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ITO President Şekib Avdagiç gave good news at the reading event! “Our library is growing, the target is 500 thousand”

Business people, academicians and students read Yahya Kemal’s work titled “St. Istanbul” together at the event held at our University to encourage the habit of reading books. Speaking at the event, Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) President Şekib Avdagiç made a special commitment for the library of our university, which currently has a capacity of approximately 100 thousand physical books and approximately 1 million e-books, and said, “We will support to increase the number of physical books to 500 thousand and the number of digital books to 5 million.”

Istanbul Ticaret University Culture and Literature Society and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) organised a special event programme called “Business World Reads” with the participation of ITO Management, ITO Assembly Members, business people, academicians and students within the scope of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day on 17 May. As part of the event, a ‘book reading hour’ was held at the Sütlüce Campus Library. ITO Council Members, academics and students read the work of poet and writer Yahya Kemal Beyatlı called “St. Istanbul” together to encourage the habit of reading books.

“THE FIFTH PRODUCTION FACTOR IS READING, IT IS BOOK”
Speaking at the Business World is Reading event, ITO President Şekib Avdagiç said that beyond gaining the habit of reading books, they act from the idea that reading people will be more productive and more beneficial to society.

Avdagiç said, “We believe that the book is a renewer of both life and economy. We believe that reading books is not a habit but a necessity. That’s why we need to never lose our reading habit and keep it alive”.

President Avdagiç said, “It is said that ‘without labor, without capital, without raw materials-land and without entrepreneurs’ there is no production, no product can be obtained. When we entered the business world, we learned that the factor of production is 5, not 4. The fifth factor of production is reading, books. Reading provides sustainable knowledge. Sustainable knowledge ensures sustainable production. “The symbolic action we are taking today reminds us of this.”

GROWTH TARGET FOR OUR LIBRARY

Avdagiç announced that they aim to increase the number of physical books in the university’s library, which is currently approximately 100 thousand, to 500 thousand and the number of digital books to 5 million. Also, the President of ITO stated that the newly opened Liman Inn Dersaadet Library opened its doors for students and invited all students to the library.

IN ADDITION TO MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT, CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT IS ALSO IMPORTANT
Erhan Erken, Chairman of ITO Assembly, emphasised that Turkey is a country aiming to become an information society and to overcome its age. Erken said, “Cultural development is as important as the economic development and zoning of cities and countries. We emphasise that for the development of our country, an increase in material level is not enough, it is also important to be a culturally educated society.”

Erhan Erken explained the message they wanted to give at the event as: “Business people do not only deal with financial gain. Reading, learning and contributing to the rise of the cultural level of this country is also a point that the business world attaches great importance to. And so it should be. We are here today as a social responsibility project to emphasise this important fact. ”

“BOOKS EXPAND THE IMAGINATION AND REALIZATION OF THOSE WHO READ THEM”
Dr. İsrafil Kuralay, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Istanbul Ticaret University, stated that Career Day was organised at the same point at the beginning of the week with the participation of 110 companies of our country and this time a reading event was organised, and added: “Business World Reads is an event that complements this Career Day. When it comes to university, books come to mind. “Books are the basis of our civilization.”. Stating that university education aims to provide students with critical thinking and analytical skills, Dr. Kuralay said that reading books likewise enables students to understand, analyse and become aware of other worlds.

WE HAVE ONE OF THE RICHEST LIBRARIES IN TURKEY

Kuralay said, “Lessons in different disciplines or books of various types expand the imagination and imagination of readers and students. Our university, which has the most qualified academic staff in Turkey and one of the richest libraries in Turkey with 98 thousand 443 printed books, 734 thousand 566 electronic books, 35 thousand 892 e-journals, 53 thousand 472 periodicals, constitutes one of the most important intersections where books and universities intersect.”

I BELIEVE THE MORE WE READ, THE FURTHER WE WILL GO.
Istanbul Ticaret University Rector Prof. Dr. Abdulhamit Avşar also said that reading is one of the purposes of humanity’s existence and the fuel of human development.

Avşar continued: “I believe that the more we read, the further we will go. Today, the concept of reading has started to gain different dimensions, and the importance of the act of reading has increased even more with the addition of new styles to the traditional reading style. Nowadays, new types of reading such as media literacy, film readings, visual readings, system readings, which have emerged with the developing technology, have been mentioned. After all, isn’t the main purpose of reading not only to skim the text or image, but also to search for meaning, to analyse what is behind what is said, to learn different approaches to the subject of interest, to follow developments and to improve and strengthen existing knowledge? However, the most ancient of all of these and the one that will never diminish from our lives is undoubtedly the reading of written texts.”

Nursena Güngör, President of Istanbul Ticaret University Culture and Literature Society, said that Turkish literature has come to this day with the inspiration of its rich history and continues its existence today. Güngör said, “Great literary figures such as Yahya Kemal Beyatlı are important parts of preserving this heritage and passing it on to future generations. His works are valuable treasures of Turkish literature and they both remind us of our past and inspire us for the future.”

OUR COOPERATION WILL CONTINUE
Beyoğlu District Governor Can Aksoy, who participated in the programme, said that they were happy to participate in the event on behalf of Beyoğlu people in Beyoğlu, the centre of the world of culture and arts in Turkey. Aksoy said, “Our work on this cooperation will continue in the future. “I thank everyone who contributed.”

“WE ALL EXIST AS MUCH AS ISTANBUL, WE ARE ALL AS VALUABLE AS ISTANBUL”

Istanbul Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Dr Coşkun Yılmaz drew attention to the importance of business people’s orientation towards reading and said: “It is also very important for the business world to read Istanbul. After all, we all exist as much as Istanbul, we are all as valuable as Istanbul. We all exist to the extent that we love and serve Istanbul.” Dr. Coşkun Yılmaz stated that the strategy of the reading activity was very well designed and said, “Yahya Kemal is undoubtedly one of the most powerful and rare names of Turkish poetry. Istanbul is the most important center of Turkish and Islamic civilization both throughout history and in life. And the leading name that explains this best is Yahya Kemal. If you want to understand the spirit of Istanbul civilisation, Ottoman civilisation and Islamic civilisation, you need to walk through Yahya Kemal’s lines. Therefore, it is a very good strategy.”

At the reading event held in the library following the event, İTO Counselor Erkan Çardaklı read a part of “Saint İstanbul”. The reading event was completed with Dr İsrafil Kuralay reading a poem from the work and a book talk after the reading event.

 

 

 

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