"I dream of a university that is home to thousands of students ready to make an impact to the economy and the business world as well-educated professionals."

Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, 2008


  • Özyeğin University 10 Years Old


"The future starts with dreaming. I have been chasing this dream for 10 whole years. How fortunate I am that I am not alone in this passionate and exciting journey."

Hüsnü M. Özyeğin, 2018

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Özyeğin University About Us

"I dream of a university that is home to thousands of students ready to make an impact on the economy and the business world as well-educated professionals." - 2008

Özyeğin University was founded based on this dream and vision of Mr. Hüsnü Özyeğin, Chair of our Board of Trustees. When the idea of founding a university was born, the goal was set more clearly in the first few days that followed: To contribute to social development by producing creative, original and applicable knowledge through a modern education system; an innovative structure integrated with real-world industries; and academic programs focused on sectors.

Thus began the efforts to establish Özyeğin University in 2005. In 2008, our University welcomed its first students on its Altunizade campus with the goal of preparing self-confident, multi-lingual and multi-cultural graduates who embrace universal values, who endeavor to develop solutions to global problems, who love teamwork, who are open to change, and who know how to access, use, and even develop knowledge”. Not long after, in 2011, we moved to Turkey’s first LEED Gold Certified campus that spans 54 acres of land in Çekmeköy.

With our “entrepreneurial research university” approach, we offer an innovative education model that equips students with values to prepare them as entrepreneurial and resourceful graduates. We aim our graduates to be vested with an in-depth knowledge about the rising professions, a good command of at least one foreign language, highly developed skills in information and communication technologies, and significant talent for putting their knowledge into practice. We endeavor to instill in our students the passion and dedication to make a difference both for their employers and their community by capitalizing on the skills, competencies, and experiences they acquire both in academia and in the real world. In pursuit of achieving these goals, we conferred degrees to our first graduates in 2012.

Over the past 10 years, starting from our first course in 2008 to date, in addition to our alumni, who today lead the business world at different corners of the world and who we still remember with pride, international and national successes our faculty have achieved in recognition of their distinguished studies have become our major source of motivation.

As the new academic year marks our 10th anniversary, we aim to transform our students into resourceful individuals for the business world through the amenities we offer at their disposals, and help them become real world citizens who can dream, create innovative and sustainable ideas, care about the society and environment in which they live, are open to different views, possess the culture of living together peacefully in a diverse world, are passionate, and are able to adapt to the global world’s requirements.

With the strength and motivation we derive from our 10th anniversary, we embrace the third generation university approach led by the world’s most renowned universities to fulfil our goal to serve society as an entrepreneurial and research-focused learning center in the light of our innovative education model and founding principles which help our students to adapt to the rapidly changing world’s demands and become a part of “transformation”.

From Our Founder Hüsnü M. Özyeğin

"The future starts with dreaming. I have been chasing this dream for 10 whole years. How fortunate I am that I am not alone in this passionate and exciting journey." - 2018

Dear OzU Family,

The 10th anniversary of Özyeğin University is a very important milestone in the existence of our University. This is also a valuable opportunity for us to celebrate our collective successes, share our plans for the future, and shape our dreams together. I feel very happy and proud to share this time with you, our esteemed students, faculty, and all members of our University.

Education has always been an indispensable passion for me both in my life journey and in my charity work. I believe that preparing a resourceful youth is the biggest service one can ever offer to a society or a country. My passion for education was crowned with Özyeğin University, the result of this service.

My dream of founding a university dates back to at least twenty years ago. I set off on this journey with the goal of founding an innovative university that is able to meet not only the needs of Turkey but also the world. I was dreaming of a higher education institution with a modern education system that offers sector-focused academic programs and experiential opportunities. A home to scientific research where priority will be placed on the creation of original and creative knowledge and its application to the real world.

I was aspiring that my university will prepare self-confident, multi-lingual and multi-cultural graduates who embrace universal values, who are not afraid of problems, and on the contrary who enjoy tackling problems and developing new solutions, who love teamwork, who are open to change, and who know how to access, use, and even develop knowledge.

