Founding Foundation

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Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation

The Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation (Vakıf) was set up in 1980 thanks to the charitable donations of people from Gaziantep, and under the visionary leadership of the late Hasan Kalyoncu.  It?s mission and foundational goal is to assist in the capital development of quality people, by means of financially or otherwise supporting promising yet needy students of the region and Turkey as a whole.

The foundation’s pioneer project was Erdem Colleges, established in Gaziantep in 1998 to serve the local community. It has more than 1.200 students enrolled in Erdem Kindergarten, Erdem Primary School, Erdem College and Erdem Sciences High School.

In 2010 the Gaziantep Education and Service Foundation celebrated its 30th anniversary with hard earned pride.  Over the last few decades it has had the pleasure of providing scholarships to literally thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to become scholars and bureaucrats.

Hasan Kalyoncu University

One of the oldest inhabited cities of the world with a history of close to 6,000 years, Gaziantep has hosted Hasan Kalyoncu University (formally known as Gazikent University) as its first foundation university.  Interestingly, Gaziantep is the only city in Eastern or Southeastern Turkey that has three universities.  Its fundamental objective is to educate men and women for tomorrow who share universal cultural values, believe in freedom of expression, have a global vision, and possess the highest standards of integrity and morality.

A New Center of Learning in a Middle Eastern Knowledge Based Society

Our university is convinced that the Turkish language should continue to play a vital role in all spheres of higher education.  However, in order to interact with international scholarship, we have decided that both Turkish and English should be used as mediums of instruction in varying degrees.

We aspire to be the leading tertiary learning center of the Middle East.  With an outstanding English medium education in place, we want to be the center of gravity for students of non-Turkish speaking backgrounds, particularly those from the Middle East, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Africa and the Balkans.  We believe that Hasan Kalyoncu University is soon to become the preferred site of higher education for international students of the region.