Letter from the Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Dear Students and Parents,

The Turkish Religious Foundation (TDV), which aims to support education and academic research, since its establishment forty years ago, has given scholarships to more than 250,000 secondary students, provided dormitory accommodation for students in higher education in different parts of Turkey and funds educational projects, particularly in Central Asian, Caucasian and Balkan countries. The foundation, which built the Centre for Islamic Studies (İSAM) in 1988, as a further step in its educational and academic objectives, in 2010 established Istanbul 29 Mayıs University.

The university has grown steadily since this date, and today offers undergraduate and postgraduate programs in three faculties and nine departments, including departments of Philosophy, History, Turkish Language and Literature, Islamic and Religious Studies, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Psychology, Economics, Political Science and International Relations, as well as Social Work.

In order to help students improve their language skills in their fields of study, the university offers a variety of language courses and related programs in the School of Foreign Languages, the Center for Continuous Education Application and Research, the Center for Turkish Language Teaching Application and Research, and the Arabic Center for Education Implementation and Research.

In addition to this, the university has opened the Centre for Qur'anic Studies to promote scholarly study of the Qur'an and its history, and plans to create new research centers in the future with the aim of being a pioneering university in academic research.

The university extends its opportunities to students from a number of countries as well, particularly the Central Asian Turkic Republics, the Caucasus and the Balkans. In this way, we hope that our relations with these countries, based on national and historical interests, will be further developed on academic and social as well as economic levels.

In line with all of these, the main goal of Istanbul 29 Mayıs University is to help students to develop and become competent and confident individuals, equipped with the ability to reflect critically and independently, with a strong sense of responsibility, respectful of beliefs and ethical values.

As the Board of Trustees, we are committed and ready to contribute and provide all forms of support to Istanbul 29 Mayıs University to make it one of the leading universities in the region. We would be very happy to see you among us and achieve this goal together.

Sincerely,


Dr Tayyar ALTIKULAÇ

Chairman of the Board of Trustees