My dream was a third generation university. A young and entrepreneurial research university.

The first step we took to make this dream come true was the recruitment of a stellar cadre of faculty from the world’s best universities. The second step was the admission of our first 210 students who made the biggest decision of their lives and chose us by showing the courage to be our very first students. Then, each year, incrementally growing our student body, faculty, academic programs, and campus, we came to the present day.

The first ten years of our University are filled with unforgettable and proud moments for me

These lines are not enough to describe all those proud moments I have had, but with our 10th anniversary book and documentary, which we will soon share with you, we aim to make these moments eternal.

The most memorable memories for me are undoubtedly the commencement ceremonies we hold each year to graduate our students and send them off to begin a new chapter in their lives. During these ceremonies, it has always been an honor to share and celebrate the achievements of our students who intern at or have received job offers from the leading companies in their respective sectors, our student entrepreneurs who started their own businesses while they were still pursuing their studies at our University, our graduates who have been admitted to the master’s or Ph.D. programs at the world’s leading universities, or our national athletes who represent our country.

Ten years are actually a very short span of time in a University’s lifetime. Our dream is to keep our University alive for decades, and even for centuries ahead. But all in all, the key to success and sustainability -just like in every institution- is the founding vision and the foundation laid during the first few years.

Founding a university means successfully bringing together all stakeholders to give life to, maintain, and continuously develop an academic and scientific institution, and ensuring that the resulting mechanism functions with excellence. The achievements we have garnered in our first 10 years were beyond what I dreamed while I was founding Özyeğin University thanks to the collective efforts and cooperation of our stakeholders from various segments of society. In just our fifth year, we ranked fourth in Turkey’s Most Innovative and Entrepreneurial Universities. We qualified to be one of the 10 universities to receive TÜBİTAK’s Technology Transfer Office Support awarded by the Ministry of Science and Technology, and we were shown as a best practice example to other universities in recognition of our efforts. Our faculty who rank high not only in national but also global academic rankings carried us into the top ten among all foundation universities in our sixth year in recognition of our research achievements.

"Cultivating qualified graduates who are prepared for the business world" had an important place in my dream of founding a university, and our first place ranking among “Universities with Highest Graduate Employment Rate” is testimony to the fact that we made it! Student satisfaction and participation have always been among the most important issues I have cared about since our foundation, and for that reason, ranking first among 172 universities in Turkey’s University Satisfaction Survey for two years in a row is also another major source of pride for me. Also this year, our Rector Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk was one of the three rectors honored with the “Golden Award” in the same survey. This is also a testimony of her outstanding personal efforts in this area. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Rector once again on her achievement.

I feel very thrilled in dreaming of the next 10 years...

During the foundation of our University, we were discussing the “third generation university” concept. Today the world is much different than compared to 10 years ago. We are now in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era. Blending scientific technologies with industrial activites, this revolution is of particular importance to us. This is a revolution that has the power to transform economy, production, employment, and even our relations. Now, Industry 4.0 and the sustainable development movement have sparked the “fourth generation university” discussions. And as Özyeğin University, we are dedicated to taking the lead in these areas. We pledge to turn the power of being young, flexible, and entrepreneurial into an opportunity, and use it for designing a brighter future for us all.

I feel very thrilled in dreaming of the next 10 years... I dream that Özyeğin University graduates showcase their achievements in their careers, our faculty contribute to society with their innovative research, and our students experience transformative education, and we see these examples continue to grow with a snowball effect.

And luckily I am not dreaming alone. Dear OzU Family, happy 10th anniversary!

From Our Rector Prof. Dr. Esra Gençtürk

As the 2018-2019 academic year marks our 10th anniversary, we feel the well-deserved pride of looking into the future with the hope and confidence we derive from all the experiences, successes, excitements, and dreams we have had over our 10-year journey.

