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Bilkent University
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(2011)URL=HTTP://WWW.BILKENT.EDU.TR/BILKENT/GENERAL/FACTS.HTMLARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20101220212704/HTTP://WWW.BILKENT.EDU.TR/BILKENT/GENERAL/FACTS.HTMLDF=, | faculty = 1,000| city = Ankara| country = Turkey| affiliations = 34Urban area>Urban, {{convertacre|km2}}#3A5FCD}}{{color box|#DC143C}}| language = English| free_label = Newspaper| free = Bilkent News, GazeteBilkent| website =| logo = Bilkent_University_Logo.svg| logo_size = 250px}}Bilkent University (in Turkish, Bilkent Üniversitesi) is a private university located in Ankara, Turkey. It was founded by Prof. İhsan Doğramacı in 1984, with the aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research.WEB,weblink EN / Bilkent University – Historical Background,, en-US, 2018-02-15, It was the first non-profit private university established in the country. The name Bilkent is an abbreviation of bilim kenti: Turkish for "city of science". It is constantly ranked among the top Turkish universities since its establishment.WEB,weblink, en-US, 2019-06-22, Bilkent University in THE World University Rankings, WEB,weblink QS University Rankings,, en-US, In 2011, it is listed as the top 112th university in the world by THE World University Rankings.WEB,weblink 2011 THE World University Rankings,, en-US,


{{clear}}{{wide image|Central campus square.jpg|800px|align-cap=center|A statue of Ihsan Dogramaci, the founder of the university, was erected in the main square in central campus as a memorial.}}{{clear}}Preparations for the establishment of the university began in 1967, with the purchase of a tract of land to the west of Ankara. In the late 1970s the foundations of the buildings which now house administrative offices, the faculty of engineering, and the library, were laid. Construction of residences for academic staff, cafeterias, student dormitories, and various academic buildings followed rapidly.


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}}The university occupies three campuses. They are located about 12 km west of the center of Ankara, and cover a total area of more than 300 hectares.WEB,weblink EN / Bilkent University – About Bilkent,, en-US, 2018-02-18,


The university library houses a large collection of books with annual acquisitions valued at over 3 million U.S. dollars. As of 2017, Bilkent University Library is the largest university library of Turkey, and it is the only university library to rank in the top 10 libraries in the country.WEB,weblink Türkiye’nin en iyi 10 kütüphanesi, 2 July 2016, (File:A FMPA student - Bilkent Library - 4.3.15.jpg|thumb|A student from the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, performing in the Bilkent University Library Art Gallery.)In addition to books, the collection includes periodical subscriptions, microforms, CD-ROM, access to numerous online databases and electronic journals, DVD, VHS and audio cassettes. Sheet music and sound recordings are available in the music rooms. The library also hosts a number of private collections and an exhibition hall.NEWS,weblink Statistics, Bilkent University Library, 2018-02-18, en-US,


The university offers 33 undergraduate majors, together with 32 graduate programs spanning 22 different fields.


  • Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Humanities and Letters
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Music and Performing Arts
  • Faculty of Science


  • School of Applied Languages
  • School of Applied Technology and Management
  • Vocational School of Computer Technology and Office Management
  • Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Services


The Times Higher Education World University RankingsWorld University Rankings. Retrieved, May 24th, 2010. consistently ranks Bilkent University as one of the top universities in Turkey.{| class="wikitable sortable"! Year !! Turkey !! In Asia !! In the World! 2010-11| 112th! 2011-12| 201-225th! 2012-13| 226-250th! 2013-14| 226-250th! 2014-15| 201-225th! 2015-16| 351-400thBilkent, as a university with less than 50 years of history, is also ranked as one of the most prestigous younger universities in the world:Best 100 Universities Under the Age of 50 Years{| class="wikitable sortable"! Year !! Turkey !! In the world! 2012| 32nd! 2013| 39th! 2014| 31st! 2015| 28th! 2016| 76thTHE powered by Thomson Reuters ranked Bilkent in the category BRICS & Emerging EconomiesWEB,weblink BRICS & Emerging Economies, 13 April 2015, 2 July 2016, as follows:{| class="wikitable sortable"! Year !! Turkey !! In the world! 2014| 12th! 2015| 19th! 2016| 41stBilkent University is particularly noted for the quality of its Faculty of Engineering. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank Bilkent among the top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology,Top 100 universities for Engineering and Technology which makes it the only university in Turkey to make it to the top 100 in a subject list, as follows:{| class="wikitable sortable"! Year !! Turkey !! In the world! 2013-14| 98thThe Faculty of Business Administration of Bilkent University was the first business school in Turkey to be accredited by AACSB; less than 5% of the business schools around the world have received this accreditation.WEB,weblink Bilkent FBA, Sanpark, 2 July 2016, The business school has been ranked by Eduniversal among the best business schools of the Eurasia region for international influence.WEB,weblink University and business school ranking in Turkey, 2 July 2016, According to the QS - Top Universities Rankings of 2012 and 2013 the university lies on 151-200th rank in terms of "Economics & Econometrics".WEB,weblink Bilkent University Rankings, 2 July 2016,

