October 22nd, 2013
Epoka University officially opened the New Academic Year 2013-2014, which took place on October 22, 2013 on the premises of the university campus, at the Conference Hall (E-Building). Present at the opening ceremony of the new Academic Year 2013-2014, were representatives of public and private universities, university managers, students and the academic staff. The opening ceremony was honored by the participation of the new Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj. Speaking at the beginning of the opening ceremony of the new academic year the Student Council's President Mr. Arben Salihu, welcomed all participants and especially new students who joined Epoka University this year.
Speaking at the beginning of the ceremony the Rector of Epoka University, Prof. Remzi Altın welcomed all the participants, especially new students and academic staff wishing them success in the new academic year. Prof. Altın noted that Universities represent one of the most important instruments for the development of society and Epoka University, established on these principles, aims at conducting activities at the most efficient way in the areas of teaching, scientific research and service to society. “Our students will be the most relevant output of this endeavour. Based on this understanding, Epoka University has placed students at the centre of its activities and it’s most important strategic objective is to raise students at the best possible way, for their future at the labor market, in order to be the main contributors to society,” Prof. Altın said.
Focusing on the university's achievements over these years, Prof. Altın said that Even though Epoka is a relatively new University, it has come to be recognized as an institution providing high-quality education as well as occupying a high position within the country in the diverse rankings measuring the amount and quality of scientific publications. “Taking into consideration the global trends and developments, we will focus even more on further advancing the ‘internationalisation’ aspect of our University. We are delighted to note the high number of Epoka graduates who have continued their Master’s and PhD studies abroad, in numerous cases also winning generous scholarships. Epoka University is also among the few universities in the country sending and receiving exchange students in the framework of bilateral cooperation agreements signed with numerous foreign universities”, Prof. Altın said.
Prof. Altın addressed to the students noting that “your most important duty is that by being aware of the rapid changes society is undergoing, you grow up into productive individuals who possess the highest moral and ethical values and are able to compete at an international level". “Our duty as an international education and research institution is to discover every possible resource and put it at your disposal. Your duty on the other hand, is to benefit at the highest extent of the services given and fulfill all the duties and responsibilities toward the society”, Prof. noted.
The Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Veliaj, in his speech highlighted the fact that for those students who are sitting for the first time at the auditoriums, this day carries a special significance as an important station of their future. “For those of you who are here for the first time, this is your first day at university; please make sure you to remember this day. I don’t know how? Maybe you will write a note on you diary how you fill today. Maybe you will write a status on Facebook or Twitter. Maybe you will take a picture. But make sure to remember this day, because it is a beautiful day, not because it is not because it is sunny day outside, but it is one of memorable times in life when you move from one station from high school to a new world of great ambitions and great expectations”, Mr. Veliaj said.
Appreciating the investments made so far by Epoka University, Mr. Veliaj said that was “more than pleased that university here has its main partner universities in the United States and United Kingdom and Turkey”. According to him, this is a significant achievement, which indicates that the objectives set by the university and the senior staff, are great. “This is great, the facilities here are great, the teachers here are great and the opportunities are great”, he said.
Wishing the students success in their future, Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Veliaj asked students to invest for their future. He also expressed his appreciation for the contributions and investments made by Epoka University during these years. “One of the reasons that I am here today is to honor people who do the investment of all investment and this is the investment in people. This is the investment that I believe; this is the investment that we believe as government. So I want to thank the rector and all of those who are involved in teaching business. Thank you! Because the investment of teaching is the investment which lasts forever,” Mr. Veliaj said.
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