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11 Nov 2022

Awarded Communications met with Prof. Nevzat Tarhan!

In the meeting held in Üsküdar University Senate hall, those who participated are as follows: Üsküdar University Faculty of Communication Dean Prof. Nazife Güngör, Head of the Radio, Television and Cinema Department Assoc. Prof. Esennur Sirer, Asst. Prof. Hale Yaylalı, Asst. Prof. Nihal Toros, Head of the Audiology Department within Faculty of Health Sciences Asst. Prof. Didem Şahin Ceylan, Üsküdar University Secretary General Selçuk Uysaler and Head of Department of Corporate Communication Tahsin Aksu and Event Manager Rasim Dağhan Işık.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan: “Positive feelings helps immune system”President of Üsküdar University Nevzat Tarhan expressed that the biggest obstacle is the psychological obstacle. Prof. Tarhan said: “These works created a great empathy in students. Taking stories from their families, making them heard and carrying out that within a project give them feeling of success. It also has a positive impact of children. This feeling of ‘I won, I succeed.’ is a positive feeling. Positive feelings help and boost immune system. Succeeding a positive goal also reduce their stress. When we approach with exaggerated reactions to those having a certain obstacle, we lose them. You cannot communicate with them. That’s why we say do not interfere with disablement, privacy and their sacred values. It is their privacy. If everybody asks about their disablement every time, it means they heard it thousand times before. The biggest obstacle is a psychological obstacle. What restrains them is the psychological obstacle. Every individual has a different life story to involve in social life. All of them is a story of success.”.“All sciences are part of a whole.”Emphasizing that a holistic approach in science is important, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said: “Engineering, neuroscience, behavioral sciences, communication… All are common stands to reach a common goal. Sciences used to be accepted individually; however, sciences are accepted as holistic, that is, sciences are not different republics within themselves but there is a general integrity. They are part of a whole. This holistic approach in science has been for about 20 years.”Prof.  Nazife Güngör: “We rank first among foundation universities”Dean of the Communication Faculty within Üsküdar University Prof. Nazife Güngör made remarks on the importance of supports by lecturers and students’ motivation. Prof. Güngör said: “Nowadays, we always rank first in awards among foundation universities. This year, there are world-wide well-known names among participants of our 10th Communication Days event.  Four very esteemed scientists two of whom are from the USA and two of whom are from Europe. Therefore, it is also excellent with this regard. Support of our professors and motivation of our students are greatly important. Now, we are really number one among foundation universities with this kind of risings. This year’s Radio, Television and Cinema students are also excellent. There is a great motivation there.”.Asst. Prof. Nihal Toros Ntapiapis: “We really like life stories”Üsküdar University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Advertising Asst. Prof. Nihal Toros Ntapiapis expressed that they cooperated with another department for the first time. Ntapiapis said: “We really like life stories. This year we narrated life stories of hearing-impaired individuals. We consultant with doctors who perform cochlear implant operations, we met with lawyers to learn what are their legal rights and then we carried out a project like this. Our project is now awarded with second place from TRT; however, we are waiting the results from Türkiye Journalists’ Association Aydın Doğan Foundation. It will be announced in March, next year.”.Asst. Prof. Didem Şahin Ceylan: “By working with their full effort, they made us proud”Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences Head of the Audiology Department Asst. Prof. Didem Şahin Ceylan thanked students. Ceylan said: “I have been carrying out works to create a joint Project with the Faculty of Communication since I have started to work in Üsküdar University.  We had already a friendship with our esteemed instructor Nihal. It was a pleasure to carry out this Project together. Our students worked with their full effort and they made us proud.”.Asst. Prof. Üyesi Hale Yaylalı: “Bölüm olarak çok verimli bir dönem geçirdik”Üsküdar Üniversitesi İletişim Fakültesi Radyo Televizyon ve Sinema Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Hale Yaylalı, yarışma sonuçlarının öğrenciler için çok büyük bir motivasyon kaynağı olduğuna dikkat çekti. Yaylalı; “Korona sonrasında bölüm olarak çok verimli bir dönem geçirdiğimizi düşünüyorum. Geçen sene gayet enerjik bir yıl ve hem dijital hem sesli hem görüntülü içerik üretiminde öğrencilerimiz gerçekten çok güzel işler başardı. Yüzlerce projenin katıldığı bir yarışmada ilk önce ilk ona kaldıklarında çok çok heyecanlandık. Çok mutluyuz. Bunun bir kartopu gibi büyüyeceğini düşünüyoruz. Hem bizim için büyük bir motivasyon hem de öğrencilerimiz için gerçekten güzel bir motivasyon oldu. Başarıları kat ve kat arttıracağımızı düşünüyoruz.” şeklinde konuştu.Assoc. Prof. Esennur Sirer:” It became a great motivation to meet you”Üsküdar University, Faculty of Communication, Head of the Radio, Television and Cinema Assoc. Prof. Esennur Sirer made remarks on works and graduation projects. Sirer said: “It became a great motivation to meet you.  We evaluate our graduation projects for a week in both February and June this year as we did in previous years. As each of professors within our department, we start preseason training for a week with all of our students.”.Üsküdar won first place in the Podcast Category and second place in the Web Site categoryÜsküdar University Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, Television and Cinema students Salih Doğan and Eylül Oruç represented Üsküdar university in the Podcast subcategory of the Digital Broadcasting under the consultancy of Asst. Prof. Hale Yaylalı. Faculty of Communication, Department of Public Relation student Zeynep Şahin and Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Audiology students Gizem Altın and Hayrunnia Arıcı represented Üsküdar University in the Website subcategory of the Digital Broadcasting under the consultancy of Asst. Prof. Nihal Toros Ntapiapis and Asst. Prof. Didem Şahin Ceylan.Visit ended with a photo shoot with Faculty of Communication academicians and Communication students who were awarded.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 Nov 2022

Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was commemorated on the 84th Anniversary of His Death…

As Üsküdar University, we, once again, commemorate our Ancestor with respect, love and gratitude.Üsküdar University organizes commemoration event annually within 10th of November Commemoration of Atatürk and Atatürk Week.The Founder of Republic of Türkiye Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk closed his eyes to the motherland he loved the most and to life on November 10, 1938.  The death of Atatürk who must be an example to all with his importance that he places to education, women and animals, profoundly affected Turkish Nation. Atatürk who is a leader often seen as an example and loved by not only Turkish people but also by other nations, said farewell to us on November 10, 1938 when it was five past nine. Atatürk has been commemorated with many ceremonies on every 10th of November since the day he passed away to today.Üsküdar University academic and administrative staff with students commemorated Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in all the campuses when the clocks were showing 09:05.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

