Boğaziçi University faculty members also participated in the protests against Melih Bulu, the new rector of Boğaziçi University. Melih Bulu, one of the 5 rectors appointed by the decree of the President, is curious. Who is Melih Bulu, who was appointed to Haliç University in January last year and to Boğaziçi University today?
Melih Bulu Date of birth 15 August 1970, Kırıkkale. Turkish academic, politician and current Boğaziçi University rector. He holds a doctorate in finance. He has mainly academic studies in the field of strategy. He served as the head of the Business Administration Department at Istanbul Şehir University (2010-2016), the founding rector of Istinye University (2016-2019), and the rector of Haliç University (2020). Bulu, the founder of the Ak Parti Sarıyer district presidency, became a candidate for the Ataşehir Municipality in 2009 local elections and for the Istanbul 2015st region parliament in the 1 general elections. He was appointed as the rector of Boğaziçi University with the President's decision published in the Official Gazette on January 2, 2021. Melih Bulu's appointment as the rector was protested by the students.
He was born in Kırıkkale in 1970. He completed his higher education in the Industrial Engineering Department of Middle East Technical University (1992). Master's degree in finance at Boğaziçi University Business Administration department; He received his doctorate education in the field of management and organization.
After completing his education, he worked in Turkish Aerospace Industry Company (TAI), which produces armored personnel carrier FMC-Nurol and F-16 aircraft in the defense industry in Ankara. He worked at P&G as a plant manager in the fields of efficiency and cost savings. He also provided strategy and management consultancy to various companies in the production and service sector.
Bulu founded the Ak Party's Istanbul province Sarıyer district chair in 2002. He served as the Deputy Head of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate responsible for the economy in the AK Party Provincial Administration. In the local elections held in 2009, he became a candidate candidate from the AK Party for Ataşehir Municipality. In the 2015 general elections, he became a candidate for parliamentary candidates from the 1st region of Istanbul from the AK Party.
Between 2003 and 2010, Bulu taught Business Strategy and Game Theory at Boğaziçi and Istanbul Ticaret universities as part-time, and started to work as a full-time academic since 2009. He received the title of associate professor in 2008 and professor in 2016. Between 2010 and 2014, he worked as the Head of Istanbul Şehir University Department of Business Administration. He served as the founding rector of Istinye University in Istanbul between 2016-2019 and started to work as the rector of Haliç University in 2020.
International Competitiveness Research is one of the founders in 2004. Agency (URAK) general coordinator before the NGO did board the presidency between the years 2017-2019 and URAK did their competitiveness analysis of Turkey's industry and in cities under the roof. In 2021, he was appointed as the rector of Boğaziçi University with the Presidential decree.
Upon the reaction of the students to the decision that cameras are required for the exams, Melih Bulu claimed that when he was the rector of Haliç University, he replied to the students' tweets with a fake account, accused them of cheating in the exams and then liked the tweets sent by him with his main account.
It was claimed that "Measuring competitiveness of cities: Turkish experience" in "The environment and the entrepreneurial city: searching for the urban 'sustainability fix" was copied from Manchester and Leeds and plagiarized in his doctoral thesis. Bulu dismissed the plagiarism allegations as "slander".
Boğaziçi University Protests
After the invention of the appointment as rector of Boğaziçi University students, noting that should be selected instead of the appointment of the rector, July 15 coup that eliminates the rector elections, an arrangement made after the intervention and anti-democratic that they think that is part of the application have criticized this action, faculty, 1980 coup, since Turkey He stated that he was the first rector to be appointed outside of a university. The rector was protested by students who were outraged at the appointment, which they saw as a political movement of the AKP. "Melih Bulu is not our rector." They said, "We do not accept this because it violates academic freedom, scientific autonomy and the democratic values of our university." Ali Karahasanoğlu, editor-in-chief of Yeni Akit, a pro-government newspaper, criticized the protests, saying, "You think that, according to legislation and custom, not a professor, but a tradesman from Mahmutpaşa was appointed as the rector." After these protests, academicians from Boğaziçi University turned their backs to the rectorate building at the rector handover ceremony and made a new protest.