History

History

Founded in 1996, Işık University emerged on the educational excellence achieved by the 137-year-old Feyziye Schools Foundation (FMV). 

Having opened its doors as the Feyz-i Sibyan School on December 14, 1885, in Salonica, the institution witnessed a long period of Turkish history from the Ottoman Empire to the founding of the Republic and national sovereignty under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s leadership and vision. In 1934, the Fevziye Schools adopted the name “Işık” (light) upon the approval of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

As an educational institution, it bears the honor of incorporating the Semsi Efendi School, where the Great Leader Atatürk studied.

Being a part of the Fevziye Schools’ educational chain like the kindergartens, primary schools, and high schools in Nişantaşı, Ayazağa, and Erenköy, Işık University is based on a solid foundation. Our university guides the future of our youth in a contemporary understanding of education with its academic staff and leading scientists of our country, powered by the tradition of Işık. 

Işık University offers educational opportunities to students with 23 undergraduate programs in 3 faculties, 9 associate degree programs in 1 vocational school, 43 master's and 6 doctorate programs in the Graduate School, as well as foreign language education in the School of Foreign Languages and certificate programs in the Continuing Education Center.

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