Faculty News







SPRING-2017


The next training was held at the Legal Training Center

    On 9 -10 September, 2017, the next training on "Analysis of the European Convention on Human Rights" was held within the framework of a continuing project at the Legal Training Center, established at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Khazar University. The graduates and students from a number of universities including Khazar University took part in the training. In the training, the procedure for filing complaints to the European Court of Human Rights was discussed and the participants got closely acquainted with various articles and court decisions of the European Convention on Human Rights.  The training was conducted by Konul Gasimova, a member of the European Human Rights Association and the former lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights. Although two days were scheduled for the training, the participants requested to continue the training because it was interesting and productive. Taking the participants’ request into account, the continuation of the training is scheduled for the next months. 


    The research work by Ph.D. student of Khazar University published in Turkey

    The research work entitled ‘Possibility of Foreign Languages in the Education System of Azerbaijan: Analysis of the Best Foreign Language among Students’ in Higher Private Educational Institutions’, conducted by Valida Karimova, a PhD student of the university, Dean’s assistant, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was published in the July issue of ‘The Online Journal of Quality in Higher Education’, Sakarya, Turkey.It should be noted that on November 24-25, 2016, the author delivered a presentation under the same title at the international conference held in Sakarya.Valida Karimova's research work was conducted with 301 research participants, i.e. students from Khazar University and Qafqaz University (presently Baku Engineering University), during the 2015-2016 academic year, which analyzed the best foreign language and identified the foreign language proficiency level among the two private university students.


      Director of International Relations Office of Kozminski University on Exchange at Khazar University

        On July 10-14, 2017, Ms. Valentyna Guminska, Director of International Relations Office at Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland) participated in a staff mobility at Khazar University within the Erasmus + Program. The main goal of the mobility was to get familiarized with the work of the International Affairs Office of Khazar University as well as other departments and units. During her stay in Baku, Ms. Guminska participated in meetings with Dr. Hassan Niknafs, Rector of Khazar University, Ms. Raziya Isayeva, Development Director, Ms. Lyudmila Sotova, Head of Quality Assurance Center, Ms. Fatma Alakbarova, Coordinator of Career Center, Ms. Irada Khalilova, Head of Biology Department, Dr. Jeyhun Mammadov, Dean of School Economics and Management, Mr. Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Head of Division of Graduate Studies and Research, Dr. Jabir Khalilov, Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mr. Elmar Mustafayev, Coordinator at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, and Mr. Eynur Mehdiyev, Vice-chair of Department of English Language and Literature. Ms. Guminska also met with Professor Hamlet Isakhanli, the founder of Khazar University and the Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees. Khazar University and Kozminski University signed an Erasmus plus agreement in late 2015 and both universities have exchanged staff and students since then.


        The last meeting of the Academic Council was held in the current academic year


        On 6 July, the last meeting of the University Academic Council in the current academic year, chaired by Dr. Hassan Niknafs, the rector of Khazar University, was held. In accordance with the agenda of the meeting, the rector made a speech on the results of the 2016-2017 Academic year and spoke about the achievements and upcoming tasks.Based on the results of the year he stated that a group of staff members - Piri Piriyev, Repair and construction department employee; Alovsat Amirbeyli, Director for Public Relations and Media; Javanshir Azizov, instructor at the Department of Mathematics; Rosa Arazova, Head of Department of History and Archeology; Samira Mirzayeva, Dean Assistant, School of Economics and Management; Lidiya Hamidova, instructor at the Department of English language and Literature; Raziya Isayeva, Head of Development Centre; Vurgun Eyyub, Head of Department of Azerbaijani language and Literature – deserve to be rewarded and the awards were presented to them.Professor Mahammad Nuriyev, Vice President of Khazar University for Academic Affairs, informed that Baba Bayramli, Director of the Center for Alumni Relations, had become a member of the Academic Council and was appointed as the Secretary of the Academic Council.The deans of faculties – Elza Samadova, Jabir Khalilov, Jeyhun Mammadov, and dean assistant Vafa Aslanova – gave information about the students who are graduating in the current academic year. Baba Bayramli spoke about the textbooks and subject programs presented to be published, discussions on the issue were conducted and relevant decisions were made.Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees spoke and gave his recommendations concerning some issues. He also wished success to Sevda Salayeva, assistant to the Chairman of Board of Directors and Trustees, who intended to change her job, and presented her an award.The current issues were also discussed in the meeting of the Academic Council.

          Master thesis defense was held in English language and Literature Department

          On June 20, 2017, Konul Mardanova and Nurana Ismayilova, the Master students from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences defended their Master theses at English language and Literature Department.Dr. Eldar Shahgaldiyev, the Head of the Division of Graduate Studies and Research; Dr. Irina Orujova and Dr. Irada Samadova, the teachers from Azerbaijan University of Languages; Eynur Mehdiyev, vice-chair of English language and Literature Department; Milana Abbasova, Minor Programs Coordinator; PhD. Jamala Mammadova and Gulnar Abasova, teachers of the department, took part in the defense.During the defense Master students gave thorough information about their research and answered the questions.Each student successfully defended her thesis and was awarded a Master’s degree.


          Doctoral thesis discussion of Khazar University employee was held

            On 19 May, 2017, the initial discussion of a PhD thesis of Jabir Mammadov Oruj, an employee of Khazar University and a PhD candidate of the Institute of Philosophy within Azerbaijan National Academy of  Sciences was held. The research work is entitled as "The Tragedy problem in Aesthetics” (Specialty: 721101-Aesthetics). Prof. Ilham Mammadzadeh, Doctor of Science in Phlosophy, director of the Institute of Philosophy, was a chairman of the meeting.

            Faculty Staff Member at Ordu University

              On May 11, 2017, Melek Kerimova, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of Khazar Psychological Services Center, participated at the 9th International Congress of Educational Research coordinated by Ordu University, Turkey and ERA (Education Research Association). She introduced her research work entitled “Connection between Internet Addiction of University Students and its Psychological Symptoms”. The research work conducted among the university students investigates the connection between internet addiction and various sub-scales (somatization, obsession, depression, anxiety, phobia, paranoia, psychoticism). The presentation was greeted with great interest and suggestions were made on conducting intercultural researches.At the end, Melek Kerimova was presented with a certificate and a book covering the delivered speeches.1254 researchers from 12 countries took part at the Ninth International Congress of Educational Research organised by Ordu University and ERA (Education Research Association) in Ordu, Turkey, on May 11-14.


              Faculty Staff Member at International Conference

                 On May 13, 2017,Melek Kerimova, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Director of Khazar Psychological Services Center, participated at the international conference “Quest For Beauty In Science, Culture And Arts". It was organised by International Rating Academia and Kepez Municipality. Melek Kerimova presented her thesis entitled " Masters and their personal psychological characteristics". The research work investigating art, personal qualities of masters, the influence of art on personality and personalities reflection in artworks was greeted with great interest.At the end, Melek Kerimova was presented with a certificate.


