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Bahçeşehir University

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Flag of Bahçeşehir University - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 7 June 2020

The Bahçeşehir University (website) was founded in 1998 at the European side of İstanbul. The university established a branch in Northern Cyprus (Bahçeşehir Cyprus University).
The university's flag (photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem. THe university also uses a blue flag (photo, photo, photo) with the emblem and English name.

Esteban Rivera & Tomislav Šipek, 7 June 2020

İstanbul Civilization University


Flag of İMÜ - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 December 2017

İMÜ (website), established in 2010 on the Anatolian side of İstanbul. İMÜ, of 10 Faculties, 2 Schools and 4 Graduate Schools.

The flag of İMÜ (photo, photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem.
The colors are specified as (İMÜ website):

Turquoise   Pantone 3252 C   CMYK 66-0-30-0   RGB 28-201-207
Gray                         CMYK 0-0-0-60    RGB 131-131-130
Ivan Sache, 15 December 2017


İstanbul Technical University


Flag of İTÜ - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 16 July 2020

İTÜ (website) originates in the Imperial School of Naval Engineering (Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun), established in 1773.
İTÜ is composed of 13 Faculties, 7 Institutes and 1 School. Among the achievements of İTÜ are Turkey's first cubical satellite (ITUpSAT1, 2009), first electric-powered minibus (2010), first hydrogen-powered boat (Martı, 2011), first self-made helicopter (ARIKOPTER, 2012) and first autonomous car (Oto-Mobil, 2012).

The flag of İTÜ (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem in the center.

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Flag of İTÜ - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 16 July 2020

The flag (photos is also used featuring only the graphical element of the emblem.

Ivan Sache & Tomislav Šipek, 16 July 2020

Marmara University


Flag of Marmara University - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 January 2018

İSÜ, established in 2015, is composed of 2 Faculties, 2 Institutes and 1 Vocational School.

Marmara University (website) originates in Hamidiye Ticaret Mekteb-i Âlisi, established on 15 January 1883. Affiliated on 21 September 1889 with the Ministry of Education, the school was closed in 1893 for a reform period, and eventually reopened on 15 October 1897. Renamed in 1959 İstanbul Economic and Commercial Sciences Academy, the school was transformed into the Marmara University in 1982.
Marmara University is composed of 17 Faculties, 11 Institutes, 4 Schools and 4 Vocational Schools.

The flag of Marmara University (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem.
Blue is prescribed as Pantone 541 C.

Ivan Sache, 18 January 2018

Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University

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Flag of MSGSÜ, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Tomislav Šipek, 16 May 2018

MSGSÜ was founded on January 1, 1882 as the School of Fine Arts (Mekteb-i Sanayi-i Nefise-i Şâhâne / Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi) by the renowned Turkish painter Osman Hamdi Bey (1842-1910), who was also an art historian, archeologist and museum curator. The institution, being the first of its kind in Turkey, took up education in fine arts and architecture on March 2, 1883 with 8 instructors and 20 students. The school was converted in 1928 to an academy, the first academy in Turkey, and its name was changed to Academy of Fine Arts (Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi). In 1969, it was renamed to İstanbul State Academy of Fine Arts (İstanbul Devlet Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi). On July 20, 1982, its status was changed, and the academy became a university named Mimar Sinan University (Mimar Sinan Üniversitesi) after the great Ottoman architect Sinan (1490-1588). Finally, in December 2003, the administration of the university changed its name to Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts.
MSGSU is composed of 3 Faculties (Natural Sciences and Literature; Fine Arts; Architecture), 1 Conservatory and 1 Vocational School.

Sinan (biography) is considered the greatest Ottoman architect of the Ottoman Empire's architectural heritage. Sultan Suleyman (1520-1566) appointed him in 1537 head of the office of royal architects.
It is believed that Sinan's total works encompass over 360 structures which include 84 major mosques, 51 small mosques (mescit), 57 religious schools (medreses), 7 seminaries, 22 mausoleums (turbe) 17 care facility, 3 asylums, 7 aqueducts, 46 inns, 35 palaces and mansions and 42 public baths. His masterpieces are the Sehzade mosque, the Suleymaniye complex, and the Sokollu Mehmet Pasha mosque complex (İstanbul), and the Selimiye complex (Edirne).

