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Educational collaboration between Üsküdar University and Indonesia
Üsküdar University Founding President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan met with Senate Members of Islam Negeri University in Indonesia. The MOU agreement, which is a cooperation agreement in education, was also signed and information was exchanged in the field of education.
Üsküdar University Founding President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan, Islam Negeri University Academic Senate Secretary M. Tamudin, Senate Members, Prof. H. Romli, Prof. H. Cholidi, Prof. H. J. Suyuthi Pulungan, Prof. H. Ris’an Rusli, Prof. İzomiddin, Drs. Zulhelmi, Dr. Ismail Sukardi as well as Üsküdar University Deputy President Prof. Mehmet Zelka, Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk and International Relations Director Emre Üçsular attended the meeting held at Üsküdar University Main Campus Senate Meeting Hall.
Students and academics exchange programs between Üsküdar University and Islam Negeri University were also discussed.
Prof. Yasushi Tonaga lectured at Üsküdar University
Kyoto University, Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies Director Prof. Yasushi Tonaga lectured at Üsküdar University. Prof. Tonaga, who was invited to the Institute for Sufi Studies, gave a three-part presentation to the Institute’s MA and PhD students.
The program took place in the University Senate Meeting Hall at the Main Campus. In addition to the faculty members of the Institute, Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk, miniature artist and painter Günseli Kato, also known for her work on Japanese culture, Boğaziçi University Asistant Prof. Zeynep Oktay Uslu as well as other guests attended the meeting.
Educational Program for Sufi Culture
Kyoto University and Üsküdar University initiated a project titled “The Bridge of Two Easts: Educational Program for Sufi Culture” within the scope of work begun between the two universities in 2016. Japanese PhD students came to Üsküdar University in order to study in the field of Ottoman Sufi Texts within the scope of the year-long project, supported by the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities.
Within the scope of the same project, two international symposiums were organized, the first in October 2016 at Üsküdar University and the second in May 2017 at Kyoto University. The students who participated in the project attended the 1st International Sufi Studies Student Symposium organized by Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies in 2018 as well as the Summer School organized in the same year.
The Kenan Rifai Center for Sufi Studies at Kyoto University was founded in 2016 with the initiative of Cemalnur Sargut, one of the advisors to the Rector of Üsküdar University, and with the support of the Kerim Foundation. It was one of the official partner organizations of Üsküdar University Institute for Sufi Studies.
The first two academic institutions in the field of Sufism
Institute for Sufi Studies Director Prof. Elif Erhan introduced Prof. Tonaga in the meeting with the following statement: “Our institute and the center at Kyoto University are the first two academic institutions in the world established to work in the field of Sufism. Our Institute has embraced the works done on Islamic Sufism in Japan throughout the last century and has brought the interest of the students educated by Prof. Tonaga to Ottoman Sufi texts. Prof. Tonaga and his team have presented a map of Sufi research in Japan comprised of a bibliography of approximately 1000 entries as part of the previous project. Through this bibliography, many studies have been brought into the literature in English, which touch on various topics ranging from theoretical issues such as Sufi thought to the social anthropological aspects of Islamic cultural geography with Sufi content, and from Sufism to art and architecture.
The proceedings of the two symposiums held within the scope of the project are a comprehensive work that brings together deep insights into the methodology of Islamic studies and Sufism. We congratulate Prof. Tonaga for his efforts in educating the first generation of Japanese academicians studying “Ottoman Sufi texts” and thank him for his unique efforts in creating such a lasting and sustainable work among our institutions.”
Uskudar University Was In Munich
The German International Education Fair (Einstieg Fairs: Professional Student Recruiting in Germany), one of the world's most important fair organizations, is organized in Munich. Üsküdar University will take its place as an important participant in this organization. This event, which brings together students and alumni with career and business opportunities, attracts attention with this feature.
The event, which will be attended by Emre Üçsular, Director of International Relations, representing the institution, will be an important opportunity for Uskudar University to meet Turkish students and their families in Germany, and will contribute to international student body and its institution branding activities.
Üsküdar University, whose awareness in the international education arena is increasing each day, will once again have the chance to meet with the international students at the fair in Germany.
Harvard and Yale’s “Positive Psychology” class is taught at Üsküdar University
Positive Psychology, known as “Science of Happiness” aims to advance personal skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, dealing with problems. Positive Psychology class that is being taught in Yale and Harvard Universities has been a mandatory class at Üsküdar University since 2012.
Positive Psychology, known as “Science of Happiness” aims to advance personal skills such as empathy, emotional intelligence, dealing with problems.
Positive Psychology class that is being taught in Yale and Harvard Universities has been a mandatory class at Üsküdar University since 2012.
Üsküdar University President Prof. Nevzat Tarhan emphasized that academic tools, professional knowledge, and experience are essential in life success, but human relations and empathy make a great difference.
Prof. Nevzat Tarhan stated that as a university they target to train “good human being” and continued, “We provide Project Culture, Communication Skills and Positive Psychology courses to our students as mandatory classes. Harvard University's most preferred course is positive psychology.
They announced it as a groundbreaking course on their website. Positive Psychology is also included in the curriculum at Yale University. We as Üsküdar University have been conducting the positive psychology course since 2012.
We do not only give importance to academic success. we aim to teach social success, the science of happiness and human values through this way. Harvard and Yale Universities have just started this course.”
Üsküdar University presented a plaque to OK TAMAM GROUP for its support of international student recruitment and promotion activities.
Üsküdar University Vice President Prof. Muhsin Konuk, Secretary-General Selçuk Uysaler, International Relations Director Emre Üçsular, Corporate Communications Director Tahsin Aksu, OK TAMAM GROUP company owner Jamal Alkhavat, Director Ahmed Darwish and Education Director Serpil Kuşçu Darwish attended the meeting which was held in Üsküdar University Senate Meeting Hall.
In the meeting where the details of international student procurement and promotion activities were discussed, the company officials who introduced Üsküdar University internationally and provided the highest number of international students in the last two years received a plaque from Prof. Muhsin Konuk.
Üsküdar Publications book titled “Tarhan Family Tree” which was prepared by Prof. Ahmet Akgündüz was presented to Jamal Alkhavat at the end of the meeting.
The program was concluded after a family photo was taken