Posted by: bluesyemre | February 18, 2021

Higher Education and Academic Freedom in Turkey: Boğaziçi Yesterday and Today

Former and current Boğaziçi professors discuss the state of higher education in Turkey by reflecting on the past of Boğaziçi University and analyzing the recent events that have been unfolding since the appointment of a new university president on January 1, 2021, and the establishment of two new colleges on February 5, both by unilateral midnight decrees issued by President Erdoğan without any consultation.

Chairing the panel is Laurie Brand (Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies, University of Southern California and Chair, MESA Committee on Academic Freedom). The panelists, in alphabetical order of their last names are:

Mert Arslanalp (Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University),
Zeynep Atay (Professor of Chemistry, Boğaziçi University),
Mine Eder (Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University),
Edhem Eldem (Professor of History, Boğaziçi University),
Üstün Ergüder (President Emeritus, Boğaziçi University; Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Sabancı University),
Ersin Kalaycıoğlu (Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Sabancı University),
Kemal Kirişci (Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University), and
Binnaz Toprak (Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, Boğaziçi University and Bahçeşehir University; Member of Parliament, 2011-15).

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