Adopting the principle of 'Non scholae, sed vitae discimus' (learning not for school but for life), İstanbul Bilgi University took its place within the Turkish system of higher education 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 according to Law number 4142.
Over time İstanbul Bilgi University has grown to encompass 4 campuses that nearly a total of 206,000 m2 and it is on these four campuses (Kuştepe 32,000 m2, Dolapdere 21,000 m2, Central Istanbul 148,000 m2 -with annex building- and Kozyatağı 4,300 m2) that it continues to serve its students and the academic world in Turkey.
Having realized many firsts in its 23 years and with the aim of increasing the quality of education and research and becoming a university that can compete globally, İstanbul Bilgi University began a long term partnership with Laureate Education, one of the largest international education networks in the world, in 2006 and continues to be a part of this network.
The university currently has more than 20,000 students and 40,000 graduates; nearly 1,000 academicians; 7 faculties, 3 institutes, 4 schools, 3 vocational schools, and 150+ programs that provide education to its associate, undergraduate, and graduate students.
To be an international university that expands the boundaries of science and art embraces freedom, takes a lead in the development of society, provides a place where students and faculty share a passion for learning, and where all members, both academic and administrative, dedicate themselves to this end.
İstanbul Bilgi University undertakes to contribute to science, artistic production, and the development of technology; to educate individuals whose research and problem-solving skills have developed in an atmosphere of free thought and an awareness of social responsibility, whose competencies meet international standards, and who in addition to respecting the rules of ethics and of professional objectivity is also open to multi-disciplinary approaches; and to serve society within multi-dimensional standards of quality.
Life at BİLGİ
Following the motto "learning not for school but for life", İstanbul Bilgi University offers students a campus life where they can socially, academically and culturally improve themselves and experience university life to the fullest:
- "Learn by doing" at courses and venues such as the legal clinic, architecture workshops, engineering and healthcare labs, and RGB Studios
- Over 1,000 events organized on four campuses in a single year, from the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) Exhibition "Accelerating Science" to the GAMES Congress, which brought together Nobel-winning scientists, and from the Young Social Entrepreneurs Awards to the Crystal Apple.
- Access to a rich library and e-resources
- Over 100 student clubs for sports, arts, academic issues, new ideas, social responsibility projects, and hobbies