About Istanbul Kültür University

Contact Information

Rector Prof. Dr. Fadime Üney Yüksektepe 0212 498 47 02 rektorluk@iku.edu.tr
General Secretary Ender Rıza Ekici 0212 498 47 10 genelsekreterlik@iku.edu.tr

Correspondence Address

İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi, Ataköy Yerleşkesi, Rektörlük, D100 Yan Yol, 34158 Bakırköy / İstanbul


Istanbul Kültür University (IKU), which was established by the Kültür College Education Foundation (KEV) in accordance with the Law No. 4281 adopted by the Turkish Grand National Assembly on July 9, 1997, provides a high quality higher education services with the awareness that it is possible for the Republic of Türkiye and the Turkish nation to achieve its unchangeable goal of "exceeding the level of contemporary civilization", with the awareness that it is possible for our youth to receive a qualified education.

In the 1997-1998 Academic Year, IKU started its activities in three faculties consisting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Department of Mathematics-Computer), Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Department of Business Administration), Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (Departments of Civil Engineering and Computer Engineering) with 157 students and an academic staff of 32 people and Vocational Schools of Business Administration and Technical Sciences (Program of Business Administration and Computer Programming). IKU had its first associate degree graduates from Business Administration and Technical Sciences Vocational School in 1999, and its first undergraduate graduates (38 graduates) and first graduate graduates (10 graduates) in 2001. At the end of the 2021-2022 Academic Year, 887 graduates from associate degree programs, 1786 graduates from undergraduate programs, 300 graduates from master's programs and 15 graduates from doctoral programs, totalling 2973 graduates. The total number of graduates of IKU between 1999 and 2022 has reached to 34165.

IKU provides service in four separate campuses on a total area of 127966 square meters, on the E-5 Highway and TEM Highway, of which 70216 square meters is indoors and 57,750 square meters is outdoors. In Ataköy Campus, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Art and Design, Graduate Education Institute provides education and training services. There are Faculty of Law, Vocational School of Justice, Department of Foreign Languages and Faculty of Health Sciences in Şirinevler Campus. IKU Vocational School (MYO) programs continue their educational activities in Incirli Campus. The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and the Faculty of Education continue their activities in the Basın Ekspres Campus, which was opened in the 2018-2019 academic year. Ataköy campus, which is used as the main campus, also includes the Rectorate and its affiliated administrative units. All campuses of Istanbul Kültür University are easily accessible as they are located at the intersections of land, air, sea and rail system transportation. Having an international climate, IKU has 3264 in associate degree, 8579 in undergraduate, and 1545 in graduate degree and in total, 13,388 students.
With its strong corporate culture, IKU provides education with a total of 700 academic staff, including 55 full-time Professors, 37 Associate Professors, 130 Assistant Professors, 287 part-time faculty members, 94 lecturers and 97 research assistants in 8 faculties, including Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Art and Design, Faculty of Health Sciences for undergraduate degree, in IKU Vocational School and Justice Vocational School for associate degree and at the Graduate Education Institute for the master's and doctorate degrees.

Having a total of 31 undergraduate programs, 10 in English and 21 in Turkish, IKU offers associate degree education in a total of 29 programs, 1 within the Vocational School of Justice and 28 within the IKU Vocational School, which was established in 2019 with the merger of the Vocational School of Business Administration and the Vocational School of Technical Sciences with the approval of YÖK. IKU also provides education in 45 thesis, 26 non-thesis master's and 9 doctoral programs in 24 branches of science and 4 main branches of art within the Graduate Education Institute.

Aiming to create an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary expert profile, IKU offers its students the Double Major Program (DMP), which allows students in all undergraduate programs to study in another undergraduate program and graduate with two diplomas, and the Minor Program (MP), which allows them to register their expertise with a certificate in addition to the diploma they will receive from their main departments. The number of students attending DMP at IKU is 541, 118 of whom are Vocational School students, and the number of students attending MP is 161.

92% of IKU departments and programs in the YKS Guide are allocated to 100%, 50% and 25% scholarship quotas that continue uninterruptedly for 7 years in undergraduate and 4 years in associate degree. In addition, according to the ÖSYS results, the candidates, in case of placement in one of the undergraduate programs of IKU with 100% scholarship, who are in the top 1000 in the TS score type and the first 3000 in the other score types, (excluding the Foreign Language scores), are given a monthly cash requirement scholarship and computer, book, CD scholarship during the education period and free accommodation in IKU dormitories. Also, IKU provides special scholarship opportunities to all its students at various rates, such as requirement scholarships, athlete scholarships, Board of Trustees scholarship and Kültür College Foundation scholarships.

