Science, Industry and Technology Minister Faruk Özlü Visits Our University
Feb 14, 2017

Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, Faruk Özlü received information about the activities carried out in our university during his visit to our Ayazağa Campus on February 11th. Dr. Özlü, who visited our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca in his office also met with our Vice-Rectors Prof. Dr. Ali Fuat Aydın, Prof. Dr. İbrahim Özkol, Prof. Dr. Tayfun Kindap, Prof. Dr. Telem Gök Sadıkoğlu, Prof. Dr. Alper Ünal and General Secretary Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sait Yazgan.

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Minister Özlü stated that universities are the centers of science and especially well-established institutions like our university with a deep accumulation of knowledge, have made important contributions to our country with the graduates they have trained. Underlining that universities can expect a bright future with Turkey's scientific approach and support of industrial enterprises in Turkey, he added that work to establish a research base in Antarctica, the world's only uninhabited continent, has been accelerated.

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Minister Özlü: "We will have a say in decisions about Antarctica."

Later in his speech, he emphasized that, as the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology under this presidency, which was commissioned in the process of establishing the Antarctic research base, they would work for the purpose of having a say in decisions about the continent. In this context, he emphasized the importance for our country of a road map to be prepared with TUBITAK and our university. The Minister shared his opinion on the subject with these words: "After obtaining the necessary legal approvals, the delegation to go to the continent will be determined by ITU, and we will coordinate the preparation of the vessel. Thus, we will come to the stage of approval of the agreement, the preparation of the group and the voyage of the delegation by ship.”

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: "Establishing a base in Antarctica is a source of motivation and pride for us."

Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca who began his speech by pointing that ITU-PolReC is the first and only Turkish polar research center conducting scientific studies in Antarctica, stating that he believed ITU-PolReC would produce work that we could all be proud of. Prof. Dr. Karaca stated that the initiatives starting with the appointment of the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology under the auspices of the Presidential Office would not only be a source of motivation but also a source of pride for our university to assume the scientific responsibility on this point. Our Rector continued with: "We sent 3 researchers to Antarctica without discriminating their universities. We only provide coordination and scientific support. Preliminary feasibility studies will be conducted this year and the budget will be set aside. Then a research group of 40 to 50 people will mobilize for foundation and academic work. We can regard Antarctica as 'the world's refrigerator' because this region is extremely valuable in terms of climate characteristics and underground resources. The continent with the largest water potential in the world has close to 56 countries working there on scientific research. For this reason, as Turkey, we have to be there. "

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Following the speeches, our Rector, presented Department Mechanical Engineering, Master of Energy Program 1989 and Automotive Doctorate Program 1994 graduate Dr. Faruk Özlü with an ITU badge. After signing the Rectorate Guest Book, the Minister explored the Ayazağa Campus. During his visit to the "Medical Device Research, Development and Application Laboratory", Dr. Özlü received detailed information about an early diagnosis breast cancer microwave and imaging device which is the first of its kind in the world. The visit wrapped up with a visit to the only nuclear research reactor in Turkey, ITU SEED and ITU ARI Teknokent 3.