Melih Bulu has been appointed as the rector of Boğaziçi University

First message from Prof. Dr. Melih Bulu to Boğaziçi University.

Dear Boğaziçi,

In the wake of my appointment as the rector of Boğaziçi University where I spent the best 8 years of my life, I would like to send my sincere greetings.

Having accumulated 30 years of experience at the private sector and third sector, I truly feel the significanceof education as the most important component for being in the top 10 as a country. For this very reason, returning to Boğaziçi, one of the leading higher education institutions in the country, excites me very much. Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the President of Turkish Republic and President of the Higher Education Council.

I believe completing my education focused on management and strategy at Boğaziçi and gaining practical experience in the private sector, coupled with having served as the Department Head, Dean and Rector at different higher education institutions have all paved the way for today’s appointment.

As a result of the analysis I have made based on my prior experience, I would like to kindly share my notes about few of the subjects that need to be addressed in order for Boğaziçi to reach its deserved place:

  1. Global position: We see that Boğaziçi is not in the top 500 of THE and QS rankings which are two of the most influential global rankings.One of the most important reasons for this is - unfortunately - the declining international publication performance. My target for the institution is to be placed in the top 100 and maintain our position as a top 100 institution in the coming 4 years as the first Turkish institution.
  2. Sectoral cooperation:Boğaziçi has lost its proximity to the public and private sectors and other institutions have filled this gap. I believe we should work on this issue and benefit from the networks of our alumni more efficiently. This way we can ease the way for our students in finding work placements and internships besides creating additional funding for our projects and identifying real-life challenges for academic research.
  3. Entrepreneurship: I believe Boğaziçi is not well-situated within the increasing profile of the Turkish entrepreneurship ecosystem as it should be. One of the areas that I will emphasize is the commercialization of not only our students’ but also our faculty members’ knowledge production. I will do my best to promote an environment supporting Boğaziçi addressed start-ups.
  4. Innovation ecosystem: As I mentioned in my book titled “Urban Knowledge and Innovation Spaces”, published by Routledge, and knowing the close-knit relationship between innovation and space, I give great importance to numerous university spaces that influence and boost innovation. For this reason, all university spaces will be reviewed and I hope to work towards making these places more motivating and pleasant.

Working on this list and associated items with your suggestions and support will be on the top of our agenda in the coming days. 

Dear Boğaziçi Family,

I am an approachable character. You can always reach me virtually or personally on campus easily. Having experienced numerous times, I also believe we can transparently work on problems by establishing and maintaining dialogue. In addition to this, I believe putting Boğaziçi at the center of challenges and discussions that it is not really part of, damages the institution. We should always keep in mind that we are on the same boat. For this reason, we should all be against any influence that would refrain us from scientific production.

With great excitement and happiness of returning home, I would like to share my longing for eating Kumpir at OrtaKantin, sipping tea from Sosyete Kantin along the view, and sharing my food with the campus cats jumping on my lap. I missed playing basketball in Güney, joining practices of the rowing team in Uçaksavar and swimming in the open-air pool till the sunset.  

Taking this opportunity, as a member of Boğaziçi family, I would like to send my greetings to all my beloved faculty members who have contributed to my education, including Güven Alpay, Deniz Gökçe, Muzaffer Bodur, Hayat Kabasakal, Mustafa Dilber, Özer Ertuna, Refik Erzan, Ayşe Buğra, Ayşegül Toker, Cem Behar and Taner Bilgiç.

Melih Bulu