BOYUT (Boğaziçi University International Community) is the community of Bogazici University alumni living outside of Turkey. It is a nonpartisan volunteer community formed with the fundamental aim of supporting institutional autonomy, academic freedom and democratic governance being endorsed and implemented in all universities and particularly in Bogazici University.
Our primary target is to ensure the withdrawal of the politically-motivated appointments to Bogazici University that started on the January 2, 2021. These appointments completely disregard the present practices of autonomy and governance as well as the academic criteria in our University. Against these appointments, we endeavor for the democratic election of university administration through processes open to the participation of all university constituents.
Since its establishment in January, BOYUT has contributed in the formation of a network among alumni living abroad, by producing written, oral and visual content for the publication of their actions and activities. We have worked to ensure the coordination among other organizations by university constituents, developing channels of solidarity for academics and students from Bogazici University and other universities. We have established contacts with academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and the press to report the rights violations related to the university resistance in Turkey. We invite all international Bogazici University alumni who share our goals and principles, to join us in our endeavor.
As the alumni of Bogazici University living abroad we are aware of the value that has been created for us and for our societies, by the free and high quality education that we received in a public university. We consider it our duty to fight for the right of the next generations to be educated in qualified, free and autonomous universities. For this exact reason we do not accept and we do not give up.