The Economist on Higher Education in Turkey:
Bilkent Is One of the Best
highly respected British journal The Economist published a special
report on Turkey in its 19 March 2005 issue. The report covers a number
of issues, from Turkey's EU candidacy to its economic situation, and
also discusses education in Turkey. It notes that while there are
problems in primary and secondary schools, there have also been
substantial improvements in the country's education system overall, with
the greatest advances having been made in higher education. The article
mentions in particular the founding of private universities that offer
high-quality education in English, and cites Bilkent University and
Sabancı University as examples.
The Economist goes on to say the following about Bilkent: One of
the best is Bilkent University, founded in 1984 on a vast site just
outside Ankara and backed by a large family-owned conglomerate that
built, among other things, Istanbul's huge new international airport.
Students in Turkey sit a nationwide university entrance exam and are
ranked on their performance. Of the top 100 students in the rankings
last year, 34 choose to go to Bilkent."
Tourism Students Host Birthday Party for Prof. Doğramacı
On the occasion of Professor İhsan Doğramacı's 90th birthday, the
Tourism Departments, in cooperation with the Bilkent Hotel, organized a
birthday celebration on April 4. Bilkent Hotel Chef Ekrem
Sarpkaya created a special menu for the occasion. The kitchen crew,
under his direction, and the students, supervised by Chef Instructor
Wolfgang Schmelcher, prepared the food. The service for nearly 200
guests was superbly handled by the students, under the supervision of
Service Instructor Ali Ünal.
Radio Bilkent: A New Look
A Chance to See What You Hear!
Radio Bilkent is opening a new studio to bring its programming closer to
you, the listeners! For four hours each weekday, your campus radio
station will broadcast from a location next to the Kıraç Restaurant.
Formerly a store, the new studio space has large windows that will let
us see our DJs live in front of the mike. The studio will be named in
memory of former Radio Bilkent DJ Orçun Gül, and its broadcasts will
begin three weeks from now.
The new location is in an area where large numbers of students pass by
every day. Soon, while you're taking a break between classes or having
lunch, you'll be able to check out what's happening in the Radio Bilkent
studio. It will be more fun than ever to make a request, since you can
actually watch the DJ put the disk on the turntable. When Bilkent
faculty members or celebrity guests appear on Radio Bilkent programs,
you'll be able to see them as well.
Radio Bilkent's public relations director Irmak Tosun (IR/IV) noted that
besides watching and listening, students will also be able to get more
involved in their radio station. Both in its new studio and in its main
location on the fifth floor of the Engineering Building (where regular
broadcasting will continue to take place), Radio Bilkent will open its
doors to those who are interested in knowing more about radio
broadcasting and being a DJ. The station will offer workshops following
the programs at the new studio, and will also give students the
opportunity to speak on the air and announce their own requests.
These innovations will be an important step for Radio Bilkent and, it is
hoped, a great experience for students as well. By bringing Radio
Bilkent closer to daily life on campus, the Orçun Gül Studio will also
bring Bilkent campus life closer to the Ankara audience.
On Sundays from noon to 1 p.m., Professor Mustafa Pýnar hosts a new
program on Radio Bilkent for those who enjoy classical music. During the
hour, he discusses various aspects of classical music and plays selected
Prof. Pınar talked to Bilkent News about his new program and his
interest in music. He said that he has a collection of 400 classical
music CDs, which he has acquired over a period of 12 years, and also
subscribes to several international classical music magazines.
"My aim is to share my personal collection with fellow classical music
lovers," he explained.
"With this idea in mind, I submitted a program proposal to Radio
Bilkent. After that, I received training in programming, announcing and
technical matters at the station. I'm still learning!" He also noted
that the pieces played on the program consist entirely of recordings
from his collection, which he selects for the broadcasts.
This month's programs will feature the following works/selections:
Sunday, April 10
Cesar Franck: Piano Quintet; movement from the Symphony in D minor;
Pastorale for organ, op. 19
Sunday, April 17
Hector Berlioz: selections from the vocal work "La damnation de Faust"
Sunday, April 24
Franz Schubert: selections from the song cycle "Winterreise"
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