when necessary and gave the following information about the program: “Sociology is a socially important discipline. The Sociology Master's Program offers a curriculum to improve students' sociological knowledge and to transfer interactions with other social sciences within the scope of applications. Graduates of the Sociology Master’s program will gain competence in line with their interests as well as basic knowledge.”The Social Dynamics of the Turkish World is included in the Sociology Graduate ProgramProf. Ebulfez Süleymanlı stated that the Sociology Graduate Program at Üsküdar University offers students a wide variety of qualified course content. He continued as; “we aim to train experts who deal with all aspects of Eastern and Western civilization and evaluate the positive and negative aspects of historical sociological issues with the Sociology Master’s Program. We aim to develop an indigenous, original and individual perspective that can remain in peace with the ancient roots of these civilizations without getting lost in Eastern and Western civilizations.”  Prof. Dr. Ebulfez Süleymanlı said that Turkey's understanding of the historical and geographical heritage, contributed significantly to the explanation and said that they were preparing a program exceeds the claims. He remarked that they aim to make an important contribution to the sociology literature with the course of “Social Dynamics of Turkish World” and he continued; “we offer students a detailed and in-depth sociology education with courses such as Theoretical Problems in Contemporary Sociological Theory, Sociology of Knowledge, International Migration and Multiculturalism, Poststructuralist Theory Readings and Theoretical Problems of Social Theory within the scope of the program. Courses such as Problems of Turkish Sociology, Social History Turkey and Problems, Social Dynamics of the Turkish world, in Turkey Identity, Ethnicity and Minority and courses such as identity and social structure in the Middle East will also be started.Those who have a bachelor's degree in social sciences can apply to the Sociology Graduate ProgramProf. Ebulfez Süleymanlı emphasized that anyone with a degree in sociology or other social sciences may apply to the Master's Program in Sociology with thesis. He emphasized that Sociology Master’s Program with thesis is important especially for those who want an academic career. Prof. Ebulfez Süleymanlı indicated that in addition to academic career, graduates have the opportunity to work in governmental or private institutions, or non-governmental organizations. He emphasized that those who have completed the Sociology Master’s Program will have the opportunity to work in different fields such as publishing, human resources and public relations.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)

12 July 2019

“Militarism and Democracy” panel was held to commemorate 3rd year anniversary of July 15 Democracy and National Solidarity Day

Üsküdar University organized a panel in which concepts of “militarism and democracy” were discussed. Adnan Tanriverdi, the Retired Brigadier General and Üsküdar University Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan were the pannelists as the panel was ruled by İsmail Kahraman, the 27th President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave the opening speech. Üsküdar University hosted an event titled “Militarism and Democracy” within the scope of the third anniversity of July 15, 2016 coup attemp which was ended by the effort of the nation.  The event was held at Üsküdar University Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall and was initiated by Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan’s opening speech. İsmail Kahraman, the 27th President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly ruled the panel as the moderator.Adnan Tanriverdi, the Retired Brigadier General and Üsküdar University Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan were the panelists.There will be no change without correcting the mental codes about the coup attemptÜsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated in his opening speech that there will be no change without correcting the mental codes about the coup attempt. Prof. Tarhan continued as;“This situation was not analyzed in the analytical context. For this reason, the concept of the coup is not yet developed in the armed forces. Therefore, it is necessary to talk about militarism. We should discuss what militarism means and its cultural dimension."Militarism is against the founding ideology of RepublicTurkey as a nation showed its civil initiatives stance on July 15. The whole world was astonished. Under the leadership of our President, we are experiencing a process that will upset the history of militarism. We should value this.  We have to believe it first. Coup is plain wrong…”We should not forget the July 15 and should not make it forgotten       İsmail Kahraman, the 27th President of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the moderator of the panel started the panel by remarking that we should not forget about July 15 and we should not make it forgotten. İsmail Kahraman continued as such;“July 15 is not a coup attempt but an attempt to occupy Turkey. If it would have been a success, Kurdistan would be established in the south. There would have been a civil war such as Syria experiences now. We would have been in an occupation as Russia, America, Europe entered Syria. We have 251 martyrs. We have 2 thousand 193 wounded individuals. May Allah be pleased with them.”The real owners of the homeland are Martyrs and VeteransAdnan Tanrıverdi, the Chief Advisor of the President, thanked Üsküdar University and the President for organizing such panel. Adnan Tanrıverdi stated the following in his speech;“The real owners of the homeland are martyrs and veterans. If they have not shed their blood for their homeland, we could not have lived here free. Therefore, we are deeply grateful for them. July 15 is the picture of betrayal. This betrayal was first and foremost against the individuals who have sincere belief, secondly it was against the Turkish and Islamic world, and thirdly against the state. Lastly, it was made to discredit the reputation of our armed forces before our people. When we think about the initiative of July 15, we need to understand how this happened. Our President was in front of the public. Our prime minister said they would get punished. These are the leadership behaviors that we shall take as an example in the future.Global powers pay close attention to us. They have their people to use. Any kind of opportunity should not be given to these people.”  Üsküdar University Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan evaluated the term militarism from an academic perspective. Prof. Arıboğan underlined that this event, beyond the military coup attempt of July 15, would be very effective in terms of Turkey and that it is a matter of being.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan remarked in this respect that she found the impact resistance very meaningful. She continued as;“On July 15, it was not only the people that resisted in the streets, but the real resistance came from within the army itself. High-ranking soldiers resisted this coup attempt.”  Plaques were presented to the participants and the panel was broadcasted live from ÜU TV.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)

13 May 2019

Prof. Tarhan remarked that “Love and cooperation equals to lifelong love” at the 3rd Positive Psychology Days

