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Bilkent University

Bilkent University
Bilkent Üniversitesi
Bilkent University Logo
Motto Veritas
Motto in English
Established 1984
Type Private
President Prof. Dr. Abdullah Atalar
Provost Prof. Dr. Adnan Akay
Academic staff
Students 13,000[1]
Location Ankara, Turkey
Campus Urban, 5,000 acres (20 km2)[1]
Newspaper Bilkent News
Colors Royal blue and crimson         
Affiliations 34
Bilkent University logo

Bilkent University, or Bilkent, is the first private university of Turkey, located in Ankara, with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name "Bilkent" exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of "bilim kenti": Turkish for "city of science". Bilkent University is among the 226th to 250th best universities in the world and 1st in Turkey according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings of the world's top universities for 2012.[2] Bilkent is ranked as the 28th best university in the world for 2015 in the category "100 best universities under the age of 50" by Times Higher Education, making it one of the best educational institutions in Eurasia.[3] It is also the only university in Turkey that is ranked in top 100 in a subject list, being ranked 98th in the World in Engineering and Technology in 2014.[4]


  • Faculties, departments and schools 1
    • Undergraduate programs 1.1
    • Graduate programs 1.2
  • Campus 2
    • Library 2.1
  • Sports and recreation 3
  • Societies and leisure activities 4
  • Rankings 5
  • Notable faculty members 6
  • Notable alumni 7
  • Organizations and institutions associated with the university 8
  • See also 9
  • Notes and references 10
  • External links 11

Faculties, departments and schools

Undergraduate programs

  • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture: Communication and Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture and Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Architecture
  • Faculty of Business Administration: Management
  • Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences: Economics, International Relations, Global and International Affairs, Political Science, Psychology
  • Faculty of Education: Computer and Instructional Technology Teacher Education, English Teacher Education
  • Faculty of Engineering: Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities and Letters: American Culture and Literature, Archaeology and History of Art, English Language and Literature, Philosophy, Translation and Interpretation
  • Faculty of Law: Law
  • Faculty of Music and Performing Arts: Music, Performing Arts
  • Faculty of Science: Chemistry, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physics
  • School of Applied Languages: Account Information Systems, Banking and Finance
  • School of Applied Technology and Management: Business Information Management, Computer Technology and Information Systems, Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Vocational School of Computer Technology and Office Management: Accounting, Bureau Management and Secretarial Training, Commerce and Administration, Computer Technology and Programming
  • Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Services: Tourism and Hotel Management

In addition, the School of English Language offers a vocational degree in English and Translation Studies for students registered in this two-year program.

Graduate programs

The graduate programs include:

  • Physics (MS, PhD)
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics (MS, PhD)
  • Mathematics (MS, PhD)
  • Materials Science and Nanotechnology (MS, PhD)
  • Education
    • Management in Education (MA)
    • Curriculum and Instruction (MA, MS, PhD)
    • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (MA)
  • Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Computer Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Industrial Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MS, PhD)
  • Business Administration (MBA, MS, PhD)
  • Economics (MA, PhD)
  • Law (LLM, PhD)
    • (Dual Masters in Applied Economics, Finance and Operations Research - joint with Tilburg University)
  • International Relations (MA, PhD)
    • (Master of International Affairs and Public Policy)
  • Political Science (PhD)
  • Archaeology (MA)
  • History (MA, PhD)
  • Turkish Literature (MA, PhD)
  • Art, Design and Architecture (PhD)
    • Painting and Printmaking (MFA)
    • Graphic Design (MFA)
    • Interior Architecture and Environmental Design (MFA)
    • Media and Visual Studies (MFA)
    • Media and Design (MFA)
    • Design and Architecture (PhD)
  • Music (MM, PhD)


The university campus is located off the main highway to Eskişehir about 12 km. (10 miles) west of the center of Ankara, and covers an area of more than 5000 acres. University consists of three campuses all next to each other. East campus has English preparation schools, some dormitories, CTIS, THM departments and middle campus has lodgings and FMPA, and the rest (also the biggest campus) is Main campus.


The university library has a rich collection of books with annual acquisitions valued at over 3 million U.S. dollars. Today, Bilkent University Library is the largest university library of Turkey, and it is the only university library to take place at the Top 10 libraries ranking of Turkey.[5]

In addition to books, the collection includes periodical subscriptions, microforms, CD-ROMS, access to numerous online databases and electronic journals, DVD videos and audio/video cassettes. Music scores and sound recordings are available in the music rooms. Various open private collections and an exhibition hall also take place in the library. Bilkent University Library is opening its doors to the students and faculty of the other universities. The computer automation system (BLISS) made for the use of Bilkent University Library is now being used by many other Turkish university libraries, again by permission of Bilkent University.

Sports and recreation

Students can participate in many sports courses and be trained by university staff, mostly for free. The university presents many individuals and teams in different sports in varsity competitions.

The two most famous sport teams of the university are Bilkent Goats and Bilkent Judges, the ultimate team and the football team, respectively.

Societies and leisure activities

Bilkent University claims to be a leader in music and performing arts in Turkey. The university also sponsors frequent lectures, art exhibitions, and literary evenings throughout the academic year.

The board, and the departmental members of the Bilkent Student Union are annually chosen among the students by the entire registered students of that academic year. Student Union is the main sponsor and the organizer of the Mayfest, the traditional Bilkent University summer festival. Mayfest is held at the first week of May each year and is famous with the huge number of activities goes on all day long, as well as the open-air concerts where the most popular Turkish pop and rock bands and singers take stage every night throughout the festival.

The student clubs organize regular activities every day in the campus, mostly open to everyone. All students are allowed to join, or participate in the events and activities of any club they wish to.


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings[6] ranked Bilkent University as follows:

Year Turkey In Asia In the World
2010-11 1st 14th 112th
2011-12 1st 21st 201-225th
2012-13 2nd 27th 226-250th
2013-14 4th 31st 226-250th
2014-15 5th 25th 201-225th

The same organization listed Bilkent among Best 100 Universities Under the Age of 50 Years[7] as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2012 1st 32nd
2013 2nd 39th
2014 1st 31st
2015 2nd 28th

THE powered by Thomson Reuters ranked Bilkent in the category BRICS & Emerging Economies[8] as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2014 4th 12th
2015 5th 19th

Bilkent University is particularly noted for the quality of its Faculty of Engineering. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank Bilkent among the top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology,[9] which makes it the only university in Turkey to make it to the top 100 in a subject list, as follows:

Year Turkey In the world
2013-14 1st 98th

The Faculty of Business Administration of Bilkent University was the first business school in Turkey to be accredited by AACSB; less than 5% of the business schools around the world have received this accreditation.[10] The business school has been ranked by Eduniversal among the best business schools of the Eurasia region for international influence.[11]

According to the QS - Top Universities Rankings of 2012 and 2013 the university lies on 151-200th rank in terms of "Economics & Econometrics".[12]

Notable faculty members

  • Gürer Aykal - Faculty of Music, conductor
  • Suna Kan - Faculty of Music, violinist
  • Gülsin Onay - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Canberk Güzel - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering, writer
  • Fazıl Say - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Talat Sait Halman (deceased in 2014)- Dean of the School of Humanities and Letters, first Minister of Culture of Turkey
  • Stanford J. Shaw (deceased in 2006) - Faculty of History
  • Halil İnalcık - Faculty of History
  • Norman Stone - Faculty of International Relations, and History
  • Hikmet Sami Türk - Faculty of Law, former Minister of Justice of Turkey
  • İlber Ortaylı - Faculty of Law
  • Ergun Özbudun - Faculty of Law, leader of the academic council which is building a new Turkish constitution.
  • Sami Selçuk - Faculty of Law, former Head Judge of the Supreme Court of Turkey
  • Metin Heper - Faculty of Political Sciences
  • Emre Özgen - Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Founder and Chair of Psychology Department, Vice President of the Turkish Psychological Association
  • Salim Çıracı - Faculty of Science, Director of UNAM
  • Alexander Shumovsky (deceased in 2007) - Faculty of Science, Department of Physics
  • Ali Sinan Sertöz - Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics
  • Umut Aydin - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Abdullah Atalar - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Orhan Aytür - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Ekmel Özbay - Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Erdal Arikan - Founder of Polar Codes, Faculty of Engineering, Department in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Haldun Özaktaş - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Hayrettin Köymen - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mustafa Akgül - School of Applied Technology and Management, Department of Computer Technology and Information Systems

Notable alumni

Organizations and institutions associated with the university


  • National Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (UMRAM)[14]
  • Bilkent University Center for European Union Affairs
  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun Center for Music Research and Education
  • Bilkent Center for Advanced Studies (BICAS)
  • Center for Mind, Language & Culture
  • Center for Brain Research
  • Center for Environmental Sciences
  • Center for International Economics
  • Center for Russian Studies
  • Center for Studies in Society and Politics
  • Center for Turkish Language and Speech Processing
  • Center for Turkish Politics and History
  • Center for Research in Transitional Societies (CRTS)
  • Center for Turkish Literature
  • Communications and Spectrum Management Research Center (ISYAM)
  • Genetics and Biotechnology Research and Development Center (BILGEN)
  • Halil Inalcik Center of Ottoman Studies
  • Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM)[15]
  • National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM)[16]
  • Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) [17]


  • Institute of Economic and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Engineering and Science
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Institute of Music and Performing Arts
  • Institute of World Systems, Economies and Strategic Research
  • Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c "Bilkent University Facts". 2010. 
  2. ^ [9]
  3. ^ [10]
  4. ^ [11]
  5. ^ Hürriyet - Türkiye’nin en iyi 10 kütüphanesi
  6. ^ World University Rankings. Retrieved, May 24th, 2010.
  7. ^ Best 100 Universities Under the Age of 50 Years
  8. ^ BRICS & Emerging Economies ranking
  9. ^ Top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology
  10. ^ [12]
  11. ^ [13]
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Emrah Yücel". Turkish Film Council. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  14. ^ [14]
  15. ^ [15]
  16. ^ [16]
  17. ^ "BiLCEM website". 

External links

  • Bilkent University

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