16th Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region BSUN 2024 Congress
“Summit of the Future for the Black Sea Region”
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Invitation
DEAR COLLEAGUES

It is of great pleasure to invite you to the "BSUN 2024 Congress and the16th Conference of Rectors from the Black Sea Region". The Black SeaUniversities Network (BSUN) is the largest platform for inter-universitycooperation in the extended Black Sea Region involving 120 Universitiesfrom the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) member states. It has been established in 1998 based on aRecommendation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (PABSEC) General Assembly and from the beginning ithas been supported by our country at all levels including YOK, TUBITAK,The Parliament, Government and Presidency. At present, 14 Universitiesfrom Turkiye are members of the organization. The InternationalPermanent Secretariat is established in Romania and has the support ofthe Romanian Government and the Presidency of the Network is rotatingevery two years. Based on the decision of the BSUN Executive Board, thisyear, the Congress will be organized by Istanbul University between 11and 12 of July on the premises of Conference Centre.

Scientific Program

Day 1
2024-07-11
Istanbul University Rectorate Central Campus International Academic Relations Unit 34452
Day 2
2024-07-12
Istanbul University Rectorate Central Campus International Academic Relations Unit 34452
Istanbul University Rectorate Central Campus International Academic Relations Unit 34452
Istanbul University Rectorate Central Campus International Academic Relations Unit 34452
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09:00 - 10:00
Registration
  • 09:00 – 10:00 Registration
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10:00 - 11:30
Welcome speeches

10:00 – 11:30 Welcome Speeches

 

  • Prof. Erol ÖZVAR (President, Council of Higher Education, Türkiye)
  • Dr. H.E. Lazăr COMĂNESCU (Secretary General, BSEC)
  • Prof. Muzaffer Şeker (President, Turkish Academy of Sciences)
  • Prof. Sorin COSTREIE (President, UNICA)
  • Prof. Hasan MANDAL (President, TUBITAK, Türkiye)
  • Prof. Osman Bülent ZÜLFİKAR (Rector, Istanbul University)
  • Prof. Marian PREDA (BSUN President)
  • Asaf HAJIYEV (Secretary General, PABSEC)
  • Prof. Gulchohra MAMMADOVA (Rector, Azerbaijan Architecture and Civil Engineering University)
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11:30 - 12:00
Coffee Break

11:30– 12:00 Coffee Break

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12:00 - 13:30
Promoting Science-Based Decision Making in the Society and the Role of Universities

12:00 – 13:30 “Promoting Science-Based Decision Making in the Society and the Role of Universities”

 

Moderators:

Prof. Erhan TABAKOĞLU (Rector, Trakya University)

Prof. Ayşegül KOMSUOGLU ÇITIPITIOĞLU (Rector, Nisantasi University)

 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Garry JACOBS (President, WAAS)
    “Pathways to a Peaceful and Sustainable Human Future: Context and Recommendations for the Summit of the Future”

 

  • Prof. Phoebe KOUNDOURI (Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business & Technical University of Denmark; Chair, SDSN Global Climate Hub; Co-chair, SDSN Europe; Director, AE4RIA; Trustee, WAAS)
    “SDSN Global Climate Hub: Science-based Solutions Pathways for Climate Neutrality and Climate Resilience” (online)

 

  • Dr. Moneef ZOU’BI, Science Advisor of the InterAction Council (IAC)
  • “Science Diplomacy in Post-Covid World: A Snapshot of the Human Security Perspectives.” (online)

 

Panel Discussion:

  • Prof. İsmail KOYUNCU (Rector, Istanbul Technical University)
    “TUBA Awards and Research Universities”

 

  • Prof. Tony SPASSOV (Vice-Rector, University of Sofia)
    “Science and innovation in green technologies”

 

  • Prof. Elena Nolica DRUICA (University of Bucharest)
    “What matters most to the perception of community resilience in Romania?”