The 3rd Positive Psychology Days, were organized at Üsküdar University. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave a lecture on “The Search for Meaning in a Changing World”. Prof. Tarhan mentioned that modernism is suffering a civilization crisis and continued as, “As a result of the serious psychological variables of hedonism and narcissism; loneliness and unhappiness emerge. Life-long loves will be possible by ensuring the balance of serotonin and dopamine. Love and cooperation equals to lifelong love. So people who have managed to establish good cooperation can make love mature and sustainable.”The 3rd Psychology Days was organized by Üsküdar University Education and Research Club and Psychology Days. The aim of the course is to introduce psychology students to faculty members who work in different subjects and institutions, and to enable psychology students studying in different universities to communicate in an interactive relationship.The conference was held at Üsküdar University Çarşı Campus Emir Nebi Conference Hall and the welcome speech was conducted by Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of Psychology (English) Department Asst. Prof. Asil Özdoğru. Özdoğru remarked that the theme of the 3rd Psychology Days’ is “Changing World, Transforming Human”. He also said the conference was going to be given by seven experts.Prof. Sırrı Akbaba: “A psychology approach, which acknowledges that human has a soul, should come into play.”Üsküdar University Advisor to the President Prof. Sırrı Akbaba also delivered a welcome speech and said that they aimed to bring young psychologist candidates from different universities together and exchange ideas. Prof. Akbaba continued as, “Thus, we want to see our strengths and weaknesses and these weaknesses to strengths.” Prof. Akbaba stated that the perspective of the schools of psychology from the past to the present is mechanic and it is overlooked that the human being has a soul and that they perceive human as a machine. Prof. Akbaba said, “We cannot give the true value to human beings from a single point of view. An understanding of psychology, which acknowledges that every human has a soul, needs to come into play. In the 21st century we believe that human beings are engaged in a sense of psychology that offers a real identity of human beings.”While houses grew, families got smaller Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave a lecture on “The Search for Meaning in a Changing World”. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that while the houses are growing, the family is getting smaller, the less common sense is dominated by more persistence, the less feeling despite the high IQ, the less peace despite higher income, the less humankind is dominated by more people and all of this is the reality of today.Where does Positive Psychology originate from?Prof. Nevzat Tarhan revealed the facts about the situation of young people and children in the data from the US Children's Defense Fund in the 2000s. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan remarked the following; “Each day; 3 young people under the age of 25 are dying of AIDS and 25 of them are infected with HIV. 6 children are committing suicide. 342 children under the age of 18 are arrested for violent crime. 2 thousand 833 children are leaving school. At that time, the government was panicking; a $ 5 million budget was assigned to Seligman and his team. Positive Psychology Congress is held about the work completed in 2008.”We have been teaching Positive Psychology since 2013Prof. Tarhan said that positive psychology has been taught in the world's leading universities in recent years. Prof. Tarhan continued, “Harvard University began teaching Positive Psychology in 2015. Yale University began its course in 2018 and finally as of 2019, the University of Bristol in England started Positive Psychology as a course. As Üsküdar University, we have started to give positive psychology as a lesson since 2013.”Modernism is suffering a crisis of civilizationProf. Nevzat Tarhan said that in the world today, modernism is experiencing a civilization crisis and mentioned that the California Syndrome is common in the California area. Prof. Tarhan noted, “Hedonism is an understanding that establishes the search for meaning only on pleasure. There is a new personality type that experiences the crisis of being, although he/she has many things, is not happy. This type of people connects happiness to external causes. The person who chooses hedonism as an ego ideal, puts the self at the center of the world. Hedonism, narcissism, serious psychological variables of the age are a result of loneliness and unhappiness emerges.”The front region of the brain; It's the captain's lodge Prof. Nevzat Tarhan mentioned that the human brain decided that the 4D rule was valid when making a decision. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, “It makes decisions based on emotion, thought, behavior and values. There was a revolution in psychology in the 1990s. Emotions turned out to be measurable. Happiness is the management of the chemistry laboratory in our brains. The front area of the brain is what makes the human being. It’s the captain’s lodge. Decision-making, focusing, self-control, self-management, empathy are controlled by this region. This region is innately undeveloped and has potential. This region of the brain is being developed later.”Love and cooperation equals to lifelong love Prof. Nevzat Tarhan also drew attention to the chemistry of love. Prof. Tarhan noted that dopamine and serotonin should be maintained in balance. Prof. Tarhan said; “Dopamine is such a chemical that the hormone about pleasure in the brain. As dopamine increases, attention and focus are increasing. When a person falls in love, that person just focuses on that person. If serotonin is reduced while dopamine increases, obsessive love is emerging this time. There is an increase in life energy. Turning pathological love into mature love is about developing the frontal part of the brain. In such cases, life-long love arises. Where's the secret? Serotonin needs to learn to balance dopamine balance in the brain. Therefore, love plus cooperation equals lifelong love. So people who have managed to establish good cooperation can make love mature and sustainable.”The search for meaning is a journey of choiceProf. Nevzat Tarhan indicated that the search for meaning is a journey of choice. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, “Optimism is a choice. Forgiveness is a choice. Honesty is a choice. Changing ourselves is a choice of shared wisdom. Thanking is a choice. Respecting others is a choice. Meaningful living is a choice. Living a happy life is your choice.”Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan explained evolvement of political psychology in the worldÜsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan gave a lecture on “Psychology of Changing Politics on Authoritarianism, Radicalization and Malpractice”. She told the process of political psychology from the 1800s to the present. Prof. Arıboğan evaluated the changes in the world in terms of political, economic and social relations. Prof. Arıboğan stated that after September 11, the balances had changed and states were looking at the issues through security and said the following:“Not only the World Trade Center is collapsing. The paradigm of globalization is collapsing. Issues such as cooperation, production and consumption are not important. Now the basic issue is a terrible threat. There's such a thing as al-Qaeda and it can shoot anyone at any moment. Total military spending in the world rushes from $ 700 billion to $ 1.68 trillion. All the economic resources of the world are being pumped into military resources where education goes on such channels as health cosmetics. Now we see the world on the axis of security. There are threats. We have fears. When we are afraid, our political behavior is changing. When we are afraid, we begin to see any kind of authoritarian regime legitimate. When we're scared, it's starting to look bigger than the thing that seems to be the enemy. Radicalization is a group of radical ideas that defines the enemy and on the other side has a concept of state that has to defend us. There's no problem with being authoritarian. We are afraid because there is no problem in obtaining our rights because we have security concerns. Al Qaeda ends, ISIS begins, MISID will be released tomorrow. This state’s authority gains more legitimacy and it means that the antidemocratic methods it adopts are accepted without much debate. While the Berlin wall was destroyed in the world, only 12 countries have a border wall, and today, 77 countries are turning their borders with walls.”Psychology was discussed in different aspectsProf. Hüsnü Erkmen from Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital, Prof. Zuhal Baltaş, Prof. Gökhan Oral, Prof. Aylin Küntay and Dr. Maria Claudia Ionescu attended the conference and have lectures.The program lasted for two days.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

09 May 2019

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “Göbeklitepe is a discovery that breaks the mold”

The history of Göbeklitepe, which is referred to as the zero point of the history, was discussed at the Göbeklitepe Symposium “Rewriting History: The Truth of Göbeklitepe” organized under the guidance of Üsküdar University with Doğuş Group and Şanlıurfa Municipality. The importance, significance and the history of Göbeklitepe were explained at the symposium. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan mentioned that the discovery of Göbeklitepe broke the mold and said that the work done at this site will contribute to answering questions about the existence of humanity. The importance, significance and the history of Göbeklitepe were explained by the experts of the field at the symposium entitled Rewriting History: The Truth of Göbeklitepe, organized in Üsküdar University Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “Göbeklitepe is a discovery that breaks the mold.” Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan delivered in his welcome speech that the idea of having a symposium on Göbeklitepe appeared during his visit to Şanlıurfa last year. Prof. Tarhan said; “After visiting Göbeklitepe, the idea of this symposium resonated with me. There are references to Göbeklitepe in psychiatry books. It is stated that some things should be rewritten in anthropology about human development. Therefore, we identified the title as rewriting history when it comes to the zero point of history. Some information will be rewritten when new information is available in Göbeklitepe. Göbeklitepe is a discovery that breaks the mold.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “We have a treasure, but we're not aware of it.”Prof. Tarhan stated despite the declaration of the year 2019 by the President Erdoğan, many are still not aware. Prof. Tarhan noted that Göbeklitepe should be brought to the agenda of Turkey. Prof. Tarhan continued; “Awareness should be generated about this. There is a saying in psychiatry if you do not understand an issue; if you want a person to drink water, it will not happen with telling the person to drink water. When you make the person thirsty, the person drinks the water automatically. In order to teach about Göbeklitepe, people should feel the need. This happens with awareness. We have a treasure and we are not aware of it. As a university, we thought what we could do on our part. Doğuş Group has accepted the sponsorship of Göbeklitepe for 20 years and they conduct important works. On the other hand, the Municipality of Şanlıurfa is carrying out important works.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “The questions will find their answer.”Prof. Tarhan said Göbeklitepe would contribute to the important points in the field of psychiatry. Prof. Tarhan noted; “I think the theory of evolution will be rewritten. This is an important theory that explains the theory of evolution, the form of human being, the existence. This discovery does not conform to evolution. There is no pottery in this area of the Neolithic age. The lack of pottery shows that human beings do not enter the agricultural community. It is necessary to discuss the software process in this history. There is an advanced period that can use tools before agricultural society. Temple was done before building houses. This is what is generally known. At first the buildings are made, then settlements and finally the temples are constructed. What is discovered at Göbeklitepe does not fit this idea.” Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that the questions on history and the past will be answered at the end of the work to be done. Prof. Tarhan continued; “That is why it is crucial to rewrite the history. We have to discuss this. We wanted to make a start here to discuss and talk in a scientific environment, inform the society as well as to open new dimensions.”Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan: “We have responsibility to all humanity.”Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan pointed out the importance of history and cultural heritage in her speech. Prof. Arıboğan said, “There is a concept of nondevelopmental growth. You don't have the opportunity to evaluate the new sources you get when you leave your human resources behind and when you enlarge the economic resources and energy of your country from human development. The basic issue is to evaluate the human, prepare the infrastructure that will develop the human. Göbeklitepe is not just ours. It is a part of our country and we are the host. But we have responsibility to all humanity. Protecting it well, will make it part of humanity.”Azzat Birinci: “Şanlıurfa holds a 12 thousand year old heritage and culture.”Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality Culture and Tourism Branch Manager Azzat Birinci remarked that Göbeklitepe made great contributions in the development of Şanlıurfa and said that 2019 will offer significant touristic benefits to Şanlıurfa. He continued as; “Şanlıurfa holds a 12-thousand-year old heritage and culture. There is a wealth of gastronomy ranging from the Middle East to Mesopotamia, Anatolia and the Caucasus. In this sense, we can say that it is one of the world's ancient cultures.”Rewriting History: The Truth of Göbeklitepe“Rewriting History: The Truth of Göbeklitepe Symposium” was conducted by Göbeklitepe Excavation Team Leader Lee Clare, Doğuş Group Art Consultant Çağla Saraç, İstanbul University Göbeklitepe Science Board Member Prof. Necmi Karul and Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality Culture and Tourism Branch Manager Azzat Birinci and they provided information about the outcomes and works of Göbeklitepe.Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of History Dr. Faculty Member Uygar Aydemir said the following; “Göbeklitepe, according to our knowledge, is one of the oldest monumental structures in archeological findings. In this respect, it is an archaeological area which compels the paradigm, which we know especially in the prehistoric period and shaped our knowledge.”Prof. Necmi Karul: “Basic traces of modern architecture are seen in Göbeklitepe.”İstanbul University Göbeklitepe Science Board Member Prof. Necmi Karul gave a lecture titled; “The Origin of Resident Life in Anatolia, The Latest Hunters and Göbeklitepe” and gave information about the importance of Anatolia in the Neolithic period and Göbeklitepe. He said, “Göbeklitepe or similar archaeological value in Turkey is a part of the history of universal culture from one side but on the other hand, it has a separate position in terms of being the values in our country. Therefore, it is also a responsibility to investigate part of this history of universal culture, except that we have knowledge about it. In this period shelter becomes housing and housing becomes home. In other words, the first shelters, round huts become more and more artificially constructed at quadrangular plan buildings. Conceptually, a housing now becomes an important concept for people. When we think about how decisive it is today, we can understand the importance of this discovery. But we find that there is something very technologically advanced. Rectangular plan structure instead of the round means to make a corner. It means building a self-supporting wall. Today, you have skyscrapers because you've made the corner before. The essence of doing these buildings is through these technological solutions.”Lee Clare: “Göbeklitepe was a social center”Göbeklitepe Excavation Team Leader Lee Clare remarked that Göbeklitepe region was first discovered in the 1960s, but with the realization of its importance, since 1995, the actual excavation work began. Göbeklitepe's the most important feature is socialization. Lee Clare pointed out that this region is a social center. He continued as; “It was a center where alliances were established and marriages took place. The important thing was that people who shared this place had a common identity.”Çağla Saraç: “We want to introduce Göbeklitepe to the rest of the world”Doğuş Group Art Consultant Çağla Saraç gave information about their works in Göbeklitepe as Doğuş Group. Çağla Saraç mentioned that Göbeklitepe's name has begun to be heard in national and international platforms and is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List. Doğuş Group signed a 20-year sponsorship agreement in 2015 in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Çağla Saraç provided information about their 20-year plan. She continued as; “First of all, Center for Visitors is constructed for the guests to enjoy at Göbeklitepe, which is 19 km away from the center of Şanlıurfa. As Doğuş Group, we are conducting introductory works in the national and international arena. The first of these was held in 2015 in Davos.” Çağla Saraç said that the agreement is expected to reach a total of $ 20 million within the framework of this agreement.The symposium was broadcasted live at Üsküdar University Television (ÜUTV) and souvenir photos were taken at the end.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

