OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES
President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bilkent University
In Turkey until 1981 all university education was public and private
education was unconstitutional.
In that year a constitutional amendment
allowed private foundations to establish universities
provided they be non-profit,
adequately endowed and that the standard of teaching
and research was no
lower than that of public universities.
This opened the door, and in 1984
Bilkent University became the first private
institution of higher learning in
Today one third of the 75 Turkish universities are private, which
provides us with ample opportunity to discuss the
strengths and weaknesses
of the two types of institution.
After serving as the executive head of two public universities and chairman of
board of trustees of another, 20 years ago I
established the first private university.
This gives me a chance to present my personal
experience regarding the theme
of this 2005 I.C.H.E.