University education, despite very significant progress and momentum that was experienced since ancient times, is still maintaining its significant principles. First of all, being "universal", equipped with universal values, researches having the desire to reach the realities can be characterized. Secondly, no matter what branch of science, research and education at the university, is realized in the relationship of a "master-apprentice".
In this sense, the "master" trainers are the most valuable fund of knowledge of a university. As İstanbul Bilgi University we have always felt the excitement and sensitivity of being a young university. We are proud of our senior professors who enable us to gain an important place in Turkey's intellectual map. More importantly, we see it as a deficiency that they retire and leave the education and discussion environments at their most mature periods of their life when their fund of knowledge reaches to a level of a "treasure".
Emeritus Professor title is status given to our teachers who comes to the age of retirement but who can contribute for many years more as an academician by guiding the students with their know-how, international reputations and relationships. Thus, it is aimed for a senior professor to continue their academic life at a university without any limitation on their course load, enabling them to be always with young academicians and students, preserve their offices, to shed light on the development of the university with their know-how.
Our Emeritus Professors honors us with their presence and strengthens the tradition of BİLGİ of giving high-quality education at the universal level with their contribution.
Gülten Kazgan was born in İstanbul and after completing her secondary school education at American College for Girls she graduated from İstanbul University Faculty of Economics. After completing her PhD degree at the same faculty she went to the University of Chicago with a Rockefeller scholarship. She worked there for two years together with T. W. Schultz. Then she returned to İstanbul University Faculty of Economics and promoted to the rank of associate professor and specialized in the field of agricultural economics. Taking advantage of her studies he wrote his book on ""Agriculture and Development" At the same years she worked at SVIMEZ (Rome) with a Ford Foundation scholarship for two summer periods and one year at ISEA (Paris).
Kazgan received the title of Professor from İstanbul University and he has many books such as Economic Thought, Economic Community and Turkey, Agriculture and Development, Outward Economic Growth, Turkish Economy from Tanzimat to 21st century, Globalization and Nation-State, Crises in Turkish Economy: 1999-2001, The Witnesses of an Economist and many articles and researches; besides many articles and compilations such as Turkey and Russia from past to present: Political, Economic and Cultural Relations (compiled by G. Kazgan – N. Ulçenko), Kuştepe Research (compiled by G. Kazgan) Kuştepe Youth Research (compiled by Kazgan).
Kazgan was selected as the "most successful economist in its own branch" in 1988 by the readers of Economic Panorama Journal; one of the seven woman scientists who received the award of "Women of Enlightenment" in 1998; "Academician of the Year" by the readers of Finans Dünyası (Finance World) in 2000. She has received the award of "Golden Book" by “Altın Kitaplar Publications” and "Sedat Simavi Foundation Social Sciences" awards with her book "Turkish Economy from Tanzimat era to the 21st Century. In 2008 he shred the "Life-long Success" award given by Forum İstanbul.
Prof. Gülten Kazgan who assumed as the founding rector of İstanbul Bilgi University has worked here as the Head of the Department of Economics Research Center. Kazgan is called as the "Teacher of the Teachers" and "Doyenne of Economics" and she received the title of "Emeritus Professor" from İstanbul Bilgi University in 2010.
Professor Mete Tunçay graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences in 1958. In 1961 he received the title of doctor and started his studies at London School of Economics and Political Science with Rockefeller scholarship. In 1966 he was promoted to the rank of associate professor. In 1972 he resigned from the Faculty of Political Sciences and undertaken the task of Head of the Ministry of Culture Department of Publications. In 1978 he returned his task in the Faculty of Politics and went to Soviet Union. In 1979 he went USA with Fulbright scholarship and continued his studies at Stanford University. In 1983 he was dismissed from his position at the Faculty of Political Sciences in accordance to law no 1402. Between 1984 and 1993 he was the director of History and Society Journal and then at the History Foundation he published Social History journal. He was returned to his position at the Political Sciences Faculty by State Council's decision in June 1990; but he wanted retirement in September 1990. Mete Tunçay who is among the founders of İstanbul Bilgi University and received the title of "Emeritus Professor" in 2010 is also among the founders of History Foundation.
