Bezmialem Vakif University
European Policy Statement (2021 – 2027)
Bezmialem Vakif University (BVU) is the first thematic university in Health and Life Sciences in Turkey founded in 2010 but historically dates back to 1845. It is a non-profit foundation university that aims to make progress in education, health care and research. It has mainly 4 campuses, 1 Phytotherapy Research Center and 2 Institutes located at the very heart of each side of Istanbul. BVU keeps these goals more than 175-year old heritage alive and aims to be a reference institution worldwide with its 4 Schools: Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy as well as 6 Departments: Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, Nursing, Audiology, Health Management, Occupational Therapy and Nutrition & Dietetics departments under the School of Health Sciences. BVU also has 3 Graduate Schools: Institute of Health Sciences, Life Sciences and Biotechnology, and Gastroenterology. It also has 1 Vocational School of Health Services, with its 14 two-year programs.
Institute of Life Sciences and Biotechnology of BVU has 3 departments: Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. The institute is initiatated by a group of Turkish scientist's abroad in order to participate and to develop; MSc, PhD, MD-PhD programs for training new generation of doctors, scientists and academics around the world. Eight principal investigator, primarily engaged in research. There is a research team under each investigator composed of one post doctoral fellow, two graduate students and a technician. Bezmialem Phytotherapy Training, Research and Application Center is established to train health professionals who practice Phytotherapy in the light of ethical values and modern science, to protect and improve public health and the use of herbal products for therapeutic purposes, standardization of herbal products, quality controls and licensing. The center offers students to pursue postgraduate research in phytopharmaceuticals.
BVU has a distinguished record of being a valued member of several international memberships, including AAMC (American Association of Medical Colleges) and the only Turkish member of AAHCI (Association of Academic Health Centers International)
Our 2020 - 2023 strategic plan identifies the following: