14th Career Fair Hosts 45 Firms and 2,130 Visitors


On March 15, the 14th Career Fair was held at Bilkent University, with major corporations and organizations including Aselsan, Arçelik, Deloitte, Bosch, Meteksan, Koç Holding, Eti, PWC, Vestel, Hilton and Dedeman participating.

The Career Fair is held annually by the Bilkent Career Center. Along with providing Bilkenters access to numerous job and internship opportunities, the event introduces students to the business world even before they graduate.

This year's fair attracted many students who wished to make contact with companies they aspire to work for in the future. During the course of the event, the participating organizations accepted student resumes.

Bilkent News asked Bilkenters attending the fair what they thought and whether they had further expectations from the event.

Gökhan Akman (ECON): It's sensible to bring government-owned corporations and private companies together, since the two categories appeal to different students. Therefore, I'm pleased with the fair and have applied to several companies myself.

Hakan Kalaycı (IE): I think these kinds of events are quite helpful for both students and new graduates; I hope the outcome will be beneficial for all.

Ayşegül Güney (AMER): The fair is very useful for students in some departments, but less so for others.

Müge Dağ (IE): I would like to see the range of companies represented at the fair expanded to give us additional internship opportunities to apply for.

Buket Erol (TRIN): I would like to thank those who organized this fair for Bilkent students, although I would like to see more opportunities for our department.

Prof. Tayfun Özçelik Appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Science

Prof. Tayfun Özçelik has been appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Science, effective May 1. Prof. Özçelik will take over the position from Prof. Hasan Erten, who has served as dean since 1995.

Announcing the new appointment, Rector Prof. Abdullah Atalar paid tribute to Prof. Erten's accomplishments during his long tenure as dean:

"I am grateful to Prof. Hasan Erten and thank him for his exemplary efforts and services as the Dean and his valuable contributions that have brought the Faculty of Science to its current level.

"I congratulate Prof. Tayfun Özçelik, who has successfully carried out his duties, and wish him every success in his new position."

Prof. Erten, as outgoing dean, expressed his appreciation of the efforts of his colleagues in the Faculty of Science:

"I would like to thank all members of the Faculty of Science for their dedication and commitment to this point. As a result of their extraordinary efforts, we have made the Bilkent University Faculty of Science one of the most respected academic units in the country. I wish them well in their future endeavors."

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World Poetry Day Entertainment: "Poetry of Humor"

Ever since UNESCO inaugurated World Poetry Day in 2001, Bilkent has led Turkey in celebrating it. Every year, on March 21, the Bilkent Center for Turkish Literature presents a program.

This year, on Wednesday, March 21, the Center will present a poetic entertainment program at C-Block Auditorium (Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences building) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The eminent poet Hilmi Yavuz, who is a member of the faculty of the Department of Turkish Literature, will give a talk on humor in Turkish poetry. Graduate students Naim Atabağsoy, Pınar Çelik, Meryem Demir, Hilal Gaye İnce, Yeliz Özay, Gizem Sevinç, Güneş Sezen, Müesser Yeniay and Aslı Yerlikaya of the Department of Turkish Literature will read a selection of amusing poems by Melih Cevdet Anday, Orhon Murat Arıburnu, Özdemir Asaf, Salah Birsel, Metin Eloğlu, Bedri Rahmi Eyüboğlu, Orhan Veli Kanık, Ahmet Necdet and Oktay Rifat. Banu Durgunay will serve as emcee.

The highlight of the program will be the appearance of two folk poets (âşık), Ali Cevat Yürekli and Mehmet Gökçe, who will read humorous verses and present a comic debate (atışma), accompanying themselves on the saz.

The program is open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.