Entering a "New Life": GE100 Introduces Bilkent to This Year's Incoming Class

GE100 - Introduction to Academic Life was held from September 6 to 11. During GE100, students collected the points necessary to receive credit for completing the program by attending workshops, seminars, classical music concerts, movies and department introductions. These offerings have been designed to acquaint new Bilkenters with the campus and its resources, including academic options, library facilities and other features of the university.

On the first day of GE100, booths were set up in front of the Odeon, where members of student clubs and groups were on hand to meet new students and provide information about their organizations. Many students took the opportunity to join groups they found interesting. And on Tuesday, September 11, the student-operated radio station, Radio Bilkent, hosted its annual On Air Party for the incoming class on the grass field on Main Campus.

Bilkent Ranked in Top 500 Universities by Quacquarelli Symonds

In the most recent World University Rankings report released by Quacquarelli Symonds, one of the world's leading networks for careers and education, Bilkent University has again been ranked among the top 500 and remains the highest-ranked university in Turkey. The list places Bilkent in the group of universities ranked 401-450.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ranked first, the University of Cambridge second and Harvard University third. The only other Turkish university to be included in the top 500 list is Middle East Technical University (METU), which is in the group of universities ranked 451-500.

The QS World University Rankings are among the most trusted university rankings available. The report includes data and insights about the world's leading universities overall, the best universities by subject area ranking, and the universities voted as best by academics and employers.

QS ranks the world's universities according to a number of criteria, which are weighted to give a combined overall score out of 100. Weightings for the 2012-13 rankings were apportioned as follows:

40% Academic reputation (based on global survey)
10% Employer reputation (based on global survey)
20% Citations per faculty (based on data from SciVerse Scopus)
20% Faculty-student ratio
5% Proportion of international students
5% Proportion of international faculty

Bilkent University also recently ranked 32nd in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 listing of the world's best young universities. For more information about the QS rankings: http://www.topuniversities.com

Advancing Science: TÜBİTAK Awards Go to Bilkent Researchers

Each year, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) presents awards recognizing outstanding researchers active in various fields of the sciences and social sciences. Bilkent University faculty members are nearly always among the recipients, and this year is no exception, with two professors from Bilkent receiving TÜBİTAK awards for 2012.

Prof. Tayfun Özçelik, Dean of the Faculty of Science, is the winner of the prestigious TÜBİTAK Science Award for 2012. The Science Award, presented annually, is the highest scientific award given by TÜBİTAK. Dr. Özçelik's award is in the field of health sciences.

Asst. Prof. Katja Doerschner of the Department of Psychology has received the TÜBİTAK Incentive Award for 2012. The Incentive Award goes to scientists who are under the age of 40 and who have demonstrated the potential to make outstanding contributions to science at an international level. Dr. Doerschner's award is in the field of social sciences.

Katja Doerschner

Tayfun Özçelik

Bilkent Professors Elected as TÜBA Associate Members

Four members of the Bilkent University faculty have been inducted into the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA). TÜBA announced that Associate Professors Pınar Bilgin (Assoc. Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences), Hilmi Volkan Demir (Departments of Physics and Electrical and Electronics Engineering), Mehmet Bayındır (Department of Physics), and Bahar Yetiş Kara (Department of Industrial Engineering) were elected as associate members.

Mehmet Bayındır
Pınar BilginHilmi Volkan DemirBahar Yetiş Kara

Administrative Changes in Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School

Founding General Director of Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory School (BELS) and Director of the Erzurum Graduate School of Education Arif Çağlar has retired from his position after providing dedicated service in leading the Erzurum schools during their initial phase.

Effective September 1, 2012, James Swetz assumed the position of general director of Bilkent Erzurum Laboratory Schools, which will launch an elementary school division in 2013. Mr. Swetz, who has served in Ankara as the general director of Bilkent Laboratory and International Schools (BLIS) for the last five years, will bring his expertise to bear in forwarding the progress and expansion of BELS as it strives to become a world-class center of excellence in education.

Arif Çağlar

James Swetz