Having been founded in 1996 by Istanbul Egitim ve Kultur Vakfi (ISTEK – Istanbul Educational and Cultural Foundation), Yeditepe University, in line with Ataturk’s principles, with its pioneering and distinguished academic and administrative staff, aims to raise young people that are modern, inquisitive, equipped with all the qualifications that are needed in business world and all the technological skills necessary, well-versed in different cultures and personally well developed. With its contemporary academic programs and applications, our University offers an education that is necessary for people of the age of information. Yeditepe University offers an education compatible with the expectations of the information age and carries out its academic activities at 13 Faculties namely Dentistry, Pharmacy, Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Law, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Communication, Architecture, Engineering, Health Sciences, Medical and Commercial Sciences, 2 Schools and 1 Vocational School entailing 77 undergraduate and 4 associate degree programs. Also, postgraduate education is conducted in 83 Master's Degree programs and 43 Doctoral Degree programs within the body of graduate schools of Ataturk's Principles and Revolution History, Educational Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences. Yeditepe University, of which medium of instruction is English, prepares the youth from all over Turkey for their future in 26 Ağustos Campus since the day it was founded. Yeditepe University’s home is 26 Ağustos Campus, which is equipped with everything a student might need, educational, cultural, artistic, sportive, etc. during his or her time in Yeditepe. 26 Ağustos Campus is located on the outskirts of Kayışdağı on the Asian Side of Istanbul, with a land of 125 thousand square meters and a building area of 223 thousand square meters. Apart from the educational halls, social areas and open areas, in 26 Ağustos Campus, which is built with the inspiration of Seljuk architecture, there are two student halls of residence with a total capacity of 4250 students. Our University, which was named number one among the foundation universities among Turkey by the 2017 and 2018 reviews of Green Metric, an international platform about sustainability and environmental awareness and determines the greenest universities around the world, is also and only University in Turkey that produces its own energy by the solar panels on the rooftops within the campus. The system, being the largest-scale rooftop application in Istanbul, has a capacity of 1 MW and consists of 3850 Axitex panels and a Huawei Inverter. Also, there are efforts to build a wind energy farm with an output of 350 kW in an area that belongs to our University in Şile. Also, we strive to increase our solar energy output up to 10 mWs. The entrances to the buildings are through grand gates, some of which rise to 22 meters. With their well-lit courtyards, these are modern structures with the typical features of Seljuk architecture. The surfaces of the buildings are covered with natural stones brought from Anatolia. To keep the buildings cool during the summer and warm during the winter, Ünye stone was used in the facades of the building, and polyurethane for the heat panels.
With its diverse academic fields ranging from Natural Sciences to Social Sciences, from Fine arts to Healthcare Sciences and Educational Sciences and by presenting double majors, sub branches and education in different countries, Yeditepe University meets its students with a modern education that is in line with the requirements of the ever-developing world. Apart from the academic life, Yeditepe provides an opportunity for self-development to its students with 44 student clubs and various activities. With its successes in 42 different sports branches, Yeditepe is always a top-performer among all the universities in Turkey. Thanks to over 700 collaborations with other leading universities around the world, primarily in Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Russia, South America and Far East, Yeditepe University pioneers the higher education in Turkey. Being the university with the largest number of students with Erasmus and other exchange programs in Turkey, Yeditepe takes another step forward in this direction with its Academic Collaboration Agreement with Houston Methodist Global, including Faculties of Pharmacy, Healthcare Sciences, Dentistry as well as Medical and Business Schools. Also, our “University – Industry Collaboration”, which we firmly believe is of utmost importance for our students and we have been carrying out successfully, is also another one of our priorities. Yeditepe University Automotive Club, which consists of students from various departments of our university, continues its activities. Having earned the right to participate in TUBITAK Efficiency Challenge electric car competition, already continues to work on the design and production of the car. Also, Yeditepe University Shell Eco-Marathon Team, which participates in Shell Eco-Marathon regularly since 2010, will also present us in this year’s competition whih will host 200 teams and 3000 students in London with our University’s and private companies’ support. To meet academic developments with the marketing knowledge of a dynamic corporation, Yeditepe university established Yeditepe Healthcare Services in 2005. Having provided a handful of care products, our company also started to sell organic fertilizers with the brand name of Bactogen, in order to remove the negative factors that harm human beings and produced in accordance with Innovative Agriculture principles. Bactogen products are powered by the highly specialized staff of Yeditepe University Genetic and Bioengineering department and its cutting edge laboratory.
Being a dynamic body of higher education, Yeditepe University continues to grow by developing itself every year. The main goal of our university is to increase the quality of education, to produce science for society, to spread its activities to other parts of the community by providing more scientific contributions to industry and society. In addition, as an academic institution, we also aim to continue working in scientific studies, to increase the number of foreign agreements and number of patents and provide the country with more qualified graduates.
Being the first foundation university in Turkey to pass European University Association Institutional Evaluation Program with its education provided at a global level, Yeditepe University validated its quality with evaluations both by national and international institutions. Having received many accreditations and keeping on track towards the aim of improving its educational quality on a daily basis by completing many accreditation processes, Yeditepe University provides the experience of participating in international projects towards its students and lecturers with its international agreements. Faculty of Dentistry, has received Joint Commission International accreditation and BS-EN-ISO 9001 quality assurance system certificates. Being the first one to do so in Turkey, the faculty received its third JCI accreditation for the third time. Also, in October 2014, it also successfully passed the educational accreditation of American Dentistry Association (ADA). Also, Faculty has been approved to have ISO 9001 in 2008 in the fields of education and patient care services, accreditation from European Federation of Periodontology for graduate school of Periodontology in 2005 and European Educational Union Certificate by Association for Dental Education in Europe – ADEE in 2008. The EFP evaluation has been renewed in 2014 and accredited until 2022. Faculty of Pharmacy, has become the first among foundation university pharmacy faculties by getting “Full Accreditation” for six years by the Accreditation Board of National Pharmaceutical Education (ECZAK) and the Association for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Pharmacy Education Programs (ECZAKDER). Faculty of Education, is a member of European Teacher Education Network and ready for the accreditation processes with its Turkish Language and Literature Teaching, English Language Teaching and Guidance and Psychological Counseling programs. After Philosophy and Physics departments received their second FEDEK accreditations, Faculty of Arts and Sciences has guaranteed its quality with Anthropology, Translation and Interpretation Studies, Sociology, History, English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Psychology, Turkish Language and Literature, Sociology and History receiving their five-year FEDEK certificates. The Metrology (Calibration) Laboratory in Physics department is also accredited by TÜRKAK by TS EN ISO/IEC 17025 standards. Faculty of Engineering, was accredited by the Association of Engineering Education Programs Evaluation and Accreditation (MÜDEK) in the fields of Computer, Electrical-Electronics, Genetics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Mechanics, Industrial and Systems Engineering. Following the third inspection, it was recognized as the first Education Center in Turkey. Faculty of Medicine, received full accreditation from the Association of Evaluation and Accreditation of Medical Education Programs (UTEAK / TEPDAD) as a result of on-site evaluation by the visiting team of the National Medical Education Accreditation Board (UTEAK). In addition, the Yeditepe University Hospital was accredited with its entire system and standards by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the most important decisive maker of health standards in the world. The result of the third inspection was that it was recognized as the first Education Center in Turkey.