GRADS IN THE NEWS
İzak Benbasat, RA 65 and RC YÜK 69, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Sauder Distinguished Professor of Information Systems Emeritus at the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, is the second Turkish individual to receive the Order of Canada Medal, given for exemplary service of Canadians who make a significant difference to Canada through their lifetime contributions.
Benbasat was ranked third in the world among management information systems (MIS) scholars in 2020 based on h-index rankings which measures the quality of scientific output and the diversity of scientific research. Benbasat’s research focus is in the areas of human-computer interaction, computer-based managerial support systems, and social networks.
Benbasat states: “I am honored and delighted to have been recognized for my contributions to the development of the field of management information systems (MIS), which involves the study of information and communication technologies for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and society, and for my mentorship of over 40 doctoral and 25 master of science students in MIS.”
Benbasat remembers his years at RC with great affection: “My 12-year educational journey on the RC Bebek campus started in 1957 with two years of English prep, three years of Robert Academy Orta Okul and three years of Lise, followed by four years of Robert College Yüksek Okul, a period that spanned my adolescence to adulthood years. It was a privilege to be a part of the RC community which imparted in its students expansive and independent thinking skills within a congenial and engaging learning environment on one of the most beautiful campuses in the world!”