We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Ersin Arıoğlu
We are deeply sorry for the loss of our esteemed elder, great engineer, valuable business person Dr. Ersin ARIOĞLU, the Founding Partner and Honorary President of Yapı Merkezi and Founding Partner of Irmak Schools,.
We wish our condolences to all his family.
Who is ERSİN ARIOĞLU?
Dr. Ersin ARIOĞLU’s Biography:
Chairman of the Board of Yapı Merkezi Holding
Arıoğlu was born in 1940 in Istanbul. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1963 as a Civil Engineer. Until 1969, he continued his academic life as a lecturer and assistant in the department of building statics of the same faculty.
Arıoğlu founded Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi A.Ş. in Istanbul in 1965. He was the President of this company from 1969 until November 2002. In November 2002, he was elected to the Turkish Grand National Assembly as a member of parliament. Since July 2007, he has been serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yapı Merkezi Holding A.Ş.
As the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Arıoğlu managed 12 companies, 10 of which are national and two of which are international organizations, active in the fields of research and development, engineering, design and consultancy, general construction contracting, education, industry and production. Yapı Merkezi Construction Company, the parent company, has been working as a consultant / designer or construction contractor in Turkey and abroad to date, from industrial facilities, mass housing, production facilities and factories, commercial buildings, tunnels, bridges, transportation systems and highways to energy facilities, water supply structures. has realized approximately 40 million square meters of construction, ranging from restoration and reinforcement of historical buildings to buildings for various services.
Arıoğlu’s fields of expertise include civil engineering, concrete technologies, construction methods, transportation systems and structures, earthquake engineering, repair and reinforcement of structures, and rail systems. Management expertise is in the fields of project development, financing, investment and implementation in projects, and added value creation in civil engineering.
Arıoğlu’s fields of expertise include civil engineering, concrete technologies, construction methods, transportation systems and structures, earthquake engineering, repair and reinforcement of structures, and rail systems. Management expertise is in the fields of project development, financing, investment, and implementation in projects, and added value creation in civil engineering. Arıoğlu has more than 80 articles published in various domestic and international technical journals, an important part of which is on concrete technologies, earthquake engineering, transportation systems and construction methods, quality management, science centers, education, and information processing techniques. He is also the author of a book on structural dynamics. He has also edited two industry catalogs and several symposia. Organized and coordinated various congresses, symposiums, panels, and conferences in the country and internationally (for technical and business circles); served as a member of the committees responsible for these activities or as a technical or administrative chairman.
Arıoğlu was recognized with medals and special certificates for his contributions in various fields and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree. He was the President of the Istanbul Science Center Foundation between 1995-2002. He was appointed as the Istanbul Honorary Consul of the Republic of Slovenia in 1996. He served on the Board of the International Crisis Group between 1997-2008. In 1997, Marmara University Faculty of Engineering was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for its leadership in improving quality in civil engineering and promoting the idea of science centers in Turkey. In November 2002, he was elected as a deputy from the Republican People’s Party to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, representing Istanbul. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Acıbadem University between 2008-2012. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Beyaz Nokta Gelişim Foundation since 2008. Arıoğlu has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Turkish Contractors Association and the Chairman of the Ethics Committee since 2011.Arıoğlu was awarded the most prestigious “Silver Honorary Order of the Republic of Slovenia” given to foreigners by the President of Slovenia in 2004, in recognition of his valuable services to the development of economic cooperation between Slovenia and Turkey.
Arıoğlu’s biography Who is Who in the World 1981, 1983, 1997; Men of Achievement, 1984 International Book of Honor 1985; It is available in the publications named Who is Who in Turkey 1987, 1992, 1998.Dr. Arıoğlu was married and had four children and nine grandchildren.
Ersin Arıoğlu, Founding Partner of NEKAŞ- Nitelikli Eğitim Kurumları A.Ş. and Irmak Schools. Arıoğlu was a very valuable manager, educator and idealist person who devoted his life to science and education.In his speech at the opening ceremony of Irmak Schools in 1995, he addressed the guests as follows:
“We all sense and know that the Earth is on the threshold of a brand-new civilization. The most important element for this new civilization is now “knowledge and the speed of production of knowledge”. It has been understood that creating a cleaner world, more peace and more human happiness can only be achieved with more information that axis people. Soon, countries will be respected in proportion to their contributions to world knowledge and will be able to obtain the right to live happily at this rate. Our beautiful Turkey, which says “peace at home, peace in the world”, is in the pangs of integration with the modern world within the principles of pluralist democracy. Turkish National Education strives to raise people who are good citizens, original thinkers, adopting national cultural values - cultural identity and profession, with all its might and to the extent of its possibilities.
However, the inadequacies observed in the teaching staff, physical space, equipment, education program, textbooks and family-school cooperation negatively affect the quality of our National Education. Besides, the changing world conditions and the qualities of the new civilization that is coming make the human profile targeted by our National Education insufficient. Developing communication skills of new generations in the first steps of their education; It is necessary to learn to work and produce as a team. The new generation must be adept at problem solving, self-expression, using tools, and planning new tools. We, as IRMAK, believe that every human being is a unique being and is born equipped with the abilities of “surviving – earning – developing”. The teaching of the great Atatürk is a light for us on this subject. Atatürk says, “The method to be applied in education and training is to turn knowledge into a practical and possible tool that ensures success in material life, rather than being an ornament, a tool of domination or a civilized pleasure.”
For these reasons and principles; in IRMAK Primary Education Institution, great importance will be attached to knowledge that does not require memorization, the production of new information, problem solving methods, the qualities of the new world civilization, contributions to these qualities, exports, art, competition, human happiness, sports and self-expression. The aim of our institution is to serve the Turkish National Education by raising “happy and strong Turkish youth who are skilled in earning and improving their lives, responsible for their society and age”.
We commemorate Dr. Ersin Arıoğlu with gratitude and love for his contribution to our school and our country.