                Khazar University Staff Members at Republican Scientific-Practical Conference

                  On May 11-12, 2017,instructors of English Language and Literature Department Irina Orujova, Elmira Aliyeva, Zamira Gurbanova (PhD student), Gulnaz Novruzzadeh (PhD student), Milana Abbasova PhD student and  Minor Programs Coordinator of  the Department and Valida Karimova, PhD student and Dean's assistant of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, participated at the Republican Scientific-Practical Conference held with coordination of the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic and Azerbaijan University of Languages. The conference entitled  "Actual problems of teaching foreign languages" was dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the establishment of AUL. Theses of the above mentoned instructors entitled “Обучение стилистическому приему сравнение на уроках художественного перевода (на материале рассказов Э.Хемингуэя)"(Irina Orujova), “Дискурс и коммуникативная компетенция” (Elmira Aliyeva), “Azərbaycan və ingilis dillərində inkarlıq kateqoriyası” (Gulnaz Novruzzadeh), “Sosial şəbəkələrin tələbələrin ingiliscəsinə təsiri” (Milana Abbasova), “Analyzing the features of Publicist style. Political metaphor in the media” (Valida Karimova) were delivered during the conference.The conference covered topics such as challenges encountered in learining, teaching foreign languages, the role of  ICT in the study of English language, the concept of meaning in language learning and so on. Afgan Abdullayev, the acting rector of AUL and Fakhraddin Veysalli, professor of the department of Linguistics, made speeches as well. At the end of the conferenc, the participants were presented certificates and a book covering the delivered speeches.


                  Faculty's Jean Monnet Conference on the EU-Azerbaijan Relations

                    On May 10, 2017, the Department of Political Science and International Relations held a conference on the EU-Azerbaijan relations in the framework of Europe Day celebrations in cooperation with the European Union Delegation in Azerbaijan.Prof. Hamlet Isakhanli, the founder of Khazar University, the Chairman of its Board of Directors and Truestees, welcomed the conference participants and highlighted the international cooperation projects of the university.Mr. Denis Daniilidis, theFirst Counselor of the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, stressed the positive trend in bilateral relations between the EU and Azerbaijan boosted by the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Brussels in February 2017 and spoke about the launch of negotiations for a New Comprehensive Agreement. He informed the audience that the first draft text of negotiations originated from the Azerbaijani government which reflects the principles of differentiation and mutual respect between both sides. Mr. Daniilidis also welcomed the resumption of the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the European Parliament and Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan.Mr. Orkhan Zeynalov, Head of Division for Cooperation with the EU at the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, talked about the prospects of bilateral cooperation in areas such as education and science. Mr. Zeynalov also underscored the progress on the Southern Gas Corridor. In his capacity as the Key Negotiator for the part of the agreement on sectorial cooperation, Mr. Zeynalov informed that the first round of negotiation that took place in Baku in late April, 2017 was very constructive and reflected the political willingness of both sides to enhance cooperation in new areas. Ms. Vusala Gurbanova, Senior Adviser of the Department of Science, Higher and Secondary Education at the Ministry of Education, highly appreciated the support of EU for the internationalization of the higher education in Azerbaijan. She noted that Khazar University is particularly active in international cooperation projects. Ms. Gurbanova also informed the audience about the activities carried out to improve the university study programs. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Jean Monnet Chair and the Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations informed the participants about the EU-related courses and research at the department. He informed that the department regularly hosts a series of events, including the one titled European Seminars, delivered by authoritative experts, practitioners, scholars and professors in EU matters to share their expertise with the Azerbaijani audience. Dr. Hajizada highlighted the necessity of promoting the understanding between the communities in the EU and Azerbaijan and welcomed the activities carried out to improve the existing sufficient conditions for it. He mentioned the importance of the agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the facilitation of the issuance of visas which came into effect in 2014. He drew attention to the importance of EU`s increasing its influence and peaceful intentions in Azerbaijan. Unlike many countries in the neighborhood, there is no EU Resource and Information Centre in Azerbaijan. Therefore Dr. Hajizada mentioned the need for more quantitative interactions and more qualitative communications.The conference followed by the Model European Union simulation on “Negotiation and Decision Making in the European Council” by the students of departments of Political Science, International Relations and European Studies on energy cooperation and TAP project.


                    Conference Held at Khazar University in Turkish Media

                      As it was reported, on April 22-23, 2017, the IV International Psychology Conference was held at Khazar University.  On April 29, an article of Ayla Turkoy, who participated in the conference, about the conference was published on the website of BİA News Center in Istanbul (BİAQAM).The article is available at the following link:http://m.bianet.org/biamag/bilim/185976-hazar-in-soraginda


                      The Next Article of fcaulty's PhD candidate Published

                      The article of Valida Kerimova, PhD candidate and Dean's assistant of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khazar University, entitled “Typological characteristics of Discourse” ( In English) was published in the 2nd issue of the “Scientific News” of Azerbaijan University of Languages which is recommended for the periodic scientific publications of Higher Attestation Commission. The paper covers the issues related with different types (newspaper, political, legal, literary, academic or scientific etc.) of discourse from pragmatic and cognitive perspective of the discourse participants.  It reveals that characteristic feauture of newspaper, political, legal, literary, academic discourse is argumentation  based on cause- effect relations.


                      IV International Conference on Psychology

                        On April 22-23, 2017, IV International Conference on Psychology was held at “Nefchiler” campus of Khazar University with the coordination of the University`s Psychology Department and Psychological Counseling Center.  Participants included specialists from various regions of the country and people who are interested in the related field. The conference was attractive to many participants because of the tightly interwoven practical and theoretical knowledge it offers.  On April 22, the conference’s official opening was held and lectures were presented. On April 23, the participants took part in the 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 Isakhanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees. Then Prof. Dr. Ali Kemal Tekin from Oman took the floor. During the conference, lectures were presented by local and Turkish guest psychologists and psychiatrists who spoke about various fields of psychology.  Conference participants included Assistant Professor Dr. Ayten Zara, Istanbul Bilgi University;  Pr.Dr. Ali Kemal Tekin, Sultan Qaboos University, Head of the Department of Early Childhood Education, UNESCO Consultant;  Pr.Dr. Yashar Ozbay, Vice-rector of Hasan Kalyoncu University,  academician at Black Sea Technical University and  Pr. Dr. Burhanettin Kaya, an expert on psychiatry in  Medical Center for Individual Therapy in Antalya. Associated Prof. Dr. Ayten Zara participated in the conference with a 6- people team called “World Human Relief”. The members of this team Dilan Bozdagh, Seher Tarhan, Esra Zirhlioghlu, Tugce Merve Aytac, Narli Yildiz, and Kader Tarhan delivered their speeches.The topics discussed during the conference included causes and ways of preventing aggressive, antisocial, emotional behavioral disorders in children, positive  development and stability of family, sexual abuse and exploitation of children, trauma and  using EMDR methods in disorders associated with it.At the end of the conference, all the participants were awarded a certificate.A concert program by Department of Music and Fine Arts was introduced to the conference participants.


                        Faculty Member’s Article Published in Russia

                          The article of Valida Kerimova, PhD candidate and Dean's assistant of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khazar University, entitled “Развитие иностранных языков как способ общественной дипломатии” was published in 14th issue of the scientific journal “Молодой ученый” printed in Kazan, Tatarstan (Russian Federation).The research deals with a foreign language as means of communication, contrasts language and communication, expands on language usage aims in contemporary world.


                          HSS Faculty Member’s Article Published in America

                            In March 2017, the article of Valida Kerimova, PhD candidate and Dean's assistant of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khazar University, entitled “Language Ethics: Linguo Psychology And Psycholinguistics; Analysis of The Language With Psychological Problems” was published in the scientific journal "Psychology and Behavioral Sciences" by the publishing house “Science Publishing Group”.The main objectives of the research work are to give brief information about schools and directions in psycholinguistics, to investigate the essence of language, its functions, principles and techniques, as well as, provide brief and essential information to people on how to perceive, comprehend and produce language. The article, analyzing the main concepts of the fields of psychology and linguistics, covers language and speech pathology, language psychology,language learning and behaviour, and   cognitive sciences.


