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About Yeditepe

The University That Continuing Renaissance of Ataturk

Yeditepe University was founded in 1996 by the Istanbul Education and Culture Foundation (ISTEK). In line with Atatürk's principles and with the contribution of pioneering and distinguished academic and administrative staff, Yeditepe University aims to educate students who are inquisitive, innovative, well-equipped with technological skills, well-acquainted with world culture, equipped with all the qualifications required by the business world and who have a solid identity. With its up-to-date academic programs and training, Yeditepe University offers an education compatible with the expectations of the information age.

Yeditepe University carries out its academic mission through the School of Applied Sciences, and 13 faculties namely the Faculties of Dentistry, Pharmacy, Education, Arts and Sciences, Law, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communication, Engineering, Architecture, Health Sciences, and Medicine, entailing 64 undergraduate programs. 74 Master’s degree programs, and 33 PhD. programs are also offered under the Graduate Schools of Atatürk’s Principles and History of Revolution, Educational Sciences, Natural and Applied Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences. Located in “26 August Campus", Yeditepe University, an English-medium university, educates young people coming from every corner of Turkey.

The most important aspect making Yeditepe University unique among the other universities is that it provides all its students with academic quality, social opportunities, foreign language education and campus facilities in global standards. That the language of instruction is English and 7 different languages are offered as a second language make its graduates keep one step ahead. Providing academic studies ranging from physical sciences to social sciences, from fine arts to health sciences and educational sciences, Yeditepe University offers its students the opportunity to earn a double major or a minor and to study abroad in order to meet the requirements of the developing world.

Along with the academic studies, Yeditepe University contributes to the personal development of its students by means of 45 students clubs and activities on campus. Also, Yeditepe University is ranked among the top universities with its success in sports.

Yeditepe University, a pioneering institution in Turkey in terms of higher education which cooperates with more than 700 leading universities around the world including Europe, the USA, Russia, and Far East, gives priority to "university-industry" cooperation projects which are performed successfully and believed to be highly beneficial for students.

Yeditepe University which is a dynamic higher education institution is growing each year. Yeditepe University aims to improve the quality of education by increasing its contribution to the industry and society, carry out scientific studies, and develop its project in the way that it will contribute to the society. As an academic institution, the university also aims to carry out its scientific studies, increase the number of its international agreements and patents, and have more qualified graduates.

Yeditepe University, the first foundation university in Turkey that passed the evaluation of European Universities Association (EUA) Institutional Evaluation Program, has had its quality certified by national and international accreditation organizations. Yeditepe University, which has been accredited in 12 fields of study and has passed many accreditation processes successfully, aims to improve the quality of its education continuously and provides its students and faculty members with the opportunity to take part in international projects with its international cooperation agreements.

Faculty of Dentistry, has Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation and BS-EN-ISO 9001 quality assurance system certificate. The faculty also became the first faculty in Turkey which earned the JCI accreditation for the third time. It passed the pre-audit process of American Dental Association (ADA) educational accreditation in October 2014 successfully.

Faculty of Pharmacy, was evaluated by National Pharmacy Education Accreditation Board (ECZAK) and Pharmacy Education Program Evaluation and Accreditation Association (ECZAKDER) and became the first Faculty of Pharmacy of a foundation university qualified for "Full Accreditation" for the next six years.

Faculty of Education, became a member of European Teacher Education Network (ETEN), and is ready for the accreditation process with its Turkish Language and Literature Teaching, English Language Teaching, and Guidance and Psychological Counseling programs.

Faculty of Arts and Sciences; following the departments of Philosophy and Physics, received FEDEK Faculty of Science and Literature certificate for the departments of Anthropology, Translation and Interpreting Studies, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Psychology, Turkish Language and Literature, Sociology and History for five years. Metrology (calibration) laboratory in the Department of Physics was accredited by TÜRKAK in accordance with TS EN ISO/IEC 17025 standard.

Faculty of Engineering, departments of Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Genetics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering were accredited by Engineering Education Programs Evaluation and Accreditation Association (MÜDEK).

Faculty of Medicine, is fully accredited by the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Medical Education Programs (UTEAK / TEPDAD) upon the site visit evaluation of National Medical Education Accreditation Board (UTEAK) commission. Also Yeditepe University Hospital was accredited by JCI, the most important standard setter of the world, in its first evaluation with all its systems and in all standards.

