Işık University

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Işık University
Iu logo-mavi.png
PresidentProf. Dr. Şirin Tekinay
Administrative staff
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CampusŞile Campus
AthleticsIşık Sports Club - 4 Sports teams

Işık University (Turkish: Işık Üniversitesi) is a private university located in Istanbul, Turkey. The university is a part of the (Feyziye Schools Foundation Işık Schools) Feyziye Mektepleri Vakfi Isik Okulları which was established by the Feyz-i Sıbyan School in the city of Salonica on 14 December 1885 (now Thessaloniki).


The history of (Feyziye Schools Foundation Işık Schools) Feyziye Mektepleri Vakfi Isik Okulları began with the establishment of Feyz-i Sıbyan School in the city of Salonica on 14 December 1885. It subsequently established additional schools in Salonica, including the Şemsi Efendi School attended by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Following the Balkan Wars, when the city became part of Greece, the foundation moved to Nişantaşı Naciye Sultan Mansion in Istanbul. In 1935 during the 50th anniversary of the School, the name was changed from "Feyziye" to "Işık" (which means "light" in Turkish) with the blessings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In 1986, the Foundation completed its Maslak campus, in order to meet the need for educational institutions.

At the beginning of the 1996-1997 academic year, Işık University was launched in the Maslak Campus, starting a new page in the history of the Foundation.

Feyziye Schools Foundation now offers studies at all levels from preschool to graduate level education.


Panorama of the campus
Derslik ve Konferans Salonu Binası (Classroom and Auditorium Building, DK).
Mavi Yurtlar (Blue Dormitories)
Sosyal Merkez (Social Center)

Işık University operates two campuses. The Maslak campus is located in one of the business centers of Istanbul, while the suburban Şile campus, located 50 km (31 mi) out of Istanbul, opened its doors in 2003. The Şile campus has been planned as a complete “educational campus” with dormitories, social facilities, and educational and administrative buildings situated in an area of 600 acres (2.4 km²). In 2005 summer, most of the university's academic and administrative departments (including the rector) moved to the Şile campus. Three faculties (Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences) and two institutes (Institute of Science and Engineering and Institute of Social Sciences) are located in Şile Campus, but the Faculty of Fine Arts remains in Maslak.


Işık University is home to 5 faculties and 2 institutes.

University Governance[edit]

Işık University is governed by a board of trustees, in conjunction with the university president and provosts and the deans of the various faculties.

Faculties and Departments[edit]

The faculties, institutes and departments of the university are

  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    • Department of Electronics Engineering
    • Department of Industrial Engineering
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    • Department of Mathematics Engineering
    • Department of civil Engineering
    • Department of Software Engineering
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Mathematical Engineering
    • Department of Physics
    • Department of Information Technologies
    • Department of Management Information Systems
    • Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
    • Department of Management
    • Department of International Trade
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Political Sciences
    • Department of International Relations
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
    • Department of Graphic Arts and Graphical Design
    • Department of Visual Arts
    • Department of Interior Architecture
    • Department of Industrial and Industrial Products Design
    • Department of Fashion and Textile Design
  • Institute of Science and Engineering
    • Computer Engineering Programme (M.S., Ph.D.)
    • Electronics Engineering Programme (M.S., Ph.D.)
    • Mathematics Programme (M.S., Ph.D.)
    • Information Technologies Programme (M.S.)
    • Physics Programme (M.S.)
  • Institute of Social Sciences
    • Management Programme (M.A.)
    • Management Information Systems Programme (M.S.)
    • Middle East Studies Programme (M.A.)
    • Contemporary Business Administration Programme (Ph.D.)

The university also incorporates an English as a Foreign Language School and a research center, namely Informatics Research and Development Center.

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Coordinates: 41°10′08″N 29°33′49″E / 41.1689°N 29.5636°E / 41.1689; 29.5636