                            Faculty employee’s article published

                              On March 30, 2017, an article authored by Valide Karimova, Khazar university doctoral student and assistant to the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, entitled “Aesthetic Theory in Literary Criticism” was published in the Scientific News Journal of Sumgait State University. The article is an analysis of the use of the aesthetic concept in literary criticism; it also contains discussions and findings of previous studies. 


                              School's student won European Championship

                              On February 17-24, 2017, a European Sanshou Tournament was held in Lutsk, Poland. Firudin Hasanov, third-year student of Khazar University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences majoring in translation studies, took first place and earned a gold medal in the event (85 kg). We note that Firudin Hasanov is a winner of several international championships. He has been the Azerbaijani champion of his category 6 times and has won a gold medal in the 2013 European Championship in Bulgaria and in the 2015 tournament in Baku; and a silver medal in the 2016 adult world kickboxing championship in Kharkov. Athletes from 17 countries participated in the Lutsk tournament. In addition to Firudin, nine athletes from Azerbaijan participated in the event. They have won a total of 9 medals in their weight classes, 6 gold and 3 silver. 


                              “Panzer” became Champion

                              On February 18, 2017, the final match of the university-wide football championship organized by Khazar University Student Union took place. The championship started as a competition of ten teams. As two of the teams never participated in the matches, eight teams were competing for the championship trophy. “Panzer” and “International stars” played the final match on February 18. The match ended with a score of 4-1 – “Panzer” became the champion of the 2016/17 academic year. 


                              FALL-2016 

                              “Disabilities and Attitudes Toward Them” Article Contest Winners Announced

                              On December 28, 2016, a closing ceremony was held for the “Disabilities and Attitudes Toward Them” article contest which was held by Khazar University Psychological Services Center and the Center for Students with Disabilities. During the event, Rima Mammadova, project manager of the “Establishment of a Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan” (ESFIDIP) TEMPUS project and coordinator of the Center for Students with Disabilities, made a presentation about the project and the Center. Melek Karimova, Director of the Psychological Services Center, spoke about disabilities, their characteristics and attitudes toward them. She also gave information to participants about the Khazar Psychological Services Center. Then the top 8 winners of the article contest, which began in October, were announced. First place went to Samir Imanov, second place to Kamale Resulova, and third place to Elshan Daghlar. At the end of the event, Samir Imanov spoke about the contest and the book he had written. Other participants in the event included representatives from partners in the “Establishment of a Foundation for the Integration of Disabled People into HEIs of Azerbaijan” (ESFIDIP) TEMPUS project including Sumgayit State University, Azerbaijan State Economics University, Scientific Research and Training Center of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population of the Azerbaijan Republic, Khazar University faculty and staff members, and other guests. 


                              School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Meet with Alumni

                              On December 22, 2016, the university administration held a meeting with fourteen 2016 bachelor-level graduates of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as five graduates of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Participants in the meeting included President Hassan Niknafs; Professor Mahammad Nuriyev, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor Jabir Khalilov, Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Baba Bayramli, Director of the Center for Alumni Relations. The objective of the meeting was to maintain relationships with alumni and discuss their future plans. At the end of the meeting, alumni shared their thoughts and impressions of the university.


                              “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.


                              Faculty Student Earns Silver Medal in World Championship

                              On December 5-7, 2016, an adult world kickboxing championship was held in Kharkov, Ukraine. Firudin Hasanov, third-year student of Khazar University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences majoring in translation studies, took second place and earned a silver medal in the event. We note that Firudin Hasanov is a winner of several international championships. He has been the Azerbaijani champion of his category 6 times and has won gold medals in European and Eurasian competitions.  


                              Faculty Members’ Articles Accepted to International Conference in Turkey  

                              Articles by Melek Karimova, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Valida Karimova, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, were accepted to an international conference (ICQH) which was held in Sakarya, Turkey on November 24-25, 2016. Participants in the conference included researchers from America, Germany, Malaysia and other countries.Melek Karimova presented her article on “Misbehavior in the classroom: Perspectives of Azerbaijani teachers,” and Valida Karimova presented her article on “Possibility of foreign languages in the education system of Azerbaijan: Analysis of the best foreign language among students in higher private educational institutions,” at the conference remotely via video presentations. 

                              Melek Karimova - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbMmE9_6bN4

                              Valida Karimova - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Je-1gq7bGw


                              Assistant to Dean Publishes Book in Germany

                              On October 19, 2016, Valida Karimova, Assistant to the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Khazar University, published her book entitled “Metaphor in Political Discourse” (ISBN 978-3-659-97239-3) through Lambert Academic Publishing in Saarbrücken, Germany. Lambert Academic Publishing, which covers 40 countries and150,000 writers, suggested publication when they saw Karimova’s article on “The English Language for Global Communication: Perspective of Youth” (No. 348, March 2016, pp. 70\ ISSN 2218-2772, http://khazar-review.khazar.org/) in the Khazar Review journal.       The book “Metaphor in Political Discourse” was published in two languages and contains 53 pages. The book discusses main concepts of the linguistic aspects of metaphor, its use as a subject in political discourse, research on metaphor in English language, its political expression in media, and other characteristics of metaphor and political expression. The book was also included in a book fair in Frankfurt. https://www.morebooks.de/store/ru/book/metaphor-in-political-discourse/isbn/978-3-659-97239-3 


                              SPRING-2016 

                              Simulation at Khazar in the Press 

                              On May 18, 2016, Khazar University’s Department of Political Science and International Relations began a simulation game on “Madrid Principles in Resolving the Mountainous Karabakh Conflict” in its Conflict Studies class. Information about the simulation was published on the azpress.az news site and is available (in Azerbaijani) at the following link: http://azpress.az/index.php?lang=az§ionid=news&id=53478   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.   Khazar Student Writes about Depression in Men On May 2, 2016, the xalqxeber.az news site published an article by Narmin Guliyeva, student of Khazar University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, entitled “Depression in men: they are more likely to commit suicide.” The full text of the article is available at the following link: http://xalqxeber.az/sosial/359509-kishilerde-depressiya-onlar-intihara-daha-chox-meyl-edir.html 


                              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



                              Staff Members at Conference

                              Valida Karimova, PhD student in Linguistics and Research Assistant for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Lamiya Hajili, Dean’s Assistant, participated in the “Current Problems of Philology" Conference which was held on April 30, 2016 at Baku Slavic University. At the conference, Valida Karimova presented an article on “Globally Bridging: I Speak Your Language,” while Lamiya Hajili presented “Tarixə Nəzərən Təhsilin Anlami” in Azerbaijani (Understanding Education from a Historical Perspective). At the end of the conference, the participants were awarded with certificates and books of the published conference materials.


                              Staff Members Present at IV International Scientific Conference held at Qafqaz University
                              Valida Karimova, PhD student in Linguistics and Research Assistant for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Lamiya Hajili, Master’s student in Monitoring and Evaluation in Education, participated in the "IV International Scientific Conference of Young Researchers" which was held on April 29, 2016 at Qafqaz University. The objective of the conference was to raise interest among young people in science, to bring together young researchers and scientists from various universities, centers, and institutions, and to create the opportunity for them to share their experiences with others, analyze the problems they face, discuss common problems and put forward proposals. At the conference, Valida Karimova presented an article on “Linguistic Nature of Metaphor,” and Lamiya Hajili presented “Ənənəvi və Müasir Anlamda Təhsil” (Education in Traditional and Modern Views). At the end of the conference, the participants awarded with certificates and two- volume books of conference materials.  


                              Azerbaijan’s III International Psychology Conference

                              On April23-24, 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.

