An e-panel on “the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic on the international education system” was held at the Turgut Ozal University of Malatya (MTÜ) through the Distance Education Application and Research Center System, which is the University’s own domestic and national institutional software. E-panel participants from Ankara, Paris, Brussels, Istanbul and Malatya joined the system at the same time.
As a participant in the e-panel moderated by the president’s Chief Advisor, Saadet Oruç, the rector of Malatya Turgut Özal University Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut, Turkey’s Embassy In London Education Counselor Hasan Ünsal, Turkey’s Embassy In Brussels Education Counselor Assoc. Dr. Neslihan Karataş Durmuş and Canada Consul General in Istanbul Undersecretary of Commerce Vefa Atağ attended.
In her opening speech, Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut said, ” I would like to thank our esteemed guests who participated in our panel. In this process, Malatya Turgut Ozal University tries to do its best not only in the fight against Covid-19 but also in the field of community service. During the Covid-19 process, we were able to provide distance education for our students without interruption, with the implementation, support and contributions of our President, Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Education and the Higher Education Council. As a country, we quickly adapted to the distance education system. Malatya Turgut Ozal University realized a local and national software for distance education with its own resources during the Covid-19 process. In the process of Covid-19, Malatya Turgut Ozal University developed a local and national software for distance education with its own resources. We are currently making our e-panel over this system. Our Higher Education Council Dr. At Yekta Saraç, he also attended our senate meeting through this system. Turkey has set an example to the world with the efforts carried out under the leadership of our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the fight against Covid-19. This situation gave Turkey a very important prestige in international education.”
Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut continued that, “Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs and our Embassies gave very successful exams in the works carried out abroad under the leadership of our President Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This epidemic process, while many countries left their citizens alone, Turkey did not leave its citizens from foreign countries. None of our students who went abroad for education were left alone in those countries. Once again, we would like to thank our diplomats before our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. Today, many European countries are faced with losing at least 50 percent of their international university student potential in the coming years due to the healthcare services, health infrastructure and, more importantly, the humanitarian approach in times of crisis. I think the number of international students in Turkey will increase in the new period. As Malatya Turgut Özal University, we started the production of masks and disinfectants at the beginning of the Covid-19 process. We passed the masks on to hospitals and to our staff and the institutions that requested it. We also produced disinfectant that reduces irritation. As a university, we are open to all kinds of international demands on this subject. We are a producing university, we are producing prebiotic apricot extract from apricot kernel, the product of our country. Our international university work continues. We attended the International Education Fair in London in January 2019. Again, in April 2019, we hosted Chris Cooter, the Canadian ambassador to Ankara, on international education at our university. In November 2019, during the meeting in Moscow under the auspices of the presidency, we had initiatives on education and apricot product development.”
The moderator of the E-panel, President Chief Advisor Saadet Oruç, said, ” In this process that seems like disadvantage, we perform our panel through a system that is completely domestic and National software of Malatya Turgut Özal University. The coronavirus pandemic was not a situation that any of us were prepared for individually or socially. We’re talking about a process in which 5.3 million of the 7 billion people on earth are affected. In this process, where there are more than 340 thousand loyalties, we can also talk about the pandemic plan prepared by our country. The fight was conducted so effectively that it set an example for other countries. At the beginning of March, it was impossible to find masks in many countries in Europe. In many nursing homes in Europe, many elderly people lost their lives before they could even find a doctor. This includes disadvantaged sections of society in Europe. France, Italy and Spain came across as the most important negative examples in this context.With the start of cases in France, which already has a health system in distress, the health system has completely collapsed.. We followed the news of elderly people being left to die in nursing homes in many countries of Europe.”.
“We have been in the Covid-19 process in the UK since 21 March, ” said Hasan Unsal, education adviser at the embassy in London. It’s still not fully past. This process was going through the UK government’s herd immunity policy and we were bewildered. Everything was going normal, businesses were open. Eventually, on March 21, schools were on holiday. In Europe, people couldn’t find a number of consumption needs in grocery stores with that panic. Europe saw empty streets for the first time. The health care system is troubled here. The health infrastructure couldn’t keep up with people’s demands. Services in health care facilities stopped when the pandemic process began. And everyone was screaming about the lack of medical supplies. Because there was trouble in finding protective materials in the market. In this process, medical supplies sent from Turkey have added great pluses to the image of our country in British society, and ordinary people have sent messages of thanks to our embassy. We cannot make a prediction in relation to the covid-19 process in the UK.
Embassy Of Brussels Education Advisor Assoc. Dr. Neslihan Karataş Durmuş said: ” I would like to thank Malatya Turgut Özal University Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut for organizing such an event. Since the beginning of March, it was very difficult to find products such as disinfectant and mask in bura. Belgium is not a country with a large population, but a small country with a population of 10.5 million. But it is among the countries most affected by the virus. There was a great deal of trouble in Belgium as medical supplies were not found. During covid-19, only Covid-19 patients were admitted, and in order for patients to be able to accept, they had to be unable to breathe, having difficulty breathing.
The undersecretary of Commerce of the Consulate General of Canada in Istanbul, Vefa Atağ, said: “the first case in Canada was seen at the end of January. One of the countries that caught the virus early. Canada quickly closed its borders. Canada has experienced great difficulties in medical and personal protection products. I wanted to say, especially at the beginning, that the officers of the Consulate General in Istanbul are working day and night to meet Canada’s demands from Turkey. The Canadian government and many ministries write very long e-mails and letters with a great sense of gratitude, constantly expressing how grateful they are to Turkey. Turkey really gave a good test on this issue.
At the end of the Panel, the Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut thanked the participants.
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