Istanbul University

Debate stirred after university botanical garden is allocated to Turkey's top religious body

The allocation of Istanbul University's Botanical Garden to the Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) in 2015 for the use of the Istanbul Mufti's Office has stirred a debate in Turkey, with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) blasting the move. 

Erdoğan reappoints Yekta Saraç as head of Turkey's Higher Education Board

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reappointed Yekta Saraç as the head of Turkey's Higher Education Board (YÖK) on July 20.

Saraç was first appointed to the post on Nov. 12, 2014.

Saraç, who was the acting head of YÖK after former head Gökhan Çetinsaya was removed from his post, was appointed as the new head of YÖK by Erdoğan again. 

Bosphorus waters to remain turquoise-tinged until the end of June

The waters of Istanbul's Bosphorus Strait will retain their turquoise color, caused by phytoplankton, until the end of June, Professor Bayram Öztürk from Istanbul University has stated.

Öztürk, from the university's aquaculture department, said the phytoplankton will remain prominent until the end of the month under current weather conditions.

Pioneering Turkish women's rights activist Şirin Tekeli dies at 73

Turkish author, translator and women's rights activist Şirin Tekeli died at the age of 73 in the Aegean province of Muğla on June 13, Doğan News Agency has reported.

Tekeli had been suffering brain cancer for a while in Muğla's Bodrum district. 

Tekeli's body was sent to the Çapa Medical Faculty to be used in medical researches.   

Cross of 12th century Byzantine chapel stolen in southern Turkey

The cross of a 12th century Byzantine chapel, located outside the ancient city of Myra in the southern province of Antalya, has reportedly been stolen. 

Demre District Governor Murat Uz said an investigation has been opened into the theft, and they believe the 20-centimeter long marble cross was stolen in the last three or four days. 

Turkey condemns Manchester suicide attack

Turkish officials have condemned the suicide attack at a concert in Manchester, which claimed at least 22 lives and wounded 59 others.  

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he "strongly condemned" the attack during a speech at Istanbul University.

"We share the grief of the British government and its people," Erdoğan said.

Istanbul students receive top youth enterprise award for mobile physical therapy app

A group of students from Boğaziçi University and Istanbul University have received the top award in a youth enterprise competition held by a leading business organization for their mobile health application, which enables patients to monitor their physical therapy processes any time they need.