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2010 Tosun Terzioğlu Emeritus Ceremony

At his speech, Sabancı University Founding President Professor Tosun Terzioğlu said, “It is a great honor to be here today. When I look back, I realize that I began my career 42 years ago. Since then, I have had a wealth of administrative experience. I have been an administrator for 27 years. I have always learned, always listened. I learned lots from the people I listened to. I did not talk much, but always loved to learn. For me, participation at Sabancı University always had great importance. We have a Declaration of Academic Freedoms that many of us are proud of.” Terzioğlu added, “The university is not me, not Ms. Sabancı, nor the individual students. The university is a house of contradictions. There is the faculty, like myself, and then there are the students: young people 17-18 years of age. They have the energy, we have the experience. It befalls all of us to process the underlying wealth and come up with rare gems. Tosun Terzioğlu said that the purpose of the university was to learn, and continued, “The university is an adventure in learning. This is the same for me, and the same for our young students. It is hard to organize these adventures. Everyone learns from each other. This is not always what is expected in Turkey. This reminds me of herds of sheep. There is the herd, the shepherd, a dog, and a ram with a bell around its neck. The herd follows in their footsteps. This is not what is expected of a school. No university should be like this.”