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IŞIK University: From Past to Present

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IŞIK University, founded in 1996, was established on the educational excellence achieved by the 130-year-old Feyziye Schools Foundation (FMV). The institution opened its doors as the Feyz-i Sibyan School on December 14, 1885, in Salonica.

The institution has been witness to Turkish history from the Ottoman Empire to the founding of the Republic and national sovereignty under the leadership and vision of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Early in the 20th century, the FMV moved to Istanbul and established a campus in Nişantaşı, Şişli, where it still maintains a primary and high school. In 1935, during the celebration of its 50th anniversary and with the blessings of its most prominent former pupil, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Fevziye Schools adopted the name of "IŞIK" (pron. ih-shik).

In 1985, at its centennial anniversary, FMV expanded its operations with the addition of a primary and high school campus in Maslak, Sarıyer, in Istanbul. A decade later, in 1995, FMV entered the higher education sector with the founding of Işık University at the Maslak Campus. In 2000, an additional K-12 campus with a kindergarten, primary school, and high school was established on the Asian side of Istanbul in Erenköy. Işık University began offering instruction at the Şile campus in 2003.

Our university opens the door to the future for our youth through contemporary education provided by our country's leading academicians taking inspiration from the IŞIK traditions.