26 Oct 2022

Art therapy reduces the risk of dementia…

It is aimed to increase the awareness in life with Occupational TherapyWorld Occupational Therapists Day is celebrated on October 27 every year under the leadership of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).Üsküdar University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy Asst. Prof. İsa Kör mentioned the harmonious relationship between art therapy and occupational therapy and the benefits they provide.A person's roles are lost when activities are reduced.Stating that the work areas of occupational therapy cover all of the activities of people in their daily life Occupational therapist İsa Kör said: “We can define occupational therapy as the active participation of the individual in self-care, work, leisure time and play. Moreover, activity can be defined as anything that people engage in, such as self-care, enjoying life, contributing to social and economic environments. Individuals have a role in life. On the other hand, these roles may differ at any age and with each change of environment. With the deterioration of health, a decrease can be seen in the participation of the person in activities. A decrease in activity participation can lead to the loss of roles in a person's life. While the loss of roles leads to changes in the person's expectations in life, devastations related to the deterioration of health depending on the loss of activity can be seen in the person. The individual may encounter situations such as feeling worthless, living dependent on someone, not being able to perform daily activities, and living bedridden.”.The first target is people with psychological disorders…Occupational therapist İsa Kör said that occupational therapists can apply to art therapy to reduce the effect of negative experiences on the person, to increase participation in activities, to increase the changes in one's life, to create routines, to promote health improvement, and to ensure well-being. He continued: “We can base art therapy on the idea that expressing a person's feelings and thoughts is non-verbal, therapeutic and life-enhancing in the artistic creation process. The target of art therapy is primarily people with psychological disorders. The population of this therapy has subsequently expanded to individuals with difficulties in daily life such as children, adolescents, the elderly, individuals with learning and adjustment difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, history of abuse, experience of a loss or natural disaster. Art therapy supports people who struggle with stress or self-awareness and have pressure that leads to personal difficulties. Today, art therapy can be considered not only as a therapeutic approach, but also as a developmental practice in which individuals or groups discover their potential and solve some social problems. At this point, the joint work of art therapy and occupational therapy in supporting individuals with special needs draws attention.”.Puppet is an important tool in therapyStating that puppets are one of the tools used in art therapy, occupational therapist İsa Kör said: “Puppet is a metaphorical expression in art therapy. It is a fun option not only for the therapist but also for the child for interaction with children who have difficulty in using verbal language in occupational therapist consultations in ways such as drawing, clay molding etc. In addition, the use of puppetry instead of speaking directly may help the child to have less hostile and threatening thoughts compared to speaking.”.Paints can have a positive effectStating that materials such as pencils, crayons, collage materials, sequin, brushes, clay and watercolor paints, oil paints and pastel paints can be used in art works, occupational therapist İsa Kör said, “The harmony that is tried to be created depending on the use of materials can be described as the expression of the person. There are also studies on the positive effect of paints on long-term memory after traumatic events. It has been observed that especially fluid paints encourage relaxation and meditative experiences in the individual. It has been determined that the paints and clay used while working with children with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder have important effects on the development of executive functions such as self-regulation, self-control and planning. Occupational therapist's inclusion of art works can enable the individual to use time efficiently, meaningfully and valuable.”.They work especially in the field of pediatrics.Occupational therapist İsa Kör emphasized that when considering art therapy and occupational therapy together, it should not be forgotten that they focus on different aspects and said:“The occupational therapist can pre-determine the points that the individual may avoid, not want to touch, might put in their mouth, and pose a danger to themselves during the art activities. Different fields of art might be preferred according to the field the individual has a lack of skill. Occupational therapists are working especially in the field of pediatrics in our country. Disadvantaged groups such as those with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disability, down syndrome and cerebral palsy observed in children are frequently encountered here. Since the occupational therapist will handle each individual according to their own interests and personal characteristics, different practices can be applied to two different individuals with learning difficulties in their artistic work. Therefore, occupational therapists may not find it appropriate to use a certain art material in the disadvantaged group. In addition to evaluating each group within itself, they adopt a personalized approach by targeting an individual approach. However, the importance of the interaction in social relations in the environment where the artistic work is done should not be overlooked. In group work, it is possible to see improvements in the social skills of individuals who interact with artistic works.”They aim to increase activity participationOccupational therapist İsa Kör stated that one of the main purposes of occupational therapists using art activities in individuals with psychological disorders is that they want to increase their participation in activities as well as making the person feel good. Kör said “A decrease can be seen in psychological disorders with daily routines. Individuals may encounter problems in planning, organization, initiating, maintaining and ending the activity. Here, it is aimed to increase the diversity of activities in daily life. For example, activities such as painting, clay, dance and music provide support in different aspects. On the other hand, occupational therapists can support the interaction in their work by including artistic works in the activities at the point where the individual tend to.” said.It reduces the risk of dementiaIndicating that art therapy may be needed to strengthen cognitive skills such as memory and attention and to increase physical mobility in geriatric individuals, occupational therapist İsa Kör said “Art requires using various skills such as abstract thinking, judgment and memory. The effect of art is incredible in reducing the risk of developing dementia in elderly individuals. Using cognition through the art can transform into independent functions in the elderly population who benefit from most rehabilitation services.”.Occupational therapists focus on the individual's well-beingOccupational therapist İsa Kör said "While occupational therapists can use art as a tool, they do not progress with only art therapy in their consultations" and continued:“Music, painting, clay, dance activities may be in the consultation, however, they do not focus on the development of individuals on the mentioned activities and the way they express themselves through artistic works. The aim of the occupational therapist is to diversify, improve and change the activities of the person's daily life. While doing these, it focuses on the well-being of the individual. It supports the life of the individual by identifying activities according to the person's lost abilities, aiming to improve the person's skills, restore them and prevent losses.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

15 Oct 2022

Prof. Tarhan: “If a regular kindness is candle light, a silent kindness is like the sun”

The Project “From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness Platform” is implemented.After one minute’s silence and reciting Freedom March, “From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness Platform” Project Coordinator Asst. Prof. Fatma Turan, Vice Project Coordinator Ayşe Banu Güngenci, President of Central General Management Office of the Turkish Red Crescent Şemsi Kamile Canba and President of Üsküdar University Prof. Nevzat Tarhan made their opening remarks in the   program.Asst. Prof. Fatma Turan: “We put great effort into the concept of Silent Kindness to become a project.”. “From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness Platform” Project Coordinator Asst. Prof. Fatma Turan made remarks on objectives and voluntary principles of the Silent Kindness Project in her opening speech. Emphasizing they aim to increase the cooperation with NGOs Turan said: “We put great effort into the concept of Silent Kindness to become a project. I thank to the Red Crescent that they provided us such opportunity. Our project will be carried out in cooperation with Üsküdar University, Hold My Hand Association, Municipality of Üsküdar and Üsküdar District Governorship, and Red Crescent Üsküdar Branch.  The objectives of our project are to provide communication at the highest level with NGOs, to enable and to improve the cooperation between public and civil society. We aim to create a model on principles of accountability, transparency, participation and efficiency. Having good intentions is not enough and we must sustain good intentions and never give up on them. It is necessary to have good intentions and be thoughtful and transform them into behaviors. This is also not enough, as well. We should multiply them and make them sustainable, and we must transfer these values to next generation.”.Şemsi Kamile Canbay: “Each new project increase our excitement”President of Central General Management Office of the Turkish Red Crescent Şemsi Kamile Canbay shared activities of the Red Crescent with the audience.  Canbay also shared information on 850 service areas of national and international works on different scales and Canbay said every new project like “From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness Project” gives hope and enthusiasm for work.Prof.  Tarhan: “It is crucial to be righteous in an era where the evil multiplies”President of Üsküdar University, Psychiatrist Prof. Tarhan made remarks on the important of the projects in his opening speech. He highlighted the importance of being righteous and providing services benefiting humanity in an era where the kindness decreasing and selfishness is increasing. Tarhan said: “Projects such as ‘From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness Platform’ have been always seen in the history of humanity. However, the need for this kind of projects has increased highly in this era.  The mentality of ‘it is not my problem that others are dying due to hunger’ became dominant with global narcissism. They want to collect all resources; power, money and dominance in one single power with Metaverse. This power will be about to be obtained by those who manage the digital global database.  In case like this, we should be model by showing the wrong and doing the right. There is no peace in a society where there is income injustice. Immigration is not coincidental. The reason for it is income injustice and poverty in underdevelopment countries. Another mentality that is well spread globally and we are not aware of, is that ‘you’ll work and I’m glad to spend our hard work’ mentality. Global system glorifies self-centeredness and unaccountability. We live in a strange era where selfishness and limitation of the freedom are mixed together. It is more important to be righteous in an era like this.”.Prof. Tarhan: “If a regular kindness is candle light, a silent kindness is like the sun”Tarhan shared his remarks emphasizing that the source of helping each other and good intentional behaviors are in the ancient Anatolian culture. Tarhan highlighted that “From Mind to Heart, from Heart to Society: Silent Kindness” project reflects this culture. Tarhan said: This project reflects our treasure of the Anatolian culture we have. When this project is completed and published into a book, it will contribute greatly to the literature. It will be a reference to those who say ‘there is a need for this, we should do this too.’ in the whole world. There are two important diseases of this era. There are: egoism and secularism. Secularism, that is, glorifies the mentality that ‘I can do anything I want in this world without the feeling of accountability’. What protects a human is not good intention, patriotism or religiousness, it is the accountability. Inner guard of the accountability is conscience.  Conscience is our inner guard. It tells us what we should do and what we should not do. We should raise our children not only as smart and successful but also as good individuals. That’s why, we carry out Silent Kindness project with Hold My Hand Association since 2010. In Silent Kindness, there is the mentality that your other hand must not see what your hand gives. We treat our inner narcissism with this kindness model. This contradicts with people’s self. They say ‘I do kindness but no one is praising.’.  In silent kindness, you continue doing kindness without applause or praise. It is a challenging thing. If a regular kindness is candle light, a silent kindness is like the sun.  It is also so valuable regarding the truth. This can only be seen in wise people, it is about the level of personal development. This mentality is also seen as in the saying that ‘cast your deed upon the sea, if the fish does not appreciate, the creator will.’”.After the opening speeches, the programed ended with project introduction presentations and photo shoot.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

14 Oct 2022

Everything for the "Smoke-Free Campus"...

“More than 20 million people smoke tobacco in Türkiye”Making striking remarks on the increase and decrease of smokers, World Health Organization Director and Green Crescent Scientific Committee member Prof. Toker Ergüder said: “First of all, we should start reducing smoking with our relatives. We must warn everyone around us. Support us in smoking addiction as doctor candidates. As doctors, you have to live in a smoke-free environment. The increase in smoking addiction is highly seen especially between the ages of 18-25. In Türkiye, 125,000 people die every year due to smoking. In our country, 25% of all deaths are caused by smoking. In fact, smoking rates are decreasing all over the world, however, these rates are increasing in our country. Another problem we have in Türkiye is the increase in smoking rates, especially among women. Especially among female doctors, female nurses and female teachers, smoking rates are much higher than the general population. In men, smoking rates decrease as education and status increase, while in women, smoking rates increase as education and status increase. Since cigarette companies know all this very well, a cigarette company will offer you the first cigarette maybe a just outside of this university, maybe in a cafeteria and if you can say no to them, you will be saved from being addicted for the rest of your life.”.“The main reason for the spread of tobacco is the tobacco industry”Mentioning the concept of tobacco control, Ergüder emphasized that deaths due to smoking would decrease thanks to this control. Ergüder said: “Use of tobacco is the most important preventable cause of death in the world and in our country. We can express this situation as tobacco control because the most important and preventable public health problem in Türkiye is use of tobacco. The main cause of the tobacco epidemic and its spread is the tobacco industry. Our struggle is not with smokers, all smokers are people who became addicted at a young age and trapped by the tobacco industry. Our biggest fight is with the tobacco industry. For example, there is no industry behind it to spread malaria, but there is an industry behind it to spread this tobacco germ. This industry unfortunately tries to make a profit by making everyone addicted. There are very effective methods to prevent the epidemic. We must implement these methods.”.“Exposure to cigarette smoke causes serious illness”Expressing the structure and harms of cigarettes, Ergüder said: “It is the form of tobacco, which is a poisonous plant, compressed and wrapped in a thin paper. It contains 3 substances. These are carbon monoxide, nicotine and tar.  There are at least 70 carcinogenic substances among them and there are about 7 thousand chemicals. 99% of lung cancers are caused by smoking. The main addictive substance is nicotine. Others are substances that cause cancer. Cigarette smoke contains more than 6,000 harmful chemicals, 50 of which are known to be carcinogenic. Both the smoking cigarette and the cigarette they are exposed to as a passive smoker cause disease in people's bodies. When you take the cigarette smoke from your mouth, it goes to the lungs and mixes with the blood from there. It is then discharged with urine as nicotine. It causes cancer and various diseases in all the organs it goes to.”.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