08 May 2019

Grosman: “We have to think small like bees so that we can achieve great things”

The founding partner of the Oxford University Advisory Board Member, Co-founder and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Peace Building, Eva Grosman presented her presentation on “Building Capacity for Resilience and Political Transitions” on the second day of the 1st Political Psychology Symposium organized by a collaboration of Üsküdar University Political Psychology Research and Application Center and Oxford University.The symposium, which brings together academicians from Üsküdar University and Oxford University, discussed the theme of “Psychology of Chaos, Complexity and Cooperation in Post-Truth World.”On the second day of the symposium; Eva Grosman, Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan and Üsküdar University Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan gave lectures on various subjects.The first speaker of the symposium’s second day was Oxford University Advisory Board Member Eva Grosman gave a lecture on “Building Capacity for Resilience and Political Transitions”.Grosman: “The Holy Friday Agreement was a political and social innovation”Grosman provided information about the Holy Friday Agreement and said that many issues were solved between Catholics and Protestants. Grosman said; “The Holy Friday Agreement was a political and social innovation. This brought reconciliation between many groups. The structural frameworks of the Holy Friday Agreement were presented, but the transition seemed to last a long time as this traumatic process cannot be managed as a normal change.”Grosman: “The number of issues that need to be solved in Northern Ireland is increasing”Grosman mentioned that discrimination in Northern Ireland is still too high and that Catholics and Protestants live separately. Grosman said; “Only 7% of children receive coeducation. Catholics go to Catholic school and Protestants go to Protestant school. Community relations go backwards due to poor perception and administrative problems. The number of issues that need to be solved in Northern Ireland is increasing.”Grosman: “More people were killed during peace period in Northern Ireland rather than wartime”Grosman noted that more people were killed during the peace period rather than wartime in Northern Ireland and that suicide rate is quite high. Grosman said; “Northern Ireland is a tragic irony. More people died during peacetime than in the wartime. The rate of suicide is too high. Our social norms are rapidly changing our approach to relationships and career.”Grosman: “Turkey is a very important country” Grosman also mentioned the three leadership types that Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan remarked in his speech and she mentioned that she wanted to add more to this. Grosman said; “Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan talked about emotional intelligence and physical intelligence in his speech. I want to add cultural intelligence to these types. This concept is understood to be in many cultures and multiple cultures. Istanbul is a city that embraces different cultures, combines East and West and brings different cultures together. That’s why Turkey is a very important country.”Grosman: “We have to think small like bees so we can achieve great things”Grosman said that standards should be raised in order to attract people to peace and emphasized the importance of thinking like bees in order to solve big problems. Grosman said; “A bee can produce honey at a teaspoonful rate during its lifetime. It can't even take advantage of the honey it makes. But it works for generations to come and therefore future generations make use of it. We need to change the actions of everyone, not by fighting, but by supporting their activities. So we need to think small like bees so we can do great things.”Doğan, “The main motivating force in life for human is the effort to make the life meaningful”Üsküdar University Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan gave a lecture titled ‘Efforts to Make Life Meaningful and Pyschopolitical Reflections’. Doğan emphasized that the search for meaning is an integral part of human existence and said; “The main motivating force in life for human being is the effort to make his life meaningful.”The effects of Political Psychology to Turkey are discussedÜsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan gave a lecture titled “The Nature of Pyschopolitical Analysis”. Prof. Arıboğan also delivered the closing speech of the symposium. Prof. Arıboğan stated that even though political psychology is new in its field, it had a profound effect in Turkey.Arıboğan, “The year 2001 was a year when globalization accelerated”Prof. Arıboğan showed video clips of September 11 terrorist attacks. Prof. Arıboğan emphasized that she watched these images live from home on September 11, 2001 and this was the first time that left a mark on a global scale. Prof. Arıboğan said; “2001 was a year in which globalization accelerated on the world given the increase in military spending after September 11.After the symposium, the founding partner of the Oxford University Advisory Board Member, Co-founder and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Peace Building Eva Grosman received a plaque from Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan.The symposium, which was broadcasted live on the Üsküdar University TV, ended after souvenir photo was taken.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

06 May 2019

Doctoral Honoris Causa is presented upon Prof. Lord John Alderdice by Üsküdar University