Technology Transfer Office was set up at Yeditepe University with the aim of developing the university- industry cooperation and making it sustainable in order to transfer scientific information and experience into technology, and economic values and transforming the industry in the region into an innovative and developing structure that depends on science and technology and is able to think locally and globally.

Since 2006, 153 TUBITAK, 25 European Union and other international institutions and 15 Ministry of Science and Industry - San-Tez supported projects have been developed at Yeditepe University. There are currently 99 ongoing projects (59 TUBITAK, 4 European Union, 3 Ministry of Science and Industry and 33 other institutions). While thesis projects are being carried out within university- private sector and industry cooperation via PhD programs, 24 national, 7 international patents have been taken as a result of these projects and cooperation. Commercializing process of the patents taken and the production phase have started. Yeditepe University has more than 60 patents in the application process. The processes of establishing Technopark and TEKMER are continuing. With the contract signed with Teknopark Istanbul, the construction of 5,000- m2 Yeditepe Technopark started.
Yeditepe University has cooperation agreements with leading universities in the world especially with the universities in Europe, the United States, Canada, China, Korea and Far East. Student Exchange Protocols and Memorandum of Understanding agreements were signed with the universities in Russia. In addition to these agreements, mutual agreements with more than 700 universities in Europe within the scope of LLP-Long Life Learning Erasmus program were signed. Thanks to this large cooperation network, students and faculty members from different faculties and departments can have education abroad. Yeditepe University also has the highest numbers of incoming and outgoing Erasmus and exchange students among the foundation universities

Another important point in student exchange programs is to transfer the credits between institutions seamlessly. European Credit Transfer System-ECTS was developed by the European Union to facilitate and support the mobility of students in Europe and other countries. This system enables the comparison and assessment of educational success, and the transfer of them from one educational institution to another. The European Union supports inter-university cooperation to improve the quality of education.
Pharmacoeconomical and Pharmacoepidemiological Research and Application Center: Pharmacoeconomical and pharmacoepidemiological researches are conducted at the university under the coordination of Yeditepe University Faculty of Pharmacy by cooperating with the industry, government and non-governmental organizations,

Stem Cell Excellence Center: With the support of Istanbul Development Agency, it was founded to develop important projects in the fields of stem cells and gene therapy. In the center, in addition to the research, development and application of the clinical protocols in the therapy of cancer, neurodegenerative, muscle and bone diseases, infertility or other diseases related to aging, research for the development and production of cell and gene therapy protocols and application of the materials in cell and tissue engineering are also conducted.

The FutureLand:: It is founded with the contribution of Istanbul Development Agency, and it is the first “FutureLand” in Turkey. The FutureLand, is a specially designed venue which enables individuals and/or organizations (public, private sector and non-governmental organizations) to develop innovative ideas and practices by going beyond normal, routine thinking and acting practices.

Ophthalmology Application and Research Center: The center was founded to provide people with the most advanced diagnostics and treatment methods, conduct the latest scientific research, train high qualified ophthalmologists in ophthalmology field, and meet the requirements of associate degree students, undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medicine and Health Sciences. The center continues its activities in the field successfully.

Management Application and Research Center: The center is a pioneering institution which was founded to conduct highly disciplined research and provide consultation for the public and private sector, and to develop new management techniques, methods and models in solving administrative problems with the university-industry cooperation and the support of the scientific literature.

Health Services Education, Research and Application Center: The center was founded to conduct scientific research in order to provide the public with the most advanced diagnostics and treatment methods, offer quality, patient's rights oriented and modern health services that meet the needs and expectations, and contribute to the education and practices of associate degree students, undergraduate and postgraduate students in Medicine and Health Sciences. The center makes great contributions to the health of the public and the education of the students at the university.

Strategic Application and Research Center: : The center was founded to analyze Turkey’s international relations, estimate the future of these relations and produce political, military, social, economic, technological and cultural strategic alternatives, define new thinking models in these fields and share the results of the scientific research with the public.

Recent History Studies Application and Research Center:It is one of the new centers at the university, and it was founded to prepare and conduct programs to meet the public need for information in all the fields of Social Sciences which Yeditepe University carries out studies.