Bilkent University

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Bilkent University
Bilkent Üniversitesi
Bilkent University Logo
Motto Veritas
Motto in English
Type Private
Established 1984
President Prof. Dr. Abdullah Atalar
Provost Prof. Dr. Adnan Akay
Academic staff
Students 13,000[1]
Location Ankara, Turkey
Campus Urban, 5,000 acres (20 km2)[1]

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Colors Royal blue and crimson         
Affiliations 34
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Bilkent University, or Bilkent, is the first private university of Turkey, located in Ankara, with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name "Bilkent" exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of "bilim kenti": Turkish for "city of science".

Faculties, departments and schools[edit]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

In addition, the School of English Language offers a vocational degree in English and Translation Studies for students registered in this two-year program.

Graduate programs[edit]

The graduate programs include:

  • Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (MSc, PhD)
  • Psychology (MSc, PhD)
  • Physics (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics (MS, PhD)
  • Mathematics (MS, PhD)
  • Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Education
    • Management in Education (MA)
    • Curriculum and Instruction (MA, MS, PhD)
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA)
  • Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Computer Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Industrial Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Business Administration (MBA, MS, PhD)
  • Economics (MA, PhD)
  • Law (LLM, PhD)
    • (Dual Masters in Applied Economics, Finance and Operations Research - joint with Tilburg University)
  • International Relations (MA, PhD)
    • (Master of International Affairs and Public Policy)
  • Political Science (PhD)
  • Archaeology (MA)
  • History (MA, PhD)
  • Turkish Literature (MA, PhD)
  • Art, Design and Architecture (PhD)
    • Painting and Printmaking (MFA)
    • Graphic Design (MFA)
    • Interior Architecture and Environmental Design (MFA)
    • Media and Visual Studies (MFA)
    • Media and Design (MFA)
    • Design and Architecture (PhD)
  • Music (MM, PhD)


The university campus is located off the main highway to Eskişehir about 12 km. (10 miles) west of the center of Ankara, and covers an area of more than 5000 acres. University consists of three campuses all next to each other. East campus has English preparation schools, some dormitories, CTIS, THM departments and middle campus has lodgings and FMPA, and the rest (also the biggest campus) is Main campus.


The university library has a variable collection of books with annual acquisitions valued at over 3 million U.S. dollars. Today, Bilkent University Library is the largest university library of Turkey, and it is the only university library to take place at the Top 10 libraries ranking of Turkey.[2]

A student from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, performing with her violin in Library.

In addition to books, the collection includes periodical subscriptions, microforms, CD-ROMS, access to numerous online databases and electronic journals, DVD videos and audio/video cassettes. Music scores and sound recordings are available in the music rooms. Various open private collections and an exhibition hall also take place in the library.

Bilkent University Library is opening its doors to the students and faculty of the other universities. The computer automation system (BLISS) made for the use of Bilkent University Library is now being used by many other Turkish university libraries, again by permission of Bilkent University.

Sports and recreation[edit]

Students can participate in many sports courses and be trained by university staff, mostly for free. The university presents many individuals and teams in different sports in varsity competitions.

The two most famous sport teams of the university are Bilkent Goats and Bilkent Judges, the ultimate team and the football team, respectively.

Societies and leisure activities[edit]

Bilkent University claims to be a leader in music and performing arts in Turkey. The university also sponsors frequent lectures, art exhibitions, and literary evenings throughout the academic year.

The board, and the departmental members of the Bilkent Student Union are annually chosen among the students by the entire registered students of that academic year. Student Union is the main sponsor and the organizer of the Mayfest, the traditional Bilkent University summer festival. Mayfest is held at the first week of May each year and is famous with the huge number of activities goes on all day long, as well as the open-air concerts where the most popular Turkish pop and rock bands and singers take stage every night throughout the festival.

The student clubs organize regular activities every day in the campus, mostly open to everyone. All students are allowed to join, or participate in the events and activities of any club they wish to.


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings[3] ranked Bilkent University as follows:

Year Turkey In Asia In the World
2010-11 1st 14th 112th
2011-12 1st 21st 201-225th
2012-13 2nd 27th 226-250th
2013-14 4th 31st 226-250th
2014-15 5th 25th 201-225th
2015-16 3rd 45th 351-400th

The same organization listed Bilkent among Best 100 Universities Under the Age of 50 Years[4] as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2012 1st 32nd
2013 2nd 39th
2014 1st 31st
2015 2nd 28th
2016 3rd 76th

THE powered by Thomson Reuters ranked Bilkent in the category BRICS & Emerging Economies[5] as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2014 4th 12th
2015 5th 19th
2016 3rd 41st

Bilkent University is particularly noted for the quality of its Faculty of Engineering. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank Bilkent among the top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology,[6] which makes it the only university in Turkey to make it to the top 100 in a subject list, as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2013-14 1st 98th

The Faculty of Business Administration of Bilkent University was the first business school in Turkey to be accredited by AACSB; less than 5% of the business schools around the world have received this accreditation.[7] The business school has been ranked by Eduniversal among the best business schools of the Eurasia region for international influence.[8]

According to the QS - Top Universities Rankings of 2012 and 2013 the university lies on 151-200th rank in terms of "Economics & Econometrics".[9]

Notable faculty members[edit]

  • Gürer Aykal - Faculty of Music, conductor
  • Suna Kan - Faculty of Music, violinist
  • Gülsin Onay - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Fazıl Say - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Talat Sait Halman (deceased in 2014)- Dean of the School of Humanities and Letters, first Minister of Culture of Turkey
  • Stanford J. Shaw (deceased in 2006) - Faculty of History
  • Halil İnalcık - Faculty of History
  • Norman Stone - Faculty of International Relations, and History
  • Hikmet Sami Türk - Faculty of Law, former Minister of Justice of Turkey
  • İlber Ortaylı - Faculty of Law
  • Sami Selçuk - Faculty of Law, former Head Judge of the Supreme Court of Turkey
  • Hilmi Volkan Demir - Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, and Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Director of UNAM
  • Abdullah Atalar - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Orhan Aytür - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Erdal Arikan - Founder of Polar Codes, Faculty of Engineering, Department in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mustafa Akgül - School of Applied Technology and Management, Department of Computer Technology and Information Systems

Notable alumni[edit]

Organizations and institutions associated with the university[edit]


  • National Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (UMRAM)[11]
  • Bilkent University Center for European Union Affairs
  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun Center for Music Research and Education
  • Bilkent Center for Advanced Studies (BICAS)
  • Center for Mind, Language & Culture
  • Center for Brain Research
  • Center for Environmental Sciences
  • Center for International Economics
  • Center for Russian Studies
  • Center for Studies in Society and Politics
  • Center for Turkish Language and Speech Processing
  • Center for Turkish Politics and History
  • Center for Research in Transitional Societies (CRTS)
  • Center for Turkish Literature
  • Communications and Spectrum Management Research Center (ISYAM)
  • Genetics and Biotechnology Research and Development Center (BILGEN)
  • Halil Inalcik Center of Ottoman Studies
  • Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM)[12]
  • National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM)[13]
  • Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) [14]


  • Institute of Economic and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Engineering and Science
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Institute of Music and Performing Arts
  • Institute of World Systems, Economies and Strategic Research
  • Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Bilkent University Facts". 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Türkiye'nin en iyi 10 kütüphanesi". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ World University Rankings. Retrieved, May 24th, 2010.
  4. ^ Best 100 Universities Under the Age of 50 Years
  5. ^ "BRICS & Emerging Economies". 13 April 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology
  7. ^ Sanpark. "Bilkent FBA". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "University and business school ranking in Turkey". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Bilkent University Rankings". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Emrah Yücel". Turkish Film Council. Archived from the original on 17 November 2007. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "UMRAM - NEWS". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  13. ^ "UNAM - National Nanotechnology Research Center". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  14. ^ "BiLCEM website". Archived from the original on 1999-11-28. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°52′04.80″N 32°44′55.32″E / 39.8680000°N 32.7487000°E / 39.8680000; 32.7487000