                               
                              Department Chair Awarded Associate Professor Title 

                              Zulfiyya Sadigova, Head of the Department of Music and Fine Arts at Khazar University, was awarded the title of Associate Professor by an order of the Higher Attestation Commission of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic on February 29, 2016. On March 31, 2016, Z. Sadigova was given an Associate Professor certificate. We congratulate her and wish her further success.

                               
                              EMBER Project: Course on Vegetarianism Completed 

                              On March 18, 2016, participants of the course on Vegetarianism delivered by a visiting professor from the University of Łódź (Poland) were awarded with certificates for their participation in the course. The course entitled “Vegetarianism. Philosophical Aspects” provided the students with information on philosophical aspects of vegetarianism, its types, arguments for and against it, historical background, and modern approaches to this practice. The course was delivered by Dr. Janusz Ciuciura who holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Łódź in frame of the EMBER (Erasmus Mundus Broadening Educational Opportunities) project funded by the European Commission. Dr. Ciuciura will continue his cooperation with Khazar University through the EMBER project; new courses are planned for the months of April and May. The EMBER project is a consortium comprised of twenty partner higher education institutions and four associated partners from Western/Central/Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The focus areas of the project are the fields of economics, business, languages, and sociology. The EMBER Project at Khazar University is coordinated by Ms. Turan Jafarova, Director of the International Affairs Office.


                              Our Faculty Member's International Title Registered by Government, Publicized on News Sites 

                              Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, Head of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, was awarded the world-recognized Jean Monnet Chair for his academic activity and professionalism in the educational field of European Union Integration which was registered by the Ministry of Justice of the Azerbaijan Republic on March 18, 2016 (with registration number 13/16/1112-A7-477/X/B1). The registration was publicized on many news sites; including the following: http://azertag.az/xeber/Azerbaycanli_alim_nufuzlu_beynelxalq_mukafata_layiq_gorulub-938011   http://sia.az/az/news/social/535389       


                              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. 

                              EMBER Project: Visiting Professor Delivers Course on Vegetarianism 

                              On March 11, 2016, a visiting professor from the University of Łódź (Poland) delivered the first lecture for the course entitled “Vegetarianism. Philosophical Aspects.” The course is offered to students of Khazar University during the month of March by Dr. Janusz Ciuciura of the University of Łódź in the framework of the EMBER (Erasmus Mundus Broadening Educational Opportunities) project funded by the European Commission. Dr. Ciuciura holds a PhD in Philosophy (2005, University of Łódź) and has extensive teaching experience. The EMBER project is a consortium that is comprised of twenty partner higher education institutions and four associated partners from Western/Central/Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. The focus areas of the project are the fields of economics, business, languages, and sociology. The EMBER Project at Khazar University is coordinated by Ms. Turan Jafarova, Director of the International Affairs Office.

                              “Interacting with Difficult People” Seminar 

                              On March 9, 2016, the Khazar University Psychology Services Center held a seminar on interacting with difficult people. The training was led by Khazar University instructors Melek Kerimova and Narmin Osmanli. The topics covered included relational disorders, ego, personality types, identity, self-esteem, temperament, and effective methods of communication with “difficult” people. At the end of the event, participants asked questions and gave feedback.

                              Faculty Student’s Article on Stress 

                              On March 8, 2016, an article entitled “Problems Caused by Stress” by Narmin Guliyeva, student of the Khazar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was published on the islaminsesi.org website. The article was co-authored by psychologist Elnur Rustamov, Director of the Psychology and Consulting Center. The full text of the article is available at the following link:http://www.islaminsesi.org/stressin-yaratdigi-problemler--38258.html 


                              Master Theses Defended 

                              On March 7, 2016, the following students of the Psychology Department defended their master theses: Ganira Isgandarova on “The Implementation of Psychological Assistance Programs for the Refugees of Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Daghlig Karabakh conflict” (supervisor: Elmina Kazimzade); Nurana Guliyeva on “The Problem of Autism, Symptoms, and Methods of Correction in Azerbaijan” (supervisor: PhD Eldar Shahgaldiyev); Aydan Khasmammadzade on “Psychological Disorders in Personality Caused by Psychoactive Substances” (supervisor: PhD Azad Manuchehri Lalei); and Sevinj Ahmadova on “The relationship between smoking and depression among young male students” (supervisor: PhD Laman Verdiyeva). The Committee included Dr Jabir Khalilov, Dr. Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Dr. Laman Verdiyeva, Dr. Malak Karimova, Dr Araz Manuchehri and commities secretary PhD std, Valida Karimova. The theses were assessed positively. Defense council members recommended Ganira Isgandarova’s thesis entitled “The Implementation of Psychological Assistance Programs for the Refugees of Azerbaijan, Armenia and the Daghlig Karabakh conflict” for publication.

                              Master Theses Defended 

                              On March 3, the following students of the English language and Literature Department defended their master theses: Yegana Baghirova on “Linguistic features of infinitive and infinitive construction in English (some means of their transfer into Azerbaijani language),” Nargiz Mirzayeva  on “Comparative Analysis of  P.B Shelley’s and John Keats’s Literary Creativity, Leyla Huseynli  on “Analysis of Metaphors and Similes in Azerbaijani Translation in the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens,” and Marina Latifova on “Stylistic devices in Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and means of their interpretation into the Russian language.” After a discussion about the dissertation themes, the dissertations were positively evaluated. The Committee included Professor Baylar Hajiyev, Dr. Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Dr. Dilbar Zeynalova, Dr. Reyhan Madatova, Eynur Mehdiyev, Jamala Mammadova, Lala Gamidova, and Ilham Taghiyev. The students answered the committee members’ questions thoroughly.

                              "Khazar Psychological Counselling Center" Opening Ceremony 

                              On February 29, an opening ceremony was held for the Khazar Psychology Services Center in Khazar University. Melek Kerimova, coordinator of the center, made a presentation about the need to establish the Center and the services it will provide. She noted that the Center was founded by an order of the University President in order to provide psychological support to students and visitors. The Center will operate according to University guidelines and will coordinate seminars, courses, trainings, conferences as well as providing free psychological consultation services to university students and paid services to non-university clients. Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, also participated and spoke at the opening ceremony. Participants’ questions were also answered during the event.

                               
                              FALL-2015  

                              Humanitar və Sosial elmlər fakültəsinin dəstəyi ilə fakültədə “Multikulturalizm” mövzusunda seminar

                              21.12.2015 ci il tarixində Xəzər Universiteti, Humanitar və Sosial elmlər fakültəsinin dəstəyi ilə fakültənin Jurnalistika departamentinin müəllimi Rəfi Qurbanov tərəfindən “Multikulturalizm” mövzusunda seminar keçirildi. Müzakirə zamanı dünyada mövcud olan modellərlə yanaşı, Azərbaycan multikulturalizmi və dövlət siyasəti də əsas mövzulardan oldu. Seminar çərçivəsində aşağıdakı mözvulara da toxunuldu:   ·        Multikultural anlayışın meydana gəlmə səbəbləri ·        Mədəni müxtəlifliyin təzahür formaları ·        Multikulturalizmin Kanada modeli ·        Multikulturalizmin Sinqapur modeli ·        Assimilyasiya və izolyasiya siyasətlərinin aparılması multikultural siyasətin əsas tərkib hissəsi kimi  Seminarda tələbə və işçi heyəti də iştirak etdi.


                              Legal Education Center Training 

                              On December 19-20, a training event was held in the Legal Education Center established within the Khazar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences on the topic of “Analysis of the Human Rights Convention in Europe” as part of a continual project of the Center. Participants in the training included students and alumni from Baku State University, the State Administration Academy, National Aviation Academy, and Khazar University as well as lawyers from several government offices and various legal firms.The training included a discussion of lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights as well as certain laws from the Human Rights Convention and legal precedents.The trainer was Konul Gasimova, member of the European Human Rights Association and former lawyer working in the European Court of Human Rights.


