History of University Logo

We, students enrolling in the 1963-1964 Academic Year, probably take a slightly different proud in being the first students of Hacettepe University...

We had our doubts thirty years ago when we first set foot on the premises of the Institute of Health Sciences, today it is the Faculty of Medicine, which was one of the nucleus institutions that were going to be chartered as Hacettepe University later.

As a matter of fact, Hacettepe did not give confidence to any of us with its academic personnel of three professors, one is Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı, and15-20 young idealist doctors and its unsound buildings. However, soon we found that there was an indescribable sincerity and connection between the students and the teachers, which provided the reassurance we all looked for.

Hacettepe was growing and evolving with us, and we were the true witnesses of this rapid and enormous development... Soon the Institute of Health Sciences became the Faculty of Medicine, and eventually Hacettepe University was founded... But we had a problem; we still did not have a university logo...

It was 1967. One day, Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı approached me and asked me to design a logo for the university in three days... However, I had a lot weight on my shoulders those days due to my upcoming exams, and needed a free mind and more time for such a serious work. But there was no turning back once Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı asked something to be done.

I thought of the deer logo I drew for the Theater Club one year ago. The logo represented the Hittites in the Theater Club and the letters “H” and “T” for Hacettepe. In no time, I drew the logo more properly and submitted it to Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı.

Soon the logo was anonymously accepted as the university logo at the Senate Meeting, a fact that I could not quite understand back in those days. But as Hacettepe University developed every day, I realized that it was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me... Moreover, I was honored that Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı asked me to design a logo for Hacettepe University, as he knew well-known and talented artists who could very well assume the responsibility. But he wanted the logo of the university which he founded out of thin air with great efforts to be done by a student of that very university.

I saw the pride and joy Prof. Dr. İhsan Doğramacı took in this during the Logo Ceremony when I was presented a big bronze medallion... One side of the medallion reads “To Yücel Tanveri for winning the Hacettepe University Logo Contest…” and, under that, there is an open book and a burning candle, and the writing "Hacettepe University, 1967". On the other side of the medallion, there is the Hacettepe University Logo and the University Motto "TO THE LEADING EDGE… TOWARD BEING THE BEST...".

Today, I am proud to witness that Hacettepe University goes "To the Leading Edge" and "Toward Being the Best" with every achievement, every progress and every success... Although I am currently working at another university, I believe I have the right to take pride in the success of the University...

Here, I kindly express my deepest gratitude and respects to those who founded and developed this science house together with only a bunch of young idealists with great efforts fighting against many difficulties day and night, and to those who will take it "To the Leading Edge" and "Toward Being the Best"...

Prof. Dr. Yücel TANYERİ
Ondokuz Mayıs University Faculty of Medicine

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