Malatya Turgut Ozal University (MTÜ) conducted an e-conversation on the “scientific and professional effects of Covid-19 Pandemic” through the distance learning system, which is the local and national software program of the Distance Learning Application and Research Center (MTÜ-UZEM).
Malatya Turgut Ozal University Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut attended the e-conversation organized by Darende Bekir Ilıcak Vocational School as a moderator. Prof Dr Hakan Durhan, Faculty of Health Sciences, Gulhane Faculty of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Rönesans Holding Board Member Havva Ergun, Prof Dr Abdurrahman Eymen, Head of the Department of Geomatics Engineering, Erciyes University, Prof Dr Tansel Şireli, Faculty Member of Ankara University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Hygiene and Technology, Prof. Dr. Umur Korkut Sevim, Head of Civil Engineering Department of İskenderun Technical University, Pharmacist Taylan and Darende Bekir Ilıcak Vocational School Director Assoc. Dr. Bayram Gündüz participated as speakers.
Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut, who opened the e-conversation, said, “We have seen that e-meetings are more efficient in this process,” and “We have been working intensively in the academic field during the Covid-19 process. When our university was first established, we had our Faculty of Agriculture and 8 Vocational Schools, this year, we will accept students to the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Business and Management and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Our response to the Covid-19 outbreak was solution-oriented and innovative solutions. As Malatya Turgut Ozal University, our distance learning system was ready. We were not caught unprepared by this process. Our distance learning center was established and we were providing training through our distance learning system. As a new university, our technical infrastructure is prepared according to today’s conditions and needs. In this process, our students continued their education without being victimized. Our academic studies continued uninterrupted. In this process, we also produced disinfectant production within our Traditional and Complementary Medicine Application and Research Center”.
Prof. Dr. Hakan Durhan, Faculty Member of the Health Sciences University, said, “I thank you for presenting this system created with such software in terms of safety and quality. The Chinese philosopher Sun-Tzu uses a sentence in his book “The Art of War”, “If you know neither yourself nor the enemy, defeat is inevitable in every war you will enter.” We have to know our own skills very well and we have to go into such a struggle. The eye is a transit place for the virus. The eye is a serious target organ. Children spent an incredibly long time on the computer at home during the pandemic. This will increase the use of glasses in children in the near future. This period, we recommend using glasses instead of lenses. But if it is mandatory, daily lenses can be used. Continue such programs.”.
Havva Ergun, Rönesans Holding Board Member, said, “It was very difficult for us that the World Health Organization did not declare this situation as a pandemic. Construction sector also means contract management. We are currently working in 28 different countries. I can say that the World Health Organization is far behind the Renaissance Holding. We worked very closely with the Ministry of Health, we worked very closely with the Provincial Health Directorates. Health care organizations abroad does not work as effectively as health directorates in Turkey. I think Turkey was very successful in managing this process and informed public very well. During this period, our large construction projects did not stop. We took our actions quickly and worked very closely with the Ministry of Health.”.
Ankara University Faculty Member Prof Dr Tansel Şireli said, “Covid-19 has been an important process for us and for the world. Despite the rapid scientific and technological progress in the past century, one of the most important agendas of the 21st century poses public health hazards from zoonoses, food and water. Public health in today’s conditions is the whole of the services carried out with the aim of protecting and improving the health of the public in public life conditions. Covid-19 reminded us of our worries and fears, we also noticed what we had and lost so far. In this period, real owners of nature began to win. We saw that animals started to wander in cities. We have seen that nature does not belong only to humans. Nutrition, which is the basic need for the sustainability of healthy life, has emerged as a global problem. If Covid-19 continues, food shortages will also occur. While the supply of animal foods, which constitute the most important link in the food chain of mankind, is a matter of curiosity, it also brought with it the concern of the reliability of basic foodstuffs. Basic hygiene rules must be followed at all times.”.
Prof. Dr. Umur Korkut Sevim, İskenderun Technical University Head of Civil Engineering, said, “The construction sector is one of the locomotive sectors of our country, even the locomotive sector. About 232 billion pounds magnitude last year, construction sector received 5 percent share of the national income in Turkey. Real estate activities constituted 6.7 percent of the national income with a figure of 286 billion. As of February this year, there are 1 million 395 thousand employees in the construction industry. Covid-19 caused a contraction in the construction industry. With the normalization, the construction sector will return to its former bright days. Normal courses are taught via distance learning, but there are problems in engineering courses in practice classes. Practical lessons are very important.”.
Prof. Dr. Abdurrahman Eymen, Head of the Department of Map Engineering at Erciyes University, said, “Covid-19 has both positive effects and negative effects. If we talk about the positive effects, education was interrupted due to pandemic and some methods were developed with the least possible damage, and programs such as distance learning programs started to be discussed. We had more digital resources than before, and there was a period when distance learning programs started to be discussed. We can list its negative effects as follows: There were big problems in the implementation of applied courses. Students could not do their internship. Students could not do the field applications. Before the pandemic, we see that people are investing in land, and in the pandemic process, we see that people are investing in vineyards, gardens and summer houses. In the pandemic process, the real estate market also created a density due to the vineyard, garden and summer houses.”.
Pharmacist Taylan Küçüker stated that pharmacists and opticians fulfilled their duties and responsibilities by taking all kinds of risks during the Covid-19 process and explained the problems faced by opticians and the suggestions for solutions to these problems. “It all starts with an eye examination,” Küçüker said.
Director of Darende Bekir Ilıcak Vocational School Assoc. Dr. Bayram Gündüz thanked the speakers who participated in the e-conversation.