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Bilkent Core Regulations

Founding Definitions Board of Trustees

Resolution 2) Pursuant to law number 3785, approved in the Turkish Grand National Assembly gathering of March 5, 1992 and printed in the Official Gazette dated March 7, 1992, the motion of the Core Regulations prepared by the Founding Foundations was accepted as it is, in view of the fact that the concerned law acknowledged the public legal body of Bilkent University and recognized the University's faculties, high schools and institutions.


Bilkent University is a higher education institution, founded on October 20, 1984 by the İhsan Doğramacı Health Foundation, the İhsan Doğramacı Education Foundation and the İhsan Doğramacı Science and Research Foundation. Bilkent University began educational, instructional and research activities on October 20, 1986 and acquired its public legal body status in accordance with the law number 3785, dated March 5, 1992.


In these Core Regulations, the following terms will be used hereafter:

Founding Foundations: İhsan Doğramacı Health Foundation, İhsan Doğramacı Education Foundation and İhsan Doğramacı Science and Research Foundation, which are the founders of Bilkent University

General Assembly of Founding Foundations: Formed by the union of executive boards of the founding foundations.

University: Bilkent University

Board of Trustees: Bilkent University Board of Trustees

Senate: Bilkent University Senate

Executive Board: Bilkent University Executive Board

Chairman: Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Rector: Bilkent University Rector

Provost: Provost who is in charge of academic affairs at Bilkent University

General Provisions

The University takes the necessary measures to ensure that academic studies are conducted at the highest level. In order to provide the highest quality instructors, the criteria to be accepted by the Board of Trustees will be observed in the selection of instructors, in addition to qualities sought in instructors in higher education institutions founded by the State.

With regard to security, the University is subject to provisions provided for in the Constitution for Higher Education Institutions.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is formed by at least 7 and at most 28 people who are selected by the Founding Foundations General Board from among those individuals who have the specifications and qualities stipulated in the laws and regulations. Natural members are not included in this number. The President of the Founding Foundations General Board or the representative he appoints and the Rector or the representative he appoints are natural members of the Board of Trustees.

Names of the Board of Trustees are notified to the Higher Education Council within thirty days following their appointment.

The term of office for each member of the Board of Trustees is five years. In the case that a member's term of office finishes or the member resigns for other reasons, the person to replace this member is selected for a five-year term. Members whose term of office terminates can be re-selected. In order to discharge a member from the board before the termination of the term of office, at least two thirds of the whole number of the Founding Foundations General Board members must vote in favor of the motion.

The Rector, who is one of the natural members of The Board of Trustees, can not be elected as the President of the Board. Membership on the Board of Trustees is honorary; members do not receive any payment or remuneration, except for the actual expenses of participation in meetings and board activities.

The Board of Trustees is the highest decision making body in the University. With a view to ensuring the efficient operation of the University in all respects, the Board of Trustees issues regulations and instructions that are complementary to and do not contradict the Core Regulations, and the Board decides on the drafts of regulations and instructions prepared by other bodies within the University.

The Board of Trustees makes decisions relating to the establishment, abolishment and integration of preparatory schools, vocational schools, practice and research centers, technoparks and academic units which form faculties and higher schools; it submits proposals as to the establishment, abolishment and integration of faculties, institutes and higher schools to the Higher Education Council. Application and research centers with a special financial and administrative status can be founded in accordance with the resolution of the Board of Trustees or the Chairman. The Board of Trustees makes decisions relating to the administration of the academic units, which constitute the faculties, institutes and higher schools.

The Board of Trustees determines the status of administrators, instructors and other personnel to be appointed in the University; makes their contracts when necessary; approves their appointments, promotions and dismissals; agrees upon the University budget submitted for approval; monitors the budget expenditures; and determines the fees to be collected from the students.

The Board of Trustees appoints the Rector according to the principles indicated in Article 7 of the Core Regulations for the term and under the conditions it approves. The Rector does not attend the meetings where his appointment and personal affairs are discussed.

The Board of Trustees can transfer some of its powers to the Chairman, the Rector or other bodies in the University for the period and to the extent it deems convenient.

The Board of Trustees convenes at least four times a year; it can sustain its activities through provisional and permanent committees founded by itself or by the Chairmanship.

The Board of Trustees elects an Execution Board comprised of the dChairman and two members to use its authority in financial affairs and to allocate the budget.

For more information, see Bilkent Core Regulations