I am honored to be the first rector of İbrahim Çeçen University of Ağrı. The university was established in 2007 in Ağrı, a distinguished city of Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey.
Universities are among the foremost institutions to define a nation’s civilization and culture. Societies determine the role of university education in the development of science, technology, and socio-cultural value systems of their time. Despite the universities young age, we have overcome a number of significant challenges and are poised for continued growth and success.
In this Information Age, communication ties civilizations together and nations compete in all fields. Moreover, citizens of all nations desire to leave their mark on the world. Societies must also educate their youth to preserve their unique culture and to recognize how to gain and use knowledge. At Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to our youth – our nation’s most valuable asset. We must plan, produce and develop projects to raise an enlightened, conscious, idealistic youth that respects and adheres to our nation’s moral values. Therefore, we attribute great importance to social, cultural and scientific activities. We focus on both regional and national educational goals to educate a citizenry that is competitive in today’s world.
Surely, our primary concern must be education, since all intellectual and social change is possible only with education. A rich education makes it possible to raise a strong-willed youth who will in turn have a shared sense of belonging, set ambitious goals for themselves, and remain dedicated to the future of our country. To be competitive, they must be equipped with the essential requirements of the Information Age.
Our singular aim is in fact multi-faceted: to nurture our youth to be secular, democratic and enlightened citizens. Moreover, they should be creative, productive, and inquisitive, and look to Ataturk’s Principle and Revolutions. Finally, they must value human rights and freedom, as well as sports and the arts. Each should strive to excel in their profession.
At Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University, our academicians must also have high goals and work diligently in their own professional development. Many attend national and international symposia, congresses and scientific organizations, and make frequent professional presentations on a number of subjects with the university’s financial support.
I am certain in the ability of our student body and our academicians to achieve our stated goals. Therefore, it is with great pleasure and confidence that I invite you to get to know İbrahim Çeçen University of Ağrı in order to experience our richness and share in our happiness.
Lastly, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to İbrahim Çeçen, the chairman of IC Holding Company, an honorable businessman and an education volunteer, for his valuable contribution to our university and various educational institutions. Our university bears his name with honor for his great contribution to City of Ağrı and our country.
Prof. Dr. İrfan ASLAN
Rector, İbrahim Çeçen University of Ağrı
A Short History of Ibrahim Çeçen University of Ağrı (ICUA)
The opening of the University was 27 May 2007 as AğrıDağı University.
In 28.06.2008, the University was renamed after its refounder – İbrahim Çeçen. As a civil engineer and businessman his name was given to the university and its name was changed as Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University (ICUA). It is still a state university.
Deputy rector was Prof. Dr. Yaşar SÜTBEYAZ then Prof. Dr. Irfan ASLAN was appointed as the first rector in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 after his successful management.
At the start, the university had only one faculty – the faculty of Education. In the beginning of 20 the board of professors and lecturers numbered 18, the student body of the university accounted as 1200.
Today, the number of professors involved in teaching and training is around 300, including 59 academicians and 259 corresponding members of the academy.
Over 7 thousand students are pursuing their degrees at 10 regional branches of the university.
Today ICUA is a driving force behind Turkish higher education. As a forward-looking university, ICUA realizes that it faces new demands and strives to meet the challenges of 21st century by offering a top class education, developing research opportunities, enhancing its material-technical base and resources.
The university’s main directions, principles, values and reforms are carried out dynamically in a systematic, coordinated manner and have placed ICUA on a development path leading towards a common world and European Higher Education Area.
Today ICUA is the 4th largest university in Eastern Anatolia with 7000 students. There is 300 fulltime academic staff at ICUA. It has two campuses, 1 central laboratory for scientific-research and study-scientific institutes, 4 scientific-research laboratories and centers, 12 study laboratories and rooms, and 2 libraries.
In 2001, Turkey joined the Bologna process and the transformation of the Turkish educational space began. Major novelties were introduced in ICUA. In 2010 the university started to change education accreditation system and trying to successfully pass the institutional accreditation for the period of 2007-2013. New specialties have established at the University and new rules for administrative and academic registration was enforced.
Officially introduced new instruction structure at the University was transferring evaluation scores from classical Credit system to ECTS to integrate in the European educational environment.