Memorial Ceremony to pay tribute to the Great Leader Ataturk on his 81st Anniversary of death took place on November 10, 2019 at 08.45 at the University Ceremony Field with the intense participation of academicians, students and the administrative staff. The bust of Atatürk was decorated with carnations in the ceremony. IUE Rector Prof. Dr. Murat Aşkar, Consultant to Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. Murat Borovalı, faculty deans, academicians, administrative staff and students participated in The Memorial Ceremony which took part at the University Ceremony Ground.
Following a moment of silence and National Anthem, the Vice President of İzmir Chamber of Commerce Selami Özpoyraz and the Rector Prof. Dr. Aşkar placed a wreath on the bust of Atatürk. The first speech regarding the significance of the day was delivered by the president of Student Council, Kaan Günay. Prof. Dr. Barış Özerdem, the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, in his speech titled “Atatürk and the Industrial Revolution”, talked about The Great Leader’s involvement in the field of industry.
“We will follow Atatürk’s path”
The Vice President of İzmir Chamber of Commerce Selami Özpoyraz stated that we will never forget Atatürk’s struggle, principles, values and targets. Vice President Özpoyraz said, “ Together with his fellow soldies, we are commemorating Atatürk, who achieved a great success and was enshrined in the hearts of millions of people in his 57-year life time, with mercy and gratitude. We are aware that we must work hard to reach his targets and help our country develop. Great Atatürk showed that Turkey’s being productive is of utmost importance if she is to have a voice and be respected across the globe. This can only come true by raising children who will adopt a leadership vision, always be hungry for knowledge, inquisitive, science-focused and innovative. We very well know that it is our responsibility to educate the youth so that they will adopt and internalize Atatürk’s goals and views. We, as the University of Economics, are using every means to help our students become such individuals. As the residents of İzmir, in which Atatürk achieved great things and which was so special to him, we are here making a promise that we will follow his path. We will continue working hard to educate the youth with national and spiritual values.