Fatih University

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Fatih University
Fatih Üniversitesi
Fatih University rectorate.jpg
Main building
Type Private university
Active 1996 (1996)–23 July 2016 (2016-07-23)
Rector Prof. Dr. Muhit Mert
Location Istanbul, Turkey
41°5′31″N 28°37′25″E / 41.09194°N 28.62361°E / 41.09194; 28.62361Coordinates: 41°5′31″N 28°37′25″E / 41.09194°N 28.62361°E / 41.09194; 28.62361
Campus Suburb

Bologna Process
European Credit Transfer System
Erasmus Exchange Programme

Website ‹See Tfm›www.fatih.edu.tr
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educational buildings in winter

Fatih University (Turkish: Fatih Üniversitesi) was a private (foundation) university located in the metropolitan Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, Turkey. Founded in 1996, it was closed by the government in the course of the 2016 Turkish purges.

Fatih University had a relatively high rate of international students (from 102 countries).[citation needed] Tuition fee for international students was the same as the native students.[citation needed] The number of students getting education at the university was around 15 thousand. English was the medium of instruction in most departments, and students were encouraged to learn an additional foreign language.[citation needed] There were also separate/parallel departments that teach students in Turkish, native language.

The university had two clinics and a hospital, a bionano technology lab and a biopetrol research and development center intensively working (besides regular research labs in departments). The university was established in 1996 by the Turkish Association of Health and Medical Treatment. The ninth President Süleyman Demirel was present at the formal inauguration of the University in November 1996.

The rector of Fatih University was Prof. Dr. Muhit Mert.[1] Mustafa Özcan is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Fatih University.

The university was for long known for its alleged ties with the Gülen movement, with accusation of religious fundamentalist scholars fired from universities at the countryside being employed there prompting calls for its removal from a students' guide for universities in 2001.[2] On 23 July 2016, the university was closed by the Turkish government in the course of the 2016 Turkish purges.[3]

Academic branches[edit]

Fatih University had nine faculties:

  • Faculty of Education,
  • Faculty of Engineering,
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences,
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
  • Faculty of Law,
  • Faculty of Theology,
  • Faculty of Fine Arts Design and Architecture,
  • School of Medicine,
  • Conservatory.

There were five graduate institutes (Institute of Sciences, Institute of Social Sciences, Institute of Medical Sciences, and Institute of Economics And Statistics), and three vocational schools located on three campuses.

The School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Vocational School of Medical Studies, and School of Vocational Studies were in Ankara until 2013. The School of Medicine and Vocational School of Medical Studies had been moved to Istanbul as of 2013–2014 academic year.

Research centers
  • Atatürk Research Center
  • Industrial Automation Technology Development and Liaison Investment Project
  • BioNanoTechnology Research and Development Center
  • Civilizations Research Center
  • Turkish Language Teaching Research and Application Center
  • Sema Medical Application and Research Hospital

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Fatih Üniversitesi mercek altında". NTV. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "İşte kapatılan FETÖ okulları". Sabah (in Turkish). 23 July 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

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