The 1st Political Psychology Symposium organized by Üsküdar University Political Psychology Application and Research Center in collaboration with Oxford University, brought together academicians from both universities. The theme of the symposium was “Psychology of Chaos, Complexity and Cooperation in Post-Truth World”.  In addition, Doctoral Honoris Causa was presented upon Oxford University Faculty Member Prof. Lord Alderdice by Üsküdar University Senate within the scope of the symposium. Prof. Lord John Alderdice was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Üsküdar University Senate for his scientific work in the fields of political psychology and psychiatry as well as the projects he developed in the field of international relations and his unique contributions to world peace.The 1st Political Psychology Symposium titled “Psychology of Chaos, Complexity and Cooperation in Post-Truth World”, was held at Üsküdar University Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall and academicians from both universities attended the symposium.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: Lord Alderdice made great efforts for political psychology.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan made the welcome speech of the symposium organized in collaboration with Üsküdar University Political Psychology Application and Research Center and Oxford University. Prof. Tarhan said that they planned two important events for the day which included the 1st Political Psychology Symposium as well as Doctoral Honoris Causa upon Lord Alderdice. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan added, “Long journeys start with one step and fires start with a spark. As a university, we are beginning to work in the scientific field with the authority of political psychology. I believe this is crucial for the world and we will also present Honorary Doctorate to Dear Lord Alderdice, who has worked hard on this issue. I would like to thank you for accepting our invitation.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: Certain steps should be taken to make the world a better place.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that political psychology is an important field and he continued, there is a struggle between good and evil in the world. You see in cartoon films, sometimes good ones win, sometimes bad winners. This is a struggle that has existed since the existence of humanity. Even in recent years this struggle between good and evil is called social entropy. As you know, entropy is the second law of thermodynamics. According to this law, which is defined as the rise of entropy, the universe is going from order to disorder. In behavioral entropy, the universe is moving from order to disorder if there is no external intervention, but it gets in order if there is outside intervention. If we do not work in the garden of our house, the garden is covered with couch grass. If we don't light this place, it becomes dark. If we don't warm this place, it gets cold. In the universe, entropy exists in the field of psychology. If we don't increase the good and beautiful things in the universe, the evil rises. Therefore, if people who claim to be good, do not act then comes back as evil. There is a saying in Anatolia. The best way to fight the dark is to light candles. For this reason, political psychology stands behind the idea that if we do not strive for good in the world, the world will turn evil. It is necessary to take steps to make the world better and livable place.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “I have a dream. World parliament should be established.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan reminded Turkish thinker and sociologist Cemil Meriç’s statement. Prof. Tarhan said, “Cemil Meriç stated ‘Our greatest enemy is prejudice, the biggest need is dialogue.’ Think of the fights in society and in the family. The Pareto Principle is the 80-20 rule. In other words, if you solve 20% of the problems, the remaining 80% will be solved. This is also the case in the political arena. Politicians remain distant to psychology. But we should do our part. There is such a need in the world. I have a dream. When we look at the struggle for civilizations in the world, I think that for a world peace in the world, world parliament should be established. If every country is equally represented in this world parliament, problems in the world will be solved. The best way to combat terrorism, ethnic and religious radicalism is to initiate open dialogue area. When people start to have dialogue, they see that most of the problems can be solved.“Center of Political Psychology will realize my dream”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan shared that they started Political Psychology Application and Research Center by Üsküdar University. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said, “As Üsküdar University, we claim to be a bridge between the past and the future, between east and west and make a contribution. Political Psychology Application and Research Center will realize my dream.”Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan: The field of International Relations has started to enrich with a political psychology perspective.Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, Director of Political Psychology Application and Research Center Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan also gave a welcome speech at the symposium. Prof. Arıboğan stated that their aim was to bring a new dimension and perspective to the field of political psychology and continued as, “The field of psychology has been popular for the last few years because it is crucial to understand people, society and evaluate the psychology factors that direct its behavior. Nevertheless, the international relations discipline remained irrelevant. As standard, they tried to evaluate the relations of the world in the context of an interstate relations and tried to understand through diplomacy. Now international field is also enriched with this new perspective. The psychologies of societies, public perceptions, personality structures of leaders, historical traumas of societies, and narratives that built on national stories began to become vital.”A collaboration is aimed to be established between Political Psychology Application & Research Center and Oxford University Prof. Arıboğan emphasized, “The political structure within the countries, their democratic understanding, the election processes of leadership, the perspectives of the leader were determined to a great extent by psychological environments and historical stories. For this reason, we are now using new technologies in order to understand the human brain through our stories. We will develop this field together. The motto of our university is to change the world through understanding human nature. We need to understand what we are dealing with and enrich this with different perspectives. Therefore, I hope that our Political Psychology Application and Research Center will be beneficial for this cause. Today we have very valuable speakers here. We will have a Doctoral Honoris Causa to be presented upon Lord Alderdice. Hopefully, we will conduct more events between Üsküdar University Political Psychology Application and Research Center and Oxford Crick Center.”Emotion Map of Turkey was explainedAfter the welcome speeches, Üsküdar University Director of Social Sciences Institute Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Vice Director Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Ünübol gave a lecture on “Emotion Map of Turkey: Well-being and Hostility”. Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Vice Director Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Ünübol indicated that the impact of emotions is important in decision-making processes. They shared the results of the research conducted with 24 thousand 494 people in 81 provinces which were carried out by 125 clinical psychology graduate students in the period of July-October 2018.  Prof. Nevzat Tarhan presented Doctoral Honoris Causa upon Prof. Lord AlderdiceAfter the presentation, Doctoral Honoris Causa is presented upon Oxford University Faculty Member Prof. Lord Alderdice by the Üsküdar University Senate. Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, Director of Political Psychology Application and Research Center Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan read the presentation of the reason behind the Honorary Doctorate. Prof. Arıboğan stated that Prof. Lord John Alderdice is deemed worthy of an honorary doctorate by the Üsküdar University Senate for his scientific work in the fields of political psychology and psychiatry as well as the projects he developed in the field of international relations and his unique contributions to world peace. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan presented the Honorary Doctorate Degree and wore his robe.Prof. Lord John Alderdice talked about the peace process in Northern Ireland.After the ceremony, Prof. Lord John Alderdice gave a lecture on “Chaos, Complexıty and Cooperation”. Prof. Lord Alderdice thanked Üsküdar University, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan and Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan. In his speech, he talked about the peace process in Northern Ireland and the works he took part in at that time. Prof. Lord John Alderdice continued as following:“I've tried to understand why groups exhibit behavior that could harm them. I wondered how can I better understand this situation. I turned to medicine and psychoanalysis. Of course, if you want to create an impact and influence, you have to be the head of a political party. There were two parties on one side of the group. One of them was the Protestant party and the other party was cohesive party. One of them was more moderate and the other was more extreme. But there was one party at the core. I thought it was the middle of the road, trying to bring people together. It was a therapeutic position, actually. What was the first thing we did here? We wanted to bring moderate people together from both sides. Could they find a compromise? In this way, can they distance the extremists? It sounded like a good idea. we tried it a few times, but it didn't work because the extreme people at the far end always did something to eliminate these efforts. We have searched for alternative ways and finally developed a new assay and analysis. The problem is not just a political problem. The problem is not a religious or economic problem. It's not just about justice. The problem is the history of the damaged relations between different glazes.How can we tend towards to democratic politics?So what are these deteriorating relations and the group? We focus on three different areas for a peace process. The first is Catholic Protestant nationalists. There was also a group in the south of IRA. One in London and one in Dublin, Ireland. We focused on three areas of the peace process by taking the representatives of these three relations. Usually people tend to be in a particular group, where they try to create a compromise. We are here to focus on external relations and be more unifying. We thought about how we could move towards democratic politics. Major areas have come forward. We discovered this first. We have to include people who are involved in violence because if we don't give them an alternative way, then they won't move away from violence. But if you go into democratic politics, if you provide an argument that will convince other people here, then we will be able to ensure your democratic participation. Thus, we can create a change that we can meet in the middle. Of course not everyone agreed with the idea. Democracy is not an area where everyone reaches consensus. When we talk about democracy, we are talking about an environment in which people adopt conflicts without killing each other.Emotions and thoughts need to be focused together.Prof. Lord John Alderdice stated that they should live in cooperation both in personal and social evolution. He pointed out that in order to solve the problems in society, it is necessary to understand what the matter is. Prof. Lord Alderdice noted that societies need to focus more on justice. He continued as, “There are areas where we are not equal as humans, but there must be justice cooperation and community awareness. We can't ignore emotions and just focus on thinking. We must think both of them together. We must also understand faith to acknowledge what reality is and as we advance science, we must develop and advance faith as well. We should take the opinion of ordinary people as much as the elites and the hard part is that we all must be ready for change, as the right thing is to change. There is a chaos in every big change.”Prof. Lord Alderdice and other academicians visited Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital during the lunch break. Alderdice, who examined the work of the hospital on site, also received information. Lord Alderdice also visited Üsküdar University Faculty of Medicine that will welcome students in 2019-2020 academic year.The symposium continued with Üsküdar University Political Psychology Center Vice Director Psy. Ayça Ferda Kansu’s presentation on “Political Psychology as an Interdisciplinary Field” and Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan’s presentation titled “From Social Schizophrenia to Societal Empathy”.Üsküdar University Department of Psychology Faculty Member Prof. Sinan Canan gave a lecture on “Biology to Politics, Why Is Human Like That?”, Ankara University Retired Faculty Member Prof. Abdülkadir Çevik presented a lecture titled “The Process That Goes From Personal Integrity and Reconciliation to Societal Integrity and Peace”, Üsküdar University Faculty Member Dr. Tayfun Doğan’s lecture title was “Efforts to Make Life Meaningful and Pyschopolitical Reflections”, and Oxford University Faculty Member Eva GROSMAN lectured on “Building Capacity for Resilience and Political Transitions”.The symposium was  broadcasted live at ÜU TV and lasted for two consecutive days. Certificate of Attendance was presented to all the participants by Üsküdar University and Oxford University. Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

25 Apr 2019

The British Lord will receive Honorary Doctorate from Üsküdar University

I. Political Psychology Symposium organized in cooperation with Oxford University and Üsküdar University will be held in Üsküdar University on 4-5 May 2019. Honorary Doctorate Degree will be presented to Oxford University Faculty Member Prof. LORD John Alderdice in the symposium where important scientists from Turkey and other countries will participate in the field of political psychology. The theme of this year’s I. Political Psychology Symposium organized in cooperation with Oxford University and Üsküdar University will be “Psychology of Chaos, Complexity and Cooperation in Post-Truth World”.Honorary Doctorate Degree will be presented to Oxford University Faculty Member Prof. LORD John Alderdice in the symposium where important scientists from Turkey and other countries will participate in the field of political psychology.I. Political Psychology Symposium will be held on 4-5 May 2019 at Üsküdar University Main Campus.Important experts will get together at the symposium I. Political Psychology Symposium will be actualized with the attendance by Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Oxford University Faculty Member Prof. LORD John Alderdice, Üsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, Ankara University Retired Faculty Member Prof. Abdülkadir Çevik, Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Department of Psychology Faculty Member Prof. Sinan Canan, Founder and CEO of Democracy and Peace Building Center Eva Grosman, Üsküdar University Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan, Üsküdar University Institute Director of Social Sciences Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar, Üsküdar University Vice Director of Institute of Social Sciences Asst. Prof. Hüseyin Ünübol and Üsküdar University Vice Director of Political Psychology Center Ayça Ferda Kansu.For detailed information: https://uskudar.edu.tr/politikpsikoloji/en/2019Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

