Our Director's Message for the 50th Issue - Refet S. Gürkaynak


Dear Bilkent Members and Readers of Synergy,

Today, our team is publishing the 50th issue of our newsletter Synergy in which energy experts, academics, and students from Bilkent and various other universities inform our society about issues related to energy and climate matters. While doing so, our young authors also developed their writing skills and gained a deeper understanding of the world's energy and climate issues.

Bilkent Energy Policy Research Center started its activities in 2015 with the graduate program established to improve the analytical skills of experts working in government institutions. I am happy to return to Bilkent EPRC as the director, and I thank Prof. Dr. Erinç Yeldan for his contribution to this center as its founder.

Since then, many of our students working in different sectors have had the chance to receive a good education with our expert academic team's support. It is wonderful to be able to draw academics and practitioners from around of the world to the center and the graduate program. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our students who received their degrees last semester and wish them success in their careers.

In the next academic year, we plan to continue our graduate program with the new curriculum that designed based on the experiences we have gained so far. We are looking to update the curriculum to provide a multi-disciplinary education that will enable people who want to work in energy studies to have globally accepted qualifications.


Apart from our graduate program, we also aim to expand our research studies. We intend to use the strong human capital that our center has established through its former students and academics to provide analytical solutions to Turkey and the world's energy and climate problems. Impactful research, strong teaching and dedicated public service are the core values of Bilkent that EPRC fully shares.

I would like to express my gratitude to all of our readers who motivated us to publish fifty issues and wish good health and ease of mind during these trying times.

Yours faithfully,

Refet S. Gürkaynak