Bilkent Students Win Awards in Moscow Music Competition
Two Bilkent Music Preparatory School students have recently won awards at a competition held in Russia. The Eighth Ipolit Ivanov "String Instrument Competition" (Yaylı Çalgılar Yarışması), organized and supported by the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, took place in Moscow March 25-30. Bilkent violin students Elvin Hoca and Ceyla Ganioğlu received first prize in the age 6-10 category and third prize in the age 10-14 category respectively.
This year's event had 143 young participants from 15 countries (including the US, France, China, Japan and Turkey) competing in its four age categories. Elvin and Ceylan prepared for the competition under the tutelage of their instructors Rasim Bağırov and Vanya Millanova from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. At the competition, Nermin Ganiyeva accompanied them on the piano.
The jury was headed by Sergey Kravçenko. Other members were violoncellist Natalia Ahavskaya, Lithuanian violinist Prof. Yurgis Dvarionos, Director of the Bellini Music Institute Prof. Rafaeolo Vinci, Prof. M. Fihtepgols from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and
Prof. Lee Son Jue from the Seoul Conservatory.
Sixth PASO Student Film Festival Underway
Every year, many university students in Turkey produce motion pictures in the hope of contributing to the development of film art. Unfortunately, many of these films, each of which is the end product of intense effort and creativity, do not receive the opportunity of a screening and so cannot reach an audience. In response to this situation, a group of students from the Department of Communication and Design decided to establish the Paso Student Film Festival.
The sixth Paso Student Film Festival, organized by the Bilkent University Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the Gazi University Faculty of Communication, the Başkent University Faculty of Communication, METU GISMA and the Ankara University Faculty of Communication, started on April 24 and will continue through April 30 at the German Cultural Center (the Goethe Institute) in downtown Ankara.
The idea behind the event is to screen student films in an environment free of conventional categories and competition.
During the Paso Student Film Festival, post-screening discussions and panels will accompany many of the films. While the discussions will enable the audience to exchange ideas with the filmmakers, the panels will address the broader issue of common problems faced by young filmmakers. If you are interested and would like to be a part of the Festival, you can check out the Paso website at www.pasofest.org.
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Bilkent Faculty of Business Administration Receives AACSB Accreditation
The Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration was recently evaluated by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which grants accreditation to undergraduate and graduate business administration and accounting programs.
Founded in 1916, AACSB International's mission is to advance the quality of management education worldwide through accreditation. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools all over the world. The Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration is the first program in Turkey to be accredited by the AACSB.
Prof. Erhan Erkut, Dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, commented on the accreditation as follows: "The FBA was commended for the effectiveness of the program, the teaching and research skills of the faculty, and the quality of the students. Today, we have acquired the 'blue ribbon' of academic excellence in business education. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the faculty members, students and staff of the FBA on this professional level of recognition."
Süleyman Demirel at Bilkent for YÖNET 2006 Opening Seminar
Süleyman Demirel, the ninth president of the Republic of Turkey, met with Bilkent engineering students for a seminar on Engineering and Leadership on April 21 in Mithat Çoruh Auditorium. The seminar opened the Yönet 2006 program organized by the Bilkent University Engineering Society.
Before his political career, President Demirel worked as a consulting engineer in the private sector, and so was able to give students an excellent perspective on the relation between engineering and leadership. In the first part of his talk, he spoke about the establishment of modern universities in the pre-1960 period of the Turkish Republic as an "enlightenment" project. During that era, in the 50s, President Demirel was the official in charge of the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works, and had an active role in many successful irrigation and water management projects in Anatolia, including the Southeast Anatolia Project (GAP).
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Genç Akademi 2006 Entrepreneurship Speakers to Include Deniz Baykal and Ali Kırca
The Bilkent University Operational Research Club invites all university students to attend one of the most educational and informative events of the academic year, a two-day symposium program entitled Genç Akademi 2006, to be held on April 29-30 at the FADA Building, FFB-22. The topic of Genç Akademi 2006 is entrepreneurship, and students will have the chance to meet entrepreneurs who have won awards for their success, experts who are working for consultancy agencies, and individuals who have made their mark in the areas of politics and media.
The basic aim of this program is to give university students a better perspective on entrepreneurship and to provide a forum in which young people and individuals who have attained success can meet and share ideas.
Speakers at the seminars on Saturday, April 29 will include the president of the Cumhuriyet Halk Partisi, Dr. Deniz Baykal; Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı; the president of the International Entrepreneurship Council, Baybars Altuntaş; the head of the first company at Teknopark, Emrehan Halıcı; and the president of ASO (Ankara Chamber of Industry), Zafer Çağlayan.
On Sunday, April 30, Boğaç Üner, Ekrem Pakdemirli and other managers and entrepreneurs will share their experiences and success stories with participants. In addition, one of the leading anchormen in Turkey, Ali Kırca, will be the guest speaker at the final session on April 30 at
The Genç Akademi Program is open to all who register to attend. All Bilkent students and faculty members can register through the web page or at the Operational Research stands that will be set up around campus April 24-28. You can access the complete schedule for Genç Akademi 2006 at: www.orbilkent.org/gencakademi