08 Sept 2022

Joy of 9th Graduation in Üsküdar!

“Learning only technical skills leads to do wrong things”Enthusiasm and excitement were experienced at the same time during the 9th Graduation Ceremony held in the Ataşehir Ülker Sports and Event Hall.  Vice Rector and Graduation Organization Coordinator Prof. Sevil Atasoy and Vice Rector Prof. Hikmet Koçak were among academicians who participated in the ceremony where Üsküdar University Head of Board of Trustee and Member of TARHAN – IDER Foundation Management Council Fırat Tarhan also attended.Üsküdar University President and President of Supreme Council of Management Prof. Nevzat Tarhan gave some advices to our new graduates in his opening speech.Stating that we are gathering in this first graduation ceremony of Üsküdar family after the pandemic, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said “I would like to call those who were students during the pandemic as veterans. They went to university under difficult conditions. Sometimes they have been to the university and sometimes they have taken online course and they have followed lessons online. During the pandemic, we gave a very rapid reaction to it as university. Without doing any video lessons, our professors showed great example of sacrifice. We continue lessons online as live and we tried to continue education without decreasing the quality of education. Thankfully, process about the pandemic is going in a controlled way. We are almost in the stage of being able to hold a grand meeting on this matter.  That’s why I would like to say to all of us and humanity that we have recovered from this process.”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan indicated that university education is just like a marathon and said “This graduation ceremony is one of the most important milestones for our young fellows. Now being student is over. Being student have an aspect of leisure time and the aspect of responsibility is seen less. After graduation, this leisure time will be limited little bit and responsibilities will be more occurred. That’s why, I would like to welcome our new graduates to the reality of life because the dynamics after graduation is not the same as the dynamics before the graduation.  Those who can adapt to this, those who are successful at school, can be successful at life; they can be successful at their professions, and they can be successful at their family life. “.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that our aims as a university are not to teach only technical and academic skills but also to tech life skills at the same time and he continued “By teaching you social skill and emotional skills, we developed a strategy that you can be graduates who will be happy and successful in life and who will do good things. We put an effort to apply this strategy and there are skills of the 21st Century within this strategy. There are skills of innovation and entrepreneurship. Just I have said it shortly before, there are life skills. We established these life skills by creating a course named Positive Psychology in 2013 during the first years of university. Later, Harvard University started this course in 2015. Later, Yale University began to teach it in 2018. Now, this course is given in secondary schools and high schools in developed countries. Mindfulness is thought as a course not only in universities but also in those schools.”.Emphasizing the importance of life skills Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said “If we do not teach life skills, young people who learned only technical skills do wrong things. When we examine the content of these courses on life skills, what does it teach? It teaches to know yourself, empathy, forgiveness, helping and sharing.”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan continued with his words and said “These are already the reality of our Anatolian wisdom. We tried to present this within a scientific methodology and we presented a positive psychology course. We contributed greatly to the literature on this matter and we achieved first results of this in the academy. We experienced an interesting event. Within that program, there are 17 labels. Üsküdar University was deemed worthy 2 labels of those 17 labels. That’s why 2021-2022 brought good luck to us.”.Stating that one of the labels is Quality Education, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that “We proved that we provide a world-class education.  In last years, Time Higher Education (THE) that is an organization using standards of United Nations, officially gave us this label within the international standards in last April.  The other label is Good Health and Well Being.  The main reason that we earn this label is that we teach life skills to the youth since the first grade. We obtained this label when we documented this. This is not an easy label to get.”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that being able to foresee the state of the world on certain topics contributed a lot to this by being proactive and also stated that Üsküdar University ranked on top 500 foundation universities among world universities. Tarhan continued his words by saying:“This year we experienced another surprise. There is an organization for institution and university ranking called SCIMAGO. It is other than THE organization. SCIMAGO also ranks world universities within the research index of Scopus database. In ranking of world universities, there are four foundation universities in Türkiye within top 500 universities. We are one of that four universities. We are a university that has a high research index score and is among top 500 universities in the world.  We ranked among top 500 universities by an international ranking organization among 5 research indexes in the world. Even our ranking is 398, you can find it on our website.”Moreover, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan also informed about another good news from UNESCO and said “There is a UNESCO TWAS program.  UNESCO determined excellence centers. The UNESCO Representative visited our university. They announced us as an excellence center for neuroscience field and they published it.  We are the only university with an excellence center in Türkiye.  It is defined by UNESCO TWAS and they decided to send us students for postdoc education, that is, post doctorate education in the field of neuroscience.”Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that we received another good news from Ministry of Industry and Technology and he continued “Our esteemed Minister Mustafa Varank announced it. They published a list of universities with patent applications in Türkiye.  We ranked second with 12 patents among foundation universities this year.  We ranked second in patent applications among 200 universities, foundation universities in Türkiye. Here, I would like to thank to our academicians and those who applied to patents and here there is a technology transfer office and incubator center that we founded. As you know it is before the Technopark. There one coordinator who is responsible for patents in our incubator center. There is one coordinator who is responsible for projects. We have responsible departments for subject on R&D. This is one of the first results that is yielded from establish a technology transfer office in according to standards by TUBİTAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye). This incubator center is carried out by our technology transfer office and labors of our academicians.  