The rectors of Bosphorus, Sabanci, and Bilgi universities were also universal in their agreement that the very fact that a such a conference had gone ahead was an important mark for the freedom of Turkish universities in general. The rector of Istanbul's Bilgi University, Professor Aydin Ugur, said "In terms of academic freedom, we have taken an important step. Turkey needs to be able to discuss all of its matters. I think that on that level, we have gained some important ground. As a university, we are tired, but the truth is, it was worth it."