News Highlights

A team of scientists from Boğaziçi University is working on a project aimed to produce climate simulations for Turkey for the years 2030 and 2050, and study the transformation of agricultural cultivation areas. We talked with Professor Gökhan Özertan of Boğaziçi University, Department of Economics, whose research involves the use of technology in agriculture and the impact of technology on productivity.
Experts from industry will be guest lecturers in a new course offered by Boğaziçi University on the Internet of Things, the rapidly growing technology that will affect all parts of life, from smart cities to various smart applications in agriculture and the healthcare sector.
The 100 year old Ginnery next to Saint Paul Church Museum in Tarsus was restored by Boğaziçi University and transformed into Gözlükule Excavations Research Center, a center for academic research and archeological studies, to host academic studies and activities.

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).