That is, it is not possible to achieve these results if our academicians do not look after it. Here, I thank to all our academicians who raised our students on behalf of them. Their labor is very important. Moreover, I would like to express my gratitude to all esteemed and honorable mothers, fathers and seniors who trust their children to us and support them constantly.  Thank you and may you live long!”.Stating that as university, they gave about 30 thousand students and now they have 23 thousand students within the university, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that “There are 6 faculties, 1 vocational school and 5 institutes. We have over 600 academic staff, 39 undergraduate program, 59 associate degree programs, 46 postgraduation programs, 14 doctorate programs and 86 laboratories. We have officially recognized application partner NPISTANBUL Hospital which is the second neuroscience hospital in the Europe and the first one in Türkiye. This hospital continues its services intensely in the international area. Now, it is in service of our students as a hospital that carried out with international patients occupying one-third of capacity.  Both interns and fourth grade students of Faculty of Medicine will have internship here and then they will be interns.”.Emphasizing that as a university, they aim to be not in the world standards but to be above the world standards Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that “World standards is a small goal for us. The big goal is to be above the world standards. Therefore, I would like to tell an example to our students since our goals are big. In 1960s, American President Kennedy, visits NASA. He see a cleaning personnel there. He has the broom in his hands and he jokingly asked him ‘What are you doing?’. Can you believe the vision of the cleaning personnel? He says ‘I help in preparation of spaceships to be sent to the space.’  Vision. When Architecture Sinan was building Süleymaniye Mosque, he visits 1 or 2 workers there. He asks about that they are doing. One of them says ‘I work for a daily wage.’ And the other worker says ‘I am building the biggest sanctuary of the world.’ Both of them are doing the same job but the vision is really important here.”.Stressing the importance of having a vision, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said “My young fellows, let your vision to be bigger than yours. Let your vision to be bigger than Türkiye. Let your Vision to be bigger than universe.  In that way, only you can make the right decisions and go forward in the right way.  This is one of the most matters that we give importance the most and it is the matter that we aim to reach with positive psychology course…  Yale University made this course open to public with the title of goodness science and 3.5 million people registered to this course in a short time and New York Times published a news about this.  Why? Because people need goodness science. That’s what the world leads to right now.  These knowledges are produced by our Anatolian culture. It is the culture of east. This is our social capital. We need to enrich our social capital. The capitalist system that focused on mainly financial capital now crashed against the wall and now it is working on social capital, working more on the psychological capital.”.Indicating that it is understood that a human being is a psychological creature, Prof. Nevzat Tarhan said that “All economists were desiring a Homo Economicus in the 2000s. Daniel Kahneman who is economist psychologist, received the 2002 Nobel prize. His thesis was on psychological factors in buying behavior. After that, it is understood that a person is not Homo Economicus but is a Homo Psychologicus. A human being is a psychological creature. When investing, they do not invest for money, they invest in things they love, they do it for appreciation, for trust. That’s why, we need to improve ourselves in this field.  To summarize, I would like to say that to our young fellows, you should have ego ideals and goals when you realizing your ideals.”.Prof. Nevzat Tarhan also warned young graduates and said “I would like to warn them on one matter. Believe me that social media is a very dangerous and troubled place. If you make one mistake, your relatives will forget it but social media does not. When you do a mistake, your loved ones will forgive it but social media does not. That’s why, I resemble the social media with a backslider. It is not possible to know their intentions truly. It has proven by experience. I wish success to you all.” Prof. Nevzat Tarhan chatted with a graduateGamze Önder who graduated from Üsküdar University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Social Work chatted with Prof. Nevzat Tarhan Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan chatted for a while. Tarhan congratulated and wished success to Gamze Önder who received her diploma by joining the ceremony with a wheelchair.Students ranking the highest were presented with plaques and they received their giftsIn the ceremony, students ranking the highest were presented with plaques and they received their gifts.  Graduates who ranked in top 3 in under graduation programs are as follows: Huriye Sude Ceşen, Rabia Duman, Sıla Kulaç, Seba Alturkmanı and Mohammad Al-Hammad. Their plaques and gifts were presented by Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Deputy Rector of Üsküdar University Prof. Mehmet Zelka, Üskükdar University Chairman of Board of Trustees Furkan tarhan and Tarhan Foundation Board of Management Member Fırat Tarhan.Graduates who ranked in top 3 in associate degree programs are as follows: Ebru Güneş, Ülkü Dilli and Sinemiz Kaçar. Their plaques and gifts were presented by Vice Rector and Graduation Organization Coordinator Prof. Sevil Atasoy, Vice Rector Prof. Hikmet Koçak and Rector Advisor, 22nd, 23rd, 24th Deputy Halide İncekara.He presented diploma to his daughterHappy memories were experienced during the ceremony. Üsküdar University Department of Industry Engineering Asst. Prof. Hasan Çiçek presented diploma to his daughter Cansu Çiçek who graduated from Clinical Psychology Post Graduation Program.Dr. Osman Coşkun became a part of joy of her daughter’s graduationThe Presidency of Republic of Türkiye, Council of Science, Technology and Innovation member Dr. Osman Coşkun also became a part of the joy of his daughter’s graduation. Neva Coşkun who graduated from Üsküdar University, Department of Psychology, received her diploma by her father Dr. Osman Coşkun.Our successful sport teams were presented their plaquesIn the ceremony, the sports teams of Üsküdar University, which achieved significant success in their branches, were also presented with plaques. University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Deputy Rector Prof. Mehmet Zelka, Üsküdar University Chairman of the Board of Trustees Furkan Tarhan and Tarhan Foundation Board of Trustees Member Fırat Tarhan presented plaques to teams of football, futsal, female and male basketball, female volleyball and korfball.At the ceremony where the graduates were invited to the stage in order to receive their diplomas, some graduates received their diplomas with their babies and children.Graduation oath was recited and caps were thrownÜsküdar University, Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof. Haydar Sur made graduates recite the graduation oath. Later, graduates threw their caps. The ceremony where exciting and joyful moments were experienced ended with a DJ performance.  Graduation ceremony was broadcasted live on ÜU TB and Üsküdar University YouTube channel.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 Aug 2022

