Istanbul Bilgi University

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Istanbul Bilgi University (Template:Lang-tr) is a private university in Istanbul, Turkey. It was actually established in 1966 under the name ISIS (Istanbul School of International Studies), but its name was changed to Istanbul Bilgi University with the foundation of the school on June 7, 1968.

The university is recognized as a pioneer in providing a liberal arts-oriented curriculum in Turkey. Istanbul Bilgi University joined Laureate International Universities in 2006 and is one of the largest private universities in the country.

Istanbul Bilgi University ranks third among private foundation universities in Turkey for its undergraduate placement according to the 2011 National Student Selection and Placement Center (National Exam Center) and is ranked among the top 10 institutions of higher education in Turkey, according to Webometrics. Its law school is ranked one of the nation's top three. Bilgi faculty and alumni have been honored with World Bank and OECD Global Development Learning Network recognition, American Academy of Achievement Award, Cannes Lions Young Entrepreneurs Award, and Restfest Film and Digital Arts Festival Award.

BILGI's Dolapdere campus received the 2002 "Structure and Life Architecture Award" and the 2005 "European Award for Steel Structure."

On February 10, 2009, Istanbul Bilgi University announced that it would join the Laureate International Universities network. In Turkish, Bilgi means knowledge.



Bilgi is administrated by a Board of Trustees has 9 members. The university's rector is elected by a vote of the board members every four years.

Istanbul Bilgi University is a member of the European University Association (EUA), the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the OECD/IMHE (Program on Institutional Management in Higher Education). Bilgi is also an active participant in the Erasmus exchange network and has strong academic affiliations with numerous universities abroad.

Bilgi has 6 faculties, a vocational school, and 4 institutions which form the university's graduate school.

  • Faculty of Communication
    • Advertising
    • Art Management
    • Cultural Management
    • Film and Television
    • Management of Performing Arts
    • Media and Communication Systems
    • Photography and Video
    • Public Relations
    • Television Reporting and Programming
    • Visual Communication Design
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
    • Business Administration
    • Business Economics
    • Business Informatics
    • Economics
    • Economics and Management Honours
    • Economics Honours
    • European Union Studies
    • International Finance
    • International Relations
    • International Trade and Business
    • Mathematics and Economics Honors
    • Political Economy and Social Philosophy
    • Political Science
  • Faculty of Law
    • Law
  • Faculty of Arts and Science
    • Comparative Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Financial Mathematics
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • English Language Teacher Education
  • School of Advanced Vocational Studies
    • Design and Printing-Publishing
    • International Trade Management
    • Management
    • Online Journalism and Publishing
    • Photography and Videography
    • Public Relations and Advertising
    • Radio and Television Programming
  • Faculty of Architecture
    • Architecture
    • Interior Design
    • Industrial Design
  • Faculty of Engineering
    • Bioengineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Engineering (BILGI- University of Liverpool / Dual Degree)
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering (BILGI- University of Liverpool / Dual Degree)
    • Energy Systems Engineering
    • Industrial Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
  • Graduate School
    • Institute of Social Sciences
    • Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences
    • MArch in Architectural Design
    • European Institute
  • Graduate Programs
    • PhD in Economics
    • PhD in Mathematics
    • PhD in Organization Studies
    • PhD in Political Science
    • MA in Comparative Literature
    • MA in Cultural Studies
    • MA in Cultural Management
    • MA in Clinical Psychology
    • MA in European Studies
    • MA in Film and Television
    • MA in History
    • MA in Human Resource Management
    • MA in International Political Economy
    • MA in International Relations
    • MA in Marketing Communication
    • MA in Philosophy and Social Thought
    • MA in Psychology
    • MArch in Architectural Design
    • MBA
    • e-MBA
    • MFA in Visual Communication Design
    • MSc in Economics
    • MSc in Mathematichs
    • MSc in Financial Economics
    • MSc in Accounting and Auditing
    • MSc in International Finance
    • LL.M. in Business Law
    • LL.M. in Human Rights Law

Student activities

Student union

Students at Bilgi are represented by a Student Union elected by the students each year during the fall semester. The union has the right to interfere in various issues regarding the school. Academic representatives from each department, elected by the students in the fall semester, are also a part of the union.

