A Successful Period From KMU Despite Kovid-19
Although Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University (KMU) had an education period without its students due to the pandemic in 2020, it left behind another successful year, especially with the academic and institutional developments.
An Effective Fight Against Coronavirus Has Been Displayed
With the coronavirus epidemic, which created panic in the world in the first months of 2020, in our country, the Institutional Coordination Board was established in KMU to prevent the spread of the epidemic, and an effective fight was initiated against the epidemic. In March, with the decision of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), in order to prevent the epidemic, education and training at universities were suspended and distance education was initiated. Since then, the Distance Education Center (UZEM) has provided students with online classes. During this process, continuous information was provided to university students and staff, both on the official website, e-mail, message system and social media accounts. In addition, areas open to public use such as the university's central library and swimming pool have been closed for a while as a precaution. In addition to the disinfection works carried out in the units within the framework of the measures, hand disinfectants were placed in the areas frequently used by the staff and students, and the fight against the epidemic was effectively managed individually and institutionally.
A protocol was also signed with the Karaman Provincial Health Directorate for an effective fight against Kovid-19 in the province. Within the scope of the protocol, in order to perform Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests in order to perform Kovid-19 diagnosis and diagnosis procedures in Karaman, the devices and physical areas in the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Research Laboratory within KMU Scientific and Technological Researches Application and Research Center (BİLTEM) and started to operate in coordination with Research Hospital Microbiology Laboratory. In addition, the production of "Face Protective Transparent Visor" for healthcare workers in Karaman was started by the 3D Support Team, which was formed by many academicians from KMU Engineering Faculty. The first Face Protective Transparent Visors produced by 3D printers in the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Laboratory of the Engineering Faculty were delivered to the Karaman Provincial Health Directorate for the use of healthcare professionals. While production was not interrupted during the pandemic, transparent visors were donated to healthcare workers as well as Police and Municipality employees.
New Academic Units Opened
Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University continued its academic growth in 2020 without slowing down. The School of Physical Education and Sports within KMU was closed and the Faculty of Sports Sciences was established instead. Thus, the number of faculties in KMU increased from 10 to 11. In addition, while Uysal and Hasan Kalan Health Services Vocational School, whose foundations were laid in Ermenek in 2018 under Karamanoğlu Mehmetbey University, was established with the decision of the Official Gazette, Ahmet Keleşoğlu Faculty of Dentistry took its first students