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Eurasian Academy Opening and Eurasian Legend Award Ceremony

On January 29, 2016 at 16:00 in the Marble Hall of Khazar University’s Neftchilar Campus, the Eurasian Academy opening and Eurasian Legend award ceremony was held.

Participants included representatives from countries of Europe, Asia and America; selected scholars, academic and educational organizations; people of arts, literature and music; various government representatives and Members of Parliament; ambassadors; heads of corporations and members of the press. The ceremony was broadcast live on Khazar University’s internet TV channel and its internet radio station.

Three of the founding members of the Academy, Professor Mahmut Gazi Yasargil, composer Arif Melikov and Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, participated. 100-year-old Professor Halil Inalcik and 95-year-old Professor Lutfi Zadeh were unable to participate because of their mobility limitations. Because they were unable to participate, the other founders of Eurasian Academy traveled to Bilkent University in Ankara and University of California, Berkeley before the ceremony to visit them and present Eurasian Legend awards and certificates to them.

The ceremony began with a film about the history of academies, Eurasian Academy and the concept of its establishment.

Then the three founding members participating in the event were presented with Eurasian Academy awards.

Prof. Isa Habibeyli, Vice President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences and the honorable Alper Coşkun, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Azerbaijan, presented the award to Professor Mahmut Gazi Yasargil. Prof. Victor Tvircun, Chairman of the Section of Humanities and Arts of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, and Dr. Orkhan Hasekioglu, Vice President of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, presented the award to Professor Arif Melikov.  Prof. Nodar Mitagvaria, member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Fahrettin Keleştimur, Head of Turkish Health Institutes and member of Turkish National Academy of Sciences, presented the award to Professor Hamlet Isaxanli.

A list of various academies of sciences from around the world who sent congratulatory letters to Eurasian Academy was read, including the following:

•           The British Academy (Professor Nicholas Stern (Lord Stern of Brentford), President)

•           Royal Academy of Engineering, UK (Professor Dame Ann Dowling, President)

•           The Royal Society of Edinburgh (Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, President)

•           National Academy of Sciences (USA) (Prof. Ralph J. Cicerone, President)

•           National Academy of Engineering, USA (Dr. Dan Mote, President)

•          Russian Academy of Sciences (Prof. Vladimir Fortov, President)

•           Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Italy (Prof. Alberto Quadrio Curzio, President)

•           The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (Prof. Christina Moberg, President)

•           The Swiss Academies of Art and Science (Dr. Maurice Campagna, President)

•           The Royal Academies for Sciences and Arts of Belgium (Mr. Hubert Bocken, President)

•           Académie des Sciences, Institut de France (Bernard Meunier, President)

•           Acatech- National Academy of Science and Engineering, Germany (Prof. Dr. M. Klein,

Secretary General)

•           Max Planck Society, Germany (Professor Martin Stratmann, President)

•           Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences (Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Jörg Hacker,

President)

•           Austrian Academy of Sciences (letter on behalf of President Zeilinger by Mr. Bernhard

Plunger, Head of International Relations)

•           The Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Prof. László Lovász, F.M., President)

•           Czech Academy of Sciences (Prof. Ing. Jiří Drahoš, DrSc., dr. h. c., President)

•           Latvian Academy of Sciences (Prof. Dr. Ojars Sparitis, President)

•           Estonian Academy of Sciences (Professor Tarmo Soomere, President)

•           Indian Academy of Sciences (Prof. Ram Ramaswamy, President)

•           Pakistan Academy of Sciences (Dr. Anwar Nasim, S.I., President)

•           The Academy of Sciences of IR Iran (Prof. Reza Davari Ardakani, President)

•           Islamic World Academy of Sciences (H E Dr Abdel Salam Majali, President of the IAS,

and Moneef R. Zou’bi PhD, Director General)

•           Organization of Islamic Cooperation Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, IRCICA, Istanbul, Turkey  (Halit Eren, General Director)

•           Chinese Academy of Engineering (Prof. Zhou Ji, President)

•           The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea (Prof. Sook-Il Kwun, President)

•           The Japan Academy (Prof. Takashi Sugimura, President)

•           The World Academy of Sciences (Prof. Romain Murenzi, Executive Director)

•           World Academy of Art and Science (Prof. Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President)

 

Only one congratulatory letter, which was from Dr. Maurice Campagna, President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, was read during the ceremony:

 

