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Dear friends,

Recreation covers activities chosen and pursued by the individual voluntarily in his/her leisure time. The recreation refers to the act of recreating or the state of being recreated through experiences or activities done voluntarily for well being, amusement, enjoyment and self satisfaction by individuals in their leisure time that they have after fulfilling their work and other obligations.

The function of freedom is very crucial in the aspect of recreation. People carry out their work and other obligations required for living. Due to these obligations and liabilities they have become the slaves of time. The set of recreational activities that people do during their leisure time provide them with opportunities to rule over the time, to realize their own potentials, to uncover the hidden energy within them and use it creatively; in brief, they find the opportunity for self-realization.

The Basic goal of the Department of Recreation is to provide the students with broad professional knowledge regarding recreation management through the interaction of sports and health and produce recreation instructors equipped with the highest professional knowledge, as well as social and ethical values. The Department of Creation is committed to graduating instructors who are self confident, respectful and equipped with versatile thinking skills and who are able to follow the contemporary and global technological developments, and who believe in that professional development can be learned at any age.

Our mission is to make people of our country aware of the crucial role of the recreation science on academic and social life, and to lead the way to make up the lacks in this field by providing educational opportunities aiming at producing competent recreation instructors who are virtuous, participative, creative, devoted to ethical values, and respectful for human rights and equipped with teaching and communication skills and adequate knowledge regarding various sports branches, recreation management, education sciences, and as well as health sciences.

The Department of Recreation is devoted to contributing the development of recreation science and applications in the areas where recreation is required. The Department of Recreation has established its vision as to be the driving force to create a healthy and energetic society through steadfast commitment.

Why to choose the Department of Recreation?

Because there is a need for

  • recreation therapists who are equipped with adequate professional knowledge and skills
  • leaders who are able to plan and manage the recreation therapy activities aiming the reintegration of handicapped individuals into the society
  • expert individuals to be employed by health and rehabilitation centers in public and private sector
  • managers and working staff to meet the requirements of health clubs and fitness centers
  • professional guides in the field of sports, health and nature tourism
  • academic staff, who have a holistic approach at scientific dimension, to be employed at the recreation departments of physical education
  • leaders who are able to contribute to diverse groups of the society for improving the quality of life
  • Consequently, the graduates of the department of recreation always have opportunities to be employed in health and sports tourism facilities, various social facilities, hotels and resorts, summer sports schools within higher education institutions and universities, various institutions and organizations engaged in socio-cultural recreation and animation activities, rehabilitation centers, private education institutions, the directorates of health, sports and culture offices of the universities, physical education units, sports facilities and federations, local administrations, and the General Directorate of Youth and Sports.

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