Excitement at Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at HKU

Excitement at Opening Ceremony of the Academic Year at HKU

Hasan Kalyoncu University (HKU) ”2018-2019 Academic Year Opening Ceremony” was realized with the participation of Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018-2019 Academic Year started with a photography exhibition and the architects of the future exhibition in the Foyer Exhibition Area of HKU Congress and Cultural Centre. Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, Gaziantep Deputies, Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya and other precious protocol members participated in the opening ceremony of the academic year. In addition, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Cemal Kalyoncu, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees Haluk Kalyoncu, Overseers, a great number of academicians, students and press members took part in the ceremony.


The program continued with a moment of silence and the National Anthem, which was followed by piano recital. Rector of HKU Prof. Dr. Tamer Yılmaz, made the opening speech and stated that universities have become integrated with the country and the region they are located, except for being the institutions producing science. Rector Yılmaz emphasized that HKU has come a long way in its 10th year, and said: “Our university goes on its educational and training activities with 7 faculties and 25 departments today. Many of our departments have been among the departments admitting the students with the highest score this year. All of our shareholders, who has been supporting us so far and shall continue to support from now on, we received until now and after this, received the Brand University of Brand City Award” and “Foundation University of the Year Award” with your contributions and for you. You have my endless gratitude.”


Cemal Kalyoncu, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HKU SAİD: “Universities train the qualified manpower needed by our country and offer the knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Hasan Kalyoncu University is the first foundation university established in Southeastern and Eastern Anatolia. Our university has a student-oriented educational approach giving importance to professional qualification. This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of our university. Within 10 years, our university has become a qualified educational institution that has completed its physical and human infrastructure, publishes academic works with all faculty members, conducts RD studies and produces patents, whose academic research have been cited. Hasan Kalyoncu University is in a science and technology-oriented structuring , especially in the humanities, suitably for 2023 and 2071 visions of Turkish Republic, which is a great and powerful state.”


Speaking at the opening ceremony of 2018-2019 Academic Year, Cemal Koyuncu stated that HKU Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Edibe Sözen took over from Prof. Dr. Taner Yılmaz. In his speech, he presented the thank you plaque saying: “I appreciate Prof. Dr. Tamer Yılmaz, performing his duty of rectorship successfully for five years, for his success and endeavour he has made for our university so far, and I want to thank him for his contributions to our university. Surely, he will not leave us. He is going to continue his studies as an overseer and contribute to our university in the following period. I sincerely believe that Prof. Dr. Edibe Sözen who shall take over the torch, is going to achieve great success with the family of Hasan Kalyoncu University as our rector.”


“The establishment of HKU in Gaziantep, an investment and education base, is not a coincidence,” said Mustafa Varank, Minister of Industry and Technology, and told that Gaziantep is one of the fastest growing cities of Turkish industry, expressing the city’s breakthrough in the industry. Minister Varank stated that they give special importance to the educational institutions in Gaziantep, and said: “I hope that the new academic year will be beneficial for the entire academy community, especially Hasan Kalyoncu University. Gaziantep is one of the brand cities in Turkey. As a pioneer in responding to the dynamics of the changing world, Gaziantep is also making the necessary investments in the field of science. Hasan Kalyoncu University has achieved great successes in 10 years and has increased the academic background of both Gaziantep and Turkey. Getting higher rankings onTUBITAK the Entrepreneurial and Innovative University Index is an indicator of how well our university is on the right track.”


Varank, referring the studies carried out by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, said: “We know that the future shall belong to those, who produce high-value-added technology. From this perspective, Gaziantep is getting better with its competitive and success-oriented spirit. We care about the university-industry cooperation. Twenty-four academicians in Gaziantep have companies.  We expect you to convert knowledge into production and transfer it into the field, bring knowledge and technology together and convey it to the industrialist. R&D innovation and entrepreneurship awareness is a chance for our precious students. I strongly believe that Hasan Kalyoncu University is going to increase its success rate day by day. It is our most important ambition that you become a proactive and producing young person, ” and wished the new academic year would be beneficial for everyone.

After the opening speeches, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of HKU Cemal Kalyoncu presented a gift to Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank. The Opening Ceremony of the 2018-2019 Academic Year ended with group photo shoot.