The 10-year story of Özyeğin University, from its founding to date, began with the admission of our first 210 students in 2008 as they met our 33 faculty members who joined us from the world’s most renowned universities, and 62 staff members on our Altunizade campus with its humble practical amenities. Within just 10 years, our University concluded its founding process, streghtened its foundations, and achieved a very successful progress towards growth and institutionalization. In fact, by September 2018, which marks our 10th anniversary, Özyeğin University had been selected as the university with the best campus in Turkey with its 8,254 students, 535 faculty members, 329 staff members, and 3,255 graduates, in addition to ranking first among all state and foundation universities for overall satisfaction in the Turkey’s University Satisfaction Survey. OzU also ranked first among the “Universities with Highest Graduate Employment Rate”, fourth among “Turkey’s Most Entrepreneurial and Innovative Foundation Universities”, and first in URAP’s “Foundation Universities Founded After 2000 without Medical Schools” ranking. All of these achievements placed Özyeğin University among the most distinguished higher education institutions in Turkey.

We implement a new 5-year strategic plan in our 10th year

The successes our University has garnered in its first 10 years are the most important assurance that allows us to look into the future with confidence. We embrace Özyeğin University as a social legacy entrusted to us to continuously carry it forward and pass it on to future generations. To this end, we laid the foundations of our new strategic plan for 2018-2023 based on an accountable, institutional management approach. We are about the complete our new 5 year strategic plan, and we plan to implement it in our 10th year in commitment to our founding principle of "Contributing to social development by producing original and applicable knowledge through an innovative structure integrated with real-world industries; and academic programs focused on sectors”, which was shaped during the call conference held to discuss the mission of our University. In line with this plan, I am confident that we will take our national successes to the international realm, and spear ahead with our committment to be an entrepreneurial research university preferred by all our stakeholders.

Today, Özyeğin University is an important asset created with the selfless efforts of our faculty and students, who are renowned for their national and international achievements, and all of our administrative staff in collaboration with its senior management. Özyeğin University makes a difference with its innovative studies and serves as a role model to both established state universities and young foundation universities. Therefore, I would like to especially highlight that neither the first ten years of our University nor its next five years, which we defined with concrete goals, can boil down to a mere vision statement and the results achieved based on it. This is a journey that can be defined with years and numbers, but most of all, it is the culmination of a shared dream in which we invest both our minds and hearts, and a strong collaboration built on mutual trust. Without the unity of hearts and minds, not only would achieving what we have achieved so far not be possible, but it would also be impossible to maintain and sustain them.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of our Board of Trustees for shaping our first steps on this path ten years ago and still mentoring us at our each step, our founding rector for bringing us all together under the roof of OzU with his excitement and dreams, all our internal and external stakeholders for taking pride in our achievements and accompanying us on different chapters of our journey, all OzU members for believing in our goals and continuing to walk with us, all our OzU students for always carrying the OzU identity and representing our University on different platforms as they make their dreams come true, and our graduates for being our source of pride with their increasing number of national and international achievements.

We owe another big thanks we should not forget to extend -not only on behalf of us but also on behalf of our country and future generations. As a true devotee of education, he has shaped our University’s seeds of thoughts with his experiences. Starting from the very first day on our 10-year journey, he sometimes led the way, and walked before us to inspire us. Sometimes, he purposefully tried to stay behind to give us courage, but no matter what the circumstances were, he always made sure we felt that he was always there for us, not only with his financial support but also with his moral support. On behalf of myself, all past and present members of OzU, and our country, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Hüsnü Özyeğin, the founder of our University and the Chair of our Board of Trustees.

As we celebrate our University’s 10th anniversary this year, we feel the immense satisfaction of looking into the future with the hope and confidence we derive from all the experiences, successes, excitements, and dreams we have had over our 10-year journey. I wish many more achievements and many more decades to come.

We Chose our 10th Anniversary Logo Together

Our University will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a rich array of scientific, cultural, artistic, and athletic events in the 2018-2019 academic year. To make this special year more memorable, we recently organized a logo design competition for our students who know, live, and feel OzU the best. As a result of the logo design competition organized in celebration of this important milestone for our University, our senior Architecture student Ece Kıy’s logo design was elected as the winner by majority vote.

The 10th anniversary logo was expected to reflect OzU’s mission, values, impact, and OzU’s goal to be an innovative and entrepreneurial pioneer in every field. The competition specifications allowed contestants to use “10th Year” and “OzU” together in their logo design.

