IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın visited the cities which were affected by the earthquake that occurred on 6th February and made our country grieve. Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın who set out saying “it’s time for unity and solidarity”, primarily visited Hatay province which was most affected by the earthquake. Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın met about location planning for container living area with the Coordinator Governors Mehmet Makas, Ali Arslantaş, İskender Gazi, Harun Kaya ve Brigade Commander Ali Mete in the 8. Brigade Command.

While IAU-Blue Crescent (IBC) Container Living Area land in Hatay-Kırıkhan was determining, Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın personally started the infrastructure works and he also announced that as of the beginning of March, the installation of containers will begin. Afterward, evaluating the land, he conveyed his thanks to related teams for their help.

After his Kilis visit, Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın went to Adıyaman where the earthquake was deeply impressive. Then, he visited Adıyaman BİL College and Malatya-Doğanşehir which were damaged by the earthquake. He examined in the container living area under construction and then he met with earthquake victims.

In his Kahramanmaraş-Elbistan visit, met with Regional Coordinator Trabzon Mayor Murat Zorluoğlu and commission District Governor Eyüp Kaykaç about container living area. He expressed his gratitude to everyone who works heartily for the region after the earthquake and he shared his sorrow for citizens who lost their lives.

Istanbul Aydın University Management Meeting was held on 21th January 2023. Particularly IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, IAU Rector Prof. Dr. Yadigar İzmirli, IAU Deputy President Dr. Halit Fatih Aydın, vice rectors, deans, directors of graduate schools and heads of departments attended the meeting.

In the meeting, the completed 2022 Fall Semester was evaluated and ideas within the scope of plans for the 2023 Spring Semester were exchanged.

IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın was guest of conversation of Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University and he gave a speech about “career planning”. Having conversation with students about life and career journey Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın shared that ““Career journey” is a field of ‘self-actualization’ for the person. The top of the pyramid in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is self-actualization and individual career building is the one of most important factors of this journey. When a ship’s course is uncertain, it doesn’t matter whether there is wind at sea or not. Same situation is true for the ‘career journey’. It is extremely hard to know at what stage in life at what point should be reached without making as clear a career planning as possible. Therefore, ‘setting clear goals’ is the key element in the road to success.”

Meeting with also Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University Rector Prof. Dr. Mümin Şahin, Aydın exchanged ideas with him about the education. Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın mentioned the value that Tekirdağ Namık Kemal University added to the city, he congratulated the Rector Şahin. And he expressed his gratitude for invitation and their hospitality.

At Istanbul Aydın University, “Academic Motion Action Plan Search Conference” was held with participation of IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, board of trustee members, rector, vice-rectors, deans, executive and academic staff.

Evaluating the travelled distance in the process of agile transformation, ideas were exchanged in order to move forward the reached point.

Sharing his evaluations at the end of the workshop, IAU President Mustafa Aydın said “We evaluated how we can achieve better with our university administration, academic and administrative staff, and discussed the solution proposals. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Everything is for our students.”

Turkish Franchising Association Board and Round Table Meeting held with participation of UFRAD President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, the representatives of Turkish lead brands and TÜYAP Fairs General Manager İlhan Ersözlü. The previous meeting declarations, plans and preparations for 2023 and new collaborations were evaluated at the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting where ideas were exchanged about sectoral developments, UFRAD President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın summarized the current situation of the franchise sector in Turkey and talked about plans for the sector. Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın emphasized brands have to be globalization and he said, “We predict participation of more than 250 local and foreign brands from 40 different sectors and local and foreign visitors more than 20 thousand from 30 countries. We prepared all necessary infrastructure and our roadmap to be able to achieve this near target. Today as UFRAD, with the acceleration we given to our franchising sector which has business capacity of 50 billion, we believe that our sector will continue to be the one of important wheels of our economy in coming years.”

Coming together for the dinner after the round table meeting, UFRAD members mentioned their pleasure with the program’s efficiency and they expressed their gratitude to UFRAD President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın for this useful organization which came together hundreds of brands from different sectors countrywide.

The conference with the theme of “Local and regional authorities: strategies to strengthen Euro-Mediterranean cooperation in the context of the current epochal changes” of Standing Committee Euro Mediterranean Partnership of the Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM) was held in Italy. The fruitful presentations contained many political and social issues such as cultural changes, refugee and migration problems in the world, racism problems, Ukraine and Syria crisis, climate change, gender equality, human and woman rights, peace processes in the world at the conference which held in Palermo, Regional Assembly of Sicily.