                              Psixoloji Xidmət Mərkəzinin təşəbbüsü ilə Evlilik həyatına psixoloji və fiziki hazırlıq mövzusunda təlim 

                              11 dekabr 2015 ci ildə Xəzər Universiteti Psixoloji Xidmət Mərkəzinin təşəbbüsü ilə Evlilik həyatına psixoloji və fiziki hazırlıq mövzusunda Universitetinin Psixologiya kafedrasının müəlliməsi, Humanitar və Sosial elmlər fakültəsinin dekan müavini psixoloq Mələk Kərimova tərəfindən seminar təşkil edildi. Seminarda psixoloq Mələk Kərimova evlilik sistemi, bu sistemə   gənclərin hazırlığının əhəmiyyətindən, evlilik öncəsi nələrə diqqət ediləcəyi mövzüsünda çıxış edərək tələbələri də diskusiyaya cəlb etmişdir. Seminara həkimlər dəvət edilərək    evlilikdən öncə fiziki sağlamlıqda yarana biləcək xəstəliklərdən bəhs edərək tələbələri məlumatlandırdılar. Seminarda həmçinin Fəsləfə və Sosiologiya departamentinin müəllimi Mail Yaqub və digər departament müəllimləri də çıxış etdilər. Tələbələrin böyük marağına səbəb olan bu kimi tədbirlərin Xəzər Psixoloji Konsultasiya Mərkəzi tərəfindən mütəmadi keçirilməsi nəzərdə tutulur.


                              “Accessible Education, Accessible Future” Event at Khazar University 

                              On December 4-5, 2015, an event was held by the Y-PEER organization and the Khazar University Center for Students with Disabilities entitled “Accessible Education, Accessible Future.” During the training, students of the the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Zahid Huseynov, Surayya Ibrahimova and member of Y-PEER Farida Jabrayilova made presentations on ethical principles for relating to people with disabilities, guidelines for how to speak and act, and different types of disabilities. A special short film was shown and discussed. Gunel Gurbanova, student of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as volunteer in the Center, made a presentation about historical figures who had disabilities. Then participants played psychological games intended to help them understand the difficulties faced by people with disabilities and how those problems can be solved. On December 5, an exhibit was held on the first floor of the university to display handicrafts made by people with disabilities. Then guests of the exhibit participated in a training and shared their life experiences with the audience. Around 20 students participated in the training, and they were awarded certificates at the end of the day.


                              Entrance exams for Doctoral Programs at Khazar University begin 

                              Entrance exams for PhD programs in 17 fields at Khazar University were held on November 23, 2015. Khazar University rector, Dr. Hassan Niknafs and the head of the departments participated in the exam. The candidates who passed the first stage will take their next exam in philosophy on November 27, 2015.


                              Guest Lecture on the Role of Azerbaijan in European Energy Supply

                              On November 23, 2015, Mr. Ilham Shaban, the Director of the Caspian Barrel Center for Oil Studies, delivered a guest lecture for undergraduate students of the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Khazar University. His main focus was on Azerbaijan's place in the European energy strategy. He spoke about the main destinations for Azerbaijani oil and gas exports, both in Europe and elsewhere in the world. He also talked about the changing market conditions, changes in oil supply and demand and its impact on prices, peculiarities of commercial gas sales and "the new oil strategy" of Azerbaijan. Mr. Shaban shared with the student’s exclusive information about the volumes of oil and condensate production in Azerbaijan by the year 2020 obtained from the companies specializing in the energy sector. The lecture was followed by a question and answer session, where questions were raised about the delivery of gas to Nakhchivan according to the swap agreement with Iran, the diversification of oil and gas export routes, peculiarities of TAP and TANAP projects, and the influence of the interstate relations on their realization as well as their influence on regional cooperation including Turkey and Georgia.


                              Welcome Party for Freshmen of School of Humanities and Social Sciences 

                              On October 28, 2015, a welcome party was held for first-year students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Associate Professor Jabir Khalilov, Dean of the School, opened the event by greeting the students. Then Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, the founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, made a speech to congratulate the instructors and students as well as to tell them about multifaceted progress in the university’s development and to encourage them to be active in the social life of the university. Then students from each major performed various songs, dances and other numbers they had prepared for the event. This event provided an opportunity for students to display their talents as well as to get to know staff and be encouraged to be actively involved in university activities. 


                              Legal Training Center Event 

                              On October 10-11, 2015, a training was held on the topic of “Analysis of the European Convention on Human Rights” in the Legal Training Center. The training was led by Konul Gasimova, member of the European Human Rights Association and former lawyer in the European Court of Human Rights. Participants included undergraduate and graduate students from Khazar University, Baku State University, the State Administration Academy of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic, and Kiev State University, as well as lawyers working in government and in various legal corporations. Jabir Khalilov, Head of the Legal Training Center, opened the event by greeting participants and wishing them success in their future work. Then participants discussed the process of taking complaints to the European Court of Human Rights and were familiarized with certain decisions of the court as well as selections from the European Court of Human Rights. The training was planned to be held over two days, but it was so interesting for the participants that they requested that it be continued. Per the requests, a continuation of the training has been planned for the coming months


                              Xəzər Universiteti Humanitar və Sosial elmlər fakültəsinin dekan müavini, psixologiya kafedrasının müəllimi Mələk Kərimova türkiyəli mütəxəssis Səlim Günüçlə birlikdə internet asılılığının müəyyənləşdirilməsi ilə bağlı testi Azərbaycanda istifadəyə uyğunlaşdırıblar. 

                              Bu test 1146 tələbə üzərində sınaqdan keçirilib, ilk empirik test olaraq, ABŞ-ın “Journal of Education və Training Studies” (http://redfame.com/journal/index.php/jets/index) nəşrində online dərc edilib. “İnternet asılılığımızın olub-olmadığını necə bilərik?” adlı testi türkiyəli mütəxəssislər Səlim Günüç və Murad Kayri 2010-cu ildə birlikdə hazırlayıblar. Tədqiqatda eyni zamanda Azərbaycan tələbələri arasında internet asılılığının hansı vəziyyətdə olduğu müəyyən edilib: “Nəticələrə görə, tələbələrin 48.1% internet asılılığı olan, 51.9% internet asılılığı olmayan qrup kimi qarşımıza çıxmaqdadır.  Bu, profilaktik tədbirlərin həyata keçirilməsinin zərurətini ortaya qoyur”. Bu tədqiqat Azərbaycan psixoloqlarının gələcəkdə görəcəyi tədbirlər və yeni elmi işlər üçün böyük əhəmiyyət kəsb edir. Başqa ölkələrdə istifadə edilən və sadəcə olaraq, tərcümə edilərək istifadə edilən psixoloji testlər elmi olaraq doğru hesab edilməməkdədir. Bu mənada Azərbaycan cəmiyyətinə uyğunlaşdırılan və elmi olaraq yoxlanılan testlərin tətbiqi böyük əhəmiyyət kəsb edir. Bu test elmi təsdiqini tapmış klinik test olaraq psixoloqlar, psixiatrlar tərəfindən istifadə edilə bilər. Mələk Kərimovanın sözlərinə görə, son illərdə texnologiyanın inkişafına bağlı olaraq yeniyetmə və gənçlər arasında internetdən istifadə geniş yayılıb: “Artıq internetsiz, cib telefonu olmadan həyatı düşünmək belə insana ağlasığmaz gəlir. İnternet müxtəlif məqsədlərlə istifadə edilir. İnternet insanlar arasındakı ünsiyyət üçün bir mənbəyə çevrilməklə bərabər, onları təcili xəbərləşmə, əyləncə, oyun, ticarət və s. kimi faydaları ilə özünə çəkir. İnternet vaxt anlayışının önünə keçərək işlərimizi asanlaşdırır. Təbii ki, faydaları ilə yanaşı, internetin zərərləri də qaçılmazdır. Məqsədsiz, hərəkətsiz saatlarla internet qarşısında əyləşən və fərqində olmadan internetdən asılı hala gələn insanların sayı da gündən-günə artmaqdadır. İnternet asılılığı artıq dünyadakı mütəxəssislərin diqqətini çəkməkdədir. İlk dəfə Goldberg (1996) və daha sonra Young (2013) kimi mütə xəssislər “internet asılılığı” termini üzərində işləyiblər. Onlar “patoloji internet istifadəsi” terminindən istifadəni uyğun hesab ediblər. Hansı terminologiyanın istifadə edilməsindən asılı olmayaraq, bu, əsrin problemi olaraq yaxın gələcəkdə qarşımıza çıxacaq. Bu mənada internet istifadəçiləri arasında internet asılılığı olan və olmayanların düzgün şəkildə müəyyən edilməsi böyük əhəmiyyət kəsb edir”.

