Marmara Education Institutions, Istanbul Marmara Education Foundation (IMEV) and Maltepe University (MU) were founded in 1991, 1996 and 1997, respectively by Hüseyin Şimsek, the head of the board of trustees of the university, who devised the motto “From Kindergarten to University”. The University, which was founded by IMEV in accordance with law number 4282, is subject to the terms pertaining to the Foundation and Higher Education Institution Law number 2547, and it has the status of a legal entity. In 1997, the university began operations as an academic institution in the buildings provided by IMEV.
The Istanbul Marmara Education Foundation, with which the university is affiliated, provides a wide range of learning opportunities in a variety of areas, including health, culture, art, social responsibility and the environment. Hence, IMEV perpetuates the deep-rooted tradition of foundation institutions within Turkish culture and history.
In 2002, in an effort to bring together the various academic institutions established by IMEV, the Marmara Education Village (Marmara Eğitim Köyü) was founded on 750,000 square metres of indoor space and 300,000 square metres of outdoor space in a wooded area of the Maltepe district on the Asian side of Istanbul. The Marmara Education Village campus is home to Maltepe University's Faculties of Education, Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts, Law, Communications, Economics and Administrative Sciences, Architecture, Engineering and Natural Sciences as well as the Schools of Nursing, Foreign Languages, Vocational Education, and the Graduate Schools of Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences. With the exceptions of the Faculty of Medicine and the Graduate School of Health Sciences, located in Maltepe University's City Centre campus, all other degree programs are held in the Marmara Education Village, including the associate degree, undergraduate, masters degree and doctoral degree programmes. Our university provides education services in 9 faculties, 3 graduate schools, 2 schools and 1 vocational school. The Marmara Education Village Campus is also home to the Marmara Open Air Theatre with a seating capacity for 8,000 spectators. In addition, the campus has two film production studios covering 2000 square metres.
"Free in Thought, Modern in Education and Universal in Science" is the motto and summation of the most important principles of Maltepe University. The aim of Maltepe University is to educate students to be competitive with their peers all over the world, to be dynamic, rational, creative, and collaborative intellectuals; to be individuals who are secular, respectful of the rules of democracy and are true followers of the reforms and principles of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Maltepe University puts a great emphasis on internationalisation. With this approach in mind, exchange students and academic members are encouraged to be mobile in the European Higher Education Area and the world. For this purpose, strong relations have been established and secured with globally recognised universities for collaborative research and scientific studies, and these efforts are gradually increasing in number. Existing international exchange programmes and double major degree programmes are indicators for MU’s internationalization approach. In line with this, bachelor degree graduates are given Diploma Supplements as of 2010, while Master’s and Ph.D. graduates started to be given Diploma Supplements in 2012.
The university has an exclusive and experienced academic and administrative staff, offers programmes updated on a regular basis to follow the developments in the fields of science, technology and art, enjoys a wide range of academic infrastructure and facilities (laboratory, information and documentation centre, internet access, etc.), discloses and shares scientific research with the international scientific community and the public and organises social and cultural events that encourage community participation. On a whole, the academic and cultural atmosphere cultivated by Maltepe University has paved the way for it to be counted as a prominent institution in the Turkish University System and is also firm evidence of the university's successful achievement of its institutionalisation process.