Dr. Üstün Ergüder

Director of Education Reform Initiative


Üstün Ergüder, Emeritus Professor at Sabanci University, received his undergraduate degree (B.A. 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 for two consecutive terms. Prior to his appointment as Rector, he chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations.  

Between November 2001 and June 2010 Dr. Ergüder served as the Director of the Istanbul Policy Center at Sabancı University. He is the author of various articles and books published in Turkey and abroad. He has also led and participated in several local and international collaborative projects involving survey research. He currentlydirects the Education Reform Initiative, an advocacy project located at Sabancı University and funded by 18 different foundations, the missions of which are education reform.

Dr. Ergüder is the President of the Council of Magna Charta Observatory of Academic Freedom and Institutional Autonomy located in Bologna, Italy, and chairs the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Third Sector Foundation of Turkey.  He sits on the Governing Board of the European Foundation Center, and is a member of the Executive Board of Vehbi Koc Foundation.