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Sakıp Sabancı Chair and Center for Turkish Studies Created at Columbia University

Thanks to a generous gift from the family of the late Sakıp Sabancı, Columbia University has created the Sakıp Sabancı Chair and Center for Turkish Studies. The first center for Turkish Studies in the United States named for its benefactor, the Sakıp Sabancı Center will forge a new era of scholarly collaborations between Sabancı University and Columbia University and also the two countries. The Center’s goal is to increase knowledge and awareness about Turkey, as well as its importance to modern regional affairs, global affairs, and its historical significance.

Achievement by FASS Faculty Member Arzu Kıbrıs

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences member Arzu Kıbrıs became one of the two people in Turkey to receive “ERC Starting Grant” in humanities and social sciences with her project "Exposure to Political Violence and Individual Behavior".


Arzu Kıbrıs, professor of Political Science in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, received an ERC Starting Grant, which is one of the most prestigious scientific research support awards of the European Union. Arzu Kıbrıs’ project "Exposure to Political Violence and Individual Behavior" will receive European Research Council funding for five years. 

The project, as its title suggests, investigates the impact of being exposed to political violence on the political, economic and social behavior of individuals in the Turkish example. 

Sabancı University Center of Excellence for Gender and Women's Studies

We are honored and delighted to announce that the SU Gender and Women's Studies Forum has been approved as a Center of Excellence. The new opportunities this restructuring will create, as well as the Center's goals and activities in the areas of education, research and social responsibility will be presented to the university community in greater detail through several meetings in the coming days. All members and students of the university are invited to contribute to and benefit from the Center.

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