03 Apr 2019

Maiden’s Tower waits for its candidates

Üsküdar University got together with prospective students at the Istanbul Education and Career Fair. This year, Üsküdar University, which is located in the fair with a different concept, has been the main focus of thousands of students given its specially designed Maiden's Tower model. Another surprise for our prospective students was the attendance of Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan. She provided important information to the candidates about their career choice and career planning.Maiden’s Tower is moved from Asian side to the European Students showed great interest to Üsküdar University at the fair held İstanbul Lütfi Kırdar Congress and Exhibition Center.Üsküdar University which presented students with a new booth that caught great attention.  The candidates who came to the Maiden’s Tower, which could be seen from every point of the exhibition area immortalized the moment.Üsküdar University academic staff informed the prospective students and answered their questions at the Maiden’s Tower stand.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan: “Future holds important developments for everyone”Üsküdar University Faculty Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences gave a conference within the scope of Education and Career Fair, titled “New professions and career opportunities in a changing world”.Underlining that human civilization has entered a new transformation in the 21st century, Prof. Arıboğan stated that some professions would be lost due to Industry 4.0, but new branches of profession will be born.Prof. Arıboğan reminded the students that their chosen professions should be suitable for Industry 4.0.Prof. Arıboğan also emphasized that areas such as psychiatry, psychology, philosophy and sociology will be at a crucial point in the future.Prof. Arıboğan stated that it was important to work harder in the past, but nowadays it is more important to work efficiently.Arıboğan said that the future holds important developments for everyone and that students should not disrupt their morale against the negativity they experience and that every decline in human life is important in terms of experience.Üsküdar University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Furkan Tarhan and General Secretary Selcuk Uysaler also visited Üsküdar University’s Maiden’s Tower which caught great attention.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

29 Mar 2019

3rd Eurasian Congress on Positive Psychology at Üsküdar University

The 3rd Eurasian Positive Psychology Congress will be held at Üsküdar University between 12-14 April 2019. This year's theme is determined as “Sources of Psychological Well Being” and the congress will be attended by important academics from Turkey and abroad who have signed positive studies in psychology field. Expressing that happiness is a skill that can be learned and improved, Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan stated that conference, panel, workshop and papers related to positive psychology will be presented in the Congress program.The 3rd Eurasian Positive Psychology Congress, which will be held this year, will host many experts in its field.Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of Psychology Department Assoc. Profr. Tayfun Doğan gave information about positive psychology and the 3rd Eurasian Positive Psychology Congress.The Science of Good Living: Positive PsychologyPositive psychology is a sub-branch of psychology that focuses on people's positive characteristics and strengths. Assoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan said, “It is the science of good living. Psychology in the context of the historical process focuses more on mental health disorders and human shortcomings. The study of the positive-strong characteristics and potentials of people is largely neglected. Positive psychology is an approach that focuses on the positive qualities, strengths and virtues of individuals rather than on the negative, incomplete and problematic aspects. In this case, it is based on the ‘health model’ in response to the 'disease model' used by traditional psychology. The purpose and functions of positive psychology are to investigate the things that make life worthwhile and worth living, develop them by focusing on the positive and strong characteristics of people, generate the subjective and psychological well-being and the joy of life, and prevent individuals from experiencing mental problems with its preventive function.”Positive psychology opens the door to a meaningful lifeAssoc. Prof. Tayfun Doğan stated that positive psychology deals with ‘What is good life?’, ‘What is meaningful life?’, ‘What are the things that make life worth living?’, 'Who is human in the mental health place?’, ‘How can you be happier?', 'What are the character forces of people?” etc. and he noted that he is looking for answers to questions using the scientific methods of positive psychology.Positive psychology doesn't just mean “science of happiness.”He said, "I think that calling positive psychology ‘the science of happiness’ limits its scope. Therefore, this is not a correct statement. Of course happiness is an important subject of positive psychology, but it is not the only subject. In addition, this new approach deals with many issues such as forgiveness, meaning of life, hope, optimism, quality of life, psychological soundness, gratitude, commitment to work, self-esteem, self-awareness (altruism), social-emotional intelligence and does research on these issues.”"We solved many problems, but we were not happy”Stating that positive psychology works, Doğan continued his words as follows:Many scientific studies have revealed this in this field. I also think that this approach arises from a need. Because human life is a life that seeks happiness and meaning. In our search for happiness and meaning, human history has never been as prominent as it is today. We have solved significant nutritional problems and health problems as human beings, we have become richer than before, but we are not happy at the same rate. This led scientists to do research on happiness.Happiness is a skill that can be learned“There's a lot to say about happiness. But I would like to say that happiness is a skill that can be learned and developed. Yes, there is a genetic aspect of happiness, we can't deny it. But there is one aspect that looks at us. Happiness is to live life in a meaningful way by enjoying it. We can do it. To find life work that will make our lives meaningful, be in a sense of gratitude, move more or exercise, be hopeful, be forgiving and raise our self-esteem will contribute to our happiness.”"There is an interest in the world on expectations”“We can say that there is an interest in all over the world. Around the world, congresses are organized, seminars, scientific-academic journals are published and numerous books are published on the subject. I personally try to attend congresses in Europe and America. Almost every other country has its own national positive psychology congress. We are organizing a congress which will be organized this year with the title of Eurasian Positive Psychology Congress in our country. Participation rate in the congresses we held twice before was quite high. In this case, it makes us happy on behalf of our country.”3rd Eurasian Positive Psychology Congress will be Held on 12-14 April 2019Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Üsküdar University Dr. Tayfun Doğan gave the following information about the congress:"Our congress will be held at Üsküdar University in İstanbul between 12-14 April 2019. This year's theme of our congress is ‘Sources of Psychological Well-Being’. Important academicians from Turkey and abroad who have contributed to the positive psychology field will attend our congress as speakers. In the content of the congress program; there will be conferences, panels, workshops and presentations related to positive psychology. The congress is interdisciplinary and is open to all academicians from different branches. Besides academics, students and public can attend our congress as listeners. For more information and attendance, please review Congress web page (www.ppcongress2019.org) and you can register from here.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

22 Mar 2019

Prof. Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall inaugurated at Üsküdar University