Within the scope of its mission and vision, IKU aims to make all its students multi-faceted and active individuals in every field. In this framework, all departments and programs allow their students to make interactive assignments, projects and presentations, to take part in scientific meetings, to participate in technical trips and cultural-art activities in line with their own goals and to gain competence by applying different methods. IKU produces graduates who are familiar with contemporary technologies at associate, undergraduate and graduate levels, equipped with the knowledge and experience to meet the needs in the fields of production, application and management, who can work in the international business world, who have the philosophy of professional ethics, teamwork skills and entrepreneurship spirit and continues its graduate relations with the students under the roof of the Life, Career and Alumni Counselling Unit (KÜLTÜR POINT).

Institutional R&D strategies at IKU started with the R&D Center established in the same year as the university. R&D activities and related supports, which passed through various stages, started to be carried out under the roof of the Technology and Project Support Unit (TPDB) with the directive adopted at the Senate meeting on January 25, 2017. R&D strategies are carried out by the TPDB Commission within the framework of the Strategic Plan of IKU. Research activities at IKU are carried out within the departments and programs of eight faculties and two vocational schools. In these units, R&D activities are carried out in different disciplines, especially in mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology and genetics, materials, nanotechnology, computer engineering, electronic engineering, industrial engineering, civil engineering, business administration, economics, law, international relations, entrepreneurship and project management, fine arts, distance education, close R&D activities are carried out in different disciplines, history, social sciences and foreign languages. In addition, there are 20 units and 52 laboratories established to carry out direct R&D work. Research centers and units operating in the institution are as follows: Family Businesses and Entrepreneurship UAM (AGMER), R&D and Project Consultancy UAM (AR-GE), Atatürk's Principles and History of Revolution UAM (ATAMER), Criminal Law UAM (CEHAMER), Distance Education UAM (UZEMER), Intellectual Property UAM (FIHAMER), Geomatics UAM (GEOMER), Global Political Trends Unit (GPoT), Fine Arts UAM (GSUAM), Istanbul Kültür University Women and Social Research Unit (KAD), Guidance and Psychological Counselling UAM (RPDMER), Continuing Education UAM (IKUSEM), Technology and Project Support Unit (TPDB), Turkish and Foreign Languages Teaching UAM (TUMER).

IKU carries out improvemental studies by making its own self-evaluation within the scope of Strategic Plan monitoring studies. Istanbul Kültür University has largely completed the basic legislative work to improve quality processes. In this direction, the University Quality Commission established under the presidency of the Rector, the Quality Directorship under the Rector, and the Quality Commissions of all academic and administrative units regularly carry out “Plan-Do-Check-Take Action” cycles in the fields of education, R&D, social contribution, and internationalization and continue to work on increasing the quality gradually.

Our Mission
The mission of Istanbul Kültür University (IKU) is to train individuals who can think multi-dimensionally and critically, based on professional competence and creativity and to contribute to society by increasing scientific, artistic and cultural activities.

Our Vision
The vision of Istanbul Kültür University (IKU) is being a university that shapes the future with innovative activities that serve social progress, lifelong learning and science.


  • Being committed to Atatürk's principles.
  • Being contemporary and universal.
  • Being people-oriented and respecting human rights.
  • Having social responsibility awareness.
  • Giving importance to the development and abilities of individuals.
  • Respecting nature and having environmental awareness.
  • Adherence to the principles of universal knowledge, scientific thought, ethics, common sense and participatory management.
  • Being versatile and productive.
  • Being student-centered in education.
  • Being process and result oriented.
  • Seeking continuous improvement and innovation.
  • Being respectful to thoughts and beliefs.
  • Being innovative, creative, sharing, reliable, transparent and accountable.

Objective 1: With student-centered education programs that support lifelong learning, competent instructors and academic support; graduating students with competencies that can contribute to the country's global goals and increasing internationalization
Obejctive 2: Continuing integrated research and development activities for the problems of industry and society, with national and international stakeholders, by using the knowledge and research potential of the university.
Objective 3: Enabling conscious individuals to be raised on issues that will benefit society and carrying out sensitive and practices in environmental and social areas.
Objective 4: Ensuring the accountability and sustainability of the service quality by strengthening the relations of the university with its internal and external stakeholders.

Last Update Date: Fri, 15/09/2023 - 10:39