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“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.

The July 2016 issue of the journal Climate Research published a joint study by Prof. Murat Türkeş, member of Board of Directors of Boğaziçi University’s Center for Climate Change and Policy Studies and Prof. Ecmel Arat of Ege University, Department of Geography, Physical Geography Division. The study is titled “Dates of Frost Onset, Frost End and the Frost-Free Season in Turkey: Trends, Variability and Links to the North Atlantic and Arctic Oscillations Indices, 1950-2013”.

Boğaziçi University’s Neurodegeneration Research Laboratory (NDAL) is representing Turkey in Project MinE, which has brought together teams from 16 countries aiming to discover the causes of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a disease related to loss of motor neuron cells, and to develop effective treatments.  Project MinE is the first, biggest, and most comprehensive research study on ALS conducted internationally, after the Human Genome Project initiated in the 1990s to identify and map human DNA.

The collaboration between Boğaziçi University and Harvard Business Publishing (HBS), a leading name in academic publishing in the fields of management and economics, offers academics and students online access to a rich library comprising case analyses, articles, reading material, special files and online education programs.  

Muhammed Topal, a second year student in the Department of Economics, is one of the four Turkish students to participate in the Economic Forum of Young Leaders 2016, also referred to as “Davos of the Young”.  The forum, a major organization that brings together young leaders from Europe, will meet for the 11th time this year.  It aims to host around 350 participants and serve as an effective platform for discussion to have the youth heard.