Internationally Successful Turkish Scientists were at ITU
May 26, 2016


ITU hosted Turkish scientists from world-famous universities within the 4th Global Awareness Summit held by TAF Network.

Held by TAF Network, international academic information sharing network, 4th Global Awareness Summit was held with the participation of Turkish scientists granted several awards with their academic studies in the best universities of the world on May 21, 2016 at Suleyman Demirel Cultural Center.

Turkish scientists achieving many international successes shared their experiences with the students in the summit hosted by our university.

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This organization, very useful for anyone who plans to pursue a career abroad, seeks answers to the questions in mind by bringing together the scientists carrying out their academic studies in world-famous universities and the ones who plan to pursue a career abroad. Global Awareness Summit provides one-to one interview and question and answer opportunities with the senior bureaucrats with international experience, administrators, rectors and academicians who completed their studies abroad. This summit also aims to inform the students about conducting research abroad before they graduate.

With the theme of “Success Without Borders” this year, the first talk of TAF Network was held with the moderation of the President of TUBA Prof. Dr. Ahmet Cevat Acar and with the participation of our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, the former Rector of France Rouen University, Ord. Prof. Dr. Cafer Özkul and the Rector of Koç University, Prof. Dr. Umran İnan. The rectors answered the questions of the students about the education abroad and gave some recommendations to them.

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Our valuable graduate, and the Senior Advisor of the President, Prof. Dr. Davut Kavranoğlu, the General Coordinator of TAF Network, Cemal Açık and the Head of Turkish Academy of Sciences (TUBA), Prof. Dr. Ahmet Cevat Acar made the opening speeches of the summit.

In the summit, our Rector mentioned the students about his academic years he experienced abroad. Giving examples from the scientific studies he carried out in the USA, Karaca added that he was interested in football in his remaining time. Encouraging the students not to be limited to a single field in life, Karaca advised them to be absolutely interested in a branch of art or sport. “You might be a graduate from the field of history which is a social science, but you might achieve success in the field of astronomy which is included in physical sciences. You should never isolate yourself. What is important is not where you are in the system, but what you do in this system. These compositions bring a very different dimension to people. Without putting limits on yourself, you can switch to different areas of expertise in different sciences. Scientific development is not only achieved by scientists dealing with technic, that is, concrete. Studying on social sciences is as important as studying on physical sciences.” By drawing an analogy between social and physical sciences, Karaca added that the right foot of a person is basic sciences and the left foot is social sciences, and as you know, a person should stand on his two feet.

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Many scientists achieving global success participated in the summit, such as Prof. Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, the Rector of Waterloo University, with his device produced for the early detection of cancer; Prof. Dr. Utkan Demirci a Lecturer at Stanford University, shown among “35 Scientists to Change the World” in the USA, , with his study finding a solution to male infertility with a microchip; Ord. Prof. Dr. Cafer Özkul, the former Rector of France Rouen University, granted by State Outstanding Achievement Medal of France; Dr. Naşide Gözde Durmuş from Standford University, drawing attention with her fast and cheap test study developed compatible with mobile phones for the early detection of cancer, and chosen as one of the leaders in the fields of medicine and biology in the list of “Innovators Under 35” in 2015 by MIT Technology Review Journal, the most respected science magazine in the world;
Assoc. Prof. Çağan Şekercioğlu, a lecturer at Utah University, awarded by “Whitley Golden Environment Award” which is regarded as “Nobel in Environment” in England; and Assoc. Prof. Sadi Vural, a lecturer at Osaka University, with his Ayonbc company in Japan which was chosen as the second best company in the world in the field of face recognition.