Özyeğin University founded by a foundation of Husnu M. Özyeğin who is a Turkish businessman in the finance sector, and a self-made billionaire. He is the owner of FIBA Holding, a group of mostly financial companies in Turkey including Fibabanka and Credit Europe Bank. He has a net worth of US$2.7 billion as of 2011
Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation began its efforts to found Özyeğin University in the autumn of 2005.
The foundation of Özyeğin University entailed a comprehensive study that involved more than 500 persons including businessmen, faculty members, as well as university and high school students in addition to a study entitled "Developing Sectors and Professions in Turkey and in the World". Taking the results of these studies as a baseline, the core values and vision of the university are discussed and identified in collaboration with all stakeholders in line with the design efforts carried out by ARAMA Participating Management Consultancy. As such Özyeğin University started to shape its vision through a series of workshops held with more than 300
participants including businessmen, faculty members, university students and new graduates.
Özyeğin University was officially founded on May 18, 2007. Thus the university has increased the total area of its campuses to 136 thousand m2. Özyeğin University also built a strong faculty with distinguished faculty members. 60% of the OzU faculty came from top 100 universities around the world, while 85% came from global top 200 universities.
In 2012, Özyeğin University produced its first cohort of graduates and launched 6 new undergraduate programs including Pilot Training, Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, Management Information Systems, International Business, Civil Engineering and Architecture in addition to its existing programs in Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Banking and Finance, Psychology, Law, Industrial Engineering, Electrical-Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Hotel Management and Air Transportation Management.
In addition Özyeğin University strives to be one of the premier entrepreneurial research universities of Turkey. The sponsored research volume of our university reached approximately 51,3 Million Turkish Liras by 2016. Özyegin University holds 27 patent applications, 3 utility patent applications, and additional 6 country designations in national phase of a PCT application since 2013. The total number of patents granted to Özyegin University’s faculty members is 140.
Most unique thing in our university is The Protocol signed betweenHotel Management Program which has a signed protocol with Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts marked a unique collaboration in the field which enables students to complete their internships at Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts located in many countries around the world and also gives the chance to do their first job interviews upon graduation with Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts worldwide andGastronomy and Culinary Arts Program,coupled with the introduction of an exclusive partnership with Le Cordon Bleu International.
In our campus there is L’ATELIER BLEU RESTAURANT, which is run by a new group of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts and Hotel Management students who will be practicing their culinary and service skills. This is an opportunity that most of universities don't have. And they making really delicious meals in there ;)
For theLaw Facultywe have distinguished faculty members who are experts in their respective disciplines, special instruction system with tracks to allow us specialize not only in our degree programs but also in our areas of interest and other required fields also many international certificate programs and academic events organized in collaborations with international faculties and institutions of law.
Also students has options like Erasmus+ and Farabi Exchange Programs.
Situated on our Özyeğin University Çekmeköy Campus, our modern Athletic Center with 13 thousand square meters indoor area offers the following amenities;
A multi-purpose indoor gym with 1.500 audience capacity (Volleyball, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton),
A semi-Olympic indoor swimming pool with 5 lanes
1 Squash room, billiard room, chess room,
3 studios for dance, spinning and Pilates classes
Table Tennis area,
1 Open Tennis Court,
2 Basketball/Volleyball Courts,
1 Large Football Field with Synthetic Turf