Hosted by Eastern Mediterranean University, Health Sciences Faculty, 5th Health Sciences Faculties’ Deans Council Meeting (SABDEK) commenced at Rauf Raif Denktaş Culture and Congress Center at 9:00 a.m. on 21 October 2016.
The event which commenced with a moment of silence and the national anthem also featured the screening of EMU’s Promotional Video followed by a musical performance by the academic staff members of the Education Faculty, Music Teaching Program.
The first opening address was delivered by SABDEK Honorary Chair Prof. Dr. Sibel Aksu Yıldırım, who stated that through the council meeting, Health Sciences Faculties will be shaping the future. Prof. Dr. Sibel Aksu Yıldırım also specified SABDEK’s target as the formation of the Core Educational Programs.
Following Prof. Dr. Yıldırım, Chair of SABDEK Prof. Dr. Fatma Gül thanked all attendees for their participation and put forth that in line with the increasing number of Health Sciences Faculties, SABDEK was formed to provide solutions to problems in the relevant field. Prof. Dr. Şener also provided information about SABDEK’s ongoing work and projects.
Dean of EMU Health Sciences Faculty Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç expressed their happiness and pride in hosting the meeting. Prof. Dr. Malkoç also put forth that a total of 72 deans and commission members from 43 different universities of Turkey and the TRNC are participating in the event.
Rector of EMU Prof. Dr. Osam also delivered a speech at the event opening during which he stated his pleasure in hosting deans of Health Sciences Faculties of Turkey and the TRNC. Adding that EMU is amongst the rare achievements of the TRNC, Prof. Dr. Osam put forth that since its establishment, EMU has achieved important successes. Prof. Dr. Osam also provided information about EMU with a specific focus on quality assurance and accreditation work currently being carried out. At the end of his speech, Prof. Dr. Osam also mentioned Eastern Mediterranean University being the only university from the TRNC listed on the Times Higher Education 2016-2017 Academic Year World University Rankings.
Following the opening addresses, Prof. Dr. Osam presented plaques of appreciation to Higher Education Quality Board Member Prof. Dr. Tuncay Döğeroğlu and SABDEK Honorary Chair Prof. Dr. Sibel Aksu Yıldırım for their contributions.
The opening ceremony of SABDEK Meeting also hosted Undersecretary of the TRNC Ministry of Economy and Energy Emin Bilgen, Undersecretary of the TRNC Ministry of Health Kemal Deniz Dana, Famagusta District Governor Dürdane Acı and Vice Rectors of EMU.