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Turkey Higher Education Council (YÖK) issued a statement on Friday afternoon declaring that it is up to university presidents to allow scholars to go abroad on academic purposes. Academic trips will be reported to YÖK every month. In fact, this is nothing new. I assume every university has a record of its scholars’ academic activities. We always ask permission for an academic trip so that our health insurance etc will be covered. Anyways, we got an official statement from the president’s office today so this effectively lifts the travel ban. Effectively, in the sense that, Bilgi University is keen on accountability, so as long as we provide our invitation letters, we will get the permission…

Because state of emergency is declared in Turkey, when we go abroad in addition to our passport and hardly gotten visas (!) we will have to provide a document from where we work etc.

In the mean time, since the ban was sort of uplifted in the last minute, I could not attend the EASA conference. I presented through Skype this morning. Thanks to  I have a photo from the presentation:

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