Şifa University rector says gov’t move to shut down hospitals won’t affect education

Şifa University Rector Professor Mehmet Ateş (Photo: DHA)
Şifa University Rector Professor Mehmet Ateş (Photo: DHA)


Date posted: December 14, 2015

İzmir-based Şifa University Rector Professor Mehmet Ateş has said a recent decision by the İzmir Governor’s Office to shut down the university’s additional outpatient polyclinics in the province will not affect education at the university’s main campus.

Ateş announced on his Twitter account on Saturday that the university will continue to provide high-quality education to its students, and told the university’s students and their parents not to worry. “Nobody should worry. Our university is an educational institution where students from Harvard University serve their internship. My dear students, you will take Şifa to the summits without any obstacles,” he wrote.

On Friday, police conducted raids on nine hospitals of Şifa University for the purpose of shutting down the hospitals on the orders of the İzmir Public Prosecutor’s Office in a government-led intimidation operation.

The police operation is seen as part of the ongoing government-led witch hunt against business groups affiliated with the Gülen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, whose philosophy is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

Recently, many business groups — such as Koza İpek Holding and Kaynak Holding — who refused to bow to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) have been targeted or taken over through the assignment of trustees to these groups.

The operation on the Şifa University hospitals comes less than a week before the second anniversary of the Dec. 17, 2013 corruption investigation that implicated President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s inner circle and former key AK Party figures.

Source: Today's Zaman , December 12, 2015


Related News

The tragedy in Soma will also be felt in politics

Mr Erdogan has launched what he admits is “a witch hunt”, demoting and reshuffling hundreds of Gulenists within the bureaucracy.

Rwanda’s First Lady Receives Turkish School Administrators

The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, on Monday received the proprietor of Hope Kids Academy, an international Turkish school that opened its doors in Kigali in February. The school, located in Kigali’s prime suburb of Nyarutarama, is under the management of Reca Ltd, a Turkish business firm. Atnan Alkis, the chairman of Reca Ltd, briefed Mrs […]

Academics, civil society call for freer, more diverse universities in new law

BURAK KILIÇ / HASAN KARALI, İSTANBUL Participants of a meeting hosted by the Zaman daily have called on the Higher Education Board (YÖK) to grant universities broader freedoms instead of the existing centralized structure under a new YÖK Law. The current YÖK Law is considered outdated and carries traces of former coups as it was […]

Kimse Yok Mu to distribute 90,000 food packages during Ramadan

The Kimse Yok Mu (Is Anybody There) charity foundation will be offering aid packages to 90,000 families in all the 81 provinces during the holy month of Ramadan. The fasting month of Ramadan, deemed the sultan of all the months by Muslims, is considered the most venerated, blessed and spiritually beneficial month of the Islamic […]

More emphasis should be given to improving students’ functional skills

Tens of educators, bureaucrats and representatives of civil society organizations and private education foundations from Turkey and 15 other countries, have said the Turkish education system should not only focus on transferring information but also on improving students’ functional skills and capabilities.

Deutsche Welle: Power struggle between old friends in Turkey

Gülen argued that Muslims should work against “the decline of morality” in society, calling for conservative values like faith and family to be put before modern individualism – but always within the existing secular state structures.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Bosnians Protest at Student’s Arrest in Turkish Crackdown

Aydan Meydan from Bosna Sema School won the “Inspiring Educator Award”!

Is the Gulen Movement a Threat to the Turkish Government?

Somalia’s brightest compete for education in Turkey

Turkish official says 252 companies seized over Gülen links

Libyan minister would like to see Turkish teachers, schools in his country

EP condemns media crackdown in name of rule of law, press freedom

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News