Past Event

The Birth of the Modern University in Turkey and Japan

March 16, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Event Description

The panel will reconsider the emergence of the first modern universities in Turkey and Japan within the comparative framework of both countries’ respective paths to political modernization. The panelists will shed light on why the constitution of a modern university was central to political reform during the Tanzimat Era and the Meiji Restoration and will explore multiple ways in which the idea of creating a learned community occupied the thinking of reformers in both countries.

Event Speakers

  • Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, Professor Emeritus at Istanbul University
  • Selçuk Esenbel, Professor Emerita at Boğaziçi University

Event Information

Free and open to the public; registration required. The event will be in Turkish with a simulcast English translation. For more information, please visit the event webpage

Hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Istanbul