Istanbul Bilgi University

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Group.png Istanbul Bilgi University  
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Motto"Non scholae sed vitae discimus"
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
A private university located in Istanbul, Turkey.

The university has 4 campuses centrally-located in Istanbul namely SantralIstanbul, Kuştepe, Dolapdere and Kozyatağı.[1]

As of 2020, Istanbul Bilgi University has near 20,000 students and 45,000 graduates; approximately 1,500 academicians; 7 faculties, 3 institutes, 4 schools, 3 vocational schools, and more than 150 programs that provide education to its associate, undergraduate and graduate students.


Adopting the principle of 'Non scholae, sed vitae discimus' (learning not for school but for life), İstanbul Bilgi University was founded as Turkey's fourth foundation university in 1996. The University took its place within the Turkish higher education system as a civil corporation after the application made by the Bilgi Education and Culture Foundation on 7 June 1996 and the subsequent approval by the Turkish Grand National Assembly.

Before its official foundation, a precursor to the University, İstanbul School of International Studies, started education in 1994 in partnership with Portsmouth University and the London School of Economics, offering courses in Business Administration, International Relations, Economics, and LSE Economics programs.

In 1997, Kuştepe Campus opened with 3 faculties, 2 institutes, and 12 programs with more than 1.000 students. The education in Dolapdere Campus started in 2000 and in the same year, the University officially graduated its first students.

Between 2006 and 2019, İstanbul Bilgi University got into a long-term partnership with Laureate Education and joined Laureate International Universities network, one of the largest international networks of universities in the world with more than 1,000,000 students enrolled at nearly 70 institutions in 5 continents.

In 2007, santralistanbul Campus, the third campus of the University, opened at the site of the historic Silahtarağa Power Plant, the first urban-scale power plant of the Ottoman Empire after a renovation process.[2]

In 2015, Kozyatağı Campus was established at the Asian side of İstanbul.

In 2019, Can Holding joined Bilgi Education and Culture Foundation as a supporter.[3]


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