Prof. Fuat Sezgin who carried out important studies on the introduction of the History of Islamic Science all over the world, was commemorated in Üsküdar University. “Fuat Sezgin and the Heritage of Islam against the Understanding of Science based in the West” Panel and Üsküdar University Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall inauguration ceremony was conducted at üsküdar University. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan emphasized that in order to stand up to imperialism, we must protect our identity and culture and said that Prof. Fuat Sezgin was among one of the first thinkers. Prof. Tarhan underlined that Prof. Fuat Sezgin is the one who found the missing links of science.2019 is declared by the Presidency as “Fuat Sezgin Year” due to his important works and contributions to the introduction of the History of Islamic Science all over the world. Within the scope of this year’s declaration, “Fuat Sezgin and the Heritage of Islam against the Understanding of Science based in the West” Panel and Üsküdar University Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall inauguration ceremony was conducted at Üsküdar University.Prof. Fuat Sezgin discovered the hidden treasureÜsküdar District Governor Murat Sefa Demiryürek also attended the panel and ceremony in which Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave the opening speech. Prof. Tarhan stated that as a university they decided to keep his name alive way before 2019 was declared as Fuat Sezgin Year and before his death. Prof. Nevzat Tarhan continued as following;Tarhan: “We could not mourn the end of Ottomans” “We want to keep Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s name alive because he discovered the hidden treasure. Culture has two types; tangible and intangible. Tangible culture is roads, bridges, mosques and intangible culture is transferred. If intangible culture disappears, the identity of a society changes its memory. There is such a way of things in the world as well as popular culture. If we do not hold on to our own cultural identity, many cultures will disappear after 50 years, 100 years later. If our cultural identity disappears, if we are assimilated in some way, maybe our children and grandchildren will be children of other cultures. Therefore, Turkey must make modernization movement of its own culture and preserving their cultural identity. We still have not overcome the identity crisis in this direction. To overcome the identity crisis, one needs to make peace with the past. We could not mourn the end of Ottomans. Ottomans did their duty, but we are their children at the end. We carry the continuity and many features of Islamic history. But all of a sudden, it was a mistake to remove and throw all away. Wiping it out means destroying our own cultural identity. After a while, an identity that is considered to be an unworthy and impersonal culture that thinks other cultures to be above, as if we are a more worthless culture, emerges.“Prof. Fuat Sezgin protected our values!”This is the cultural colonization movement. In the history of mankind, Britain and France found the colonial states. These countries have established a ministry of colonialism, but the Ottoman Empire never established such a ministry. Because there was no intention, there was no need to exploit. In order for us to stand up to our exploitation and imperialism, we had to protect our own values. One of the first thinkers and owners of this was Fuat Sezgin. In order to show that we exist by preserving our values, our identity, we had to make peace with the past, live our age, say goodbye to the Ottoman. For this, we had to see the pros and cons at the same time. There should have not been a mistake to establish an identity over anti-Ottomanism. Fuat Sezgin gave one of the first signs of turning from this wrong doing. When you look at the history of science, it is as if science has ended with Islam, and then it has started again in Europe. That's how we were taught. It was supposed to show scientifically that this was wrong. Fuat Sezgin has shown this through his references and manuscripts and used the scientific methodology.”Learn from Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s life Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s life should be taken as example as he was never offended even though he was hard done in 1960 revolution. “Do not get offended by wrong doings. Find one way does not work, find the alternative. Try to reach your goals. Prof. Sezgin became one of the peaks in the history of sciences and never gave up. Therefore, do not be afraid of making mistakes but be afraid of giving up.”“Fuat Sezgin found the missing links of science” As Üsküdar University, an award was presented on behalf of Prof. Fuat Sezgin at the 4th Outstanding Humanitarian Awards this year and also Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that they would also organize an article competition and stated that it is essential for the West-based concept of science to investigate not only historians, but also about what should be done in their field. Prof. Tarhan said, “We should visit the museum in Gülhane. You can see compasses, maps, materials and scientific works used in Arab-Islam world. Science is formed of chains and links. There are missing links in science. We know that science began in the Renaissance, and Prof. Sezgin found these missing links. Starting from Aristotle led to the completion of many gaps. The other feature did not lose its national feelings, never gave up Turkish citizenship. I feel that Prof. Sezgin's soul is here, I wish him mercy from Allah.”After the opening speech, “Fuat Sezgin and the Heritage of Islam against the Understanding of Science based in the West” Panel was actualized. The panel was moderated by Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Relations Asst. Prof. Fehmi Ağca. The attendees were Fatih Sultan Mehmet Foundation University Asst. Prof. Detlev Quintern, Üsküdar University Department Head of History Asst. Prof. Halide Yılmaz Odabaşı and Former Governor Adnan Yılmaz.Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s hallmarkAsst. Prof. Hadiye Yılmaz Odabaşı said that the European-based perspective positions the East in the way it wants, and that Orientalism has a perspective centered on the East. She also emphasized the fact that Prof. Fuat Sezgin provided a third objective stand point that approached the history of science. Odabaşı continued, “Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s hallmark and greatness stands right here. As you are aware, Prof. Sezgin was not an Orientalist but he was far from Occidentalism. He gave an excellent answer to this; in one of his speeches he said, ‘The studies in the history of science are multilateral while working with friends in Germany, it is centered in European-oriented. We did not think it was right and decided that it should be called a common history of all humanity.’ This is far beyond just a conceptual determination. In fact, this is the basic codes of Fuat Sezgin's mindset world. This point precisely emphasizes that science is the common heritage of humanity, history and what we call civilization.”Asst. Prof. Detlev Quintern talked about the studies done for the history of Islamic science and the contributions of these studies to the history of science. He expressed the tolerance of Islam and said, “This tolerance contributed to the gathering of scientists from all religions in Baghdad and the development of science with their contribution.” Asst. Prof. Quintern, who met Prof. Fuat Sezgin at an exhibition in 1991, said that he benefited from Sezgin's studies in his own works.The Islamic world is grateful to himFormer Governor Adnan Yılmaz talked about the book he has written about Prof. Fuat Sezgin, titled “Prof. Fuat Sezgin, the Friend of History of Science”. He stated that Prof. Nevzat Tarhan worked 17 hours in a day and he made a significant contribution to the history of Islamic science. Former Governor Yılmaz spoke 29 languages including French and Arabic. He also reminded Prof. Fuat Sezgin’s saying “World civilization cannot be known without a world history of science.” He continued as, “Prof. Fuat Sezgin is the face and inspiration of the Islamic world. He regained the lost self-confidence of the Muslims. The Islamic world is grateful to him.Prof. Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall opened inaugurated At the end of the panel which was broadcasted live at ÜU TV, participants took a souvenir photo.After the panel, the opening ceremony of Fuat Sezgin Conference Hall was held. Afterwards, “Prof. Fuat Sezgin Honor Exhibition” was visited.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)

14 Mar 2019

International students explained women’s roles in their countries

Üsküdar University Solution Focused Women’s Issues Application and Research Center (ÜSÇÖZÜM) hosted an event “Being woman in my country” within the scope of 8 March Women’s Day at Üsküdar University with international students from 40 different countries. March 8, International Women’s Day was celebrated by the international students with an event titled “Being woman in my country”.Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Bioengineering and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Political Science and International Relations students attended the event. International students from ten different countries such as Ethiopia, Palestine, Nigeria, Niger, India, Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Syria told about the women, who made a name for themselves in politics, education and business life given their successful presentations.Üsküdar University International Student Counsel’s President Abdülmecid Çacabo hosted the event held at Main Campus, Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall. Abdülmecid Çacabo hosted the event in Turkish.Afterwards, the Director of ÜSÇÖZÜM Dr. Faculty Member Ayşenur Kurtoğlu pointed out the importance of social media literacy education by mentioning the main threat to women is the organization of their times by others. In addition, in the event was held as an example of full women's solidarity, Dr. Kurtoğlu thanked Department Head of Bioengineering Dr. Faculty Member Tuba Sevimoğlu on behalf of the academicians.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “Women stand out with the power of knowledge”Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan attended the event to honor the International Women’s Day and said that nowadays, arm and machine power is not in the forefront of the time but the power is in knowledge and science. He noted that the importance of the wise women rather than the sad woman increases rapidly and also emphasized the importance that Islam gives to women.Women's Day became the scene of colorful images with participation of men. One of them was the rap and dance performance by international students with their country-specific motifs.Üsküdar University students explained women in their countries during the event.The closing speech of the program was conducted by the Director of Globalization and Youth Problems Application and Research Center (KÜGEMER), Assoc. Prof. İsmail Barış. Barış, expressed that young people should work hard to get the rights and freedoms of women and celebrated the Women's Day.After the program completed in a friendly environment, different new activities were planned.Students who participated in the program were presented with cloves and the program ended with a family photo.

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)

11 Feb 2019

Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: "You made significant contribution to Turkey's mental health services"

Üsküdar University held a final sitting about Turkey’s Addiction and Mental Health Risk Profile Map Research Project. A certificate of achievement was presented to 125 students in the field of clinical psychology who took part in the project. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan noted that this research revealed very important results and continued “You made a significant contribution to Turkey’s mental health services.” The project’s final sitting was held at Üsküdar University Altunizade Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Üsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences Director and NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist   Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol were in attendance.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan’s advice to young psychologistsThe research was carried out with a one-on-one interviews of 125 participants who hold master's degree in clinical psychology from Üsküdar University. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan who made a speech at the meeting, gave professional advice to graduate students who took part in a project.This is not a thesis study onlyÜsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said; “You are at the end of your journey to become a clinical psychologist and psychologist. You conducted a great study. You have not only made a thesis study but you have also made a significant contribution to Turkey's mental health services. You revealed the country’s current condition in terms of mapping the mental health, addiction and behavioral addictions of the country. This is what the State has been trying to achieve.”These kinds of risk maps are important for the preventionProf. Nevzat Tarhan indicated that he made his first research in this area in the 1990's at GATA about substance abuse and presented it as his doctorate thesis and he said, “We did a study among the military service officers. There are very significant and important difference on alcohol abuse rate when I compare that data with today’s data. The current state of the world is along the same line. For this reason, it is crucial to have the risk maps in order to decide on which policies to establish, where to invest in and which subjects to concentrate on. These studies determine the strategic priorities. Information and teams are determined according to priorities. I think this study will enable the State to increase the number of state psychologist staff and therefore the result of this study will result in such conclusion as there is a need for this. There are enormous problems coming at us. Psychology will not be a top profession out of nowhere. We came to the mentioned conclusion through this study. This has been a great study and I thank everyone whoever contributed to this study.”The priory is to be a good individualProf. Nevzat Tarhan gave some advice to the students and pointed out that the priority is to be a good individual above all and he continued as, “Theoretical classes are done and thesis period is about to be finished. When I am asked in the meeting, conferences that what it takes to be a good doctor, a good psychologist; I always say that being a good individual is a necessary priority. If a person cannot be a good individual, then he/she cannot also be a good engineer, good doctor or good psychologist. This is crucial for all professions but it is more crucial to be for the psychologists.We should have visions about the society and humanity Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that crime rates and violence increased in the USA during the 2000's and why people do evil. He said;“New York State University Forensic Psychiatry Unit developed a scale. The core meaning of evil is being investigated in psychiatry. People are successful but are not happy. A new field called “Positive Psychology” emerged while the reason behind the increase of depression and violence are studied. Harvard University started to give lectures on this subject on 2015 and Yale University started the course on 2018. We had this course as compulsory on 2013. What does Positive Psychology explain? It explains what it is to be a good individual. It is not only important to be successful with scientific methodology but how good of an individual we are at the end of our lives. We should have visions about the society and humanity. We benefit the most when we become good individuals. We become happier as we make others happy.”Tarhan: “Being a psychologist is not only a profession but also an art”Prof. Tarhan explained, “Patients can sense the good intentions and they become loyal to the treatments. If there is no good intention but self-interest, then the patients also sense this and the connection is lost right away. Your good intentions result in successful treatment and trust. Good faith and good effort are very important in the therapist - client relationship. My second suggestion is to be a good listener and observer. It is important to analyze the patient first and become a good observer instead of practicing whatever it is in your head. It is important to read between the lines of what the patient says and this happens through listening. Obviously this is established by experience. Being a psychologist is not only profession but also an art because you give the best service only when you become a master of this. You will master over the years as you listen carefully. Being an active listener and an observer cause you to mature in years.”You should have medical and therapy techniques in your treatment methodProf. Nevzat Tarhan continued as, “My third suggestion is for you to have a certain treatment method”. “When you have a patient in your office, you should be able to apply different techniques rather than holding onto only one treatment style. You should have medical and therapy techniques in your treatment method. It is essential to know whether the patient uses any drugs or whether the patient needs neuromodulation.  Psychopharmacology has a great responsibility when they prescribe drugs. If you have a certain method, you would make less mistakes”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan concluded: “We must have ethical standards. The human brain thinks these are the principles it has to follow. Anyone who holds principles, has an inner guard unwittingly.  The ethical standards within the self inhibits the wrong doing. The ethical standards block the wrong doing as it protects both the patient and us. Being virtuous always has positive effect in the long term. Being an ethical therapist will protect you in life. You can always hold your head up high.”Regional representatives gave information about researchÜsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol gave the outline of the project. Representatives of the three main regions of the research Şenay Dayan, Gaye Göklü and Sena Varlık provided information on “Addiction Types and Risk Maps”. Another regional representative Ayşe Naz Hazal Sezen gave presentation on “Mental Health Variables and Risk Maps”.Certificate of achievement presented to 125 studentsÜsküdar University Institute of Social Sciences Director NP Feneryolu Medical Center Psychiatrist Assoc. Prof. Gökben Hızlı Sayar and Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology Dr. Faculty Member Hüseyin Ünübol presented certificates of achievement to 125 students who currently study in clinical psychology master’s program.Photos: Zahid Aslan / Meryem ÖzkanÜsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

