Private universities and their boards of trustees connected to a
network of corporations and institutions make the higher education
industrial complex of Turkey. The network map contains 68 private
universities (red), 625 member of the board of trustees (black), 970
organizations (blue colored corporations, foundations, associations,
political parties, state universities), and 2001 relationships
researched between organizations and people.
Analyzing the relations between the board of trustees, which are the
power holders within the universities, with other institutions and
corporations; compiling a database of such information; and generating a
network map of these relations, in which one can navigate from one node
to the other would provide us a tool in order to understand the
ecosystem of higher education in political and social terms. The network
map of 68 private universities, including Koc University, their board
of trustees, and the companies and institutions that they share, aims to
reveal the ecosystem, the central and peripheral actors, their indirect
connections, and clusters of industrial complex of higher education.
The work is an installation of an interactive network map on a 47”
touch screen display running on a custom software and a 260 x 125 cm
digital print map. Maps are being exhibited in Koç University and
accessible on http://burak-arikan.com/ozeluniversiteler.
Research & Conceptual Text Zeyno Üstün