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Two Boğaziçi University faculty members were granted awards by Turkish Academy of Sciences: Associate Professor Tınaz Ekim Aşıcı of Boğaziçi University, Department of Industrial Engineering, received the “Outstanding Young Scientist Award” (GEBİP) and Professor Hilmi Luş of the Department of Civil Engineering received the “Best Authored and Translated Books Award - MENTION” (TEÇEP).

Two scientists from Boğaziçi University were among the recipients of the “Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers” conferred annually by the United States government.

Every year Boğaziçi University hosts hundreds of students from universities in Europe, Americas, Australia and the Far East through exchange programs. The University has signed 1235 partnership agreements with leading universities in 38 countries, and is becoming a global university in terms of its foreign student profile.  Students from different countries say that they wanted to come to Turkey because they wanted to see the country and have firsthand experience of living in Turkey; they are happy with the choice they have made.

Developments in robotics technology have given rise to a variety of discussions on the potential social, economic and cultural implications of robotics.  Potential ethical problems and lack of a legal framework are giving rise to scary scenarios about robots.  Should we fear artificial intelligence, or are we worrying needlessly?  Will it be possible to create a new legal framework and a system of ethics to parallel the advances in robotics technology?

“We Will Be Guided by Bogazici University’s Academic and Ethical Principles in Protecting and Carrying Our Values into the Future” Professor Mehmed Özkan Starts His Term as President of Bogazici University The decision regarding the appointment of Professor Mehmed Özkan as President of Bogazici University was published in the Official Gazette. Professor Özkan served as Vice President for Research and Advisor to the President during Professor Barbarosoğlu’s term as President from 2012 to 2016.

A “Photoacoustic Microscope” developed at Boğaziçi University by completely native technology combines light and sound to facilitate the detection of cancer cells.  Associate Professor Burçin Ünlü of Boğaziçi University Physics Department stated that they were also working on a new cancer treatment procedure where protons replace X-rays in radiotherapy so as to reduce damage to healthy cells.  Burçin Ünlü and his team have achieved remarkable advances in the field of early detection of cancer using the new technology developed at BU, the first of its kind in Turkey.

Boğaziçi University Department of Mechanical Engineering and Institute of Biomedical Engineering started a project aimed to develop a medical device that will cut down the time needed for a colonoscopy by half and minimize the pain a patient may experience after the procedure.  With the robotic colonoscopy device to be developed as a first in Turkey, the project is expected to alter the commonly used method of colonoscopy. The project is supported by TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey).

All departments of Boğaziçi University Faculty of Engineering received ABET accreditation recently.  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) is a non-governmental agency that evaluates applied science, engineering, engineering technology and informatics programs of higher education institutions.

All programs of Boğaziçi University Faculty of Engineering received ABET accreditation for the first time in 1998.  The latest accreditation starts in 2016 and remains valid for 6 years; it includes all the programs of the Faculty of Engineering.

The Undergraduate Awards (UA) has announced the winners of the 2016 program, including the Highly Commended Entrants from Boğaziçi University. Cited as the ultimate champion of high-potential undergraduates, and often referred to as a “junior Nobel Prize”, The Undergraduate Awards is the world’s largest international academic awards program, recognizing excellent research and original work across the sciences, humanities, business and creative arts.
Boğaziçi University ranked first among Turkish universities in some important categories in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. 916 universities around the world were evaluated this year, including 11 universities from Turkey. Boğaziçi University retained its position in the top 500 universities in the world, and ranked first among Turkish universities in citations per faculty member. Boğaziçi University also ranked first as the Turkish university most preferred by international students.

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