30 Jan 2019

Üsküdar University's Great Loss

Prof. Antikacıoğlu’s funeral will be held at Kadıköy Surp Takavor Armenian Church on 02 February, Saturday at 13.00. Afterwards, he will be buried at Bağlarbaşı Surp Haç Armenian cemetery.We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our faculty member Prof. Levon Antikacıoğlu from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.Prof. Levon Antikacıoğlu who was under treatment for a while, passed away on 29 January 2019.We share the sadness of his family, friends, colleagues and students.We are deeply and greatly sorry for our huge loss.Who is Prof. Levon Antikacıoğlu? He completed his middle and high school  in the Italian High School. He graduated from University of Milano with a full Italian State scholarship. He came back and graduated from İstanbul University  Faculty of Literature, Department of Psychology. Consequently, he conducted his doctoral degree from the Department of Psychiatry. He received his “Medical Sciences Doctor” degree in 1981 from İstanbul University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He continued to work in the same department. Subsequently, he resigned and worked in private enterprises.  He studied at University of London's Maudsley Hospital in 1987, and he was trained on Behavior Therapies. After he came back to İstanbul, he held management positions at private nursery and day care institutions for children.

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)

14 Jan 2019

Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan is amongst Turkey’s first 30 social influencers list

Üsküdar University Faculty Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan is amongst Turkey’s first 30 social influencers selected by pazarlamasyon.com.Pazarlamasyon.com, which concentrates on marketing, social media, brand management, marketing communications, digital marketing and business, published the list of Turkey’s first 30 social influencers.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan took part in the list of digital leaders who effectively uses the digital world and that must be followed in 2018. Prof. Arıboğan currently has 465 thousand 113 followers in Twitter, 30 thousand 312 followers in Instagram.  Yıldız Holding Chairman Murat Ülker, Author Uğur Batı and Youtuber Barış Özcan are also in the list.To review the full list: https://pazarlamasyon.com/social-influencer/Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

13 Dec 2018

Üsküdar University celebrated Bangladesh Victory Day

Bangladesh Consulate General of İstanbul organized a celebration of Bangladesh Victory Day that was held in Üsküdar University and the past economic and sociological relations between the two countries were discussed. Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that proactive diplomacy, which will strengthen ties between countries, allows peoples and cultures to mutually get to know each other. The program that celebrated Bangladesh's 47th victory anniversary organized by the Bangladesh Consulate General in Istanbul also held a discussion about the relations between Turkey and Bangladesh.Bangladesh Consul General of İstanbul Mohammad Monirul Islam and many other visitors attended the celebration held at Üsküdar University Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall.The most influential diplomacy is cultural diplomacyPresident of Üsküdar University Prof. Nevzat Tarhan mentioned that proactive diplomacy, which will strengthen ties between countries, allows people and cultures to get to know each other.Prof. Tarhan said, “The most influential diplomacy is cultural diplomacy. The political diplomacy is important but if the cultural diplomacy is good then political diplomacy will be stronger afterward.”Research and application center can be established Prof. Tarhan underlined that academic cooperation is important for strengthening the relations between the two countries and he said, “A research and application center can be established.” We can feed the fraternity and establish a research and application center to make the meeting here permanent. We have our Postcolonial Studies Application and Research Center. England, which made the world uninhabitable place, was established as a state that initiated the Ministry of Colonization in the world. They set up a colonial authority and see the right to exploit. We have to tell them that they do not have the right to exploit anyone or country. Anti-imperialist stance is crucial. If we do not do this then they will continue to exploit.”There are very strong ties between Turkey and BangladeshÜsküdar University Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan emphasized that Bangladesh is a very important country for Turkey. Prof. Arıboğan stressed that although Bangladesh is geographically far away, there are historical and cultural ties between the two countries and continued “It has been one of the most important parts of Pan Islamism policy during the period of Abdülhamit. The effectiveness of the Ottoman Khilafah is a known fact. During the War of Independence, it is known that the people of Bengal in that region gave very serious support to Mustafa Kemal about the Republic and some of the guerrillas in our Republic. This is a nation wrote epics, poems, books about Mustafa Kemal and made sculptures of him. We are talking about an honorable nation that won its independence by fighting and we are talking about a nation paying a price.”Academic cooperation should be initiatedBangladesh Consul General of İstanbul Mohammad Monirul İslam shared that December 16 is the Victory Day, that they gained independence on this special day. İslam also stated the importance of the relations between Turkey and Bangladesh and continued, "Our relations with Turkey is going very well. We call each other sibling countries. We thank Turkey very much for their support to Arakan.  As the two countries, we are aware that we understand each other at the political level very well and that we support each other.” Dr. İslam said that these relations should be at the level of individual interaction and that these relations should be constituted at an academic level and not just at a political level. Therefore, the student exchange programs should be conducted between the two countries and academic cooperation should be initiated.“The Importance of History in Solidified Partnership: Reference to Bangladesh - Turkey Relations” and “Celebration of Bangladesh Victory Day and Discussion” program was also attended by journalist Ahmet Coşkunaydın who contributed with his experiences on Bangladesh public, society, and tourism.  Coşkunaydın said that the relations should be strengthened for the two countries to get closer.Arzu Çiftsüren has also shared her experiences and thoughts about Bangladesh and Turkey’s cultural relations. Journalist Celal Toprak expressed Bangladesh’s economic developments.  The program ended by cutting a cake with a Bangladesh flag on it and taking a family photo.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 Dec 2018

Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan met with CoHE President Prof. Yekta Saraç

Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean and Advisor to Üsküdar University President Prof. Dr. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan met with CoHE President Prof. Yekta Saraç and got together with business people, who invest in the world.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan led the organization in which the future of the occupations and the occupations of the future were discussed.It is stated that the future of higher education in the organization is of great importance for dealing with the future.A family photo was taken after the program.Üsküdar 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)

26 Oct 2018

FEDEK Accreditation documents are presented

Üsküdar University Psychology Turkish-English, Molecular Biology and Genetics Turkish-English Philosophy Departments’ FEDEK accreditation participation certificates are presented to the Deans of the faculties in a meeting held in Main Campus Senate Meeting Hall.Üsküdar University received FEDEK accreditations in 5 different programsIt was stated that the accreditation of the 5 different programs was given in April with the first formal education undergraduate programs which were evaluated for the first time by FEDEK.Within this context, Üsküdar University Molecular Biology and Genetics (Turkish) and Molecular Biology and Genetics (English) programs of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Psychology (English) and Psychology (English) programs of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences were awarded FEDEK Accreditation.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Üsküdar University faculty members, Board Members of FEDEK Prof. Kenan İnan and Prof. Figen Kadırgan attended the meeting in which the FEDEK accreditations were presented.Dean of Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Prof. Tayfun Uzbay and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan received the accreditation certificates by the FEDEK’s Board Members.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

