Arkin University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD) began the 2023-2024 Academic Year Orientation Programme on Thursday, September 28th with a family photo session on the university campus attended by students, faculty members, and administrative staff. The three-day programme, between 28th – 30th September, opened with a welcoming speech by ARUCAD Rector Prof. Dr. Asım Vehbi.
The Orientation Programme, prepared by the Office of Corporate Communication and Events, aims to help newly enrolled students adapt to both the university and the environment. ARUCAD Rector Prof. Dr. Asım Vehbi addressed the students during his welcoming speech ask follows: “You have chosen ARUCAD, and in our opinion, you have made a very correct choice because this is the place where your dreams will come true. Today is the first day of our Orientation Programme, and our goal is to introduce our country, our city, and our university to you in the best way possible. Another goal is for you to meet and socialise with the friends you will spend your university years with. The friends you make today will be lifelong companions. I advise you to get your hands dirty with paints, soil, and glass fragments and to create projects for every class and every assignment, and share them with us. ARUCAD is a university that provides endless opportunities for you to discover your talents. For us, education is a process that continues not only in classrooms but also in workshops and studios, where you add your creativity. Be assured that what I’m saying will come true, and you will see it when you graduate from here in four years. We are delighted to welcome you into our community and consider you a part of the ARUCAD family. Welcome to all of you.”
Following Vehbi’s speech, the programme continued with presentations from administrative units related to the university and a Q&A session with faculty deans. The first day of the three-day programme includes campus and art gallery tours, a karaoke night, performances by ARUCAD Academics, and local music groups, including Kiwi. On September 29th, the day began with a Traffic Orientation Training organised by the Traffic Accident Prevention Association, followed by artist Batu Gündal’s graffiti workshop, a photo walk, an ‘egg vs. gravity’ competition, a design your own cup and character workshop, and other activities. Additionally, students had the opportunity to participate in team-based football, basketball, and table tennis tournaments. On the evening of September 29th, ARUCAD Head of Sound Arts and Design Department Assoc. Prof. Dr. İnal Bilsel’s audio-visual performance was followed by DJ Jan-B taking the stage.
On Saturday, September 30th, the Orientation Programme concluded with a tour of Lefkoşa city, and on Monday, October 2nd, the official start of the ARUCAD 2023-2024 Academic Year began.