Prof. İhsan Doğramacıs Latest Book Now Published
Prof. İhsan Doğramacı, has written and released a new book entitled, "Türkiye'de ve Dünyada Yüksek Öğretim Yönetimi" (Administration of Higher Education in Turkey and Worldwide). It is a detailed review of the development of higher education systems and institutions in Turkey, in comparison with their counterparts in other countries. The book does a thorough job of bringing new insight to the concepts of university autonomy and academic freedom, and tackles the much debated topic of "academy-government relationships".
In September 2000, Prof. Doğramacı published, "Governance in Higher Education", addressing the issue of how rectors were appointed within university administrations. During the past seven years, this has been a controversial issue in Turkey. In his latest book, Prof. Doğramacı considers the developments since 2000, and presents new proposals for solving university administerial crises.
"Türkiye'de ve Dünyada Yüksek Öğretim Yönetimi" also discusses higher education in OECD countries. He analyzes autonomy indexes, the Turkish university reforms of 1933 and their impact, the Council of Higher Education, and the administrative systems of higher education in the United States and Europe. The final section includes proposals, with collected data, regarding the development of Turkish higher education.
Prof. İhsan Doğramacı's book is available online, in it's entirety, in Turkish at http://www.dogramaci.org
Student Council Elections
The Student Council Elections for the 2007-2008 academic year will take place according to the Election Calendar found in this issue of the Bilkent News.
The Student Council Regulations, the Election Calendar, the Application Form for Candidacy for Department Representation in Faculties/Schools/ Institutes, useful information and announcements can be accessed at: http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/
You are strongly urged to become a Department Representative candidate first. Then you may seek a membership in the Student Union Executive Committee, or run for President of the Student Union.
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New Student Council in Place Until Elections
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Prestigious European Award Won by Young Scientists
The Devices and Sensors Research Group, led by Hilmi Volkan Demir of the Department of Physics, and the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, has received the 2007 European Young Investigator (EURYI) Award for their research work in the field of nanotechnology. This is considered to be one of the most prestigious awards for young scientists in Europe thanks to its Nobel Prize matching budget.
The award scheme was established by the European Heads of Research Councils (EuroHORCS) and the European Science Foundation (ESF). The EURYI Award is given to outstanding young scientists for research excellence, breakthrough ideas, and future potential. The candidate selection is based on a two-stage process. First, they are reviewed by independent referees at the national level. Once at the international stage, ESF independent referees technically evaluate research work of the national candidates, and then ESF scientific panels conduct interviews with the candidates that pass the technical evaluation.
During the national peer-review selection in spring 2007, Asst. Prof. Demir was nominated by TÜBİTAK. After the international peer-review selection in the summer of 2007, ESF announced that Dr. Demir had, indeed, won. His team has been working on the development of novel optoelectronic nanodevices, focusing on the functional use of nanocrystals and nanoparticles embedded in photonic devices. This is the first time that a Turkish scientist has received this award.
According to the ESF press release, this year's open competition was especially intensive, with a large number of high-profile candidates, selected by 17 funding agencies, from 15 countries across Europe. On behalf of his research group, Demir received the EURYI Award Diploma, presented by Nobel-laureate Sir Tim Hunt, at a special ceremony, held September 26-28, 2007 in Helsinki, Finland.
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