BILKENT – Bilkent Universitesi Vakif, Turkey

Bilkent University was founded on October 20, 1984 by İhsan Doğramacı (1915 – 2010). The aim was to create a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies the founder’s aim, since it is an acronym of bilim kenti Turkish for “city of science and knowledge.” The university is located in Turkey’s capital city of Ankara.

Bilkent University was founded to provide an environment for learning and intellectual growth encompassing the sciences, technology, humanities and the arts, to serve human welfare and foster peace on earth. Education at Bilkent is not simply a means to obtain a vocation, a career. Instead, it endeavors to nurture students in the way of thinking and of learning to learn.

Since 1998, the Department of Communication and Design at Bilkent University has been a leader in media theory and practice, training students for careers that navigate an increasingly interconnected world. Balancing a fine-tuned approach to media and cultural studies with a broad foundation in the social sciences, humanities, and the arts, the COMD curriculum prepares students to become scholars and creators of audiovisual media that will shape the 21st century.

Members of the COMD faculty maintain a strong engagement in creative projects and academic research aimed at a global audience. This commitment to innovation and scholarship fosters an environment that puts future media professionals on track to enter the field at the cutting edge of current trends.