Bilkent University is recognized and ranked world wide as the premier institution of higher education in Turkey. Bilkent University - the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey - was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor İhsan Doğramacı, M.D., 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 learning and science." Located in the country's capital city Ankara, a vibrant metropolis of 4.5 million, the university serves a hub of academic, social, and cultural activity.
Bilkent University was founded in 1984 as Turkey's first private, non-profit institution of higher education. With world-renowned scholars among its faculty and top-notch facilities throughout its campus, Bilkent attracts many of Turkey's brightest high school graduates. The university hosts over 13,000 students pursuing degrees in 32 undergraduate and 48 graduate programs.
Bilkent University prides itself on its truly international perspective. The medium of instruction at Bilkent is English, and its international community of scholars and students forms an essential component of the university's academic and social life. International faculty and instructors make up more than a quarter of all academic staff, representing 40 different countries. There is a growing body of full-time international students and exchange students coming from 74 countries.
Bilkent offers a lively cultural and social atmosphere. The 500-hectare campus is only 12 kilometers from the center of Ankara, with easy access to the city's parks, shopping areas, cultural activities, museums, and entertainment venues. In addition, Bilkent's location in the historically rich Anatolian heartland allows easy access to other cities, traditional villages, stunning landscapes, historic sites and places of great cultural interest throughout the country.
Bilkent University has recently been ranked 31st in the 2014 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings. Bilkent also ranks 31st in the 2014 Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 league table of the world's best young universities (under the age of 50). Bilkent has again been ranked 218th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014. Finally among the World’s Top 100 Universities for Engineering and Technology in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013-14, Bilkent is ranked 98th and is the only Turkish university on the list.
Chief among the factors that ensure a high standard of education at Bilkent is a faculty actively engaged in research. As mentors and instructors, they interact with students in modern classrooms and state-of-the-art laboratories, connected by an extensive computer and internet infrastructure. Bilkent actively invests in new educational and research technologies. Undergraduates may take part in projects conducted in high-tech facilities ranging from nanotechnology centers to digital content creation and editing laboratories. To support its students' academic success, Bilkent provides unlimited access to computer labs around the clock.
The Bilkent University Library is the most extensive academic library in the country. In addition to its large collection of books, the Library provides on-site and remote access to journals and databases to meet the scholarly needs of students and faculty.
Bilkent University provides a rich and diverse environment for learning and intellectual growth.Come to Bilkent and discover the world!
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