17 Sept 2018

Üsküdar University’s project became a subject in British journal

Üsküdar University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Psychology Department Teaching Assistant Şehadet Ekmen and her students became the subject of the British ChangeMarkers journal as regards to the visit they did to orphanages in Hatay.  Therapy to refugee orphan childrenŞehadet Ekmen who has been conducting fieldwork with refugee orphan children in the Hatay region for 4 years, stated, “I observed some problems with children one day while working in this field.The children were introverted and did not speak to anyone. We wanted to do something different and we conducted group therapy by putting cream on children. Visible developments were observed soon after.Dormitory managers said that serious changes occurred in children, and they had higher confidence”.“UK wants to join the project”Ekmen also included the students of Üsküdar University to this project as they visited Humus orphanage together and performed group therapy to the children.Ekmen shared that this study became a subject in ChangeMakers in UK at this point. She continued, “The journal presented the news as an unprecedented treatment method to refugees who experience war trauma.Currently, UK wants to join our project”.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

11 July 2018

Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan joins Üsküdar University

Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, the academician known for her work in the field of Political Science and International Relations is appointed as Üsküdar University Advisor to President.Prof. Arıboğan, who is also known for her influential statements and books aside from the academic studies, will take up her position on September 1st, 2018 in Üsküdar University.Prof. Arıboğan was a visiting professor between 2016 – 2017 in Oxford University St. Antony’s College and she continues her academic studies as a senior member in Oxford University CRIC (Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict) “.Background of Prof. Deniz Ülke ArıboğanProf. Arıboğan graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of International Relations. She completed her masters and doctorate degrees in Istanbul University and graduated from Scotland’s University of St. Andrews, Terrorism and International Security Studies in 1995.Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan gave lectures in Istanbul University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Bahçeşehir University, Air Force Academy and Military Academies.She was the President of Bahçeşehir University between 2007 and 2010, later assumed the Member of Board of Overseers position in Istanbul Bilgi University.She was a visiting professor in Oxford University St. Antony’s College between 2016 and 2017.Prof. Arıboğan continues her academic studies as a senior member in Oxford University CRIC (Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict) “.Prof. Arıboğan intensified her efforts to study security issues from a political psychological perspective and to resolve conflicts with peaceful methods she became a member of the International Dialogue Initiative (IDI) board, which is an international and interdisciplinary working group.  Prof. Arıboğan is also a member of the "World Academy of Arts and Science".Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan is one of the founding members of Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD) and she provides her support to women's empowerment projects around the world as a member of the advisory board of the "Women to the Executive Boards" Project.Prof. Arıboğan is among the international speakers of the London Speaker Bureau and has published a number of national and international articles as well as 10 books.Her books include Far East Asia in the Shadow of China, The Map of the Future, Thinking of International Relations, Speaking the Language, After the End of Peace, Looking at the Great Picture and WALL.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

06 June 2018

A Success Story from Üsküdar to Cambridge

Üsküdar University’s English Psychology Department sophomore student Melisa Aksu will represent Turkey in Cambridge University. Our successful student, who will participate in a study program on developmental disorders in Cambridge University, gave an interview to ÜNA correspondent Rubaşa Ergin.“Only One Person Attending from Turkey”Primarily, could you please introduce yourself to us? I am a sophomore student in English Psychology Department of Üsküdar University.Could you please briefly explain to us the program you will be attending soon? I will attend to Cambridge University’s Psychiatry Department and will participate in a research group to conduct studies on developmental disorders. Only 20 individuals, one person per country, are selected for this group within the concept of the program. Therefore, I am the only person to attend from Turkey. Sueda Tunçak, who was a sophomore student at Üsküdar University's Genetic Engineering Department at that time, attended the same program three years ago and currently she is a faculty member of Üsküdar University. She really helped me out in this and encouraged me never to give up. I definitely want to take the same road she has taken.Where did this idea come from and how did you decide to attend the program? I was researching the research programs, as I wanted to put the theoretical knowledge I learned in Üsküdar University into a research environment and see how it worked in practice. During that period, I came across this program. Sueda Tunçak, the faculty member of Üsküdar University gave a great support. I learned that she attended the same program before and decided to apply to the program as I realized this program fit perfectly with what I had in mind.“I applied the program in order to gain research experience”Did you decide to attend an international program abroad because there is none of this kind in Turkey? There is no such of a program in Turkey that offers a comprehensive and research experience for undergraduate students. The most important aspect of this program is that they can offer you research experience even if you are an undergraduate student and do not have such experience. Therefore, I applied to gain experience in the research field.What do you aim to achieve after the program? I want to specialize in Neurology. I was already doing a research on finding Neurology programs and decided to conduct my studies in this field. I hold the same opinion still.Do you want to attend another program once you finish this one? Next year, I will be looking for other programs that I can perform new research and research. It could be any program that can transform my knowledge into practice. It could even be an internship program.“I want to pave the way for the students who wish to specialize in Neurology” You have mentioned that there is no such program in Turkey. Would you like to be the pioneer and initiate such programs in Turkey? Of course, I would. I would like to lead the way for the undergraduate students who aim to specialize in Neurology and gain experience, once I get to a certain level of experience.There will be people who will wish to achieve the same success as you have. What are the requirements to apply to this program?First of all, you need to be an undergraduate student to apply to this program. You need to have curiosity towards science and have a solid English level. These are the main criteria. After that, you will need to prove to the faculty members and the laboratory specialists of the university you wish to attend, how eager you are to attend the program. Obviously, you need work hard and stay motivated.  You achieved this success with your own efforts, right? Yes, I indeed achieved all these with my own efforts and I had many supporters during this period. My teachers from the University really gave me an enormous support. The application period was especially tough and intense for me because I contacted many faculty members and tried to reach to everyone that is associated with the program. Of course, not all of them accepted and received many rejections but my aim was to demonstrate why I was interested in this field and how determined I was to improve myself in this field. After I have talked with many faculty members from different universities, this program has accepted me. Before my application, I have contacted the faculty member that participates in this program and I have sent my application after the faculty member approved my participation. I sent a Letter of Intent and got a reference letter from Üsküdar University. After all these procedures, I was accepted to the program that will last for 2 months. Cambridge University will cover my accommodation and other related expenses. I also would like convey my thanks to Assoc. Prof. Cumhur Taş who showed a great support.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

03 May 2018

Üsküdar University’s visit to England

The faculty member of Üsküdar University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology (Eng.) Dr. Asil Özdoğru visited Worcester University in England. Özdoğru who exchanged ideas with the members of Worcester University on joint projects, also met with the students of Üsküdar University. The faculty member Dr. Özdoğru, who is also the Faculty Erasmus Coordinator, went to Worchester University in England where they have been student exchange programs for years, in order to observe the British culture and the University within the concept of Erasmus + staff mobility program.During his one-week visit, Dr. Özdoğru was a guest speaker at different classes and gave a presentation about his studies to Worchester University students and faculty members. Dr. Özdoğru informed them about Üsküdar University’s studies, participated in a research group meeting of the university and held talks in the context of joint projects.Dr. Özdoğru came together with the students of Üsküdar University Psychology (Eng.) Department Naz Atalay, Sümeyye Nur Külçe, Zeynep Dila Uzun who are studying under the Erasmus program at Worcester University as well as the graduate Halide Zeynep Aydın. He listened to the observations and experiences of the students and shared his recommendations with them.Üsküdar University holds Turkey’s most Erasmus agreements in Psychology and continues to provide opportunities to all students and staff.For detailed information, students and staff may apply to Erasmus Coordinators and the Erasmus Office.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

19 Apr 2018

Üsküdar University is accredited by FEDEK

Üsküdar University, which has acquired the principle of quality in education, has successfully completed the FEDEK evaluation of 3 days. Psychology Turkish-English, Molecular Biology and Genetics Turkish-English and Philosophy departments are now departments that have FEDEK accreditation.FEDEK (Science, Literature, Science-Literature, Language, History and Geography) founded in 2009 to contribute to Science – Literature faculties in Turkish education, evaluated Üsküdar University.FEDEK evaluated Psychology Turkish-English, Molecular Biology and Genetics Turkish-English and Philosophy departments and accredited these departments.In the evaluation process in which heads of related departments, faculty deans, vice-deans and administrative directors were present, were carried out in 11 main subjects and sub-subjects.At the end of the evaluation, relevant departments of Üsküdar University are included in FEDEK accreditation.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

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