Professor Uğur Alacakaptan completed his undergraduate education at Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1955. In 1958 he received the title of doctor of law. He stayed in Rome and Perigu cities of Italy for a period of almost two years in order to carry out his studies of Associate Professor. In 1960 he was promoted to the rank of an associate professor. In 1965 he was sent to England by the Board of Faculty Professors. Alacakaptan was promoted to the rank of professor in 1967 and was elected as Dean of the Faculty of Law at a very tender age. In 1974 he left his position at the university and entered actively in politics. He assumed the task of party councillorship and deputy secretary at Republican People's Party. Alacakaptan who was elected as Ankara Senator in 1975 and continued in this position until 1980, worked respectively as the President of the Turkish Group in the North Atlantic Assembly and as a member of the Turkish Group in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly. Uğur Alacakaptan who is among the founders of İstanbul Bilgi University worked as the founding dean with the establishment of the Faculty of Law at BİLGİ in 1997 and received the title of an "Emeritus Professor" in 2010.
Prof. Belgin Erdoğmuş was born in 1941 in İstanbul and graduated from Austria High School in 1960. At the same year, he entered into İstanbul University Faculty of Law and after graduation he started working as an assistant at the chair of Roman Law of the same Faculty in 1966. Erdoğmuş completed her PhD in 1972 and was in Zurich between 1975 and 1978 with the scholarship of Swiss government and lectured Roman Law course at Zurich University Faculty of Law under the framework of Tutorat for two semesters. In 1978 he was promoted to the rank of an associate professor in Turkey. Then in 1991 he was promoted to the rank of a professor.
Erdoğmuş worked as the vice dean of İstanbul University Faculty of Law for five years and after his retirement in 1998 he started lecturing at Yeditepe University. At the end of 1999 he was assigned as the dean of İstanbul Bilgi University Faculty of Law.
Prof. Haluk Şahin was born as the second child of an officer-teacher family in a village just opposite of Ağrı Mountain near to the border of Soviet Union and Iran. Most of his childhood and discipleship passed in Bursa with his grandmother. While he was studying at Bursa Boys' High School he went to USA for one year with AFS scholarship. After his return he started studying at İstanbul Law Faculty and graduated there in 1964. Afterwards he went to Indiana University with UNESCO scholarship and he got his master's degree in Journalism and PhD on Mass Media. Thus he received the title of first Mass Communication doctor of Turkey. In his return, in 1974, he became TV program advisor of İsmail Cem the General Manager of TRT. He moved to Babıali in order to publish a newspaper with Cem who was dismissed due to political reasons. His first columns were published in the Politika newspaper. During the rest of his life he worked as an active journalist as well as his academic studies. He was a columnist in Cumhuriyet, Hürriyet, Güneş and Radikal newspapers. He was selected as the first columnist of the year twice by the Journalists Association of Turkey. He became the first chief editor of Nokta magazine in 1983. He didn't break away from TV. He has received many awards for his television work, including in particular the Arena program in which he was the editor. He has 26 books, including three poetry books. He currently writes a column for the Yurt newspaper. He retired from İstanbul Bilgi University where he taught as a professor for 17 years with the title of Emeritus.
Professor İlter Turan who was born in İstanbul in 1941 is a Professor of International Relations in İstanbul Bilgi University, he completed his secondary education in Turkey and United States. He received the degree of Bachelor of Political Science from Oberlin College (USA) in 1962 and the Master's Degree of Political Science from Columbia University in 1964. At the same year, he became an assistant at the Political Science Chair of İstanbul University Faculty of Economics. At the same chair he was promoted to the rank of a Doctor in 1966, an Associate Professor in 1970, and Professor in 1976. Turan was the rector of İstanbul Bilgi University between 1998 and 2001 and before that he worked at Koç (1993-1998) and İstanbul (1964-1993) universities, he also lectured in various American and British universities as a guest lecturer. Between 2000 and 2009 he was also in the role of a chairman of Turkish Political Science Association, vice-president of the International Political Science Association and chairman of 2009 World Congress program. Today, Prof. İlter Turan is in charge of the management of many foundations and companies as well as the Presidency of the Health and Education Foundation Board of Trustees and on the other hand he works as a writer in Dünya Newspaper. On July 2016, Prof. İlter Turan was elected the president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) for 2016-2018.
Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Suraiya Faroqhi graduated from Hamburg University (1959-62, 1963-67), İstanbul University (1962-63) and Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana (1968-70). After teaching at Middle East Technical University between 1971-87, she worked as a faculty member of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, between 1988 and 2007. She joined the History Department of İstanbul Bilgi University in 2007.