French Balconies Pose Safety Risk

President of Üsküdar University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety Department Asst. Prof. Rüştü Uçan mad evaluations on French balcony architecture that is used often in buildings today.It contains many safety risksAsst. Prof. Rüştü Uçan states that safety conditions must be created and inspections must be increased on the French balconies that have become popular recently and says “French balconies that are used often in today’s architecture, are usually not in the standard size, that is, not suitable for chairs and tables. French balconies are balconies that structurally windows can be opened completely and there are rails in front of the French balconies. These balconies are often used for ventilation. The reason it is called French because it is used very often in Paris. However, it is applied often in new projects in Türkiye.”.Please do not let the esthetic concern prevent safety!Rüstü Uçan states that French balconies are used often in new buildings recently, however, the safety on technical requirements and durability is being put in the second place in some projects and expressed “Today’s esthetic concern gets ahead of safety. Municipalities must do necessary inspections and take measurements on this matter.”.Railing should not be assembled onto the jacketingEmphasizing the importance of height and the distance between metal rails, and assembling in the balconies Asst. Prof. Rüştü Uçan said “Height must be minimum 90 cm and horizontal joints must be minimum 15 cm. Preferably vertical joints should be used and the distance must be minimum 15 cm. When a contractor builds a building, they assemble railing onto the jacketing. The safety of this application is not possible in this way. However, banning French balconies is not a solution. Safety conditions must be created and improved.  Inspections must be increased and the criteria on the height of railing must be reconsidered. Anchors must be fixated to the concrete instead of marble and firstly it must be drilled with Hilti and then it must be glued with a very strong glue and then it must be screwed.”.Safety of children must be consideredEmphasizing that between railing and window there must be 10 cm distance Asst. Prof. Rüştü Uçan advised “Especially this issue is brought up often by the families with toddlers that began to walk recently. In this case, there must be no enough space for the toddler between window and railing. During the architecture stage, safety must be considered. In addition, families should not pick up their child when they are in front of the balcony and they should let their child alone in the balcony. Putting safety net between balcony railings and ceiling can be considered as a solution.”Society faces the consequences of the lack of inspectionKonuyu İmar Yönetmeliği açısından değerlendirmenin doğru olmadığını ifade eden Dr. Öğr. Üyesi Rüştü Uçan, “Ancak mimari aşamada tasarımlar yapılırken riskler düşünülmeli ve binalar inşa edilirken bu güvenlik önlemleri göz önünde bulundurulmalı. Mimarlar Odası’nın denetimlerini içeren bir belge olma özelliği taşıyan Sicil Durum Belgesi 2012 yılında kaldırıldı. Bu uygulama ile mimarların, projelerin ve tasarımların denetlenme zorunluluğu da kaldırılmış oldu. Denetimsiz bir ortam yaratıldı ve denetimsizliğin sonuçlarını millet olarak hepimiz çekiyoruz.” dedi.  Asst. Porf. Rüştü Uçan states that evaluating this matter with regards to building bylaws is not right and adds “Risks must be considered on the stage of architecture and when building are being constructed these safety measurements must be taken into consideration. Registration Certificate that contains inspections by the Chamber of Architects was abolished in 2021. With this abolishment, the obligation of inspecting projects and design of the architect. It created an environment that lack inspections and as citizens we all suffer from the consequences of lack of inspections.”.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

31 July 2022

Our Student is Accepted for an Internship Program in UNESCO

Student of Social Work Department Merve Ceren Kılıç is entitled to have internship within UNESCO Türkiye National Commission Program which carries out studies on various topics such as education, science, communication and culture.Her Success is not Limited only by thatSuccess of Merve Ceren Kılıç, who followed and attended many studies even though she was a student, is not limited only by that.Kılıç has also represented our country in the seminar under the title of “Let’s Talk About (anti) Racism” held in Bucharest, Romania by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Türkiye National Agency.Üsküdar News Agency

10 Dec 2019

3D printer handover ceremony is conducted by Üsküdar University student

Üsküdar University Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences 4th grade student Ahmet Faruk Şenormancı's 3D printer device was delivered to the Faculty of Health with a ceremony.Deputy President Prof. Mehmet Zelka, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Prof. Osman Çerezci, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Şefik Dursun, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Head of the Bioengineering Department Asst. Prof. Tuba Sevimoğlu and academics attended the ceremony.The attendees congratulated Ahmet Faruk Şenormancı and Head of Bioengineering Department Asst. Prof. Tuba Sevimoğlu.The program ended after taking family photos.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 Dec 2019

Educators received 7 conferences from 4 well-known names during the break…

Üsküdar University academics came together with educators in 7 different conferences within the scope of “Teacher Professional Development Programs” during the break.Üsküdar University Founding President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Prof. Deniz Ülke Arıboğan, Faculty of Health Sciences Department Head of Speech and Language Prof. Ahmet Konrot, Department Head of Software Engineering Assoc. Prof. Türker Tekin Ergüzel met with the teachers in respect of various subjects.Üsküdar University academics came together for the first time this year by the Ministry of National Education and gave seven different conferences to the educators.Educators gave special interest to each conference.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

11 Oct 2019

Audiology students wore white coats on World Audiologists Day

Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences Department of Audiology 2nd grade students wore their white gowns on World Audiology day. Families of students also attended the ceremony.The ceremony held on October 10, World Audiologists Day in Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall.The opening speech of the ceremony was given by Audiology Department Head Asst. Prof. Didem Şahin Ceylan.“Our team is very dynamic”Ceylan stated that they have a young academic staff as audiology department. She said, “We started in 2018. We did many great activities together. In the last year, we have done many activities, mostly scientific. We have hosted many names from the audiology community. Our team is very dynamic. I believe we will do more great things together.Ayşe Nur Egemen, 3rd year student of the Audiology Department and Melisa Levent, 2nd year student gave speeches about the meaning and importance of the day.After the opening speeches, students were dressed in white coats by the academics.The ceremony ended after the collective souvenir photo shoot.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

10 Oct 2019

2019-2020 academic year orientation programs are concluded

Üsküdar University orientation programs for the students who are enrolled in 2019-2020 academic year are concluded with the participation of academic and administrative staff. The students were informed about all the functioning and activities of the university in the 5-day programs.Orientation days were held at Main Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall and Çarşı Campus Emirnebi Conference Hall. The instructors of Faculties of Medicine, Communication, Humanities and Social Sciences, Engineering and Natural Sciences, Health Sciences, Vocational School of Health Services, Preparatory School and International Office informed the students about every aspect.In the orientation programs; Directors of Corporate Communication, Student Affairs, Information Technologies; Health, Culture and Sports; Library Documentation, Career Center and International Relations introduced their units to students.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

22 July 2019

Üsküdar University received great interest at the fair!