Student clubs

  • Art Club
  • Bilgi Community Club
  • Business Economics Club
  • Chess Club
  • Cinema at Bilgi Club
  • Colours of Bilgi Club
  • Dance Club
  • Ecological Life Club
  • Forum of European Journalism Students Club
  • History Research Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Literature Club
  • Martial Arts Club
  • Model United Nations Club [1]
  • Modern Lawyers Club
  • Mountaineering Club
  • Public Relations Club [2]
  • Psychology Club
  • Rainbow LGBT Club
  • Rintintin Animal Rights Club
  • Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Club [3]
  • Rock Club
  • Social Sciences Club
  • Socialist Thinking Club
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Club
  • Theatre Candela
  • Theatre Triole
  • Travel Club
  • Turkish Club
  • uA Bilgi Uni Club
  • Women Studies Club

Libraries and Museums

Template:Weasel Bilgi has three libraries, one in the Dolapdere campus, one in the Ku?tepe campus, and one in the SantralIstanbul campus. Bilgi Library offers an extensive system to support university degree programs, research and teaching. The virtual library contains more than 25.000 electronic books, 23.000 electronic journals, 37 electronic databases and encyclopedias. Access to these resources is available over internet, on-campus and off-campus.

In addition to its library at the SantralIstanbul campus, Bilgi opened a modern arts museum, named [Santralistanbul], which hosts conferences, seminars, and exhibitions started in the fall semester of 2007.

Notable past and present faculty

  • Gulten Kazgan - Emeritus Professor
  • Ugur Alacakaptan - Emeritus Professor
  • Mete Tuncay - Emeritus Professor
  • Ali Nesin - Professor of Mathematics
  • Murat Belge
  • ?smail Cem (1940-2007)
  • Ricky Ford
  • P?nar Kür
  • Betül Mardin
  • Ulus Baker
  • ?lter Turan
  • ?ule Kut
  • ?lhan Usmanba?
  • Serap Yaz?c?
  • Dervi? Zaim
  • Niyazi Öktem
  • Laszlo Nemeth
  • Butch Morris

Alumni Association

Istanbul Bilgi University Alumni Association (Bilgim) was established on 16.11.2009 by the following alumni:

Serkan Memisoglu, Candemir Baltali, Nezahet Tokyay, Bahar Moraligil, Mehmet Emin Alkan, Burak Alkan, Burcu Yatmazoglu, Mervan Eren Gul, Muhammed Talha Erol, Osman Tunc Abraz, Ali Korur, Osman Yilmaz, Murat Tutuncu, Asli Uzunlu, Israfil Coskun, Ozgur Sagmal, Zeynep Tuluce, Aylin Aydogan, Onur Erdem, Doguscan Oto, Ulgen Cetinkaya, Abdulkadir Onal

Bilgim also publishes monthly magazine Vitae and sends electronic newsletter Bilgim Updater to alumni. Association has also a training center called Bilgim Academy.

In 2012 Association also announced its new services Bilgim HR which provides HR solutions to Bilgi Community.

Notable Alumni

  • Serra Sabanc? - Board Member of Sabanci Holding
  • Evrim Aras Sagiroglu - Chairman of Aras Holding
  • Temel Guzeloglu - General Manager of Finansbank
  • Funda Acar - General Manager of Acarlar Group
  • Ali Yüce - Vice President of Skoda Turkey
  • Mert Vardar - Vice President of Jolly Tour
  • Yüce Zerey - Social Media Expert and Social Media Director of the Coca Cola Turkey
  • Tuna Bekleviç - Politician
  • Muhittin Bilginer - Visual effects technical director of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Inception, Iron Man 2, 2012
  • Ahmet Sar? and Tolga Tatari - Founders of Markafoni
  • Togan Gökbakar - Winner of the 2005 Alt?n Koza Film Festival in the student category. Director of the film Gen and the Recep ?vedik film series.
  • Cenk Sidar - Business Consultant
  • F?rat Do?ruluo?lu - Actor
  • Hande Soral - Actress
  • Kenan Do?ulu - Singer
  • S?la Genço?lu - Singer
  • Ferit Odman - Jazz Drummer

See also

  • List of universities in Turkey

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