Volume 16, Number 4
October 6, 2009

You are here

This Week

We appreciate feedback from our readers
Browse through the collecton of older issues

Bilkent Hosts President of the University at Buffalo-SUNY

John B. Simpson

John B. Simpson, President of the University at Buffalo-State University of New York, Mrs. Katherine Simpson and Dr. Stephen Dunnett, Vice Provost for International Education visited Bilkent University on Tuesday, September 29.

Dr. Simpson's courtesy visit to Bilkent University was also an opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen our present student and faculty exchange partnership and consider possibilities for additional forms of cooperation, such as sending their doctoral students to participate in research in our advanced research laboratories.

Prof. Abdullah Atalar, Provost; Prof. Erol Arkun, Vice Rector for Student Affairs and International Relations; Prof. Tayfun Özçelik, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Dr. İbrahim Körpeoğlu of the Department of Computer Engineering welcomed Prof. Simpson at the Provost's Office.

During his day at Bilkent, Dr. Simpson also visited the Department of Computer Engineering, the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Nanotechnology Research Center.

Prof. Simpson received his master's and doctoral degrees in neurobiology and behavior from Northwestern University. He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Bilkent Musicians Win Awards

hoca ganiyev

Bilkent Young Violinist Wins Award

Elvin Hoca Ganiyev, student of Prof. Server Ganiyev at the Bilkent University's Music Preparatory Primary School, won second place in the "Karol Lipinski and Henrik Wieniawski XI International Young Violinist Competition," held in Lublin, Poland from September 16 to 24.

Hoca Ganiyev competed with students from the world's most renowned conservatoires such as Vienna, Paris, Moscow, Italy, as well as contestants from China, Japan, Korea and Norway. This year 120 young international contestants participated in the competition. They came from 28 different countries. 

A contestant in the 11-17 age group categories, Hoca Ganiyev was the first Turkish musician to participate in the contest. He out-played 64 other aspiring musicians to claim the second place prize.

Hoca Ganiyev was born to a musical family in 1997. When he first enrolled in the Music Preparatory Primary School of Bilkent University he was just six years old. In February 2006, he performed as solo first violin, accompanied by the Bilkent Chamber Orchestra at the "Albert Long Hall" in Boğaziçi University. Hoca Ganiyev also won first place prize in the International "Classic Cultural Heritage" Competition in March 2006 in Moscow. After this achievement, Russian Violinist Vladimir Spivako offered him a scholarship.

can ünlüsoy

Can Ünlüsoy Returns from Italy a Winner

He is the first Turk to win a prize at the internationally revered "Giornate della Percussione." And he is senior year Percussion Major at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Department of Music. Can Ünlüsoy is not only the first Turkish musician to compete but also the first to win the second place prize in this highly competitive contest.

Organized by the Percussive Arts Society of Italy in cooperation with the Conservatorio di Musica G.B Pergolesi, this year’s competition was held in Fermo, Italy from September 7 to 12.

This seventh anniversary of
the "Giornate della Percussione" International Festival also
included various workshops, concerts, seminars and master classes. The competition is considered to be amongst the most prestigious international music competitions.

Ünlüsoy started his music education with percussion at an early age. Between 1997 and 2001 he played with several amateur groups and performed in festivals and theatrical plays. He started to work with Murat Polge in 2001. Ünlüsoy also attended numerous master classes and activities. In 2006 he was admitted to the Bilkent University

Faculty of Music and Performing Arts with scholarship and started to work with Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Percussion Group Chief, Aydın Mecid.

Perspectives on Ankara


This week Prof. Halil İnalcık, founder of the Department of History, and an expert on classical Ottoman history shares with Bilkent News his thoughts about Turkey's capital city, Ankara.

Prof. İnalcık has lived in Ankara for 80 years, and has much to say about the city's people, culture and overall ambiance. Here he reflects on the past several decades of life in Ankara.

The Ankara Years, 1925-2009

I came to Ankara in 1925 with my family and have since then spent most of my life here. I have witnessed 80 years of history in the making and personally experienced all of Atatürk's reforms.

I remember I was in fourth grade when I was chosen to read a speech during the unveiling of the Atatürk statue in Ulus Square. (Continues)

Bilkent News Interactive is best viewed by 800x600 resolution.
You can send comments, questions, etc. about Bilkent News Interactive by clicking this link.

Prof. Balcerowicz Discusses the Global Financial Crisis


Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, Former Polish Minister of Finance and Head of the Central Bank of Poland, paid a visit to Bilkent University and gave a plenary talk on "The Global Financial Crisis: Roots and Lessons," last Thursday, on October 1.

In his talk, Prof. Balcerowicz  gave an assessment of the commonly-voiced views on the causes and consequences of the recent crisis. He emphasized the necessity of fiscal and monetary policy prudence by sovereign states to avoid future crises of similar sort, asserting that the functioning of market mechanism will solidify with better macroeconomic policies.

Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics (WSE), Mr. Balcerowicz is the architect of Poland's economic reforms initiated in 1989. He has been at the center of Poland's economic and political life since the fall of communism in Poland in 1989. Author of more than 100 publications on economic issues in Poland and abroad, and the recipient of numerous honors from universities and awards worldwide, Prof. Balcerowicz has been a member of the Distinguished Associates of the International Atlantic Economic Society (IAES) since 2006. Founded in 1973, the IAES serves as an educational and scientific forum for the global community of well-known economists from around the world.

In 1970 he graduated with distinction from Foreign Trade faculty in Central School of Planning and Statistics (CSPS) in Warsaw, now Warsaw School of Economics (WSE). In 1974 he gained an MBA at St. John's University in New York; in 1975 he received his Ph.D. in economics at the CSPS.

Student Council Elections

The Student Council Elections for the 2009-2010 academic year will take place according to the Election Calendar (below).

The Student Council Regulations, the Election Calendar, the Application Form for Candidacy for Department Representation in faculties/schools/ institutes, other useful information and announcements can be accessed through the University's web page at http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/konsey

You are strongly urged to become a candidate for your Department Representative first so that you can seek membership in the Student Union Executive Committee or run for President of the Student Union.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Announcement of the Election Calendar and the Election System in Bilkent News

October 7, 2009 (9 a.m.) through October 14, 2009 (4:30 p.m.)Applications to Departments as Candidates for Department Representation
October 15-October 19, 2009 Eligibility Checks of Candidates

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 Announcement of Eligibility of Candidates for Department/Institute Representation at the Departments /Institutes

October 26, 2009 through November 6, 2009
Election Campaign by Candidates

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
First Round of Elections for      Department/Institute Representatives

Thursday, November 12, 2009 Second Round of Elections (In Departments where results are not obtained in the first round)

Friday, November 13, 2009
Third and Last Round of Elections
(In Departments where results are not obtained in the second round)

November 16-17, 2009
Election of Faculty/School/Institute Representatives at respective Faculties, Schools or Institutes, and notification of the Student Affairs Office by Deans/Directors

Thursday, November 19, 2009
(3 p.m.) Election of the University Student Council Executive Committee, the President, and the Board of Overseers in the General Assembly (Zeynep Köksal Hall, Student Union Building)

Also in this issue:


Bilkent News Welcomes Feedback From Readers.
This newsletter will print letters received from readers.
Please submit your letters to bilnews@bilkent.edu.tr
or to the Communications Unit, Engineering Building, room EG-23, ext. 1487.
The Editorial Board will review the letters and print according to available space.

Web Tasarımı