Universities Coordination Meeting Was Hosted by Our University

The Coordination Meeting of the Türkiye University Sports Federation was held at our university with intense participation.

The Coordination Meeting of Türkiye University Sports Federation was hosted by Karadeniz Technical University at Prof. Dr. Osman Turan Culture and Congress Center.  The meeting was attended by our Rector, Prof. Dr. Hamdullah ÇUVALCI; Executive Board Member of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Prof. Dr. Naci GÜNDOĞAN; President of the University Sports Federation, Prof. Dr. Mehmet GÜNAY; Rector of Trabzon University, Prof. Dr. Emin AŞIKKUTLU; Rector of Gaziantep University, Prof. Dr. Arif ÖZAYDIN; Rector of Izmir Democracy University, Prof. Dr. Bedriye TUNÇSİPER; Rector of Mersin University, Prof. Dr. Erol YAŞAR; Rector of Trakya University, Prof. Dr. Erhan TABAKOĞLU;Rector of Tarsus University, Prof. Dr. Orhan AYDIN; deans, and department chairs, along with a large number of university representatives and academicians.

Emphasis on the Importance of Sports

Addressing the participants at the meeting, our Rector, Prof. Dr. Hamdullah ÇUVALCI, expressed his pleasure in hosting the Universities Coordination Meeting. Prof. Dr. Hamdullah ÇUVALCI highlighted the importance of directing people towards sports for them to become healthier individuals, stating, "As an academician who also engages in sports, I value sporting activities. I believe that while focusing on academic achievements, we sometimes neglect sports for our students. Sport is an activity that can primarily protect everyone from bad habits. My greatest desire is for students to engage in sports and music while continuing their lives academically. One keeps the body dynamic while the other refreshes the soul. In this regard, as higher education institutions, we should not neglect sports, especially, and provide full support to our youth in this regard.

Sports as a Valuable Promotion Tool

Our Rector, Prof. Dr. Hamdullah ÇUVALCI, highlighted the significant role of sports in increasing the promotion of countries and universities. He stated, "As you know, in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Türkiye achieved a great record by winning a total of 13 medals, including 2 gold, 2 silver, and 9 bronze, among 11,000 athletes. Our Women's Volleyball Team also brought us great pride as World Champions. In individual sports, we need to increase the number of successful young individuals like Mete GAZOZ, Busenaz SÜRMENELİ, and Buse Naz ÇAKIROĞLU. We are working to repair and renew our sports facilities at the university. We ensure that the sports halls remain open for our students for extended periods."

'University Support is Crucial'

Following our Rector, University Sports Federation President, Prof. Dr. Mehmet GÜNAY, gave a speech, presenting an overview of the activities and achievements under the Federation's umbrella. Emphasizing the significant role of sports in students' personal development, Prof. Dr. GÜNAY expressed his pleasure in seeing universities support their students who want to engage in sports and participate in competitions with this awareness.

Prof. Dr. GÜNDOĞAN Listened to Suggestions

In the final remarks of the meeting, Executive Board Member of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Prof. Dr. Naci GÜNDOĞAN, provided information to the participants about the "YÖK Sports-Friendly Campus" Project. Additionally, Prof. Dr. Naci GÜNDOĞAN listened to the suggestions conveyed by the participating academicians, department chairs, and the Sports Coordinators of the attending universities.

In the concluding part of the meeting, there was an exchange of views on various topics. The meeting concluded with the presentation of gifts and a group photo.

10 January 2024