Osman Hamdi was born in 1842 in İstanbul and his father was one of the top officials at the time, Grand Vizier Ethem Paşa. He played a significant role in the modernization and transformation process of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century and is known as a pioneer of painting in Turkey.
Osman Hamdi was also very famous in the field of museum management in Europe. As a painter he produced many works depicting places in Ottoman society. They almost serve as historical documents. A top official in Europe, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph, bought one of his paintings,” said Professor Fatma Ürekli, the head of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s History Department.
The demands of Osman Hamdi, who was the director of Imperial Museum and the School of Fine Arts in the era of Sultan Abdulhamid II, were not rejected as much as possible because he was determined, hardworking, honest and decisive. He did not get involved in political affairs other than his own missions,” Ürekli added.
The School of Fine Arts, of which he was the director, led arts education in the Ottoman Empire for many years.
The test documents of people who will serve as teachers in different parts of the country were sent to the school. A commission led by Osman Hamdi evaluated the documents. He could be very harsh in his evaluations but he was in love with his mission,” Ürekli noted.
[Hürriyet Daily News, 2 March 2018]

The emblem of MSGSÜ, featuring an owl, was designed in 1978 by Abdullah Taşçı (b. 1945; biography). Graduated in 1972 at MSGSÜ Graphic Design), Taşçı taught at MSGSÜ (1982-1999), Maltepe University (200-2007) and Doğuş University (2007-). Taşçı designed several logos, posters and typefaces (for instance, the Tascinorm family).

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 19 May 2018

University of Health Sciences


Flag of SBÜ - Image by Tomislav Šipek, 2 July 2020

SBÜ (website) was established by Law No. 6,639 promulgated on 27 March 2015 and published on 15 April 2015 in the Turkish official gazette, as the first state university specifically dedicated to Health Sciences.
SBÜ operates two campuses:
- Haydarpaşa complex (İstanbul), with 8 Faculties, 1 Vocational School and 1 Institute;
- Gülhane complex (Ankara), with 5 Faculties, 1 Vocational School and 2 Institutes; formerly the Gülhane Medical Academy, which was suppressed in the aftermath of the aborted coup of 15 July 2016.
SBÜ is the only state university to be allowed to operate branches in foreign countries: Somalia, Sudan (3), Philippines, and Uzbekistan (2).

The flag of SBÜ (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem.

The emblem of SBÜ features the facade of its main campus, originally erected for Sultan Abdul Hamid (1876-1909) as the Mekteb-i Tıbbiyye-i Şahane (Imperial School of Medicine). Designed by the noted architects Alexandre Vallaury (1850-1921) and Raimondo D'Aronco (1857-1932), the complex was built from 1894 to 1902, being inaugurated on 6 November 1903, the Sultan's birthday. The complex was used as a military medical school until 1909, then as a civil military school. The complex was transformed into the Haydarpaşa High School in 1933, to be allocated on 1983 to Marmara University, which used it as the School of Health Sciences and Faculty of Medicine.
[SBÜ website]

Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 1 August 2020

Yıldız Technical University

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Flag of YTÜ, two versions - Images by Ivan Sache, 22 February 2018

YTÜ (website) originates in the Conductors (Technicians) School of Higher Education (Kondüktör Mekteb-i Âlisi), established in 1911. Affiliated with the Ministry of Public Works, the school was renamed to School of Public Works (Nafia Fen Mektebi) in 1922.
Law No. 3,074, published on 19 December 1936, closed the school and established the İstanbul Technical School, which was transferred on 26 September 1941 to the Ministry of Education. In 1969, Law No. 1,472 affiliated the engineering schools to the İstanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy.
Yıldız University was eventually established in 1982 as the merger of the İstanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy and affiliated schools of engineering and the related faculties and departments of the Kocaeli State Engineering and Architecture Academy and the Kocaeli Vocational School. The university was renamed to YTÜ in 1992.
YTÜ is composed of 9 Faculties, 2 Institutes and 3 Vocational Schools.

The flag of YTÜ (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is dark blue with the university's emblem. The flag is/was also used with a lighter background (photo, photo, photo, photo).

Ivan Sache, 22 February 2018