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Professor Üstün Ergüder received his undergraduate degree (BA Admin.) from Manchester University in England. He undertook his graduate studies at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (New York, USA), received his Ph.D. degree in Political Science in 1970 and joined the academic staff of Boğaziçi University. He has also been at the University of Michigan as a "Research Scholar" and taught at Syracuse University as well as the State University of New York, Binghamton, when on leave from Boğaziçi University. Between August 1992 and August 2000, he served as the Rector of Boğaziçi University. Prior to his appointment as Rector, he chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations. In 2001 he moved to Sabanci University to found the Istanbul Policy Center of which he served as Director from November 2001 to August 2010. Dr Ergüder is the author of various articles published in Turkey and abroad.
Dr. Ergüder is the former (2009-2013) President of the Council of Magna Charta Observatory of Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy located in Bologna, Italy. He is currently the Turkish coordinator of the Greek Turkish Forum.