I am delighted to invite
you to a Jubilee Conference in Ankara, Turkey, the
birthplace in 1980 of the International Conference on Higher Education. In the
intervening 25 years I.C.H.E. has met on three continents and covered numerous
topics of interest to university administrators and academic staff.
For its 25th anniversary
it was decided to return to the site of the First I.C.H.E.
In 1980 the Conference convened at Hacettepe University in Ankara, and
in 2005 it will meet at Bilkent University, the second university established
by our host, I.C.H.E. founder and honorary president, Professor
İhsan Doğramacı, who this year is celebrating his 90th birthday.
In recent decades private
institutions of higher learning have opened in
various countries around the globe, some with a profit in mind but others
with the objective of achieving academic excellence and freedom from the
restraints that sometimes accompany state control. The topic of this
year's I.C.H.E. reflects this movement in higher education by addressing
"The Strengths and Weaknesses of Public and Private Universities".
Keynote speakers have
been invited from the United States and Japan,
both of which have important institutions of private education alongside
the public universities, as well as from the host country, which also has
had private universities since 1984. Of special interest in this year's
program will be a panel on "The International University of Iraq -- A Private
University in a Newly Reconstituted Society".
I hope to see you in Ankara in August.
Chancellor emeritus, University of TrierPresident,
International Conference on Higher Education