Your Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Colleagues,

It is an honour and my sincere pleasure to speak to you on the occasion of the inauguration of the Eurasian Academy. I regret that I cannot be among you personally at this important event. This because of my term as the new President of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences started just at the beginning of 2016. At the same time, the Swiss Federal Council decided to launch a program to stabilize the federal budget for the next four years. This includes proposals for cuttings in the areas of education, research and innovation. This represents a major challenge for the Swiss Academies. It is encouraging and promising to witness the birth of such an institution today: It is the vision of five important personalities from different countries who persevered in making it happen. I personally wish them, and all of you, great success with your noble endeavour to assist the fields of education, research and innovation. Not for the first time in human history, enlightenment forms the base for serving human social development. Especially in a dramatically changing world, this future-oriented attitude is valid for all nations. The Eurasian Academy shall be no exception.

This ethos is also key for the work of the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, which is the umbrella organisation of the country’s four Academies that cover all disciplines. These reach from the natural sciences over the social sciences, to medicine, engineering and technology. The oldest one among them, the Swiss Academy of Natural Sciences, just celebrated its 200th anniversary last year. The Academy served as catalyst for the first topographic map of Switzerland. Subsequently, the construction of a railway network and streets made it at all possible to unite the country’s geographically divided regions to a Swiss democratic, federal state. In contrast, the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences was established only in1983. This as a reflection the undisputable importance and the overwhelming development of the sector. Since life quality and sustainable development of a country’s society are directly linked to it, it cannot be highlighted enough.

Before the enlightenment period in Europe, monarchs, nobility and gentry established academies to counterweigh the role of the church as sole authority and expert body. Currently, we are observing a  paradigm shift of the academies worldwide. The interdisciplinary approach has become popular and an enlightened dialogue among all of the actors of society is strongly promoted. In facing increasingly complex societal developments, the role of science undoubtedly is fundamental. Understanding our surroundings, participating in its development and ultimately improving our quality of life, is based on the cultural integration of science and technology in a society.

Academies are responsible for providing the rational skeleton to governmental and political decision makers, in charge of solving current and future challenges: from food distribution and supply to a reliable health care system, from pollution control to sustainable mobility and energy supply. On a voluntary basis, scientists from our country’s higher education institutions and research provide their expertise to our Academies. The long-term availability of high-quality scientific knowledge in the service of society can only be ensured by promoting and coaching young talents. Finally, yet importantly, our mission reflects the importance of academic autonomy and freedom. The interference of the State in the scientific enterprise is a common danger that must be faced and avoided. This noble goal forms the cornerstone of most national constitutions around the globe, including Switzerland.

With these thoughts, I wish you all an enjoyable meeting in Baku and we look forward to seeing the Eurasian Academy to go from success to success.

Thank you!

Then the floor was given to several guests for congratulatory remarks. Guests who spoke included Mr. Huseyn Baghirov, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources; Prof. Victor Tsvirkun, Chairman of the Section of Humanities and Arts of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova; Dr. Orkan Hasekioglu, Vice President of TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey; Prof. Fahrettin Keleştimur, Head of Turkish Health Institutes and member of Turkish National Academy of Sciences; Prof. Nodar Mitagvaria, member of the Georgian National Academy of Sciences; and Prof. Isa Habibeyli, Vice President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences.

Then it was announced that the founding members had selected the Academy’s first member. The floor was given to Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli. He announced that Prof. Ali Javan, citizen of the USA, had been selected for membership and made a presentation about his academic activities. Prof. Javan was unable to participate because of health challenges, so Mr. Stephen Guice, Head of Public Affairs of the American Embassy to Azerbaijan, accepted the Eurasian Legend and its document on his behalf.

Khazar University presented a carpet with a portrait of Nizami which was made in the Khazar University Cultural Center by students and teachers as a gift to Eurasian Academy. The carpet was designed by textile artist Afag Kerimova, the director of the Cultural Center.

Then the founders thanked designer and textile artist Mrs. Afaq Kermiova, the designer of the Eurasian Legend Award and Eurasia Medals, as well as Mrs. Nailakhanim Isayeva, Advisor to the Khazar University Board of Directors and Trustees, who designed the Eurasian Academy ceremonial dress.

Thus, a historic event took place along with the participation of distinguished people from Azerbaijan and various countries:  Eurasia Academy started its activities and was presented to the public.

The Eurasian Academy Opening and Eurasian Legend Award Ceremony was covered by national media as well as Turkey’s TRT-1 and TRT Avaz channels.