News Highlights

Ömer Ongun graduated from Boğaziçi University’s Management Department in 2011. He has been working on an international project named NOW for nearly a year, with his teammates from seven different countries. Ongun told us that he wants to carry the colorful, multivocal atmosphere of Boğaziçi University to the NOW project, a project designed as a learning program for young people.

President Gülay Barbarosoğlu of Boğaziçi University and NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli Sreenivasan have signed an agreement to provide BU-affiliated entrepreneurs with a startup gateway in New York, leveraging the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial landscape and the supportive infrastructure of NYU Tandon Incubators.

Boğaziçi University President Gülay Barbarosoğlu and a group of both senior administrators and academicians were in New York in April to get together with BU alumni and friends living in the United States and to meet with officials from partner American universities. 

Boğaziçi University organized a panel at Columbia University in New York on “Understanding the Contemporary Middle East”.  The panel brought together academicians from Boğaziçi University and Columbia University, and Boğaziçi alumni and friends residing in the United States. The panel was moderated by Professor Edhem Eldem of Boğaziçi University’s Department of History; the speakers were Professor Fawaz Gerges of the London School of Economics and Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University.

Boğaziçi University’s Byzantine Studies and Research Center became operational on November 24, 2015.  The Center aims to become one of the leading academic centers in the field of Byzantine history and research in Turkey and across the world.  Studies to be conducted at the Center on Byzantine history, culture, arts and archeology will also shed light on the history and culture of Medieval Istanbul, Anatolia and the Balkans as well as the Ottomans.

İdil Türkmenoğlu, one of the leading names in the field of Human Resources in Turkey, is currently vice president responsible for Human Resources, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at Boyner Group. Türkmenoğlu graduated from the Management Department of Boğaziçi University in 1995. Throughout her career, she has held top human resources management positions at prestigious companies and has introduced concepts to the business world such as positive management in Human Resources and democracy in the workplace.

Boğaziçi University is a key player in scientific research in the field of particle physics in Turkey. Among the research teams from Turkey at the European Nuclear Research Center (CERN), the group working under the umbrella of Boğaziçi includes two prominent scientists from Boğaziçi University, Professor Erhan Gülmez and Associate Professor Erkcan Özcan. We spoke with Prof. Gülmez and Prof. Özcan about their work in the experiments that started in the 1990s, and the contribution of Boğaziçi University to those experiments.

“A Magical Day at Boğaziçi University” (BÜ’yülü bir gün), perhaps the most colorful of alumni activities, brought together Boğaziçi alumni in their classrooms on the South Campus on October 24, 2015. 


Organic Electronics has been attracting increasing interest in recent years. The Microfluidic Integrated Electronic Circuit project, developed by Associate Professor Şenol Mutlu of the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and his team at Boğaziçi University, will be applicable in the area of biological and chemical sensors compatible with lab-on-chips. The device, produced by Mutlu and his team within the framework of the Microfluidic Integrated Electronic Circuit project, uses water as its transistor material.

Six prominent research universities in Turkey joined forces to enhance the effectiveness of Turkish researchers in European Union projects.  The establishment of the Alliance of Turkish Research Universities was made public at the “Turkish Universities in the European Research Area” conference held in Ankara on October 8-9, 2015.  Boğaziçi University is one of the six members of the Alliance.