Many participants such as IAU President and COPPEM Board Member Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, President of Antimafia Commission, President of the Regional Assembly of Sicily, COPPEM President Adly Hussein, COPPEM General Secretary Francesco Sammarito, Regional Affairs of the Region Sicily and Archbishop took part in the conference.

COPPEM Board Member Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın made a speech titled “Mediterranean Region: Issues and Solution Offers through Education Diplomacy”. In his speech, mentioning the purpose of education diplomacy, environmental and social problems in the Mediterranean Region Aydın; uttered the need for economic and political stability in the region in his speech. In addition, Aydın, recording that gender equality, human rights and placing democracy, making an inclusive education and dialog culture is also essential, offered that through a developed “educational diplomacy” to be established in the fields of education and research, about the problems encountered by the Mediterranean region, reliable scientific evidence should be presented to the decision-makers, alternative projects and programs should be designed.

Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, at the end of his speech, drew attention “education diplomacy” notion and he said “Education diplomacy is a dynamic and strong tool that will positively impact our world. In this respect, we should stand behind activities that improve education and research territorially and all kinds of initiatives that will invigorate the international dimension of these activities.”

Istanbul Aydın University President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın visited Roma La Sapienza University.

In the Roma La Sapienza University, established in 1300, placed at the top among world universities and raised seven Nobel laureate scientists, Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın met with Rector, executives and Eastern European History Lecturer Prof Fabio L. Grassi. Prof. Aydın stated that during the meetings, there was a productive exchange of ideas on expanding the existing cooperation between the Sapienza University of Rome and IAU.

After the meetings, Aydın visited the campus and museums and shared her personal impressions with the university administrators.

The launch of works written by history researcher Dr. Rinaldo Marmara, titled “La Casa Della Vergine Maria” and “turkey-Vatican [Pontificate] Through Diplomatic Relations” which is a documented catalog from Vatican archives and published by Istanbul Aydın University; was held in Rome hosted by Gregorian University.

İstanbul Aydın University Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, Ambassador to Vatican Mr. Lütfullah Göktaş, S.E.R. Mons Lorenzo Piretto, Dean of Faculty of History and Cultural Heritage of the Church, Pontifical Gregorian University Prof Marek Inglot and P. Pio Murat also attended to the launch.

Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın said, “This book published by Istanbul Aydın University Press, contains important documents about the first years of Republic. Especially most of the documents about 19th and 20th century “Turkish history” are in Vatican archives in Italian and French. The purpose of our documented catalog prepared with the great effort of Dear Rinaldo Marmara, is to present the documents which have Turkish abstracts and references to the researchers via Istanbul Aydın University. I would like to thank again Dr. Rinaldo Marmara who is one of the few who can enter the hidden and private archives of Vatican and work in there for many years for creating this unique work and offering an insight into unknown pages of history. I would like to express my gratitude to him on behalf of our university, country and history which has many more unknown key points.”

A conversation titled “Let’s Create the Future Together” which organized by IAU Leaders Clup, was held at İstanbul Aydın University. National Team Athlete Derya Güneşli, TUCEM General Manager Bora Çelik, Aytaç Media Drama Manager Onur Ataç and Aydınlık Journal News Director Nadir Temellioğlu attended the summit.

Meeting with young leaders IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın, listened their individual journey and gave them important advices.  Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın attended the productive meeting, which took the form of mutual exchange of ideas with young people. It ended with the presentation of plaques by Aydın to the young leaders.

“10th November Ataturk Remembrance Event” was held in IAU. At the event, which held with active participation of students and academicians in Necdet Timur Auditorium; after the stand in silence and the turkish national anthem, IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın and IAU Rector Prof Yadigar İzmirli made their opening speeches.

Then, under the conductorship of the teacher of IAU Faculty of Education Music Teaching PhD Erdal Şahin, music concert of choir that consisting of IAU Music Teaching Faculty students was held.

Afterwards, IAU Faculty of Science and Literature History Department Lecturer PhD Naim Babüroğlu made a comprehensive presentation about Ataturk.

The ceremony ended with presentation a plaque to Naim Babüroğlu by IAU President Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın and IAU Rector Prof Yadigar İzmirli.


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