 

  • Assistant Prof. Ahmet AYDEMİR (Bilgi University)
    “Sustainability Literacy”
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13:30 - 14:30
Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch 

 

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14:30 - 16:00
Transformation of Education and the Society

14:30– 16:00 “Transformation of Education and the Society”

 

Moderator:

Prof. Sorin COSTREIE (President, UNICA)

Speaker:

  • Prof. Lucian CIOLAN (Vice-Rector, University of Bucharest) –
    ”The New Learning Ecosystem of Higher Education: structures, processes and digital technologies”

Panel Discussion:

  • Janani RAMANATHAN (Secretary General, WAAS)
    “Transforming Education towards SDG4”
  • Prof. Alberto ZUCCONI (President, Person-Centered Approach Institute (IACP); Chair, Board of Trustees, WAAS; Secretary General, WUC)
    “Student/Person/People-Centered Education: Empowering people to cope with the Antropocene’ challenges.”
  • Prof. Jorgaq KACANI (BSUN President for the Mandate 2012-2015)
  • Prof. Gulsen ERYİĞİT (Istanbul Technical University)
    “Harnessing Language Technologies for Learning”
  • Prof. Veysel BOZKURT (Istanbul University)
    “ChatGPT and Its Use in Education
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16:00 - 16:20
Coffee Break

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break

A Proposal for Funding Joint Research Projects among BSUN   Countries image
16:20 - 16:40
A Proposal for Funding Joint Research Projects among BSUN Countries

16:20 – 16:40 “A Proposal for Funding Joint Research Projects among BSUN 

Countries”

 Moderator:

Prof. Fahri Ovalı (Advisor to the Rector, Istanbul University)

Speaker:

  • Prof. Hasan MANDAL (President, TUBITAK, Türkiye)
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16:40 - 18:30
BSUN General Assembly

16:40 – 18:30 BSUN General Assembly

 

Moderators:

Prof. Eden MAMUT (Secretary General, BSUN)

Prof. Ayşe Zişan FURAT (Istanbul University)

 

  • Opening Remarks

Prof. Osman Bülent ZÜLFİKAR, (Rector, Istanbul University)

Prof. Marian PREDA, (Rector, Bucharest University)

 

  • Session Reports from Moderators
  • Country Reports of BSUN Studies during 2022-2024 Mandate

 

  1. Albania
  2. Armenia
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Georgia
  6. Greece
  7. Moldova
  8. Romania
  9. Serbia
  10. Türkiye
  11. Ukraine

 

  • Debates and Adoption of the Declaration of the Conference of Rectors from the BSR
  • Election of the BSUN (President for the mandate 2024-2026)
  • Election of the BSUN (Executive Board members)
  • Nomination of the Future BSUN President for the mandate 2026-2028
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19:30
Dinner

19:30 – Dinner

A new Agenda for Peace in the Extended Black Sea Region and the Reform of Regional Cooperation Institutions image
A new Agenda for Peace in the Extended Black Sea Region and the Reform of Regional Cooperation Institutions

09:30 – 11:00 “A new Agenda for Peace in the Extended Black Sea Region and the Reform of Regional Cooperation Institutions”

 

Moderator:

Prof. Marian ZULEAN (University of Bucharest)

Speakers:

  • H.E. Emil CONSTANTINESCU (President, ISACCL; President of Romania (1996-2000); Trustee, WAAS)
    “The responsibility of academia in overcoming systemic challenges and creating a global culture of peace through education and science”
  • Prof. Donato KINIGER-PASSIGLI (Vice President ‘Social Sciences and Humanities’, WAAS)
    “Time for a Peace Offensive A New Initiative for Global Peace”

Panel Discussion:

 

  • Dr. H.E. Lazăr COMĂNESCU (Secretary General, BSEC)
    “Enhancing security and peace through economic cooperation.”
  • Prof. Aleksander ZIDANSEK (Vice Dean, Professor of Physics, Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School; Trustee, WAAS)
    “Science for Peace”
  • Prof. Profiroiu Constantin MARIUS (Vice Rector, Bucharest University of Economics Studies)
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11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

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11:30 - 13:00
Pathways for a Pact for the Future of the Extended Black Sea Region

11:30 – 13:00 “Pathways for a Pact for the Future of the Extended Black Sea Region”

 

Moderators:

Dr. Garry JACOBS (President & CEO, WAAS)

Prof. Eden MAMUT (BSUN Secretary General)

Panel Discussion:

  • Prof. Donato KINIGER-PASSIGLI (Vice President ‘Social Sciences and Humanities’, WAAS)
  • Prof. Marian PREDA (Rector, Bucharest University)
  • Prof. Ergül BERBER (Vice-Rector, Istanbul Arel University)
  • Prof. Erekle ASTAKHISHVILI (Vice-Rector, Tbilisi State University)

“Academic Community, Current Challenges and Future Directions”

  • Prof. Viorel BOSTAN (Rector, Technical University of Moldova)
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13:00 - 14:00
Lunch

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

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14:00 - 16:00
Social Programme: Historical Tour Around the Campus

14:00 – 16:00 Social Programme: Historical Tour Around the Campus

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