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

08 July 2019

Graduation enthusiasm of Üsküdar University

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

26 June 2019

World Health Organization invited Üsküdar University

World Health Organization (WHO) sent an invitation to Üsküdar University Faculty of Health Sciences, Head of Child Development Department Prof. Nurper Ülküer to attend the EU funded Project “Social Inclusion of Persons with Mental Disabilities” which is being implemented with the technical support of WHO and in collaboration with Ministries of Health and Family, Labor and Social Services.Project aims to enable the social inclusion of people with mental disabilities The first of the annual meetings will take place on 27-28 June, 2019 in Crown Plaza Hotel, Ankara. This meeting is expected to serve as a forum for discussing challenges and opportunities for community mental health.Continuous Professional Development will be supportedThere are going to be three 2-day meetings held within the scope of the project which brings together participants from MoH, MoFLSS and the Council of Higher Education as well as representatives from universities, training institutions and academicians.These annual meetings will have a scientific content and will support Continuous Professional Development of staff working in mental health area.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

15 May 2019

2. Physiotherapy Student Symposium is actualized

The 2nd Physiotherapy Student Symposium was hosted by Üsküdar University Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (FTR) Department. The theme of the symposium was “Pain, Brain and Exercise” and the Chairmen of the symposium Prof. Defne Kaya and Assoc. Prof. Baran Yosmaoğlu undertook important topics in the symposium. Prof. Defne Kaya said that exercise is a must for a physiotherapist and added that exercise will strengthen the body as much as the mind.2nd Physiotherapy Student Symposium was held at Üsküdar University Central Campus Nermin Tarhan Conference Hall. Students showed great interest to the symposium that hosted expert speakers of their fields. Üsküdar University Advisor to President and Faculty of Medicine, Head of Medical Pharmacology Department Prof. Tayfun Uzbay initiated the symposium with his speech titled “The Invisible Brain”.Prof. Uzbay explained the rationale for writing his book “The Invisible Brain”, evolution and the brain from a different perspective.“Brain has never suffered more than in Turkey”Prof. Uzbay stated that the brain is a very important part of the physiotherapist field and shared that his book “The Invisible Brain” was written as a reaction to the erroneous information about the brain. Prof. Uzbay said, “Brain has never suffered more than in Turkey. Almost everyone talked about the brain and erroneous information has been passed on. As people who are not aware of the world literature about the brain, stated a lot about the subject.”  Is heart a symbol of love?Prof. Uzbay stated that in ancient Greece, Aristo said, “The heart is the central organ of the body. Intelligence is the center of movement and emotions. The most important task of the brain is to cool the heart which is hot and dry.” And mentioned that the heart has become the symbol and expression of love from a very long time. Prof. Uzbay said, “On February 14, Valentine's Day, we still buy gifts with heart-shaped chocolates. Nobody's doing a brain pattern. Actually, the heart is very similar with the brain. Both of them have right and left sides as well as four sections. But the logic of Aristotle still continues.Sessions were held at the symposium after Prof. Tayfun Uzbay’s speech.At the first session, Assoc. Prof. Baran Yosmaoğlu moderated the session that was entitled “Crazy Questions About Pain 1”. The speaker Asst. Prof. Fatma Duygu Kaya Yertutanol delivered a speech on “How Does Brain Detect Pain?”. Asst. Prof. Zeynep Bahadır Ağce’s speech was titled “Can we really assess the pain?” and Prof. Defne Kaya’s speech was titled “What and How the Brain Is Changing in Chronic Pain? What and how it changes in the body in the presence of pain?”“Pain is an experience related to tissue damage”Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Psychology faculty member and NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital Psychiatrist Asst. Prof. Fatma Duygu Kaya Yertutanol gave a lecture on “How Does Brain Detect Pain?”. She started her lecture by mentioning “pain is an experience related to tissue damage”. She said pain is not only a sensory process but a complicated process. She said that when very large trauma and tissue damage occur, people can feel pain without pain awareness or with empathy and imagination. She stated “Our brain decides how much pain we'll feel.”  And explained how pain is formed with a neuroscience point of view. She continued by stating that as a result, in the case of pain; not only painful tissue but also nervous system; is important to be treated by methods such as yoga, meditation and hypnosis.“Brain doesn't like the hip at all!”Faculty of Health Sciences, Head of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department Prof. Defne Kaya stated that the brain did not like the hip because the brain gave a much more reaction when the injury occurred below. Kaya said, “It is doing it to protect it. In the process of any injury we take ourselves to the posture and brain does this without our recognition. We as physiotherapists should not just deal with exercise and loosen muscles. We should find the core problem and fix it. What physiotherapists should not forget is that brain responds very quickly to stimuli from the periphery and adapts.”“It is exercise that will strengthen the mind as well as the body”Prof. Defne Kaya stated that the steps of study of chronic pain and the related pain are asking the patient the symptoms, giving education to the patient, re-evaluating and applying the latest therapy. She shared that she becomes angry as a physiotherapist when she hears that the patients are told to rest and she added “Physiotherapy means movement. The thing that will strengthen the mind as much as the body is exercise. Do not be afraid to advice patients exercise.”Prof. Defne Kaya moderated the second session. The second session’s theme was Painful Joints, Functional Exercises and Their Effects in Brain and the following speakers gave lecture on the mentioned titles;Assoc. Prof. İrem Düzgün, “Shoulder Joint”, Asst. Prof. Emel Sönmezer “Hip”, Assoc. Prof. Bahar Anaforoğlu Külünkoğlu “Foot / Ankle”.The final session was moderated by Asst. Prof. İrem Düzgün. The Theme of the final session was “Crazy Questions About Pain 2”. The speakers and their lecture titles are as following;Prof. Semin Akel “Music, Brain, Pain and Exercise”Asst. Prof. Çetin Sayaca “Neuroplasticity, Brain, Pain and Exercise”Instructor Mahmut Çalık “Hormones, Brain, Pain, and Exercise”Physiotherapist Görkem Dizdar “NeuroKinetic, Brain and Pain”.Symposium continued with the workshop “Aromatherapy for Physiotherapists” by the sponsor Pharmacist Ayşegül Birlik.The symposium ended with taking a photo of the speakers and then taking a souvenir photo.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

