Boğaziçi University

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HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
Turkish elite university with strong ties to the American educational system.

Boğaziçi University (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi) is a major research university in Istanbul, Turkey. Its main campus is located on the European side of the Bosphorus strait. It has four faculties and two schools offering undergraduate degrees, and six institutes offering graduate degrees. The language of instruction is English.

Founded in 1863, as Robert College, it is the first American higher education institution founded outside the United States. Though under entirely Turkish administration today, the university still maintains strong ties to the American educational system.

Boğaziçi University consistently ranks highest in Turkey, having the greatest number of applicants via the TYT-AYT Turkish university entrance examinations.[1] The well-known programs are electrical and electronics engineering,[2] computer engineering,[3] and industrial engineering.[4] Only the top 800 of the approximately 1.8 million participants in the annual Turkish university entrance examination (TYT-AYT) are admitted to register for these subjects at the University.[1] To be admitted into other degree programs, one usually has to be in the top 1% of the university entrance exam as well. This allows Boğaziçi University to attract many of the highest scoring students;[5] as well as having the most preferred applied science, education, engineering, and social science programs in Turkey.[6][7]


Boğaziçi University Main Campus
Albert Long Hall at Boğaziçi University Main
Boğaziçi University Economics and Administrative Sciences Faculty building

In 1863, Robert College was founded in Bebek by Christopher Robert, a wealthy American philanthropist, and Cyrus Hamlin, a missionary devoted to education. Six years after its foundation, with the permission of the Irade-i senniye of the Ottoman Sultan, the first campus (the current-day South Campus) was built in Bebek at the ridge of the Rumelian Castle, very close to a Bektashi tekke, whose leaders maintained an excellent relationship with the Congregational and Presbyterian founders of Robert College, according to Dr. Friedrich Schrader, a German lecturer at Robert College during the 1890s.[8] The first building of the school was named "Hamlin Hall" in memory of Cyrus Hamlin. In 1878, Christopher Robert died. According to the article A Millionaire's Will, published in The New York Times (27 November 1878), Robert left a great portion of his wealth to the college.[9]

A College Catalog was compiled in 1878–1879, giving general information and an outline of the courses of study. Defining the aims of the college the catalog stated: "The object of the College is to give to its students, without distinction of race or religion, a thorough educational equal in all respects to that obtained at a first-class American college and based upon the same general principles."[citation needed]

After Hamlin, Robert College was administrated by George Washburn (1877–1903)[10] and Caleb Gates (1903–1932). Though founded at the time of the Ottoman Empire as an institution of higher learning serving the Christian minorities of the Empire as well as foreigners living in Constantinople, the school adopted a strictly secular educational model in accordance with the republican principles of Turkey in 1923. Robert College, in the past had junior high school, high school, and university sections under the names Robert Academy, Robert Yüksek and American College for Girls. Since 1971, the current-day Robert College has functioned only as a "high school"[11] (more comparable to the French lycée in academic rigor) on its Arnavutköy campus (formerly the campus of American College for Girls), yet it retains the title of 'College'. The Bebek campus and academic staff were turned over to the Republic of Turkey for use as a public university named Boğaziçi University, the renamed continuation of Robert College's university section.

{{quote|"Through the education of succeeding generations of students, Robert College has assisted the economic and social progress in the Near East. It has also brought direct benefits to several generations of Americans—faculty members, trustees, students, contributors, and other friends of the College. Their close association with the heroic and hospitable people of Turkey has led to a greater appreciation of Turkish life and culture and the strong foundations on which the Republic of Turkey, our close friend and partner in peace, has been built. I send my cordial congratulations to the officers and friends of Robert College on the century of service you are so deservedly celebrating." | John F. Kennedy, President of the United States|Message for the Centennial Celebrations of Robert College, 1963[12]

Robert College 1880


The Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Aptullah Kuran Library which locates in the North Campus

Boğaziçi University operates on six campuses in Istanbul. Four of these campuses (South Campus, North Campus, Hisar Campus, and Uçaksavar Campus) are close to each other and located on a hill in the affluent district of Bebek on the European side of Istanbul, overlooking the Bosphorus (hence the name). The Kennedy Lodge, named after John F. Kennedy, is located at the South Campus and operates as a welcoming facility for visiting professors and staff. The Kandilli Campus is right across from the shore, located on the Asian side of Istanbul (in Çengelköy) and hosts the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI). The newest campus is in Kilyos on the Black Sea coast and is home to a private beach. The South Campus is the most popular campus among students and visitors alike. [13]


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  3. [3] BOUN CmpE
  4. [4] BOUN IE
  5. İlk 1000 Universielere göre dağılım Archived 31 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Boğaziçi University
  6. Belgeler OSYM
  7. Education Management and Development. Compendium for Managers|first1=Jeroen|last1=Huisman|first2=Attila|last2=Pausits|date=23 April 2019|publisher=Waxmann Verlag|via=Google Books|isbn=9783830972860}}
  8. Friedrich Schrader in: Robert College, Nord und Süd, November 1919, S. 165–169 (Article in German language)
  10. George Washburn |title=Dictionary of American Biography |year=1936 |
  13. Main campus Archived 21 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Boğaziçi University