Board of Trustees Meets
The Bilkent University Board of Trustees met on December 5, 2011. Present at the meeting were Board Chairman Ali Doğramacı, Ergün Toğrol, Lucien Arkas, İlker Baybars, Gülsev Kale, Ahmet Nalbur, Ersin Özince, Şencan Özme, Muhsin Saraçlar, Lütfü Sel, Ergül Tunçbilek, Z. Boğaç Üner and Rector Abdullah Atalar.
At the meeting, the Board of Trustees welcomed the news of two new members: Lucien Arkas, chairman of the Board of Directors of Arkas Holding, and Nemir Kırdar, executive chairman and chief executive officer of Investcorp.
The agenda included a brief presentation on the subject of Bilkent University's international accreditation status. Currently the University is seeking an affiliation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, with the ultimate objective of obtaining accreditation for the University.
Also, information regarding the construction of Bilkent's Erzurum Primary School was given by the project architects via videoconference from New York.
The Board approved the decision by the University Senate to award an honorary doctorate to Nasuh Mahruki, founder of Arama Kurtarma Derneği (AKUT; Search and Rescue Organization), a professional mountain climber, writer, photographer and motivational speaker, and a 1992 BS graduate of Bilkent's Department of Management, for his accomplishments in leadership and mountaineering and his contributions to search and rescue operations in Turkey and abroad.
In addition, the Board of Trustees reviewed and approved a number of proposals put forth by the University Senate regarding various changes to the undergraduate and graduate schools' regulations, BUSEL regulations and the Regulations for Teaching, Examinations, and Assessment.
After approving these proposals, the Board of Trustees reviewed the revised budget for 2011.
Graphic Design Students' Posters Rank High in International Competition
Posters designed by Department of Graphic Design fourth-year students Arda Cem Yılmaz and Göksu Kaya have been selected among the top 100 in the international poster competition "The Right to Education," organized by "Poster for Tomorrow." The works of Ali Metehan Erdem, Aylin Demir, Baran Yazıcı, Meltem Şahin and Zozan Kotan were also shortlisted, appearing on the best 300 posters list and receiving recognition from among a total of 2,780 entries from many nations.
It is estimated that 121 million children worldwide do not attend primary school. The goal of the competition was to raise global awareness regarding the problem of illiteracy and to promote the idea that education is a basic and universal right for all children.
The selection process consisted of a preliminary online jury and a final jury of well-known designers such as Michal Batory, Niklaus Troxler and Erik Spiekermann. The posters selected as the top 100 will be published and exhibited simultaneously in 30 cities around the world.
For more information, please visit www.posterfortomorrow.org.