Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Faculty of Dentistry Clinic Opening Ceremony and 2021-2022 Academic Year White Coat Ceremony took place on Monday, 22 November, 2021 at 14:30.
Speaking at the ceremony that started after a moment of silence and the National Anthem, EMU Faculty of Dentistry Dean Prof. Dr. Hikmet Solak stated that 22 November has a special place in the history of Turkish Dentistry and emphasized that 22 November is celebrated as World Dentists Day and the week is observed as the Oral and Dental Health Week. Mentioning that oral diseases are 90% worldwide, Prof. Dr. Solak stated that the profession of dentistry is one of the oldest professions in the world. Talking about the difference between the dentist and dentistry, Prof. Dr. Solak explained the historical development of dentistry profession and education. Mentioning that they will start serving the public at the clinic to be launched today, Prof. Dr. Solak stated that they are proud of this. Stating that new dentistry students who have registered in the 2021-2022 Academic Year will be donned in white coats at the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Solak wished all students every success.
In his speech, Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın stated that as EMU, they are trying to fulfill their responsibilities in education, research and community services, and expressed that the university is living the pride of achieving higher in the world rankings day by day. Stating that EMU is trying to take its steps in the light of science, Prof. Dr. Hocanın underlined that they attach importance to accreditations in order to move forward in the education given in the field of health. Pointing out that the clinic will serve the people of Famagusta in particular and the people of the TRNC in general, Prof. Dr. Hocanın wished the clinic to operate for the benefit of all society. Addressing the students who will don white coats, Prof. Dr. Hocanın wished all students the best.
Expressing that they are extremely happy to launch the modern dental clinic on this meaningful day and to see the future dentists in their white coats, President of EMU Board of Trustees Dr. Erdal Özcenk wished all participants a happy 22 November Dentists Day and Oral and Dental Health Week,. Stating that EMU has a very prestigious place among universities in the world, Dr. Özcenk emphasized that with the launch of the clinic today, dentistry students will be given the opportunity to practice and modern dental health services will be provided to the public. Expressing his thanks to those who contributed to the establishment of the clinic, Dr. Özcenk wished every success to the students who will don their white coats today.
Following the opening speeches, a total of 42 newly registered students in the Faculty of Dentistry in the 2021-2022 Academic Year were donned their white coats, the symbol of the first step into the profession, by EMU Board of Trustees President Dr. Erdal Özcenk, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın, EMU Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Hasan Demirel and Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Aktuğlu, Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry Prof. Dr. Hikmet Solak, Vice Dean Prof. Dr. Şükrü Tuzmen and faculty members.
After the white coat dressing ceremony, EMU Dentistry Clinic was opened to the public with the ribbon cutting ceremony held by Dr Özcenk, Prof. Dr. Hocanın and Prof. Dr. Solak. EMU Faculty Deans, Directors, faculty members and parents of students were also present at the opening ceremony and the white coat ceremony.