The Bogazici University situation continues in a strange way.
I write like everyone else.
I also wanted to take a different angle.
I called Bogazici students.
My questions were simple!
Are you demonstrating against President Erdogan?
Are you intending to create an another GEZI event?
Is your aim to stir the country?
Why do you object to the rector?
What’s wrong with you?
My questions were like these.
They wanted me to hide their names of course.
I’ll comment and leave a sentence at the end.
Here is the BOGAZICI summary of the day.
Here is that conversation with the part that fits here.
First of all there is an important point that is misunderstood.
Bogazici is never against President Erdoğan or his signature.
It can’t be.
From 2016 to 2021, The Rector was Prof.Mehmet Özkan.
He was a conservative name.
Many teachers such as Mehmet Bey work at the university.
Just like our students.
Was there a single protest when Prof.Mehmet Özkan was appointed as RECTOR, that is, when the President appointed him as Rector?
Did you hear a single crack? No.
Because Prof. Özkan graduated from Boğaziçi University Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department in 1986.
He completed his master’s and doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in the USA.
After his doctorate in 1992, he continued his studies in a private institution in Tokyo.
Since 1995, he has worked as the Deputy Director of the Biomedical Engineering Institute of Boğaziçi University.
Later, he continued as the Rector in charge of research.
It does not matter at all whether the Rector is a member of the AK Party or not.
We look at compatibility with the university and whether it includes us.
We are focused on quality and academic success.
Our previous rector, Prof. Dr.Özkan, Who can say that he is far from AK Party.
Let’s go further …
For example, NAZIM EKREN.
Does he support AK PARTY? Yes.
Did he even work together with Mr. Erdogan when he was the Prime Minister?
Yes he worked.
Believe me, if someone like Nazım Bey came, nobody would say a word.
All the people of Boğaziçi would embrace.
In the final analysis, someone who has been awarded the title of professor at Manchester Business School!
The problem is definitely not whether he is member of the AK PARTY or not.
This is not where we are looking.
However, the parties could not speak due to the tension.
So is Melih Bulu the only only guilty?
Believe me, the subject has nothing to do with names. Look in another window, please.
-What is that window?
Let’s underline this first.
We have a foundation.
It’s a board of directors too.
For example, names like NEVZAT AYDIN and Mehmet Nane work together with the RECTOR here.
But more importantly, there are those who pay for the university.
There are those who help.
There are names such as Özallar’s relatives and the Ülker family.
Well, if you ask who else is there, the list gets too long.
There is a list of PLATINUM, GOLD and SILVER.
We have dozens of donors such as HSBC, QNB FİNANSBANK, AKBANK, İNAN KIRAÇ,VEHBİ KOÇ FOUNDATION, YAPI KREDI BANK, AYDIN DOĞAN FOUNDATION, M. BARIŞ TANSEVER and ALİZE TANSEVER, TURKCELL, JUSTICE AĞAOĞLU, BURHAN KARAÇAM, ERKUT YÜCAOĞLU, HACI ÖMER SABANCI FOUNDATION, GÜLER SABANCI, HALK BANK, UNILEVER, MINISTRY OF CULTURE TOURISM, ECZACIBAŞI, HÜSNÜ ÖZYEĞİN, ENKA.
There are names and families inside.
To maintain a common value.
-So what do you mean?
We repeat. There is no action against the AK Party or the President.
The subject is deflected.
-Speak clearly, please. What is it then?
This place opens its door to the AK PARTY names. And it did.
However, we have seen a problem with the names that came before the President recently.
We think the source of the problem is here.
Correct name and qualification means moving on with ZERO problems.
Bogazici people roughly said this.
I’m still in the same place.
There is no problem that cannot be overcome.
Let the new Rector Melih Bulu express himself and answer the objections.
Let the foundation intervene and the problem be solved.
This should not be a matter of Turkey.
If the problem is prolonged, there will be many who will put their hands.