24 Apr 2019

Turkey’s first “Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory” inaugurated at Üsküdar University

Üsküdar University Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory and Training Area, is inaugurated at Üsküdar University. Turkey’s first Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory is inaugurated by the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk.  "Prof. Hilmi Sabuncu Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory and Training Field”, being a first of its kind in Turkey, was inaugurated on April 19, 2019 at Üsküdar University Çarşı Campus.Inauguration was conducted by the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt SelçukThe Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, who attended the 6. Science and Idea Festival Award Ceremony, also inaugurated Turkey’s first Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory. Minister Selçuk toured the laboratory and received information. Minister Selçuk also took pictures with OHS students while wearing barette.“It is not possible to train individuals in this area through distance education”Üsküdar University Facultyof Health Sciences, Head of Occupational Health and Safety Department  Asst. Prof. Rüştü Uçan, stated the following:“The inauguration of ‘Prof. Hilmi Sabuncu Occupational Health and Safety Laboratory and Training Field’ is conducted today with the participation of the Minister of Family, Labor and Social Services Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk. Practical training will be offered in this laboratory as Turkey’s first laboratory and training field in this area.”“Practical training in OHS is crucial”Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan mentioned the following;“Since Occupational Health and Safety training is directly related to human health, distance education should be supported with practical training. Ideally, the training should be practiced. This laboratory that is being inaugurated, is very important in this sense. We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to ‘Prof. Hilmi Sabuncu Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory and Training Field’.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

26 Mar 2019

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day is celebrated

Individuals with down syndrome attended “World Down Syndrome Awareness Day” event that is organized under the leadership of Üsküdar University Occupational Therapy Department Head Prof. Sevda Asqarova and ADER (Alternative Life Support Association) founder Saruhan Singen.Prof. Sevda Asqarova delivered the opening speech of the event. Şişli Down Cafe and ADER founder Saruhan Singen and Down Cafe members with down syndrome have been introduced to the students of Occupational Therapy. Students showed great interest to the event which took place at South Campus Martyr Duha Beker Hall.The founding of Down Cafe explained Saruhan Singen who started his speech by introducing himself, explained that his daughter had mental problems 37 years ago and later he decided to found the ADER foundation. Singen talked about his municipality visits and his efforts, and also told about the adventures while opening Down Cafe.“Down Cafe should be opened in every city”Singen who talked about the studies about Down Cafe workers with down syndrome and mental problems and remarked that the idea of opening a cafe with this concept was of great interest and that he had repeatedly been contacted from other cities. Singen mentioned that he believes he can do bigger things with the support of the Mayor and stressed that more than 25 Down Cafe is needed in İstanbul, and must be opened in other cities.Singen underlined that they are not just a cafe, they also gave sign language education, the demonstration team and drama activities.“Not only one day but every day is our day”Singen said “Not only one day but every day is our day”, and that they did not just believe the March 21 to be the only day of this importance. Prof. Sevda Asqarova extended her gratitude and said that she would be happy to cooperate with occupational therapy practitioners.Two individuals with Down Syndrome explained what they do in a day at Down Café. The individuals with Down Syndrome explained Prof. Sevda Asqarova’s and Occupational Therapy students’ questions and noted that they loved this job very much and they are very happy to come to the university. The guests were then invited to sign language and rhythm training of occupational therapy students.Students promised to attend this training every Saturday and will work at Şişli Down and Tebessüm Corporations. Üsküdar University Faculty Dean of Health Sciences Asst. Prof. and Faculty Member Abdülhakim Beki gave nursery certificates and flowers.At the end, the guests had meal together with Prof. Sevda Asqarova.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

20 Mar 2019

2019 Golden Axon Leadership Award presented to Prof. Nevzat Tarhan

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

18 Feb 2019

TEDx Uskudar University discussed the changing world

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

28 Jan 2019

Üsküdar University has its first doctorate degree graduate

Üsküdar University that specializes in Behavioral Sciences and Health fields, has its first doctorate degree graduate. Dr. Abdulkadir Ertaş became the first doctorate degree graduate of Üsküdar University in Health Management Doctorate program with the thesis titled “The Effect of Organizational Culture on Knowledge Management Practices in Hospitals”.Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Mehmet Zelka was the consultant of Dr. Abdulkadir Ertaş’s thesis.  Prof. Zelka congratulated Dr. Ertaş and gave him the doctorate gown.Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan also congratulated Dr. Abdülkadir Ertaş for his successful doctorate thesis. Prof. Tarhan shared, “I congratulate one of our first research academicians and first doctorate graduate Dr. Abdülkadir Ertaş and his teachers for their contributions. The first responsibility of a university is to train qualified academicians. We will continue to the science world with our related contributions.”Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

18 Jan 2019

Üsküdar University’s 2. TEDx Conference!

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

16 Feb 2017

The World’s leading authorities of Ergotheraphy visited Üsküdar University

Prof. Helena Hemmingsson and Asst. Prof. Maria Borgestig from Sweden’s Stockholm Linköping University, who participated in establishing and developing Ergotheraphy departments in various countries worldwide, have visited Üsküdar University.Üsküdar University, which is one of the unique universities that owns an Ergotheraphy department, has been visited by the two globally known academicians.Prof. Helena Hemmingsson and Asst. Prof. Maria Borgestig from Sweden’s Stockholm Linköping University, met with our Ergotheraphy students in Üsküdar University.Helena shared her practices on how she supervised and consulted in establishing Ergotheraphy departments in various parts of the World such as Russia, Europe and Taiwan.Prof. Helena shared the statistics to reflect on the current position of Ergotheraphy in Sweden. She also gave a workshop in “School Setting Interview - SSI” which is an evaluation form that has been developed by herself.Another significant name of this field has shared the experiences and the know-how, the day after. Dr. Maria Borgestig commentated her studies and the project she initiated while taking her doctorate. Later on, she gave information on an evaluation form called “Goal Attainment Scale” and how to apply it in the field.Üsküdar University’s special statue of Feeling Man, was presented to the academicians right after the lectures.Üsküdar News Agency (ÜNA)

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