The traditional “White Coat and Oath Ceremony” for graduates was organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy, at Cyprus International University (CIU).
Prof. Dr. Halil Nadiri, the Rector of CIU, stated that health is a dynamic and growing career field. The university has gained a great momentum in the field of health, he said. Nadiri stated that CIU Faculty of Pharmacy has grown and will continue to grow. Nadiri also announced that the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry will start their education next semester.
Nadiri stated that they aim to be the leading institution in the field of health in the region. Therefore, the existing faculties aim to grow not only in terms of the number of students but also in terms of the number of academics, laboratories and research facilities.
Prof. Dr. Nadiri drew attention to the fact that it is an honor to wear a white coat. “The white coat means responsibility. I believe that our students will continue their professional lives with this awareness,” he said.
Prof. Dr. Günay Sarıyar, the Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, stated that the Faculty has provided education to 600 students this year. The number will increase due to the strong academic staff of CIU. Sarıyar also stated that the Master of Science Program in Pharmacognosy was opened in 2018. Moreover, students were accepted to the Ph.D Program of Pharmacognosy Sciences in 2019. Prof. Dr.Sarıyar also recalled that the Faculty of Pharmacy has a dual diploma program agreement with the University of Rome Tor Vergata.
She stated that in addition to the faculty’s other memberships to many other international organizations, it is a member of the European Pharmacy Students Association (EPSA) and the Turkish Pharmacists Association Youth Committee. At the end of his speech, Prof. Dr. Sarıyar invited guests for a minute of silence to commemorate Prof. Dr. Murat Şumnu, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology, that we lost last year.
Lawko Rashid, the top scoring student of the Faculty of Pharmacy, stated in his speech at the ceremony that he was proud of graduating from the Faculty of Pharmacy of CIU, which has expert staff. The “White Coat and Oath Ceremony” ended with getting students to wear their white coats by Rector, Prof. Dr. Halil Nadiri and faculty members and followed by the students' oath ceremony.