Istanbul Sehir University

Istanbul Sehir University

Istanbul Şehir University (Turkish: İstanbul Şehir Üniversitesi, literally City University of Istanbul) is a private, non-profit university located in Istanbul, Turkey.

It was established in 2008 by the BiSaV or BSV, Foundation for Science and Arts).  The university started its education in the academic year of 2010-11 at its campus in Altunizade, Üsküdar, Istanbul following a ceremony held on October 5, 2010 that was also attended by State President Abdullah Gül, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoğlu.

İstanbul Şehir University rose with an academic pursuit which has directed the Foundation for Sciences and Arts since 1986. İstanbul Şehir University, which took the road as a real “foundation university”, started its actual foundation works in 2007.

The University gained “institutional identity” in May 31, 2008 and went into action in its contact office in Tophane in June 1, 2008.

During this process, under the leadership of “Research-Development Group” which gathered a strong, young and dynamic academic community, discussions were brought up relating the unique values that the University is to put forth in view of production and dissemination of information and the problems it may face.

Considering the importance of intellectual discussion and exchange of ideas, deep interviews have took place with the figures who are competent and strong in their field, in order to build the university model in accordance with the needs of the academic world and the community, in which it was born, believing that right questions are more real than quick replies.

In addition to the thorough interviews made with these figures, Research and Development Group continued to discuss which disciplines in the university must be represented by what kind of structure, actors and processes and, accordingly, prepared “foundation reports” for different departments so as to form a basis for the subsequent academic organization of the University.

The writing process of foundation report was followed by the preparation of the strategic report of the University and within this context, a “search conference” has been held with the participation of fifty prominent figures from different occupational and social groups for the first time in May 2009.

In the following June and July, the preparation of “İstanbul Şehir University Strategic Plan” was completed. Furthermore, the University has started to carry out architectural works on “İstanbul Şehir University, Dragos Campus” as of May 2009.

İstanbul Şehir University is a leading university, making Turkey a center for attraction in the field of education both in its region and in the World. Within this context, the University has taken important steps in internationalization and created a multi-cultural atmosphere embracing the differences.

As of 2014 – 2015 Academic Year, the university has 500 international undergraduate students from 80 different countries. 15% of our University comprises of international students and this ratio gradually increases within the direction of internationalization goals of the University.

İstanbul Şehir University declares that it does not make any discrimination of religion, language, nationality, sex, race, color and country.

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