News Highlights

Refugees and their plight have recently become a major issue in Turkey and many countries around the world.  Şenay Çınar from Boğaziçi Magazine, the monthly publication of BU’s Alumni Association (BUMED), talked with three Boğaziçi University members who are currently active in Refugee Rights Turkey: Oktay Durukan, Öykü Tümer and Nur Özkut.  The interview, which appeared in the October 2015 issue of the magazine, addressed important issues such as the services that the organization provides for refugees, the legal situation in Turkey vis-â-vis refugees, and also the benefits a Boğ

BU signed a memorandum of understanding with Invention Development Management Company (IDMC) and Intellectual Property Solutions of Intellectual Ventures (IV), a $6 billion patent fund, towards a strategic agreement to cooperate on patenting and research regarding technology projects conceptualized at the university. 

Present at the signing ceremony were President Gülay Barbarosoğlu and Edward Jung, co-founder of several Microsoft teams and the founder and Chief Technology Officer of the $6 billion technology fund, Intellectual Ventures.

We talked to Göktuğ Kıral, a Boğaziçi University student and “Turkey’s youngest Ironman” about how he earned this title and the journey he took afterwards.

The ACT (Accelerating the Commercialization of Technology) Fund was established to market and support new technologies developed in Turkey. The projects that will be supported by ACT will be determined by an assembly of 34 universities under the leadership of Boğaziçi University.  ACT will invest €100,000 to €2.5 million in 20 to 25 technology initiatives during the period 2015-2018.

Boğaziçi University released a statement following the tragic events that took place in Ankara on October 10, 2015, calling for the urgent restoration of peace.  Addressing the Turkish public, the statement expressed the deep sorrow caused by the horrendous attack and called on all segments of the society to work together to restore peace.

The text of the statement is as follows:

Boğaziçi University President Gülay Barbarosoğlu and a committee of academicians from the University met with officials from prominent universities in Boston and Chicago on September 17-24, 2015, with a view to enhancing Boğaziçi University’s international collaboration with these universities.  The committee comprised Professor Ali İzzet Tekcan, Provost; Professor Taner Bilgiç, Vice Provost; Professor Taylan Akdoğan, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and Asu Nisa Kırdar, Global Outreach Coordinator.

Boğaziçi University hosted the Summit Meeting of the C20 (Civil20), an international policy and advocacy platform and an official engagement group of the G20. The Summit took place at Boğaziçi University and brought together around 400 civil representatives from 52 countries. The slogan of the Summit was “We Say That...”

The Summit, which brought together people from different social segments from over 50 countries, focused on recommendations for a solution to economic inequalities — an issue of high priority for NGOs.

Researchers will soon be able to access institutional and private archives dating from the late 1800’s to the present at Boğaziçi University’s new Archives and Documentation Center to be housed in the “Nafi Baba Culture and Global Values Building” located on the historical hilltop of the University’s South Campus. Restoration work is underway at the building once known as “Nafi Baba Tekkesi”. The building itself as well as the Archives and Documentation Center it houses will enhance the academic and cultural value of Nafi Baba hill.

Special Jury Prize to BU Graduate Director Emin Alper (September 14, 2015)

Boğaziçi University’s Kilyos Sarıtepe campus is a candidate to become the first university campus in the world to meet all of its electricity needs from its own wind power plant. Its claim to become a green campus has been enhanced with the signing of the protocol on the Sarıtepe Campus Reforestation and Nature Park Project, which aims to create biodiversity on and around the campus.  By signing the protocol on September 4, 2015, BU and the TEMA Foundation have taken the first steps towards a nature project that will continue until 2025.