Özbays Descartes Science Award Recognized by TÜBİTAK
In December 2005, Prof.
Ekmel Özbay, Director of the Bilkent Nanotechnology Research Center,
became the first Turkish researcher to win the European Union's
prestigious Descartes Science Award. In recognition of this achievement,
Prof. Özbay received a special plaque from the Turkish Scientific and
Technological Council's (TÜBİTAK) acting president, Prof. Nuket Yetiş,
at a ceremony that took place at TÜBİTAK's Feza Gürsey Conference Hall
on December 28, 2005. (Continued)
Prof. Orhan Güvenen Appointed to the UIS Governing Board
Prof. Orhan Güvenen, Chair of the Department of Accounting
Information Systems and Director of the Institute of World Systems,
Economies and Strategic Research, has been elected by the UNESCO General
Conference and appointed by the UNESCO Director General to be a member
of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the statistical
branch of the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and
Culture (UNESCO). It was established in 1999 in order to reform UNESCO's
The institute aims to gather a wide range of high-quality
information to help member states analyze the effectiveness of their
programs and make informed policy decisions, and to interpret and report
on the global situation with regard to education, science and technology,
culture and communication.
We would like to congratulate Prof. Güvenen on his
Bilkents Journal of Turkish Literature
Brings Out Second Issue
The second issue of The Journal of Turkish
Literature has recently been published. The Journal, inaugurated a year
ago, is an annual publication and the first and only scholarly journal
in English devoted in its entirety to Turkish literature.
The current issue contains several
important studies. Its main feature is a 60-page article, "The Poet and
the Patron: A Sociological Treatise Upon the Patrimonial State and the
Arts" by Prof. Halil İnalcık, known around the world as the doyen of
Ottoman historians. (Continued)
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Former President Süleyman Demirel Visits Bilkent
On Wednesday, December 21,
2005, former President Süleyman Demirel came to Bilkent to give a guest
lecture in Prof. Metin Heper's Political Science 601 class. President
Demirel was accompanied by Rector Ali Doğramacı. The visit also included
a luncheon hosted by Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of
the University İhsan Doğramacı. In addition to President Demirel, guests
included Ekrem Ceyhun, who served as a minister in Demirel cabinets,
Başkent University Rector Mehmet Haberal, Prof. Ali Doğramacı, Prof.
Heper and the POLS 601 students.
During the 2003 and 2004
fall semesters, Prof. Heper's Ph.D. students
also had the opportunity to meet President Demirel, at his office in
downtown Ankara. In fall 2004, Prof. Heper and his Ph.D students met
with former Prime Minister Bülent Ecevit as well.
As of 2005, Bilkent
University began issuing "Diploma Supplements" along with its diplomas.
A Diploma Supplement will be awarded to each graduate, except graduates
of doctoral programs, free of charge. The supplement provides a
standardized description of the nature, level, context, content and
status of the studies that were successfully completed by the graduate.
The use of Diploma
Supplements by institutions and employers provides the advantage of
improved transparency and flexibility of the higher education degree
systems, for fostering employability and facilitating academic
recognition for further studies. [From the Berlin Communiqué of
Ministers responsible for Higher Education, September 2003 (Bologna
For more information on the
Diploma Supplement and a sample Diploma Supplement, please see the
following web site:
Fine Arts Faculty Member Receives State
Professor Ercan Sağlam of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture,
Department of Fine Arts, has won an award in the 66th State Competition
in Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Printmaking. For his bronze works
named "Untitled," he received one of the three State Sculpture Success
Awards given this year.
The competition is one of
Turkey's most important
activities, and has been held annually since 1939. The exhibition of
works from this year's competition was on display until January 20 in
the galleries of the State Museum of Painting and Sculpture.
Also in this issue: