Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University (FSMVU) is a newly established higher education institute whose goal is to be at the forefront of Turkish higher education and research. The university is subsidized by the famously old Fatih Sultan Mehmet waqf (charitable trust) which was founded in 1471 by the Conqueror of Istanbul himself and has continued to provide funds for learning since then. We feel privileged to have our origins in such a venerable academic heritage. And we strive to carry this tradition further by combining traditional education with contemporary knowledge.
FSMVU was established in 2010. It is located in the historical peninsula of Istanbul, at the heart of the city in buildings whose history date back to earlier centuries of the Ottoman Istanbul. This gives a very unique edge to our mission. We are constantly aware of occupying an important place at a point where daily life intertwines with culture, history, and art. We hope to be a meeting point for higher education in the same way and we welcome all students, academicians and cooperation with other higher education institutions.
At Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, our vision is to become an academic institution whose primary aim is to prepare individuals with professional awareness, and in light of scientific studies at national and international level, equip them from a cultural and social standpoint. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University is an institution who has synthesized traditional values with contemporary knowledge; integratedits students, alumni, and stakeholders; values its people and adds value to them; and in addition to the foregoing, opens a unique pathway through original institutional structure and practices, instead of competing with other educational institutions; and operates as an innovative, liberal and human-centered organization which is always open to contemporary knowledge.
Our most important mission is to provide leadership to both our students and the society in efforts to increase and improve the qualified manpower and cultural assets of our country, which are the products of history and civilization, with help from great masters who are becoming more and more rare each day. This will be made possible through the most efficient use of existing national and international education and research networks in the road that the University opened for itself as a higher education institution, and will be built on efforts in fields like education, art, language, literature, history, architecture and engineering sciences.
FACULTY OF LETTERS AND HUMANITIES
The Faculty of Letters and Humanities' main disciplines are Turkish language, art, philosophic thought and history; these studies are deeply rooted in Turkish culture and heritage; born of social and individual experiences, events, phenomena, and people in this geography.
The primary goal of the Faculty is to define the historical, literary, sociological and psychological contexts of these data through the use of scientific methods. To achieve this goal, we draw inspiration from our cultural principles, look at the values of the East and the West, try to understand where our own values stand in human heritage, and to
make use of a comparative approach which runs parallel to the products of Western and Eastern languages and cultures.
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING
Having a deep understanding of our culture, art and civilization and keeping an open mind with critical thinking abilities are the values shared and promoted by our faculty. We train our students with the hope that they will become scientific people with selfconfidence, awareness and a sense of responsibility.
FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN
This department aims to prepare architects who are respected by both the local and global architectural community. To achieve that purpose, we try to cultivate students with traits such as comprehensive technical knowledge, advanced technical skills, a genuine interest in culture and art and a caring for the rich cultural heritage of our civilization with the help of our meticulously prepared curriculum. Our students can also enroll in a double major or minor program in the interior architecture department.
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS
This faculty is based on an understanding of an education system cultivating individuals who are loyal to their society's culture and values with a contemporary and openminded approach.
The faculty's aim is to be an internationally-renowned establishment which helps the proliferation of art in society, as well as conveying an aesthetical sensitivity. Additionally, providing a sense of social responsibility, The Faculty of Fine Arts encourages researchers and leading artists. Hence, our faculty contributes not only to the traditions and the culture of the world, but also opens up new horizons in arts and practice.
FACULTY OF ISLAMIC SCIENCES
The Faculty of Islamic Sciences aims to be a pioneering and qualified institution of higher education, by both national and universal standards, that produces knowledge on the specific and universal values of religion in compliance with academic criteria and the needs of the society; interprets this knowledge according to the Islamic values and the needs of the age; transmits it in an accurate and effective way for the spiritual health of individuals and the well-being of society and through this dissemination of knowledge, preserves and improves our historical and cultural identity.
The objective is to contribute to the cultivation of self-confident and professionally competent individuals who learn the religion of Islam from its original sources in an objective way; who can generate original thought; who adhere to the principles of production, application and distribution of knowledge; who love their country, their people, the entire humanity, and their occupation; who comply with the moral, cultural and social values; and who have internalized the ideal of being of use to society and humanity.
FACULTY OF LAW
The Faculty of Law aims to achieve the highest standards of education and provide them with a deep knowledge and understanding of legal subjects both domestically and internationally. Additionally, the program has both compulsory and elective courses which allow students the chance to design their own law education by deciding the field in which they want to specialize.
ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS INSTITUTE
Established at the premises of the Yenikapı Mevlevihanesi, where the ethos of peace and tolerance established by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was handed down for generations, the Alliance of Civilizations Institute offers graduate courses in civilizational studies. With a great emphasis on bringing different expertise from around the world, the language of instruction is Turkish, English and Arabic. Courses are taught by renowned experts in their fields, such as law, history, politics, architecture and fine arts. Core courses include History of World Civilizations and Theory and Method in Civilization Studies. The Alliance of Civilizations Institute collaborates with Alliance of Civilizations Ally Group countries to specialize in student and faculty member exchange programs, organizing and hosting national and international meetings, panels, conferences, symposiums, seminars, and acting as a visionary for research projects. The Institute conducts scientific studies with a special emphasis on education, youth, immigration and media, which are the main areas of interest for the Alliance of Civilizations.
INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
The Institute of Fine Arts has been founded to contribute to the academic careers of future artists who have internalized the national culture and traditional arts, with an aim to preserve many precious works of Turkish Art covering a vast geography for centuries; to produce work in line with the current artistic and aesthetic understanding within a universal dimension, and to further contribute to the artistic and aesthetic understanding of society.
Our primary goal in our institute's graduate programs within the field of Traditional Turkish Art (Calligraphy, Ornamentation Art, Miniature, Glazed Tile, Binding, Hand- Carved, Carpet-Rug-Cloth designs) is to preserve and cherish what is traditional, and to evaluate it within the current artistic understanding. We aim to create an educational environment which will enable students to produce authentic designs with a priority of style and authenticity by using the correct materials, patterns and technical information in all fields.
INSTITUTE OF ENGINEERING AND NATURAL SCIENCES
The Institute aims at upholding an understanding of education which, with conscious eagerness for the truth, rises above cultural roots; is shaped by contemporary scientific and technological values and constantly searches for, finds and shares the new. The Institute of Engineering and Natural Sciences exists to offer education in engineering, architecture and natural sciences; and to help postgraduate students develop their skills in education, research, application and management with regard to their respective fields. The Institute aims, in line with the mission of the university, and in a framework of cultural continuity and interdisciplinary cooperation, to enrich the intellectual
capacity of its students and equip them with necessary technical skills and thus helping them become members of a distinguished work force who are dynamic, sensitive to the problems of their society, successful, up-to-date on international scientific works and have the expertise needed in their fields. To that end, the Institute offers new programs that will turn our human potential into a great advantage.
INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
We prioritize to enrich theoretical background with courses, treatises and projects in the schedule, produce solutions to potential problems in today's social life, and contribute to scientific life with preparing qualified academics.
as an Institution of Social Sciences, our aim is to play a guiding role in the issues directly related to social sphere by conducting scientific researches, to render scientific studies a necessary part of the social life and to highly contribute to social, scientific and business life both theoretically and practically. The mission of the institute is to improve co-operations between universities with international programs and to lead the studies between the subjects. We intend to be a research and education institution which is well-recognized, trustable and prestigious.
VOCATIONAL SCHOOL & VOCATIONAL SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
A New and Different Approach to Vocational Education and Training as the Vocational School, we have a unique approach towards education. We plan to give an education based on the needs of contemporary business world with the aid of the university. We aim to train our students to be qualified individuals who are accepted in their relevant fields.
ENGLISH PREPARATORY SCHOOL
In the 21th century, we are going through a process of change in a variety of science fields. The most important of these change waves is globalization and it requires many abilities and qualifications needed by people in a society and industry. With this change, English has been used as a common language of education in many universities. Our university is aiming at preparing the students for the future with an efficient and qualified language education and create a difference in their lives. Our academic staff in preparatory school is structured specially to offer the best language education. The head of the department, level coordinators, testing office and program development office, as well as academic skill development office (Writing,Reading, Speaking, Listening, Use of English grammar and Vocabulary) work together in
a common horizontal configuration. Adopting lifelong learning as a principle, our department is composed of Turkish and foreigner lecturers. This dynamic department with high professional targets works in a free academic environment. Classes are carried out with auditory and visual materials
and computer assisted technologies are used to make learning fun. The motivation of students is stimulated with the help of interactive boards.
ARABIC PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The Arabic Preparatory School started giving education in the 2011-2012 academic year with an outstanding Turkish and Arabic academic staff who are specialized in language teaching. Fırst 80 students were from Turkey and other countries and after they completed the course successfully, they were sent to Makkah Summer School to improve their Practical and Classical knowledge of Arabic.
Our curriculum is composed of Arabic Word Knowledge (Sarf), Arabic Sentence
Knowledge (Nahiv) Verbal Lectures, Written Lectures, Reading and Comprehension, Arabic Language Phonetics and Writing in Arabic. Our textbooks are chosen among the modern textbooks. In addition, we give students extracurricular reading assignments and ask questions.
Also, students prepare short films in Arabic. Students who complete preparatory school education can continue their education in the Islamic Sciences department. Our faculty is the first in its field with it's a 100% Arabic education philosophy.
FSMSEM-CENTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION
Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University's Center For Continuing Education (FSMSEM) was founded to provide lifelong education, research and consultancy support for individuals and institutions from every segment of society, to produce unique solutions with the highest standards in the light of the philosophy of lifelong learning, by the guidance of the values of our culture, to achieve continuous development, to become efficient in modern science and technology with an open-minded attitude and internalized ethical values.
Location : Topkapı Campus
Website : fsmsem.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Avcı
CAREER CENTER – CAREER, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND VOCATIONAL
We help our students, graduates, and alumni to make informed decisions about their futures by providing comprehensive resources, programs, training, seminars and counseling on career development, personal development, internships and employment by coordinating projects and partnerships between our academic units and various national and international public and private organizations.
We also provide a comprehensive center for our students and graduates so that they can test and evaluate their characteristics and abilities.
Location : Topkapı Campus
Website : kariyer.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Soner Örnekol
FSM UZEM (Distance Learning Center)
The Distance Learning Center has been established to carry out the planning,
programming, coordination and implementation of e-learning based associate,
undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, lifelong and all other courses of the university that will be taught remotely.
Courses are followed over the Internet and the students can access video lessons and notes at anytime and anywhere by connecting to the online system. Examination for the courses are conducted in the campus using the test method coordinated by the
Distance Learning Center.
Location : Haliç Campus
Website : uzem.fsm.edu.tr
Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Center
Turkish has become one of the most needed world languages in today's world where multilingualism and multiculturalism is gaining importance day by day. Turkish history and international policies have undoubtedly contributed to this fact. We have started giving education having the history and cultural background and civilization of Turkey in mind with a slogan of “We not only educate our students but also value them”. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University TÜMER, Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and
Application Center has started giving education in 2012. We give education in
accordance with common European framework of reference for language in modern, full-equipped classes and keeping four basic ability of a language (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and offering a fast and efficient language teaching. The purpose of TÜMER is to teach world languages to everybody and provide education, support researches and publish them. We would like to pioneer the developments in this area.
Location : Haliç Campus
Website : tumer.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Berna Gökpınar Balcı
OTTOMAN - MALAY WORLD STUDIES, APPLICATION AND RESEARCH CENTER
The Ottoman-Malay World Studies, Application and Research Center was established with the collaboration of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University and the International Islamic University Malaysia, with centers in Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur. The Center’s aim is to scientifically examine the history, policy, military, economy, culture and society of two of the most important Islamic civilizations in the word. To form a bridge between them and give the new generations a chance to better understand each other.
Main activities of the Center are:
Location : Topkapı Campus (Rectorate)
Director : Dr. Serdar Demirel
PROJECT MANAGEMENT CENTER
The Project Management Center was established to mediate and manage the Intellectual knowledge and expertise generated by our university in order to be shared with the public. Our commercial enterprise allows the prototypes manufactured inhouse in our centers and laboratories, projects, provided services, consultancies and training to meet and interact with the public.
Location : Fatih Campus (Rectorate)
Website : pym.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Ali Kurt
ALUTEAM - ALUMINUM TESTING, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH CENTER
ALUTEAM continues its activities with the support of the Aluminum Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Business Association (GALSİAD) and Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) under three headings
Location : Haliç Campus
Website : aluteam.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebubekir Koç
Research Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property of
Foundations The Research Center for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of Foundations (KURAM)" implements various technical research and practice applications for traditional building materials that will be investigated or used in the conservation of cultural heritage buildings.
Location : Haliç Campus
Website : kuram.fsm.edu.tr
Director : Ömer Dabanlı