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An “Integration System” developed at Boğaziçi University for simultaneous integration in the fields of software and hardware is the first project to receive a patent in this area in Turkey. The project, prepared by Associate Professors Arda Yurdakul, Alper Şen and Doğan Fennibay, aims to integrate virtual and real systems in various sectors, ranging from telecommunications to the automotive industry, by using “Embedded Systems”.
Boğaziçi University and the Foreign Policy Association hosted a conference on “Globalization and Higher Education” to discuss the new opportunities and threats faced by higher education as a result of globalization.
The George Washington University hosted the first colloquium of the Global Humanities Project—bringing together the presidents of three universities, alongside humanities advocates from several countries, to discuss ways to enhance the visibility, prestige and impact of the arts and humanities in an increasingly globalized world. The colloquium signaled the start of Boğaziçi University’s collaboration with The George Washington University and Al Akhawayn University to produce a series of interconnected events drawing on the humanities in different national and cultural contexts.
The Turkish Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Namık Tan, hosted a reception for the Boğaziçi University community in honor of the schools 150th Anniversary. Held at the Embassy’s beautiful Washington, D.C. residence, the reception drew a large crowd, with BU alumni and friends from all over the United States joining. Following Ambassador Tan’s welcoming remarks, Boğaziçi University President Gülay Barbarosoğlu took the podium, sharing a film about the institution’s history and giving thanks to all present for joining the celebration.
Boğaziçi University President Gülay Barbarosoğlu delivered the keynote address at this year’s World Leadership Forum. Organized annually in New York City by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, the topic of this year’s Forum was “The Growing Global Economy”. The only participant from Turkey, President Barbarosoğlu, speaking at the Harvard Club, focused on the role that socio-economic development and growth play in education, and on the effect of education on social development in Turkey.
The wind turbine that was installed as part of the Bogaziçi University Wind Power Plant (BÜRES) project at the Bogaziçi University Sarıtepe Campus started to generate electricity on Dec. 27, 2014, making it the only campus in the world that "meets the whole of its electricity demands from its own wind power plant."
Boğaziçi University students Heysem Kaya and Tuğçe Özkaptan, working under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Albert Ali Salah and Prof. Sadık Fikret Gürgen, won an important overseas award in paralinguistics at “Interspeech 2014”.
Founded in 1973 to perform choir music, the Boğaziçi University Music Club (BÜMK) continues this tradition with three different choirs. BÜMK also organizes Choirfest, one of the important choir festivals in Turkey. Reaching more and more music lovers every year through the classes and other activities it organizes for students, the BÜMK Choirs hold concerts at the end of term every year.
Given the scarcity of academic studies on Nâzım Hikmet, one of the most important contemporary Turkish poets, Boğaziçi University established the Nâzım Hikmet Research Center for Culture and the Arts on its premises to fill this gap and support academic research.
Tırsan A.Ş., one of Europe’s largest trailer manufacturers, was the first donor to contribute to the Argüden Governance Academy Conditional Donations Fund that was launched following the protocol signed between the Boğaziçi University Foundation and ARGE Consultancy.

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