                              Master Defence Successes 

                              On September 21, there were held Master thesis defences by the the English language and Literature Department. The following students defended their Master theses. Rajab Rajabov’s thesis was Translation of phraseological units in the novel “ Jenny Gerhardt” by T. Dreiser. Yegane Aghaeva’s thesis wasPerspectives on Valency  in Azerbaijani and English languages. A comparative approach to strategies for passivization and causation. Arzu Aziziova’s thesis was Socio-literary analysis of Clyde Griffiths as a protagonist image in Theodore Dreiser’s novel “An American Tragedy”. Ulkar Guliyeva’s thesis was The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Stylistic devices and their interpretation into the Azerbaijani language. Gunel Rustamova’s thesis was The problem of war and peace in Ernest Miller Hemingway’s literary works. ValiDa Karimova's thesis was Metaphor in political discourse. The head of the Committee was Baylar Hajiyev, the members of the committee were Eldar Shahgaldiyev, Irada Samadova, Dilbar Zeynalova, Reyhan Madatova, Gulnar Abasova, Jamala Mammadova. M.A. students answered the committee members’ questions during the defence. Upon the whole, thesis defence passed successfully. 

                                  

                              SPRING-2015

                              Conference on "Religions and Secularities in the Caucasus: New Configuration," which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Ilia University 

                              From 1 to 3 June 2015, Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Dr Rashad Huseynov participated at the conference on "Religions and Secularities in the Caucasus: New Configuration," which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, at the Ilia University.The conference, which was organized as part of the EU-supported CASCADE project in collaboration with the ISSICEU project, was dedicated to the reconfiguration of religions and secularism in both North and South Caucasus in more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Dr Huseynov made a presentation on "the role of religious education in strengthening secular traditions in Azerbaijan." He spoke about the current state of religious education in the country, relevant legislation, international experience and existing challenges to religious education at public schools, and made recommendations on possible ways to overcome those challenges. After his presentation, Dr Huseynov answered the questions of conference participants.


                              The Employee of School of Humanities and Social Sciences participated on the "5th International Symposium of Policies and Issues on Teacher Education" 

                              This year the "5th International Symposium of Policies and Issues on Teacher Education" was organized on 30 April-02 May, 2015 in Azerbaijan by the Faculty of Education of Hacettepe University, Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University and the Faculty of Pedagogy of Gafqaz University. At Symposium, the Vice-Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Malak Karimova participated. At Symposium modern education future, education reform, a wide range of problems in this field discussed and also detailed discussions were held on the work to be done in the future.

                               

                              The Employees of School of Humanities and Social Sciences participated on the III International Scientific Conference of Young Researchers Devoted to the 92nd Anniversary of Azerbaijani National Leader Heydar Aliyev, Aprel 17-18, 2015 

                              The Vice-Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Malak Karimova and the Dean assistant ValiDa Karimova participated on the "III International Scientific Conference of Young Researchers" which was held on April 17-18, 2015. The conference aims were to get young people more interested in science, to bring together young researchers and scientists from various universities, centers, and institutions, to share their experiences with others, to analyze the problems they face, to discuss the common problems and provide opportunity to put forward proposals. Research Track. "III International Scientific Conference of Young Researchers" invites authors to submit their papers in the following research areas:

                              • Engineering
                              • Natural Sciences
                              • Economics
                              • Philology
                              • History and Law
                              At the Conference Malak Karimova performed with the thesis “Internet Addiction and ways to measure”. At the end of the conference the participants awarded with certificates.
                               

                              “Depression and Suicide” Writing Competition results 

                              On April 9, 2015, an awards ceremony was held for the “Depression and Suicide” creative writing contest held by the Khazar University Psychology and Consultation Center in collaboration with “Düşüncə” (Thought) Journal. 100 essays were submitted to the contest, and 36 of them were chosen. They were checked by professional specialists in the field. Four individuals were chosen as winners. One of them, Samir Imanov, who is also disabled, was awarded first prize. Then specialists gave information about suicide and depression from psychological, legal and philosophical perspectives. Speeches were made by Elnur Rustemov, family psychologist, Director of the Psychology and Consultation Center, and ANAS researcher; Akif Alizada, lawyer; and Mail Yagub, Head of the Philosophy department. At the end of the event, Prof. Hamlet Isaxanli, founder of Khazar University and Chairman of its Board of Directors and Trustees, spoke about the contest. Ulker Isayeva, Head of the Psychology Department, also spoke at the closing of the ceremony.

                              Training in Legal Education Center 

                              On March 13-15, 2015, the first training event of the new academic year was held at the Khazar University Legal Education Center, established three years ago. The topic of the training was “Human Rights Convention in Europe: General Analysis.” Participants included students majoring in law and international relations from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy and the State Administration Academy of the President of Azerbaijan Republic. The training was led by Konul Gasimova, member of the European Human Rights Association and former lawyer working in the European Court of Human Rights. She analyzed and discussed themes related to Defense of Human Rights and Basic Freedoms according to the European Convention, including “Faithfulness to the Convention” (Section 6), “Signature and Ratification” (Section 7), and “Entry into Force” (Section 10). At the end of the training, participants were given certificates.   

                              Exhibition of Student Art 

                              On December 24-26, a private exhibition of the works of Pari Gazibeyova, first-year student of Khazar University’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was held in the university exhibition hall. Over 20 of Pari’s works were displayed in the exhibition, which was very interesting to students and instructors alike. A decision was made to hold an exhibition of Pari Gazibeyova’s future art as well.

                               
                              The Presetation of Certificates to the Participants of “English Language Methodology” and Thesis-Writing for MA Students Workshop 

                              On December 12 there was held the ceremony of presentation of certificates which was held 3 months at Khazar University with the guests invited from the US Embassy. The teachers of the Department of English Language and Literature, MA students from School of Humanities and Social Sciences also participated alongside with the guests in the ceremony. The ceremony was opened by the trainer of the seminar “English Language Methodology Workshop” Mary Kay Seales. The participants of the ceremony spoke highly about Mary Kay Seales, and the experience and best practices that they had learned during the seminar. The ceremony went on with the speeches of Kelly Cullum, from the department of Cultural Affairs and Zulfiya Shirinova, English Language program coordinator of the US Embassy.  They gave a lot of information about the programs of the US Embassy available for the teachers. At the end the participants were awarded with the certificates.

