|Prof. Stanford Shaws
On December 21, Bilkent University arranged a memorial service for the late Prof. Stanford
Shaw to mourn his sudden loss on December 15 and honor his invaluable contributions and
The program began with the violoncellist Mr. Hajreddin Hoxhas performance of parts of
Johann Sebastian Bachs Suite No. 1 in G Major. Following the performance, Ms. Behice
Özlem Gökakın, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Shaws from the Department of International
Relations, gave a speech about the cheerful and sympathetic character of Prof. Shaw, his
strong attachment to his family, and his kindness toward his students. Afterward, Mr.
Zharmukhamed Zardykan, a Ph.D. student of Prof. Shaws from the Department of History
talked about the good relationship between Prof. Shaw and his students and his meticulous
After the speeches from the perspectives of his students, the daughter of Prof. Shaw, Dr.
Wendy Meryem Kural-Shaw-Arslan, came to the stage and shared her dearest feelings and
memories regarding her father, including some scenes from the private life of the Shaw
family and their experiences in the United States. Finally, Prof. Metin Heper, Dean of the
Faculty of Economics, and Administrative and Social Sciences, read the condolence letters
and messages of Prof. Shaws longtime friends and colleagues, and shared memories about
Prof. Shaws Bilkent years.
At the end of all of the speeches, participants gathered to express their condolences to
his wife Prof. Ayşe Ezel Kural-Shaw, his daughter Dr. Wendy Meryem Kural-Shaw-Arslan and
his son-in-law Dr. Savaş Arslan.
A Memorial Book has been established for Prof. Stanford Jay Shaw. Those who would like to
write their thoughts and feelings about Prof. Shaw, please drop by the Dean's Office in
the Faculty of Economic, Administrative and Social Sciences (FEASS).Selin Sayek Böke of the
Economics Department is Internationally Acclaimed
Dr. Sayek Böke of the Economics Department was chosen as a recipient of an
Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs by the Kiel Institute for the World
Economy in Germany. The Institute, a world-renowned center for economic studies, is
aspiring to build a network of the brightest young researchers in the area of global
economic affairs and the awards enable these young economists to work together and use
the Institutes research facilities. Dr. Sayek Böke won the award for her important
contributions to the study of the determinants and effects of foreign direct investments
(e.g., purchases of physical assets such as factories by foreigners). She joins economists
from Wharton, the University of Michigan and the European Central Bank as an inaugural
member of the network.
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|Board of Trustees Meets
The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University met on December 22, 2006 under the
chairmanship of Professor İhsan Doğramacı. Among the trustees who attended the meeting
were: İlker Baybars, Turgay Coşkun, Gülsev Kale, Ahmet Nalbur, Ersin Özince, Hüsnü
Özyeğin, Muhsin Saraçlar, Ergün Toğrol, Ergül Tunçbilek, Boğaç Üner, and Rector
Ali Doğramacı. A number of proposals were discussed and approved.
At the meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a proposal for the changes to the current
visiting student policy. Previously, students were allowed to study abroad for only two
semesters but the new measure will allow undergraduate students to study abroad for a
longer period with the recommendation of the Faculty Executive Committee and the approval
of the University Senate.
The Council for Higher Education (YÖK) has made several changes to university
disciplinary regulations. The Senate considered these changes and approved and proposed
the changes to the Board of Trustees whose recent approval means the changes are now in
effect at Bilkent. Importantly, the Rector may now authorize a committee composed of
members of the faculties, institutes and vocational schools to carry out certain
disciplinary investigations. In addition, there have been extensions to the time periods
involved in disciplinary investigations. For more information on these changes please see:
In addition, the board also discussed and approved changes to the regulations of the Halil
İnalcık Center for Ottoman Studies. The board also approved a minor change concerning
the academic standing of candidates for the Student Council. Please see: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/bilkent-tr/living/
At the meeting, the board of trustees also approved the proposal for the new Master of
Arts program in Conference Interpreting in the School of Applied Languages - Department of
Translation and Interpreting. The program, developed along the guidelines provided by the
European Commission, will admit English, French and Turkish speaking candidates from
various disciplines. It aims to provide highly specialized and professional conference
interpreters who may be able to practice their profession in Turkey and abroad. Candidates
applying for admission to the program will not be asked to present LES scores and will not
be presenting a thesis. This one-year program will be conducted with the help of European
Commission experts and professional, practicing interpreters. Further information will be
made available shortly on the school's web site.
Another proposal established a joint master's program with Bilkent University's Faculty of
Business Administration and Tilburg University in Holland. This is a dual degree program
where students will earn an MBA from Bilkent in addition to a M.Sc. from Tilburg's Faculty
of Economics and Business Administration in one of five possible areas over two years.
This will be similar to the dual degree programs between Bilkent's Economics Department
and Tilburg announced last year.
Another proposal concerned the foundation of a new institute for research on
nanotechnology headed by Prof. Salim Çıracı and his colleagues.
Finally, the Board of Trustees considered and agreed upon the budget for the coming year.
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