News Highlights

Boğaziçi University’s 149th Commencement Ceremony was held on 22 June 2016 at the Uçaksavar Sports Complex.  The guest speaker at the ceremony was Ayşe Cihan Sultanoğlu, Assistant Secretary General of United Nations and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC) of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), selected as one of the most influential Turkish women in the United States.

Prof. Ignacio Chapela, the founder of the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology at the University of California at Berkeley, was at Boğaziçi University as the guest of the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Center for Educational Policy Studies in June.  Prof. Chapela made a speech at the conference held on June 16, stating that it was already proven that GMOs caused antibiotic resistance and posed a major risk to public health.

KOSGEB (Small & Medium Enterprises Development Organization) has provided $3,750,000 to the International Incubation Center to be established in New York under the leadership of BU’s Finance Technopark, in partnership with Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Trade University, and Fırat University.

Boğaziçi University will develop Seed Fund Projects in collaboration with MIT, the best technical university in the world

Ayşegül Çilekrenkli, a student in the Boğaziçi University Science Education Department, represents Turkey in the Dalai Lama Fellowship Program with the project she developed for the social and emotional development Syrian refugee children.

Elçin Biçer (2006), a graduate of Boğaziçi University’s Psychology Department, is working as a psycho-oncologist. In an interview conducted for Boğaziçi Magazine, the monthly publication of BU Alumni Association (BUMED), Biçer talked about the types of therapy used in the treatment of cancer, the role of various branches of art in cancer treatment, and how to support the patient and the patient’s family.

Boğaziçi University, one of Turkey’s most prestigious universities and a perfect example of entrepreneurship just by the story of its establishment, recently added The Entrepreneurship Applications and Research Center to its existing enterprises.  The Center started its activities with an event bringing the business world together with entrepreneurs.  Students, alumni, entrepreneurs, and corporate firms gathered at the Center.

Graduating from Boğaziçi University Industrial Engineering Department in 1991, Esra Türkekul worked in the finance sector for many years before embarking on a colorful career working as a tour guide before moving to writing crime novels. Her first book, “Kapalıçarşı Cinayeti” (The Grand Bazaar Murder) was published in 2014; its sequel “Cadıbostanı Cinayeti” (Cadıbostanı Murder) was published recently.
The “Open Lectures” program initiated by Boğaziçi University in April 2016 to bring the latest scientific developments to the public presented a seminar on “The Effects of Stress on the Nervous System” by Assistant Professor Elif Aysimi Duman on May 10.

Established by the former American President Bill Clinton in 2007, CGIU has been bringing together students who develop social responsibility projects from all over the world for eight years.