Volume 14, Number 04
October 9, 2007

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Recent Administrative Changes

Some years ago, when I first heard that Bilkent's Department of Communication and Design was putting out a newspaper called "Bayat Haber" (Stale News), I thought that it was a cute oxymoron. It seemed to me that if it is stale, it can't be news. Now I realize that some items, even if not recent news, still ought to be published. Since Bilkent News is not printed during the summer, one of the appointments I will announce here actually goes back a few months.

Since 2005, Professor Turgut Tan, the Founding Dean of our Faculty of Law, had been quietly expressing his interest in leaving administration in order to devote more time to his teaching and publications. This summer his wishes were realized. He turned over the administration of the Law faculty to Professor Osman Gürzumar. We are grateful to Professor Tan for having served as a Dean, in the most formative years of his faculty. During these years, Professor Gürzumar had served as the Associate Dean. He will now take the helm of the Office of the Dean, and put his considerable energy, experience and talent to bring his Faculty to new heights in the international arena.

A more recent appointment is that of Professor Arif Çağlar, as Director of Bilkent's Graduate School of Education in Erzurum (GSEE). The new high school we established in Erzurum is designed to operate as a laboratory school of GSEE. Many of the teachers of the Erzurum high school are preparing to start part-time graduate studies at our Graduate School of Education in Bilkent-Ankara. After GSEE completes its professorial appointments, it will eventually take over the Erzurum students. (continues)

New FBA EMBA Program For İzmir!

executive mbaThis month, the Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration is launching a brand new Executive MBA Program in İzmir. The 24-month program, which will be in Turkish, begins in January 2008. The goal is to develop world class executives who can perform in today's business world. Participants will get the opportunity to receive not only a top notch education, but also gain a valuable credential.

The faculty chosen for the EMBA program all boast strong research and teaching records. In 2006, the Faculty of Business Administration's programs were evaluated by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which grants accreditation to undergraduate and graduate business administration programs. The program is being set up in İzmir due to the city’s tremendous commercial and industrial value to the region and the nation.

With all of that said, the program has been prepared, and the faculty is eager to work with participants who wish to become the business leaders of tomorrow. To find out more about the Bilkent University Faculty of Business Administration's Executive MBA Program, visit www.man.bilkent.edu.tr/emba

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The Importance of Interpretation and Translation Highlighted
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The Conference Interpreting Education Programs: Principals in Education Seminar, organized by the School of Applied Languages Translation and Interpretation Department, was held October 5 at Bilkent University. The one-day gathering began at 9 a.m. with a performance by the Bilkent Quartet, and wrapped up at 3:30 p.m. with a reception. There were three sessions overall, and participation was very high.

Rector Prof. Ali Doğramacı delivered the opening speech, emphasizing the importance of translation and interpretation. Attendees included many prestigious speakers and academics, including representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Professional Conference Interpreters Worldwide (AIIC) and United Conference Interpreters Organization (BKTD). Olga Cosmidou from the European Parliament, and Wolter Witteveen and Persefoni Pouliou from the European Council all remarked on how vital this field is for negotiations between Turkey and the EU.

The seminar was held in three languages (English, French, and Turkish), while volunteer professional conference interpreters provided simultaneous interpretation. This was a perfect opportunity for attendees from a variety of universities to experience first hand an interpreted event, and to learn about the status of conference interpreting in Turkey and the EU.

Prodigy Impresses the World's Best!

prodigy impresses the world's best!Violin prodigy Elvin Hoxha Ganiyev was born in 1997 in Ankara. He grew up in a musical family, which included his grandfather- Prof. Server Ganiyev of the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts. Elvin's talents were discovered when he was only two years old. He began training at the Bilkent University Music Preparatory Elementary School's Violin Department at age six. This year, he was one of only five gifted children in the world to attend the International Violin Festival, held in Kazakhstan between September 13-17, where he represented Turkey.

He was invited to the festival for concerts and master classes, where he met world famous violin instructor, Zahari Bron. Elvin's stage presence and artistic performance surprised Bron, and he sees a huge potential that could one day lead to world wide fame. The young prodigy has been attracting major attention, even being invited to play along side great violinists such as Viktor Pikayzen.

Elvin still studies at Bilkent, and has represented the university in a most impressive way! If you wish to find out more on this talented young man, you can visit his website and read about his accomplishments at www.elvinhoxhaganiyev.com

Sera De Vor (AMER/III)

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