Universities are institutions that contribute to the development and prosperity of the society in which they live and to humanity at large. By virtue of this, they are obliged to be places of education that are faced with the necessity of assuming the task of being a locomotive in the development of first and foremost their regions and their countries, and then the world and humanity at large. Being the final stage of education, universities cannot be regarded as distinct from, independent of and antithetical to the society, its culture, beliefs and values. Being major elements of science and advancement, they are responsible for teaching development, universality, tolerance and respect for national and spiritual values. In addition to efforts to develop the social structure in which they are involved, it is the duty of these educational institutions to educate leaders, scientists, businessmen and artists of the future in such a way that they will possess the power to meet the needs of the country, the nation and humanity in the best way.
Selçuk University, which has been contributing to the future of the country for more than 40 years in the capital of the Seljuk Civilization, is a higher education institution which endeavors to educate “enlightened” individuals who respect their national and spiritual values. It engages in activities to contribute to the goals of our country with the mission of “educating individuals who raise an awareness as a just and reliable university which is science-driven, institutionalized, enterprising and innovative for competitive superiority, has social responsibility, respects the environment; conducts researches aimed at sustainable development and safeguards public interest in all of its services”. As heir to an ancient civilization, it will stick at all costs to its goal of being a global “brand university” that has adopted sustainability in all areas without making any concessions on national and moral values. It will continue to be our basic principles to raise individuals who will never allow our culture and values to be degenerated while focusing on achieving quality, who do not equate enlightenment with opposition to the beliefs of our society, and who go in search of change, progress and modernity. Our priority is raising leader individuals within our society who have adopted thousands-of-years-old historical and cultural heritage of theirs, can transfer the power they have received from the past to the future, have scientific knowledge, are fond of freedom, and can collaborate.
With an experience of more than forty years, we continue our efforts aimed at educating generations who have acquired competitive skills in the international arena, adopted change and progress, are in demand in the job market, and know that “the enemy of the good is the best.” As the rector of a University that sees differences as wealth and regards serving all humanity as the greatest virtue in the capital of tolerance, I proclaim that working tirelessly and unceasingly to contribute to the ideal of “Grand Turkey” is our top priority.
I extend my due respect and regards to you all, wishing to walk along with the Great Selçuk University Family to the goal of obtaining national and international achievements with our academic and administrative staff members who have set their minds on building the powerful Turkey of the future.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa ŞAHİN