Entrance Exams Top Scorers
Based on the results
announced by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM), Bilkent University
continues to attract Turkey's best students. Onur Tidin, ranked first in the quantative
category, and Cihad Ocak, ranked third in the quantative category, have both chosen to
study in Bilkent's Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department. Burak Eryiğit,
ranked first in the verbal category, has chosen to study in Bilkent's Faculty of Law.
Sevcan Hacılar, ranked second in the foreign language category, has chosen to study in
Bilkents School of Applied Languages in the Translation and Interpretation Department.
Finally, in the equally-weighted category, Emrah Ayaz, ranked second, has chosen to study
in the Department of Management.
Five of the ten students with the highest scores on the 2006 University Entrance Exam
(ÖSS-Quantative) have chosen to study at Bilkent this year.
The number of top-ten scorers enrolling at different universities is as follows: Bilkent
University - 5
Boğaziçi University - 2
Middle East Technical University - 2
Hacettepe University - 1
Around the World
A number of Bilkent
students, 119 to be precise, are off to spend time in Europe during the 2006-07 academic
year. Bilkent students will spend one semester or the academic year in partner
universities in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Finland, Italy, Scotland, Denmark,
Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, Belgium, Ireland. In return, Bilkent is hosting 63
exchange students from international universities around the world this academic year. We
wish those students going abroad a wonderful and rewarding experience! And to those
students joining us from around the world, we extend a warm welcome to you all!
If you are interested in spending a semester in Europe, please visit http://www.socrates.
If you are interested in participating in an exchange with American universities, please
visit http://www.bilkent.edu. tr/bilkent/academic/international/
Win International Award
Students from Bilkent's department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design were awarded
for their work in an international competition this past summer. The competition, launched
by Carleton University, under the auspices of UNESCO and UIA, was centered around the
theme of the gentrification of historical districts.
The results of the competition were presented during the UN-HABITAT World Urban Forum III
Conference in Vancouver, B.C., Canada from the 19th to the 23rd of June, 2006. The urban
design competition was open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students in architecture,
city planning, urban geography and sociology from around the world.
Under the guidance of Dr. Ayşegül Tokol, the LAUD student team including Sevgi Yücesan,
Harun Ekinoğlu, Gökçe Gerekli, Müge Durusu and Seda Patır, were awarded for their
project: "Antakya Tarihi Kentlerin Sürdürülebilirliğinde bir Yöntem Olarak
'Atomik Aktivasyon Enerjisi' Metaforunun Kullanılması" and placed 5th overall.
The aims of the competition were twofold. First, students were challenged to identify
issues of gentrification that may impact a historical district's urban identity in their
region. Next, the competition invited the students to articulate novel socio-cultural and
economic perspectives in their historical district that enhance traditional architectural
characteristics and social sustainability constructs. The Bilkent team is the first
Turkish team to receive an award in this competition.
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|From the Rector
Dear Members of the Bilkent Community,
Academic instruction at Bilkent began twenty years ago, in the autumn of 1986. Although
the bulk of Bilkent's land had been purchased much earlier, in the 1960s, Turkey's
constitution had in those years prohibited nonprofit foundations from establishing
universities. (Our legal system at that time reflected many features of continental
European models, where, in the sphere of higher education, state universities dominated
the scene.) Our founder, İhsan Doğramacı, had been an advocate for nonprofit private
research universities since the 1950s. His perseverance paid off in 1982 when his
suggestions were incorporated into articles 130 and 131 of our constitution, thereby
allowing foundations to establish such universities.
Historian John Grabowski of Case Western Reserve University narrates this drive for
excellence and educational reform in greater detail in his video history documentary. His
colleagues at Case found these pioneering events of such importance that our founder
received a letter from Case Western Reserve last week stating that they would like to see
him at their graduation ceremonies next spring so as to award him with his 26th honorary
Let me return to 1986. That year, Deniz Ertaş, the student with the highest quantitative
score on the ÖSS, the national university entrance examination, chose to attend Bilkent.
A visitor coming to Bilkent twenty years ago would have felt the pioneering spirit
permeating our entire community. To express our gratitude to the people who contributed to
that spirit in 1986, we will organize special tributes during the course of the year.
And so, here we are in 2006. We see that twenty years later Bilkent continues to be a top
choice for excellent students. Again the student with the highest quantitative score on
the ÖSS (Onur Tidin) has chosen Bilkent. This year our Business School received full
accreditation from the AACSB, making it the only one of its kind in the region of Eastern
Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus. From the basic sciences to engineering, from the social
sciences to the humanities, arts and music, Bilkent abounds with outstanding faculty
members and students. Bilkent is also reaching out beyond its main campus to enrich
educational opportunities for others. We are currently establishing a campus in Erzurum
and will, next September, admit students to its high school, which aims to be world-class.
Seventy-five percent of the students there will be on full scholarship. We plan to add a
graduate school of education and an elementary school to the campus, and then replicate
all this in Malatya, Şanlıurfa and Van. Finally, I would like to add that here in
Ankara, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 season will be more exciting than ever,
with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy making guest appearances.
In brief, Bilkent continues to grow as a center of excellence, while maintaining its
pioneering spirit. It is you, the students, the staff and the faculty members, who make
Bilkent what it is. This history in the making will be shaped by your continued commitment
and your personal involvement. I wish you a wonderful new academic year.
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