‘As a UT member of Turkish origin, I am asking for solidarity and attention from the UT family to help the region and the earthquake victims. I am also asking for empathy and support for the UT staff and students from the affected region,’ writes Canan Acar (Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Engineering Technology) in this opinion piece.
‘In the right place, at the right time’ almost never applies to earthquakes. Nevertheless, ITC professor Mark van der Meijde uses this expression when he talks about an earthquake that happened earlier this year in Botswana. It confirmed exactly what his colleagues and he suspected: the African soil is completely unlike what scientists have always believed it to be – which can have major consequences for the continent.