|President||Canan Aykut Bingol|
|Founder||Istanbul Education and Culture Foundation (İSTEK Vakfı)|
Yeditepe University is a private foundation university situated in Istanbul, Turkey. Established by the Istanbul Education and Culture Foundation (Turkish: İstanbul Eğitim ve Kültür Vakfı, İSTEK Vakfı) in 1996, Yeditepe University now claims to be the largest of the 27 foundation universities in Turkey. Students pay fees, at rates that vary according to discipline and Faculty.
The aim of Yeditepe University is "...to educate the young group as enlightened individuals, fully capable of dealing with the demands of the contemporary modern world, culturally rounded with technological skills and dedicated to the ideals of secularism, progress and creativity inspired by Atatürk's principles. The educational programs are geared towards securing this objective in the light of rapid global developments of the 21st Century".
The University was established in 1996 by the Istanbul Education and Culture Foundation (Turkish: İstek Vakfı) which seeks to promote educational opportunities on a non-profit basis. it is financially independent of the Turkish Government Treasury Department, not subject to any significant external financial controls or constraints, and receives no income from the state.
Yeditepe University is principally located in a purpose-built campus at Kayisdagi on the Asian side of Istanbul. However, the Faculty of Dentistry and the University Hospital are located in other locations on the Asian side of the city. The campus consists of 236,000 m2 of built space, and 125,000 m2 or open space. It has 319 classrooms, 22 lecture halls, 32 computer labs, and 74 professional labs for the Fine Arts, Architecture, Communication, Engineering and Sciences Faculties and 2 professional photographic studios.
There are 34 academic administration units, 287 Faculty Offices, 28 student club rooms, a 3000 m2 Central Library equipped with computers with internet access and private reading areas, Residence Halls with a capacity for 1400 people, a multipurpose Conference Hall with a 1200-person seating capacity, a Cinema Complex with a 100-person seating capacity each, a Theatre Hall with a 100 seating capacity, a 524 square meter and 384 square meter professionally equipped two television studios and 200 m2 educational TV studio lab, 150 m2 educational radio facilities, 550 m2 indoor basketball court with seating facilities, and outdoor basketball courts, outdoor volleyball and tennis courts, indoor and outdoor half Olympic sized swimming pools, 300 m2 fully equipped fitness and aerobics center, 783 m2 modern shopping complex, and large grassy areas with benches and picnic facilities. Parking is in 400 vehicle capacity indoor lots.
The 26 August Campus has a unique architecture feel, inspired by styles of the Seljuk Empire. The main entrance is 22 meters high, opening to a lit courtyard reminiscent of Seljuk architecture. Buildings are covered in Anatolian stone. The symbol of the university is a double-headed eagle, representing men and women. This symbol is present in the main entrance of the campus and repeated elsewhere.
All academic programs are offered in English except for a program in political science and international relations in French, a program of business administration in German and a program of art and design in Italian.
Currently, Yeditepe University is a signatory to Student Exchange Protocols and Memoranda of Understanding with over 30 universities in the United States and is actively involved with developing the ERASMUS / SOCRATES program with European institutions of higher education. Yeditepe has signed an educational affiliation agreement with the International University in Geneva.
Yeditepe University comprises eleven faculties, three graduate institutes and one vocational school of higher education:
- School of Applied Sciences
- Faculty of Architecture
- Faculty of Arts and Sciences
- Faculty of Commerce
- Faculty of Communications
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Economics and Administration Sciences
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Fine Arts
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Medicine
- Faculty of Pharmacy
- Institute of Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering
- Institute of Health Graduate Studies
- Institute of Social Sciences Graduate Studies
Vocational Schools of Higher Education
- School for Advanced Vocational Studies
Students and faculty
According to the University's official web page, the total student population has reached 15,000 (over 20,000 by 2010). Of these, 20% are students enrolled in graduate programs. The teaching staff comprises about 1,350 lecturers of which over two-thirds are full-time faculty members. The current Rector of Yeditepe University is Nurcan Bac.
- The University does not make it into the QS world university rankings, the top Turkish university being Bilkent University at no. 394 and the bottom, Istanbul University at 701+.
- It does not appear in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016.
- Yeditepe is ranked 40th in Turkey, and 1,675th in the world.
- The Dental School was favorably reviewed in 2008 by the Association for Dental Education in Europe. European citizens obtaining their degree from Yeditepe can practice dentistry in Europe.
- Yeditepe University home page (in Turkish)
- Yeditepe University main page (in English)
- Yeditepe University Campus Guide
- Study in Turkey