Secretary General

Burak Kılanç

Burak Kılanç was born in Ankara in 1970 and graduated from Istanbul, Laleli, Koca Ragıp Paşa Primary School in 1981; Istanbul (Boys’) High School in 1988; Civil Engineering (Undergraduate) at Boğaziçi University in 1993; Civil Engineering Department (Postgraduate) at Boğaziçi University in 1996; Imperial College, University of London, CARE (Postgraduate) in 1996; and Financial Management Department at Institute of Business Economics, Istanbul University (Postgraduate) in 1997.

He worked as a research assistant at Boğaziçi Universitybetween 1993-1995 and as a specialist at the Istanbul Chamber of Industrybetween 1996-1997.

He was an Executive Committee Member at Nişantaşı Universityfrom 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016. 
His primary expertise/study field is higher education management and marketing.

The undergraduate and postgraduate lectures that he delivers include engineering drawing, engineering economics, standards-quality-accreditation and integrated management systems.

Burak KILANÇ, DoğruTercih Projesi’nin yaratıcısı olmasının yanı sıra dönem dönem CNN Türk, Habertürk, NTV ve SkyTürk kanallarında uzman moderatörlük ve Ulusal gazetelerde eğitim ve köşe yazarlığı yapmıştır.

In addition to being the creator of the DoğruTercih (Right Choice) Project, Burak Kılanç from time to time served as an expert moderator on TV channels including CNN Türk, Habertürk, NTV and SkyTürk, as well as a columnist on education in national newspapers. 

He was assigned by the Directorate of YÖK (Council of Higher Education) as a project coordinator and advisor responsible for database and software design, analysis, processing, management and communication in the creation of the YÖK Atlas Systemwhich was launched in 2016 as a reference guide for millions of candidate students due to its functioning as a place where the data of the Turkish Higher Education System are transformed into processed information and shared with the public.

He continues to organize education conferences at many distinguished education institutions throughout Turkey.

Burak Kılanç has been the Founding Secretary General of Istinye University since 4 September 2016.

He was born in Ankara in 1970 to Nilüfer and Yılmaz. He is married to Ruken Kılanç, and he has two children, namely Bahar Deren and Yılmaz Kemal.
1981 – Istanbul, Laleli, Koca Ragıp Paşa Primary School 
1988 – Istanbul (Boys’) High School
1993 – Civil Engineering at Boğaziçi University, Undergraduate Program
1996 – Civil Engineering Department at Boğaziçi University, Postgraduate Program
1996 – Imperial College, University of London, CARE, Postgraduate Program
1997 – Financial Management Department at the Institute of Business Economics, Istanbul University, Postgraduate Program.

He worked as a research assistant at Boğaziçi Universitybetween 1993-1995 and as a specialist at the Istanbul Chamber of Industrybetween 1996-1997.Between the years 1999-2012, he served as the manager of the R&D Center at Istanbul Kültür Universityfor which he started to work on 1 October 1997 as a member of the founding academic staff. From 1 January 2013 to 31 August 2014, he served as the Secretary General of the university.

He was an Executive Committee Member at Nişantaşı Universityfrom 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2016. Burak Kılanç has been the Founding Secretary General of Istinye University since 4 September 2016.

His primary expertise/study field is higher education management and marketing.

He is known to be good at database management and software architecture. 

The undergraduate and postgraduate lectures that he delivers include engineering drawing, engineering economics, standards-quality-accreditation and integrated management systems.

Burak Kılanç is the creator of the DoğruTercih Project. He touched the lives of more than 3 million young people in ten years via www.dogrutercih.com alone and thus, influenced their university choices.  High School Tomography, Department Tomography, Net Wizard, Choice Filter, Choice Engine and many similar computer programs were created by him, his team and students. 

As an expert moderator, he prepared more than 200 TV shows on TV channels including CNN Türk, Habertürk, NTV and SkyTürk. He participated as a guest in more than 140 primetime news and panel discussions on national TV channels.

He prepared or contributed to the preparation of more than 90 education articles in the newspapers Akşam (2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014), Cumhuriyet (2009), Habertürk (2010), Hürriyet (2007) and Milliyet (2009).

Across Turkey, he shared his opinions and experiences to students at more than 200 conferences.

He offered consultancy services on higher education marketing to the Rectorships of Işık University between 2009-2011 and Istanbul Technical University between 2010-2012.

He is the co-president of the Istanbul Directorate of National Education’s YÖNVER Project which is regarded as a model by the Ministry of National Education.

Burak Kılanç founded the University Choice Center, which is the official choice platform of the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, and served as the Director of the platform from 2014-2016. Within the scope of this project, he developed YGS Mania which was Turkey’s first gamification project regarding YGS (Transition to Higher Education Exam).

He is an international auditor in international quality, environment, occupational health and safety, and information-data safety areas. He takes part in the audits for certification institutions, i.e. German DQS, French UTAC and Turkish Lloyd. He is a practical auditor, not solely on paper. He has more than 250 days of audit experience in the field.

İstanbul Erkek Liseliler Eğitim Vakfı Mütevellisidir. Kasım 2010’dan beri Vakıf Yönetim Kurulu’nun asil üyesi olup vakfa bağlı öğretim kurumlarının kurucu temsilcisidir. (www.ielev.org.tr)

He was assigned by the Directorate of YÖK as a project coordinator and advisor responsible for database and software design, analysis, processing, management and communication in the creation of the YÖK Atlas System which was launched in 2016 as a platform where the input and process data of the Turkish Higher Education System are transformed into processed information and shared with the public.

