“Towards Perfection” Event
On December 14, 2016, the Khazar University Psychological Services Center held an event entitled “Towards Perfection” upon popular demand of the students. The goal of the event was to get young people interested in a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition, avoidance of bad habits, fitness, and psychological health by showing them examples.
The main lecturer was Fovqi Efendiyev, graduate of the nutritional engineering program at Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
During the event, students learned how to attain their ideal weight, what is good nutrition, and how to break bad habits.
Training Seminar for Khazar University instructors in ESFIDIP Project
On March 16, 2016, a training seminar for Khazar University instructors was held within the framework of the “Establishment of a Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan” (ESFIDIP) TEMPUS project. The training was led by Melek Karimova, Vice Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, who taught the participants about different types of disabilities, approaches to them, and related teaching methods. The event included an interactive discussion and a question-and-answer session.
Azerbaijan’s III International Psychology Conference
On April 23-24, 2016, Azerbaijan’s III International Psychology Conference was held on the Neftchilar campus of Khazar University. It was organized by the university’s Psychology Department and Career Center. Participants included specialists and amateurs from various regions of the country. The conference was attractive to many participants because of the tightly interwoven practical and theoretical knowledge it offers.
On April 23, the conference’s official opening was held, including keynote lectures. On April 24, participants split up into workshops.
Melek Karimova, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as Director of Khazar Psychological Services Center, opened the conference and gave the floor to Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees. Then expert psychiatrist Ikram Rustamov gave a speech. During the conference, lectures were presented by local and Turkish guest psychologists and psychiatrists who spoke about various areas of psychology. Speakers included Professor Tuncay Ergene of Hacettepe University; Professor Mehmet Eskin of Adnan Menderes University; Professor Ceylan Das, Founder of Gestalt Association; Associate Professor Selim Gunuc of Yuzuncu il University; and Associate Professor Ramin Aliyev of Hasan Kalyoncu University. Topics discussed during the conference included test anxiety, internet addiction, stages of psychological consultation, homosexuality, and invincibility. Participants had the opportunity to gain new knowledge in the field of psychology, learn from the experience of experts, see new perspectives, make comparisons, and network with students and instructors from various universities.
At the end of the conference, every participant was awarded a certificate.
Khazar Faculty Member Prepares Psychological Test
On May 2, 2016, the mir.com news site published an article entitled “What percent of Azerbaijani Students have Internet Addiction?” based on the research of Melek Kerimova, instructor for the Psychology Department within the Khazar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Turkish expert Selim Gunuc, in which they adapted a test on internet addiction for use in Azerbaijan.
More information about the test and its results are available at the following link: https://wsemir.com/xeberler/tehsil/66256-azerbaycanda-telebelerin-nece-faizinde-internet-asililigi-var.html
Faculty Members at International Conference in Samsun, Turkey
On May 3-9, 2016, Melek Karimova (PhD student), Vice Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Valida Karimova (PhD student), Research Assistant for the School, participated in the 6th International “Psychological Counselling and Guidance: Working through our life goals” Conference held in Samsun with the invitation of the Samsun City National Education Administration and the Samsun Canik District Municipality. Along with local participants, the conference included over 500 participants from various countries.
Melek Karimova presented a paper on “Education in Azerbaijan: Psychological Counselling and Guidance in Azerbaijan.” She also led a workshop on “Children with Disabilities and Psychological Services to their Families.” She also became a member of a scientific organization for foreign countries at the conference.
Valida Karimova was also invited by the Samsun Canik District Municipality to participate under the “Working through our life goals” theme. She successfully made presentations and took part in many workshops.
At the end of the conference, participants were given certificates.
Psychologial Services Center Director in International Conference (2-6 November)
On November 2-6, 2016, Melek Karimova, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Director of the Psychological Service Center at Khazar University, participated in the 2nd International Conference on Social Sciences and Education Research which was held in Istanbul, Turkey. She presented a paper entitled “The Brief Symptom Inventory: A Validity-Reliability Study of a Sample From Azerbaijan.” The conference was organized by International Center of Social & Education Research (ICSER) and supported by Suleyman Demirel University (Turkey) and West Hungary University (Hungary).
Khazar Instructor’s Article Published Abroad (21.11.16)On November 20, 2016, an article co-authored by Malak Karimova and Narmin Osmanli of Khazar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences entitled “The Brief Symptom Inventory: A validity-reliability study of sample from Azerbaijan” was published in the Education and Training Studies journal (Vol 4, No12; December; ISSN 2324-805 XE-ISSN 2324-8068).The authors adapted this test, which has been used in around 260 studies since the year 2000, for use in Azerbaijan on behalf of Khazar University. The test measures psychological stress levels. Psychologists and psychiatrists can use this test for primary determination of symptoms in their patients.