Faroqhi’s major books include Der Bektaschi-Orden in Anatolien; Towns and Townsmen of Ottoman Anatolia, Trade, Crafts and Food Production in an Urban Setting; Men of Modest Substance, House Owners and House Property in Seventeenth Century Ankara and Kayseri; Pilgrims and Sultans, The Hajj under the Ottomans 1517-1683; Kultur und Alltag in Osmanischen Reich, vom Mittelalter bis zum Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts; Approaching Ottoman History: an Introduction to the Sources; The Ottoman Empire and the World Around it, 1540s to 1774; Artisans of Empire: Crafts and Craftspeople under the Ottomans; and A Cultural History of the Ottomans: The imperial elite and its artefacts, which is currently being prepared for publication in Turkish; In addition to a large number of academic papers, she also contributed to the four-volume The Cambridge History of Turkey together with Kate Fleet and Reşat Kasaba. Living the Good Life: Consumption in the Qing and Ottoman Empires of the Eighteenth Century 2017, which was co-authored with Elif Akçetin, will be published in the fall of 2017.
Faroqhi is an honorary member of Boğaziçi University, the Science Academy, Turkish History Association and the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). In 2014, she was awarded the WOCMES Honorary Award for her contributions to Middle East studies.
2010 - Prof. Gülten Kazgan, Prof. Uğur Alacakaptan and Prof. Mete Tunçay
İstanbul Bilgi University presented its gratitude to Prof. Gülten Kazgan, Prof. Uğur Alacakaptan and Prof. Mete Tunçay who trained many social science students and lecturers and contributed scientific production in a great extent in the areas of economics, law and history by giving them the title of "Emeritus Professor".
Three valuable scientists who were in charge at the founding stage of İstanbul Bilgi University received their Emeritus Professor titles in a ceremony with the participation of academy world and students trained held on July 7, 2010 Monday which is the 14th foundation anniversary of İstanbul Bilgi University.
2014 – Prof. Haluk Şahin
İstanbul Bilgi University presented its gratitude to Prof. Haluk Şahin who trained and supported many students and lecturers in the area of communication and contributed scientific production in a great extent by giving him the title of "Emeritus Professor".
Prof. Haluk Şahin who is included among the faculty members of the Faculty of Communication since the day of foundation, received his title of Emeritus Professor in a ceremony held in the faculty.
Rifat Sarıcaoğlu, President of İstanbul Bilgi University Board of Trustees, Prof. Remzi Sanver, Rector of İstanbul Bilgi University, Prof. Halil Nalçaoğlu Dean of the Faculty of Communication and friends from the media and academy world, students and colleagues participated in the ceremony held on November 6, 2014.
2015- Prof. İlter Turan
İstanbul Bilgi University presented its gratitude to Prof. İlter Turan who trained many students and lecturers in the area of international relations and politics, carried out many scientific studies and was in the position of rector of the university between 1998 and 2001 by giving him the title of "Emeritus Professor".
Prof. İlter Turan was presented his title in ceremony held on 19 March 2015 in the santralistanbul Campus of İstanbul Bilgi University. Rifat Sarıcaoğlu (Chairman of İstanbul Bilgi University Board of Trustees), Prof. Remzi Sanver (Rector), Prof. Aydın Uğur (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities) and friends from the media and academy world, students and colleagues participated in the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, the book "Science of Politics - Gift to İlter Turan" consisting of the articles of students and academician fellows was presented to Prof. İlter Turan. The book which was prepared by the efforts of BİLGİ Department of International Relations and compiled by his colleagues Associate Professor Pınar Uyan Semerci, Assistant Professor Boğaç Erozan and Prof. Nihal İncioğlu was published by İstanbul Bilgi University Publications.
2017 - Prof. Suraiya Faroqhi
İstanbul Bilgi University presented its gratitude to Prof. Suraiya Faroqhi, who is an international authority in the area of history by giving her the title of "Emeritus Professor". Prof. Faroqhi received his title of Emeritus Professor in a ceremony held at santralistanbul Campus on September 27, 2017. Prof. Ege Yazgan (Acting Rector of İstanbul Bilgi University), Assoc. Prof. Gülhan Balsoy (Head of the Department of History), and friends from the academy world, students and colleagues participated in the ceremony.