Student life


Students can participate in many sports courses and be trained by university staff, mostly for free. The university presents many individuals and teams in different sports in varsity competitions. The most well-known sport teams of the university are the Bilkent Goats and the Bilkent Judges, the ultimate team and the football team, respectively.

Student unions and clubs

The board and the departmental members of the Bilkent Student Union are chosen annually among all registered university students. The Student Union is the main sponsor and the organizer of Mayfest, the traditional Bilkent University summer festival. Various student clubs organize regular activities every day in the campus, mostly open to everyone. All students are allowed to join, or participate in the events and activities of any club they wish to.


Bilkent University is host to numerous events regarding music and the performing arts. The university also sponsors frequent lectures, art exhibitions, and literary evenings throughout the academic year. During the first week of may, each year Mayfest is held. Mayfest is a well-known festival among the youth of Ankara, consisting of a large number of activities, as well as open-air concerts where renowned Turkish pop and rock bands and singers take the stage every night throughout the week.

Noted people


  • István Aranyosi - Faculty of Humanities and Letters
  • Gürer Aykal - Faculty of Music, conductor
  • Suna Kan - Faculty of Music, violinist
  • Gülsin Onay - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Fazıl Say - Faculty of Music, pianist
  • Jason Hale - Faculty of Music and Performing Arts-Theatre Department Chair, actor/director
  • Talat Sait Halman (deceased in 2014)- Dean of the School of Humanities and Letters, first Minister of Culture of Turkey
  • Stanford J. Shaw (deceased in 2006) - Faculty of History
  • Halil Ä°nalcık - Faculty of History
  • Norman Stone - Faculty of International Relations, and History
  • Hikmet Sami Türk - Faculty of Law, former Minister of Justice of Turkey
  • Ä°lber Ortaylı - Faculty of Law
  • Sami Selçuk - Faculty of Law, former Head Judge of the Supreme Court of Turkey
  • Hilmi Volkan Demir - Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, and Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Director of UNAM
  • Abdullah Atalar - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Orhan Aytür - Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Erdal Arikan - Founder of Polar Codes, Faculty of Engineering, Department in Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Mustafa Akgül (deceased in 2017) - School of Applied Technology and Management, Department of Computer Technology and Information Systems




  • National Research Center for Magnetic Resonance (UMRAM)WEB,weblink UMRAM - NEWS, 2 July 2016,
  • Bilkent University Center for European Union Affairs
  • Ahmed Adnan Saygun Center for Music Research and Education
  • Bilkent Center for Advanced Studies (BICAS)
  • Center for Mind, Language & Culture
  • Center for Brain Research
  • Center for Environmental Sciences
  • Center for International Economics
  • Center for Russian Studies
  • Center for Studies in Society and Politics
  • Center for Turkish Language and Speech Processing
  • Center for Turkish Politics and History
  • Center for Research in Transitional Societies (CRTS)
  • Center for Turkish Literature
  • Communications and Spectrum Management Research Center (ISYAM)
  • Genetics and Biotechnology Research and Development Center (BILGEN)
  • Halil Inalcik Center of Ottoman Studies
  • Nanotechnology Research Center (NANOTAM)WEB,weblink BÄ°LKENT UNIVERSITY NANOTECHNOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER, 2 July 2016,
  • National Nanotechnology Research Center (UNAM)WEB,weblink UNAM - National Nanotechnology Research Center, 2 July 2016,
  • Bilkent University Computational Electromagnetics Research Center (BiLCEM) WEB, BiLCEM website,weblinkweblink" title="">weblink yes, 1999-11-28,


  • Institute of Economic and Social Sciences
  • Institute of Engineering and Science
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Institute of Music and Performing Arts
  • Institute of World Systems, Economies and Strategic Research
  • Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology

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