Not just in Büyükçekmece, but also throughout Istanbul, Arel University is regarded as one of the most powerful universities. On the E5-highway, its campus in Sefaköy offers vocational education. The other campus in Tepekent, which is located to the west of Büyükçekmece Lake, is home to colleges, including the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Foreign Languages. It also has sports facilities, a theater, a large library, and 25 student-only housing villas.
The most notable are Al-Fayez International School, which uses both the Arabic and British curriculum, and Istanbul International School, which was founded a century ago and continues to thrive academically. Istanbul International School is a mixed-gender independent day school that offers a comprehensive international undergraduate curriculum for foreign students (non-Turkish passport holders) from pre-kindergarten (ages 3) to Grade 12 (18 years).
Aside from elementary, middle, and secondary schools, the region has a few Imam Hatip schools, such as Büyükçekmece Imam Hatip School for intermediate students.
The population of the Büyükçekmece region in 2021, according to the Turkish Statistics Authority, is 257,362 people living in an area of 161 km2.
It is situated on the European side of Istanbul, in the extreme west, and is close to Beylikdüzü and Esenyurt. Büyükçekmece, with a 25-kilometer shoreline, faces the Marmara Sea from the south. Arnavutköy is to the north.
Investors' interest in real estate in the Büyükçekmece area has risen, owing to the area's rapid expansion in all directions. This coastal district, which faces the Sea of Marmara and is experiencing rapid development while maintaining a high level of elegance and modernism, provides all of the amenities that residents seek. As a result, it has emerged as one of most important areas for real estate investment in Istanbul.
Büyükçekmece has high-level universities, and its proximity to developed areas like Beylikdüzü puts the universities of those areas at the service of the local populace of Büyükçekmece. Büyükçekmece is bordered by a significant number of prestigious universities that give top-notch academic education. The following are the most important universities in Büyükçekmece:
Istanbul Arel University was founded in the summer of 2007 via the endowment of the Kemal Gözükara Foundation for Education and Culture within the scope of the Higher Education Law. It is a self-sufficient university in terms of finances and administration. The language of instruction at Istanbul Arel University is typically English. Students might also request to learn a second foreign language.
Arel University is divided into two campuses, one of which is located in Sefaköy. On this campus, vocational education is provided. It is situated on Istanbul's main thoroughfare, the E-5 motorway. This campus provides housing for professors and students in Yenibosna, which consists of 70 apartments.
The other campus is at Tepekent, west of Büyükçekmece Lake, and includes colleges, a school of applied sciences, and a school of foreign languages. It was constructed on a 60,000 m2 plot of land. This campus features 300 advanced classrooms, Wi-Fi internet access, engineering workshops, a 2000-square-meter library, 1500-square-meter conferences rooms and theaters, cafeterias, an indoor Olympic - size swimming pool, an indoor Olympic stadium including sports courts for basketball, volleyball, tennis, and handball, a fitness center, multi-purpose lecture halls of various sizes, and a 5000 m2 parking lot that can accommodate 500 vehicles.
At the Tepekent Campus, the faculties provide a four-year education. And there are 25 university villas approximately 500 meters from campus that are exclusively for student housing where 300 students can be accommodated in 320 m2 student villas.
Because of the Tepekent campus's distance from Istanbul's center, a free transportation service is provided from the Beylikdüzü metrobus station to the Tepekent campus from 08.30 to 12.30 in the morning, as well as from the Beylikdüzü campus to the last station of the Beylikdüzü metrobus from 12.45 to 18.00.
By resolution of the Istanbul Arel University Council on December 15, 2011, the ARELUZEM Distance Learning Center was created. Students have been admitted into graduate programs in Business Administration (without thesis), Management and Administration (without thesis), and Health Institutions Management (without thesis).
Beykent University is one of the most powerful universities in Turkey. It was created in 1997 by Adam Çelik, who wanted the pupils of this university to have an educational level and scientific abilities that would represent Turkey throughout the world. This university, which has 30,000 undergraduate students and 65,000 graduate students, includes 10 faculties and 12 research centers, allowing students to study in Turkish, English, and Russian, as well as offering remote education.
Beykent University is located in Istanbul's European side and includes four campuses as well as high-quality student residences.
Established by The Turkish Health and Therapy Foundation on January 18, 1996, Fatih University was one of Büyükçekmece's founding universities until it was closed on July 23, 2016, by order during a state of emergency. Its students were moved to other Istanbul universities. The university taught in both English and Turkish, and provided elective language courses in German, French, Russian, and Spanish.
It was rated in the "401-500" range in the field of "Mathematics" in the 2017 and 2018 editions of ARWU World University, issued by Shanghai Jiao Tong University each year. In the Turkish university evaluations that is released yearly by the URAP Research Laboratory, it was also ranked as the third best foundation university in Istanbul and the fifth best foundation university in Turkey.
Büyükçekmece has around 90 Turkish schools, including elementary schools "İlkokulu," middle schools "Ortaokul," high schools "lise," and religious schools "Imam Hatip."
Among the most important international schools in Büyükçekmece, we mention:
It is Turkey's first Arabic school to be certified by the Ministry of National Education. Al Fayez International School first welcomed students in July of 2015. It has over thirty nations represented among its students, as well as a highly trained teaching staff. The Arabic curriculum is taught in the school, as well as the British Cambridge curriculum.
Address: Karaagac Koyu Mah., Kahraman Cad. 27/1, Büyükçekmece
The school, which was founded in 1911, boasts a century of academic excellence. It is a mixed-gender independent day school that provides foreign students (non-Turkish passport holders) with a comprehensive international undergraduate program from pre-kindergarten (age 3) to grade 12 (18 years old).
Address: Ovayenice Mh, Çakılgölet Yolu No:12, 34540 Çatalca/İstanbul
Sources: beykent + ics.k1
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