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.
Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University’s mission is to raise universal knowledge with a human-centered conception and scientific approach for contributing to sustainable reconstruction and development of the region and country; to do educational research activities, to bring up qualified, scientifically and culturally equipped individuals who have a broad vision, adopt Atatürk’s principles and revolutions, and practice them in their social life; and to contribute to the change, development, and inspiration of community’s social, cultural and economical life.
By making the university more demand-driven for both the domestic and international markets, and better understanding how intellectual property can be utilized as an income source (e.g.: the commercialization of research activities and publications) the university hopes to create new products and services that will contribute to its sustainability and independence.
The development of internationally recognized accreditation standards and Msc. and certification programs, ICUA hopes to attract more international students, as well as to allow Turkish students to benefit from increased opportunities to study abroad. This also speaks to the development of western-thinking leaders in the country as well as the wider region by making the university more demand-driven for both the domestic and international markets and with the development of internationally recognized accreditation standards and programs.
The vision of Ağrı İbrahim Çeçen University is to establish the sense of national self-consciousness and care for the spiritual ideals. Despite the regional disadvantageous environment, the University determined to maintain enthusiasm, devotion to national ideals, and establishment of scientific centers and started to raise the prominent members of Turkish intelligentsia.
The University wants to be a respected and among the leading ones in the world and to train researchers and educators that are the best in their fields, and equipped with freethinking and power of scientific inquiry and thinking, respect for human rights, are contemporary, secular, democratic, constructive, creative and productive, intellectual, are aware of their tasks and responsibilities, able to express themselves, have characteristics of solidarity and cooperation, which are requirement of a democratic life, and esteem sport and art.
Numerous universally recognized scientific schools were established at ICUA. These are the schools of The Vocational School, Faculty of Science and Letters, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Vocational Health School.
In these units the relevant chairs and scientific research departments serve for preparation of post-graduate students and scientific degree explorers. It trains specialists in business administration within the framework of the Bachelor's and Master's courses.