                              Election for Student Council President 

                              On December 5, an election was held to choose the Khazar University Student Union President. Three candidates competed in the election. According to the results of the voting, Mirzeaga Samadov, third year student of the School of Humanities and Social Science, was elected president of the Student Union with 408 votes. Aziza Jafarly, second year student of the School of Economics and Management, was elected vice president with 185 votes. Professor Hamlet Isaxanli, Founder of Khazar University and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Trustees, congratulated our students who were selected to these important public positions. He wished them success and effective service as part of the Student Council.   

                              Routine Training of Legal Education Center 

                              The Legal Education Center affiliated at Khazar University began its training on “European Human Rights Court: procedures for cases and guaranteed rights”  on October 23 and completed it on October 26.Participants in the training included students majoring in Law and International Relations at Khazar University, Baku State University, the National Aviation Academy, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, and State Administration Academy of the President of the Azerbaijani Republic.The training was led by Konul Gasimova, member of the European Human Rights Association and former lawyer working in the European Court of Human Rights. Topics of “Right to live,” “Right to dignity of personal life and family life,” “freedoms of thought, conscience and religion,” and “conditions for acceptance” according to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms were discussed and analyzed in detail. The training concluded with the presentation of certificates.   

                              Legal Education Center training courses continue 

                              The Khazar University Legal Education Center has been in operation for two years. It began its training courses for the current academic year with a training event on October 23rd. Participants in the training included students from Baku State University, the National Aviation Academy, Azerbaijan State Oil Academy, State Administration Academy of the President of the Azerbaijani Republic, and Khazar University’s own Law and International Relations majors.The training, which is on the topic of “European Human Rights Court: procedures for cases and guaranteed rights,” will continue for three days. Detailed training is given on the topics of “Right to live,” “Right to dignity of personal life and family life,” “freedoms of thought, conscience and religion,” “conditions for acceptance” according to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.The training was led by Konul Gasimova, member of the European Human Rights Association and former lawyer working in the European Court of Human Rights.   

                              Legal Education Center conducts weekly training courses 

                              On June 28, a weekly training on Advocacy Skills was conducted at Khazar University Legal Education Center. Arzu Aliyeva, a member of Azerbaijan Bar Association, talked about Claim Preparation for Appeal and Cassation Instances on Civil Cases. During the training, young lawyers worked on legal documents and developed skills in preparation of claims. 

                              Final Meeting of Staff-Student Consultative Committee of the Department of Political Science and International Relations 

                              On 24 June 2014, the Staff-Student Consultative Committee of the Department of Political Science and International Relations held its final meeting for the current 2013-2014 academic year. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, the Head of the Department, convened and chaired the meeting. Following the approval of the minutes from the previous meeting of the Committee, the elected student representatives of the Committee discussed the progress made on the points raised in the previous meeting. Kamran Mammadov, Anar Qurbanov, Mirzeaga Samadov, Seda Hasanova and Gunel Mammadova suggested new agenda items which were discussed in an open and thorough manner. In conclusion, the student representatives expressed their satisfaction for the opportunity to have a structured forum to discuss their concerns with regard to teaching, learning and student support issues on the departmental level. Dr. Hajizada thanked them for their contribution to the Committee and acknowledged their university service which lasted for one academic year. The new members of the Committee will be elected by the student body of the university in the 2014-2015 academic year.   

                              Master Students Defend Theses 

                              On June 18, 2014, master’s students of Khazar University School of Humanities and Social Sciences Xandra Marshall and Sehon Marshall defended their theses on the following topics:1.      Xandra Marshall – “The Impact of Globalization in the culture of Saint Vincent and Grenadines” (supervisor Kanan Allahverdiyev);2.      Sehon Marshall – “Regionalism in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States” (supervisor Kanan Allahverdiyev).The Defense Council approved both works and recommended them to the university’s Academic Council for further endorsement.    

                              Khazar Students at Event in Sweden 

                              On June 1-9, a cultural event for youth took place in Viksjöfors, Sweden as part of the European Union Youth in Action program. Young adults from Azerbaijan, Sweden, Belarus, Cyprus, Latvia, Slovakia, the Ukraine, and Armenia participated. The group representing the Azerbaijan Republic at the event was organized by the Legal Analysis and Research Public Union and included the following Khazar University students: Miragha Baghirov, Rugangiz Asgarova, and Isfandiyar Safarov from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Musa Abdullayev from the School of Economics and Management. The students performed national dances and musical numbers at the event, demonstrating Azerbaijani culture to the other participants. Helena Ehrstand, the project leader, and Matilda Norling Person, the head coordinator, said that they appreciated the performances of the Azerbaijani representatives. Helena Ehrstand said, “I have been coordinating this project for several years now, but I have never seen such a lively music and dance performance as that of the Azerbaijani representatives. This is a great novelty for us. I hope that we will be able to continue our partnership with you.” At the end of the event, the students were awarded certificates.    

                              Khazar University Legal Education Center holds Weekly Training Courses 

                              On May 31, a training on Advocacy Skills was conducted at Khazar University Legal Education Center. Natavan Rustamova, a member of Azerbaijan Bar Association, talked about Client interviewing and Counseling as practical skills of an attorney. The training session was aimed at improving practical skills of young lawyers. The course provided participants with a basic model for interviewing and counseling, and exposed them to the kinds of problems and ethical issues that can arise in counseling clients. Young lawyers also had an opportunity to work on cases.


                              Khazar University Legal Education Center Launches Advocacy Skills training 

                              On May 24, the first training on Advocacy Skills was conducted at Khazar University Legal Education Center. Akif Alizade, lecturer at Khazar University and a member of Azerbaijan Bar Association, talked about the General Rules and Legal Basis of Advocacy activity in Azerbaijan.This time, 40 applicants applied for the program.  Given the quality of applications, the process of selecting a limited number of lawyers was difficult. As a result of the two-stage selection process (application and interview), 9 applications were selected based on their academic and practical qualifications. The program will continue for several months and is free. During the program the lawyers will learn skills both theoretically, through readings and discussions, and experientially, through demonstrations, exercises, stimulations, and writing assignments. 

                              Roundtable on Azerbaijan and Islam in an Era of Globalization 

                              The Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, in collaboration with the Baku office of the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA), organized a roundtable to discuss Azerbaijan and Islam in an Era of Globalization. Dr. Mukhtar Hajizada, who chaired the event, gave an opening speech in which he mentioned the role of religion in Azerbaijan and how it had an impact on the history, culture and lifestyle of the country. The first speaker, Dr. Elnura Azizova of Khazar University, gave a presentation on the arrival of Islam in Azerbaijan in the 7th century. Dr. Adeline Braux, a researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies, shared her research findings on the religious life of the Azerbaijani community in Moscow. Dr. Mohamed-Ali Adraoui, who is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, spoke about political Islam in the contemporary world and informed the audience about Salafi trends. Dr. Anar Valiev, the dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at ADA University, talked about the role of Islam in Azerbaijan in the period after the country regained its independence. After the question and answer session, a discussion was carried out over tea and refreshments encouraging the audience to interact directly with the speakers.


                              64th Anniversary of Europe Day Celebrated 

                              The Department of Political Science and International Relations at Khazar University, in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Azerbaijan, organized an event to celebrate Europe Day. This day, also known as Schuman Day, is observed across Europe to celebrate the historic Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950. At the event, Dr. Olaf Heidelbach, the project manager at the Delegation, first delivered a presentation on the origins of the European Union, its foundation and its function today. Following the presentation, a discussion was held on a wide range of issues relating to the European integration as well as European Union- Azerbaijan relations which brought together both staff and the student body of the university.


                              "Judaism: Beliefs and Worldview" 

                              On May 8, as organized by the Department of Eastern Languages and Religious Studies of Khazar University, an event entitled” Judaism: beliefs and worldview" was held as part of the "experience of living together" series. Opening the event, Head of the Department Dr. Elnura Azizova noted that various programs to promote and study of world religions have been implemented at Khazar University in order to recognize and understand diversity. Then, students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences gave information about the structure of Judaism, faith, worship, morality, and the public. Chairman of the Ashkenazi Jewish community in Azerbaijan, Ravvin Shneor, spoke about the history of Judaism and the Jewish community to the students, and answered students’ questions related to Judaism.

                              "Christianity: Belief and Worldview" Event
                               

                              On May 1, as organized by the Khazar University Department of Eastern Languages and Religious Studies, an event in the "Experience of Living Together" series entitled "Christianity: belief and worldview" was held.At the opening of the event, Dr. Elnura Azizova, head of the department, said that Azerbaijan is a region where Christians and members of other religions have lived together throughout history, and this important tradition continues here.Then, students of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences made presentations about the establishment, dissemination, faith, worship and moral system of Christianity and its current state. Robert Mobili, Albanian-Udi community leader, presented a slide show about the history and current state of the Albanian-Udi Church, which is the oldest representative of Christianity. At the end of the event, students’ questions about Christianity and the Albanian-Udi church were answered.


                              Legal Education Center Organizes Mock Trial 

                              4-month training courses on Human Rights have been completed at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation (ALC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the framework of the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. On April 12, the participants of the “Human Rights” training course simulated a mock trial on a Human Rights under the supervision of Akif Alizade, Khazar University lecturer and a member of Azerbaijan Bar Association.In accordance with the agenda, the court simulation started with the opening statements of the parties, victim testimony, and witness presentation. It concluded with closing arguments, jury deliberation, verdict and judgement. The jury was composed of 10 persons including students, Legal Education Center staff and a representative from ALC.At the end, participants held discussions at the Legal Education Center and expressed their gratitude to Khazar University, especially to the Center staff, for organizing the event.   

                              Seminar on "Human Rights, Freedom of Religion and Islam" 

                              On March 31, as organized by the Department of Eastern Languages and Religious Studies, a seminar on "Human rights, freedom of religion and Islam" was held at Khazar University. Dr.  Elnura Azizova, head of the department, opened the event, stating that the issue of human rights and religious freedom has been discussed in a variety of different domains in the context of Islam in recent years and is becoming increasingly more important.Then Elnura Azizova reported on "Analysis of the concept of freedom of religion in Islamic human rights declarations,” Dr. Ali Bulut (Suleyman Demirel University, Turkey) reported on "Overview of the Qur'an in the context of human rights,” Dr. Elmin Aliyev (Khazar University) reported on "Freedom of thought in Islam in the context of science and philosophy," and  theologian Salih Kazımov (BSU) reported on "The attitude of Islam toward the members of other religions.” After the lectures, reports were discussed with the participation of employees of the university Dr. Mayıl Yagubov, Jabir Mammadov, Dr. Zivar Huseynova, and students.

                               
                              The Legal Education Center launches weekly training courses on Human Rights 

                              On March 15, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training were students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Arif Aliyev, Chairman of the “New Generation” The Union of Journalists, talked about “Freedom of Expression and Media Rights”.


                              The Legal Education Center launches weekly training courses on Human Rights 

                              On March 8, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training were students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Mehriban Zeynalova, Chairman of the “Clean World” Social Cohesion, talked about “Women’s Rights”.


                              Khazar Student Receives Certificate from White House 

                              On March 5th, 2014, Miragha Baghirov, first-year student of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences took first place in the "Portrait of Khojaly Massacre” contest and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Administration of International Relations of the White House, Washington, DC.M. Baghirov created a picture which showed a one-year-old child saying "This year I might celebrate my 22nd birthday. But I'm not here.” For several hours, this picture was shown in the news feed of the White House website. Khazar University appreciates Miragha Baghirov’s patriotism and congratulates him for this success.

                              Weekly Training at Khazar University Legal Education Center 

                              On March 1, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training were students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Nazir Guliyev, Chairman of the “World of Law” Legal Promotion Public Union, talked about Children’s Rights.


                              Weekly training at Khazar University Legal Education Center 

                              On February 22, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training are students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Ramil Iskandarli, Chief of Party at “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project, led a training on Human Rights and Business.


                              Legal Education Center Conducted Training on Anti- Corruption Legislation and Human Rights 

                              On February 9, Khazar University Legal Education Center conducted a 1-day training course on Anti-Corruption Legislation and Human Rights.  During the training, the legal definition of corruption, its causes and consequences were discussed. Anti-Corruption legislation in Azerbaijan and its implementation as well as International Organizations working on transparency issues were introduced in the training. The participants were also given an opportunity to analyze cases on best international practices of various countries. The participants of the training were students of Khazar University, National Aviation Academy, the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Police Academy and legal practitioners. The training was led by Seljan Mammadli, who earned her LL.M. degree from Ohio Northern University, USA, in 2005. She works as a legal counsel at Karasu Operating Company (Global Energy Azerbaijan). She is also a PhD student at Baku State University.At the end of the training, the participants were awarded certificates.


                              Weekly training at Khazar University Legal Education Center 

                              On February 8, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training are students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Ramil Iskandarli, Chief of Party at “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project, led a training on the Rights of the Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

                              Legal Education Center Conducts Seminar 

                              On February 6, Khazar University Legal Education Center organized a seminar on the Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights. Students of Khazar University, Baku State University, and the Aviation Academy attended the seminar. The event was led by Konul Gasimova, expert on European Human Rights. Konul Gasimova previously worked in the European Court of Human Rights as a lawyer.

                              Legal Education Center conducts training on Legal Writing and Analysis 

                              On February 1-2, Khazar University Legal Education Center conducted a 2-day training course on Legal Writing and Analysis.  The aim of the training was to develop key lawyering skills in law students and young lawyers such as analyzing facts, objective and persuasive legal writing, and drafting legal documents.
                              The training was led by Altay Mustafayev, who earned his LL.M. degree from the University of Washington School of Law (Seattle, USA) within the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program in 2005. He is of counsel in Baker & McKenzie's Baku office. He is also a member of both the Collegium of Advocates in Azerbaijan and New York Bar Association.At the end of the training, the participants were awarded certificates.

                              Legal Education Center hosts a judge of the Constitutional Court of Azerbaijan 

                              On January 18, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams.  The participants of the training are students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Jeyhun Garajayev, a judge of the Constitutional Court, delivered a lecture on “Court and constitutional control mechanism in the implementation of Human Rights.”

                              Legal Education Center Hosts Disability Law Expert 

                              On January 11, weekly training courses were held at Khazar University Legal Education Center, established with the support of Azerbaijan Lawyers Confederation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) within the “Azerbaijan Rights Consortium” project. The center provides training courses on Human Rights to law students and prepares young lawyers who wish to participate in Bar Admission Exams. The participants of the training are students from Khazar University, Baku State University, National Aviation Academy and the Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. During the training, Elnur Eyvazov, expert on Disability Rights, delivered a lecture on “Implementation Mechanism of Disability Rights.” Elnur Eyvazov is a blind lawyer who earned three master's degrees in law from the prestigious Cambridge, Oxford and Columbia universities.  He worked for J.P. Morgan Chase investment bank. He currently works as a lecturer at Azerbaijan Diplo