Burak Kılanç believes that there are still many projects to discover and put into practice. 

  • Kılanç, B., Akademik Vizyon 2013-2014, Kitap - ISBN 978-605-84472-0-2 (March 2015), Nişantaşı Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B., Akademik Vizyon 2012-2013, Kitap - ISBN 978-605-4763-15-3 (February  2014), İKÜ Yayınevi
  • Kılanç, B., Gürgen, G.; 2010 LYS Öncesinde YGS-ÖSS Başarı Sırası Kıyaslama Çalışması (May 2010), İKÜ-YÖNVER Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B., Gürgen, G.; 2010 YGS’deki Başarı Sırası Dilimlerinde Adayların Lise Mezuniyet Alanlarının Dağılımları (May 2010), İKÜ-YÖNVER Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B., Gürgen, G.; 2010’da Lisans Programlarına Yerleşenlerin YGS Başarı Sıraları (May 2011), İKÜ-YÖNVER Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B., Gürgen, G.; 2010’da Kontenjanı Dolmayan Lisans Programları (June 2011), İKÜ-YÖNVER Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B., Gürgen, G.; 2011 ÖSYS, Lisans Programlarının Taban Puan ve Başarı Sıraları (December 2011), İKÜ-YÖNVER Yayınları
  • Kılanç, B. , Yeşilyurt, C; “2009 ÖSS İle İlgili Yeni Düzenleme ve Öneriler”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, January 2009.
  • Kılanç, B. , Yeşilyurt, C; “2007 ÖSS’de Anadolu Liselerinin Performansı”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, June 2008.
  • Kılanç, B. , Yeşilyurt, C; “Tabiat Boşluğu Sevmez”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, May 2008.
  • Kılanç, B. , Yeşilyurt, C; “Türkiye’deki Fen Liselerinin 2007 ÖSS’deki Performansları”, ÖZDEBİR Dergisi, April 2008.
  • Kılanç, B.; “2007 ÖSS ve Merkezi Yerleştirmenin Ardından Genel Görünüm”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, September 2007.
  • Kılanç, B.; “Doğru Tercih İçin İpuçları”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, July 2007.
  • Kılanç, B.; “Üniversiteye Giriş Süreci”, Artı Eğitim Dergisi, June 2007.
  • Kilanc, B., “Operationalization of Diversity in Turkish Higher Education System”, Journal of Higher Education, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 38-51, April 2012
  • Kilanc, B., Ataseven, S., Gürgen, G.; “Yükseköğretim Programlarına ÖSS İle Yerleşme Performansını Ölçmeye Ve Kıyaslamaya Yönelik Bir Puanlama Önerisi, ÖPP”, Türkiye’nin 2023 Vizyonunda Üniversiteye Giriş Sistemi Konferansı, 16-17 April 2009
  • Güntürkün, C., Kilanc, B.; "Organizational Change and ISO 9001 in Public Sector: Istanbul Chamber of Industry Case"; 45th EOQ Congress, 630-639, September 2001.
  • Keskin, Kilanc, B.; "Environmental Management Systems and ISO 14000 Series Standards", Önce Kalite, 39, 42-43, Sept-Oct 2000.
  • Kilanc, B.; "Systems Approach and Environmental Management Systems", Seminar on EMS and ISO 14000 Series Standards, Istanbul Chamber of Industry, 177-189, April 2000.
  • Ozdamar, L., Demirhan, M., Ozpınar, a. and Kilanc, B; "A fuzzy areal assessment approach for potentially contaminated sites", Computers and Geosciences, 26, 309­318, 2000
  • Kilanc, B.; "Development of a Statistical Analysis Scheme for Landfill Leachate Quality Data", ndependent Project Report, Submitted to the Center for Analytical Research in the Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of M.Sc. in Environmental Analysis and Assessment, Imperial College, University of London, 1996.
  • Kilanc, B.; "In-Situ Partially Penetrating Variable Head Tests", MSc. Thesis, Submitted to the Institute for Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of MSc. in Civil Engineering, Bogazici University, 1996.
  • Avcr, C.B., Güler, E., Togrol and Kilanc, B.; "Groundwater Quality Investigation near an Uncontrolled Landfill," 70 Years of Soil Mechanics International Symposium, April 1995, Istanbul
  • Avcı, C.B., Güler, E and Kilanc, B.; "Variable Head Test Analysis in Partially Penetrating Wells," Geotech 2000 Conference, 24-26 February 1995, New Orleans, USA.
  • Avcı, C.B., Güler, E., Togrol, E., Karpuzcu, M and Kilanc, B.; "The Impact of Uncontrolled Solid Waste Disposal Areas on Groundwater Quality: Case Study for Halkalı -Istanbul Waste Disposal Area," Technical Journal of Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers, Vol. 6, Issue 1, January 1995.
  • Baykal, G. and Kilanc, B.; "Evaluation of Potential Use of Coal Ash as Daily Cover Material in Sanitary Landfills," 5th National Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Conference, 20-22 October 1994, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
  • Karpuzcu, M., and others (Kilanc, B.); "Research Project: Determination of Stream-water Quality of Water Basins in Western Turkey," prepared by the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Bogazici University for the Ministry of Environment of Turkey (1993).
  • Avcı, C.B., Güler, E., Togrol, E., Karpuzcu, M and Kilanc, B.; 'Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Advection and Dispersion Mechanisms of Polluted Groundwater"; Research Project (92AO0428) supported by Bogazici University Research Fund (December 1993).