25th Term Maritime Students Graduate
Jul 04, 2017

The 2016-2017 Academic Year Graduates of our Maritime Faculty, who will be setting out to navigate the deep blue, received their diplomas at a ceremony held on July 1st, Maritime and Cabotage Day.

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At a special ceremony where white and blue met, the ITU Maritime Faculty, the first Turkish educational institution to train individuals equipped for Turkish maritime transport, presented diplomas to its 25th term graduates. Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications, Ahmet Arslan also participated in the ceremony, as 106 of our young people experienced the joy of graduating.

In addition to our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, ITU TRNC Rector Prof. Dr. Ercan Kahya, Nikola Vaptsarov Naval Academy Rector Prof. Dr. Admiral Boyan Mednikarov, and the Rector of Piri Reis University, Prof. Dr. Oral Erdogan, maritime sector representatives, academics, and the families of this year's graduates were our guests at the Tuzla Campus event.

The event began with the laying of a wreath as a tribute to independence fighters and martyrs of the sea off the coast of Tuzla by Prof. Dr. Oğuz Salim Söğüt of the Maritime Faculty followed by speeches from Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan, our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, ITU TRNC Rector, Prof. Dr. Ercan Kahya, Dean of the Maritime Faculty, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Salim Söğüt, Maritime Faculty Alumni Association Board Member, Captain Ayşe Aslı Başak, Chamber of Marine Engineers President, Engineer Feramuz Aşkın, and this year’s valedictorian, Yunus Gülen.

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Ahmet Arslan: “I am proud to be a member of the ITU Family.”

First speaker at the podium was Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister, Ahmet Arslan. Arslan started by conveying the congratulations of Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, who is also a graduate of our university, and said that the university has done a lot for our country for 244 years and emphasized the contribution of ITU’s Maritime Faculty, a very important faculty with a history of 133 years, to the development of Turkey. The Minister added that the value added to our country by our Faculty will continue to increase and he expressed his pride in being a member of such a family.

"We stand behind the promise of a training ship for the Faculty."

Later on, Arslan indicated that Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım was ready to hold true to his promise regarding the need for a training ship at the faculty, stating that he was in the process of exchanging views with our Rector, our Maritime Faculty Dean, and the chambers operating in the maritime area. Arslan shared his point of view with these words: "The main thing is the operating period on board. Because whatever the cost of the vessel during the shipbuilding period, we as the Ministry, are prepared to build the ship and give it on behalf of the enterprise to the faculty, or civil society organization that will be forming a business. Cost is not important. Our chamber presidents, our captains, our engineers, our universities and our faculty should come up with a model, let’s work together to fulfill our promise.”

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Our rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca. “You will realize ITU’s contributions even better after graduation.”

Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca first celebrated July 1st, Maritime and Cabotage Day. Having said that the 25th term graduates of our faculty have proved their professional competencies and academic achievements together with this ceremony, our Rector underlined, with their diplomas, the graduates have opened a new page in their lives. Professor Dr. Mehmet Karaca also added that our graduates will have a better understanding of the value of ITU's 244-year-old history of social relations, professional connections, even the arts and sports, further along in their lives. Our Rector concluded with “I wish you success in your future life; I would like to thank our esteemed academics who have contributed to this process, and your beloved families. May you go places. All the best.”

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Other speakers included our Maritime Faculty Dean, Prof. Dr. Oğuz Salim Söğüt, who emphasized that, as graduates of one of Turkey's leading maritime faculties, our young people have adopted the culture and values of the faculty. Dr. Söğüt noted that our graduates are faithful to Ataturk's principles and inclinations, bear leadership qualities, have high ethical values, are trained as seamen, stating that our young people will set forth to new worlds after this. Our Dean summarized his thoughts with “You will gain new impetus with your achievements, having been brought up by a faculty that breeds seamen equipped with talent at a global level and maritime engineers, at a leading maritime research institution. Bon voyage.”

Yunus Gülen, the 25th term’s top student, started his speech by talking about our martyrs, stating that this important day where the students received the fruits of their years-long labor, was not an ending but rather a new beginning. Gülen noted that, until now, many of our faculty members have headed the largest maritime institutions, producing many graduates who are devoted to their state and nation, adding that, as graduates of the 25th term, they would fulfill their duties towards their country by setting forth to the world's seas.

Following the oath ceremony, the pennant handover ceremony was organized and the valedictorian, Yunus Gülen mounted a memorial plaque on the traditional tree stump. Transport Minister, Ahmet Arslan and our Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca presented diplomas to those graduating with honours.

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This unforgettable day ended with the throwing of caps into the air and the graduates throwing each other into the sea; ending with colorful images.