The competition was announced on October 3, and 29 students applied for the competition with 57 projects. Following the evaluation of the selection committee, our students Ece Kıy, Nilay Zanbak, and Muratcan Koylan were selected as the winner, first runner-up, and second runner-up, respectively in recognition of their logo designs.

The logo design of Deniz Akmehmet, and the logo design of Birce Adsanver and Ahmet Can Çimen were also awarded with the Jury Prize.

Main Jury

Prof. Dr. Orhan Hacıhasanoğlu (Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Design)
Alpay Er (Industrial Design)
Simge Esin Orhun (Communication Design)
Özlem Özkal (Communication Design)
Metin Çavuş (Communication Design)


Pelin Günay (Research Assistant, Industrial Design)
Yasemin Yıldırım (Research Assistant, Communication Design)

Özyeğin University’s Milestones

Özyeğin University’s 10th Events

In the light of the strength we derive from our founding philosophy and the values we have, as Özyeğin University, we celebrate our 10th anniversary with a series of special events that touch on different fields of interest, from culture to art and economics to the business world, at the service of society.


IP Conference 2018

October 4-5, 2018


October 17-18, 2018

Blue Planet or Plastic Planet?

October 25, 2018

Alternative Energy and Sustainable Development

October 31, 2018

Respect For the Views Of the Child in Turkey and...

November 6, 2018

Energy Politics: "Gazprom
and Turkey-Russia Relations"

November 13, 2018

Sustainability in Turkish Business Context and in TOFAS

November 14, 2018

White Goods and Supply Industry 4.0 Summıt II

November 23, 2018

Salvation and Catastrophe: The Greek-Turkish War 1919-1923

November 24, 2018

World Soil Day Event - Soil and Food

December 5, 2018


December 12, 2018

Women Rectors in Turkey-3rd Meeting & Panel Discussion

December 13, 2018

World History Chat

December 14, 2018

TÜSİAD & SDF Sectoral Sustainability...

December 14, 2018

Fazıl Say Concert

December 19, 2018

Environmnetal Pollution and Climate Change

December 19, 2018

IAPS-CS Network-Culture and Space Meetings-4

September 2018-February 2019

2nd Hospitality Pioneers in Turkey Biennale 2019

February 12, 2019

Human and Environment: Presentation and...

February 20, 2019

Gender Equality and Politics in Turkey and Around The World

March 06, 2019

The Sin of Being a Woman - A Documentary Screening and...

March 08, 2019

Feminist Approaches to Literature, History, and Philosophy Conference

March 09, 2019


March 12, 2019

Sustainability From Farm to Table - SÜTAŞ

March 15, 2019

David Ciepley Conference

March 18, 2019

International Urban Design Workshop A.A. 2018-2019

March, 23-30 2019

Environmental Problems, Clean Energy, and the Role of Business

April 02, 2019

Corporate & Startup Day 2019

April 04, 2019

Play - From the Perspective of Developmental...

April 5, 2019

Next Generation in Molecular Gastronomy Note by Note...

April 11, 2019

Turkish Foreign Policy in the Light of Current...

April 11, 2019

5th Turkish Workshop on Experimental and Behavioral...

April 13, 2019

Elhamra'ya Osmanlı Bakışı 1844-1914

April 16, 2019

Human Development and Capability Approach: Discussing...

April 16, 2019

A Talk by Latife Tekin

April 17, 2019

Our 10,000 Women Program Graduates Back...

April 18, 2019

Kimseyi Geride Bırakmadan 2030’a

April 18, 2019

Prof. Dr. Nicola Perullo - The Aesthetics of Taste

April 25, 2019

5th HUB

May 9, 2019

Men’s Role in the Fight for Gender Equality

May 10, 2019

Dr. Michelle Rupiper Konuşması: "Nature and Executive Function"

May 27, 2019

TORK 2019

June 26-28, 2019

Öğretmen Ağı - Değişim Elçileri Yaz Buluşması

July 2-3-4, 2019

8th Commencement Ceremony

July 6, 2019

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