Binghamton University to award honorary degree; SUNY Citation also to be awarded
His Excellency Suleyman Demirel, president of the Republic of Turkey from 1993 to 2000, will be awarded a SUNY Citation by Chancellor Robert L. King at a 4:15 p.m. ceremony Wednesday, October 8, in the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University. Dr. Kemal Guruz, president of the Higher Education Council of Turkey, will be conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the chancellor and President Lois B. DeFleur at the same ceremony.
Demirel will speak on “Turkish-U.S. Relations: the New Political Landscape of the Middle East Since the Collapse of the U.S.S.R.” and Guruz will speak on “Higher Education in the Global Knowledge Economy.”
Demirel, an engineer by training, served three times as prime minister of Turkey before becoming president in 1993. Guruz, who holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, was appointed to a four-year post with the Higher Education Council in 1995 and reappointed again in 1999. He will complete his appointment in December.
Beginning this fall, a dual-diploma, joint-degree program between SUNY and Turkey is allowing students from the U.S. and Turkey to enroll in one program and earn diplomas from two universities in a jointly taught degree. Binghamton is currently offering joint degrees in global and international affairs, and information systems, with the first Turkish participants expected on campus in fall 2004.