Prof. Dr. Cemal Yıldız

Prof. Cemal Yıldız, was born in Düzce in 1964, completed his primary education in Düzce and his secondary education in Bolu and Germany. After graduating from Istanbul University, Faculty of Letters, Department of German Language and Literature in 1988, he started to work as a research assistant at the Department of German Language Education of Atatürk Education Faculty at Marmara University in 1989. He obtained his master's degree in 1992 and his doctorate degree in 1994 from the same university. Prof. Yıldız received the title of assistant professor in 1996 and that of associate professor in 1998 and became a professor in 2004. He has taught courses in Language Acquisition, Foreign Language Teaching Methods, Linguistics and Textlinguistics at both undergraduate and graduate levels at Marmara University and Yeditepe University. Prof. Cemal Yıldız, who on a German DAAD scholarship conducted research related to his doctorate field at Duisburg and Bochum-Ruhr Universities in Germany in the years between 1992 and 1993 and undertook research into linguistics, foreign language and mother tongue teaching at Ruhr, Duisburg, Koblenz, Frankfurt, Berlin and Weingarten Pedagogical Universities of Germany for short periods in the years: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2011, has several articles and papers published in international and national journals on linguistics, textlinguistics, language acquisition, foreign language and mother tongue teaching. He served as the Director of School of Foreign Languages at Marmara University in 2014 and as the Education Counselor of the Berlin Embassy of the Turkish Republic in the years between 2014 and 2021. As of August 2012, he served as the General Manager of Higher Education and Foreign Education until June 2022, and then he was appointed as the Rector of the Turkish-German University in June 2022. Prof. Cemal Yıldız can speak German and English. He is married and has two children.


Prof. Dr. Aysel Uzuntaş

Prof. Dr. Aysel Uzuntaş
 studied German Language Teaching at Marmara University between 1991 and 1995. She completed her Master's degree in German Language Teaching in 1998 and received her doctorate in Turkology from Marmara University in 2004 on "Reflexivity and Reflexive Verbs in Turkish in Comparison with German". She obtained the title of Associate Professor in Linguistics in 2012. She had research stays as a DAAD scholarship holder at the University of Passau, Chair of German Linguistics; at the Freiburg University of Education, Institute for German Language and Literature; at the Institute for German Language (IDS) Mannheim and at the University of Bielefeld, Institute for German as a Foreign Language. Between 1996 and 2016 she worked at Marmara University at the department of German Language Teaching first as research assistant, then as an Associate Professor. In 2016, she moved to Turkish-German University, Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences, Department of Cultural and Communication Studies. She was appointed as Professor in Cultural Studies in 2018. In the 2019 summer semester, she was a visiting professor in German as a foreign language at Bielefeld University as part of the Harald Weinrich Visiting Chair. She was the head of the School of Foreign Languages at Turkish-German University between 2013-2022. Between 2018 and 2021, she served as the Dean of the Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences. Since 2016, she has been the Head of the Department of Cultural Studies. Since 2019, she has been the programme director of the MA programme German as a Foreign Language at Turkish-German University. She has been vice rector of the Turkish-German University since June 2022. Her research interests include contrastive linguistics (Turkish-German), intercultural communication, German-Turkish bilingualism, foreign language mediation.


Prof. Dr. Hamide Özden Özkaya Ferendeci

Prof. Hamide Özden Özkaya Ferendeci was born in Cologne in 1973. She completed her primary education in Germany. She continued her secondary and high school education at Istanbul German High School, and she graduated in 1991. In the same year, she started to study translation (Turkish, German, Arabic) at Bonn University in Germany. Nevertheless, she transferred to the Faculty of Law in 1992. She was entitled to sit the I. State Examination in 1996. She successfully passed the State Examination I at the Cologne Higher Regional Court in April 1997. She graduated in February 2000 at the State Ministry of Justice of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf by passing the 2nd State Examination. Upon successful completion of equivalency courses at Faculty of Law at Istanbul University in 2003, she received her graduation certificate. She finished a PhD at Social Sciences Institute at Marmara University in December 2007 unanimously. She was unanimously awarded the title of Associate Professor in 2014 and that of Professor in 2019. Prof. Özkaya Ferendeci, the Head of the Department of Civil Procedure and Enforcement-Bankruptcy Law at Turkish-German University, began to serve as the Vice-Rector of Turkish-German University in June 2022.

Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz

After completing his secondary and high school education at Istanbul Boys' High School, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz started his undergraduate education in the Department of Computer Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1986. Following his undergraduate education, he started to work as a research assistant in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Computer Engineering at Yıldız Technical University in 1990. Upon obtaining his master's degree with his thesis on computer networks, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz completed his doctorate in 1999 with a thesis on embedded and real-time systems and received the title of doctorate. During his assistant professorship and associate professorship, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz, who began his career as an assistant professor right after his doctorate degree, conducted a high number of graduate and doctoral theses as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of Operating Systems, Computer Network Technologies and Information Systems Security. Besides carrying out research and teaching activities Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz assumed administrative duties concerning the head of the department, member of the faculty board. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz provided effective support in the fields of establishing, developing and improving research and development infrastructures throughout the university with the activities he conducted within the scope of the Information Processing Department, Information Processing Coordinatorship. Performing periodic duties in TÜBİTAK's committees regarding his fields of study, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz was appointed as a professor in Turkish-German University Faculty of Engineering, Computer Engineering Hardware Department in 2021. Appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in the same year, Prof. Dr. A. Gökhan Yavuz took office in August 2022 as the Vice-Chancellor of Turkish-German University.


Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay

Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay was appointed as the “General Coordinator” of the Turkish-German University on January 1, 2022 by the “K-TDU” Consortium supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
Having completed his high school education in Istanbul and Germany, Küçükay received his master’s education in mechanical engineering, his doctorate degree and the title of associate professor at Munich Technical University. He held various managerial positions in the R&D department of BMW automobile company in Munich for 12 years. He was subsequently appointed as a professor at the Technical University of Braunschweig. He assumed the responsibility as the President of the Institute of Vehicle Technology, the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and the founding board member of the Saxony State Scientific Automotive Research Center (NFF).
Apart from Germany and various European countries, Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay worked as an industry and technology consultant especially in the USA, China and Japan. Presiding over international congresses and managing more than 80 doctoral studies, Prof. Dr. Ferit Küçükay has 4 books, more than 400 articles and consultancy, membership and chairmanship in many international journals and research institutions, including the chairman of the advisory council of TÜV Nord Automotive group.

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