Times Higher Education Ranks Bilkent Among the World's Top 400 Universities

In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2011-12, Bilkent University has again been ranked among the top 400 and remains the highest-ranked university in Turkey. The list places Bilkent in the group of universities ranked 201-225.

The California Institute of Technology ranked first and Harvard University and Stanford University both ranked second. Other Turkish universities included in the list are İTÜ, METU and Boğaziçi University.

The Times Higher Education global list of top universities, which is compiled with data provided by Thomson Reuters, gives universities individual rankings from 1 to 200. Universities from 200 to 400 are ranked in groups. Bilkent University is in the first of these groups, 201-225, with İTÜ and METU in the 276-300 group and Boğaziçi in the 301-350 group.

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"Ottoman History is World History"


Prof. Dr. Halil İnalcık, founder of the Department of History and in all likelihood the single most important living scholar in the field of Ottoman history, met with students and faculty on Friday, October 7, at the Halil İnalcık Centre for Ottoman Studies (HICOS). Organized by the Bilkent History Society, the occasion for the event was the publication of Halil Hoca's new book “Rönesans Avrupası” (“Renaissance Europe”).

The many who attended were fortunate enough to hear Prof. İnalcık speak on a variety of topics, which ranged from the current state of the HICOS to recent developments in Ottoman studies. Prof. İnalcık also talked briefly about what has shaped his scholarly work, elaborating on the direction in which he hopes Ottoman studies is heading, and also on where his new publication stands in context of his works as a whole.  

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Oğuz Akbaş, 14, Returns from Italy with Two Awards

Oğuz Akbaş, a ninth-year student in the Bilkent Music Preparatory School, has won two prizes at the internationally renowned "Giornate della Percussione." Oğuz won the first and second prizes in twodifferent categories in this highly competitive contest for percussionists.

Organized by the Percussive Arts Society of Italy in cooperation with the Conservatorio di Musica G.B Pergolesi, the competition was held in Fermo, Italy, September 2-14.

Among the jury members were Emmanuel Séjourné, Naoko Takada, Claudio Santangelo, Toni Flores, Edith Habraken and Carmelo G. Gullotto.

Born in Ankara in 1996, Oğuz entered the Bilkent Faculty of Music and Performing Arts Music Preparatory School in 2007.

Pre-University Education and the Bilkent Experience Explored by Prof. Doğramacı

Prof. Dr. Ali Doğramacı, president of Bilkent University and chair of the Board of Trustees, delivered the first Library Lunchtime Lecture for this semester, entitled "Pre-University Education: the Bilkent Experience," last week on October 5. A capacity audience was on hand to hear the talk, which examined the significance of primary and secondary schools within Bilkent's broader vision.

Emphasizing the fact that education is a continuum, Prof. Doğramacı began his presentation by pointing out the connection between the quality of a student's earlier schooling and that student's eventual ability to succeed at the university level. Turning to the case of the Bilkent primary and secondary schools (BLIS and ÖBL/ÖBİ) in particular, he noted that these schools had direct benefits for the university itself, in terms of both their value in faculty recruitment efforts and also their availability to the university's teacher education programs.

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