Istanbul Bilgi University was founded in 1996 and is recognized as a pioneer in providing a liberal arts-oriented curriculum in Turkey. Istanbul Bilgi University joined Laureate International Universities in 2006 and is one of the largest private universities in the country. Istanbul Bilgi University has three campuses in the heart of the city that offer a vibrant university life with several hundred social and cultural activities every year.
In its original incarnation, before restoration and conversion into santralistanbul, the Silahtarağa Power Plant is the Ottoman Empire’s first urban-scale power plant. The facility went into service on the Golden Horn, Istanbul’s oldest industrial area, in 1911 and supplied the city with electricity up until 1983. Today, the power plant stands as a unique industrial heritage site following its conversion into santralistanbul, a project which involved the collaboration of public sector, private sector and non-governmental organizations alike. Opening its doors on 8 September 2007, santralistanbul is one the most exhaustive conversion projects to be carried out in Turkey in the field of arts and culture.
santralistanbul has hosted over 20 national and international exhibitions since opening, among them Modern and Beyond, Uncharted and Yüksel Arslan Retrospective. Together, these exhibitions have attracted more than 500,000 visitors. In addition, santralistanbul has welcomed numerous leading international artists and thinkers for various events.
Istanbul as the host city:
With a history of 8 millennia, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. Seven million foreign visitors arrived in Istanbul in 2010, when it was named a European Capital of Culture, making the city the world’s tenth-most-popular tourist destination. The city’s biggest draw is its historic center, Sultanahmet, partially listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s cultural and entertainment hub can be found across the city’s natural harbor, the Golden Horn, in the Taksim/Beyoglu district. Both districts host hundreds of museums and art centers besides thousands of restaurants and bars.
With two airports and direct flights from all over the world Istanbul is easy to reach. With hundreds of hotels from all price ranges spread to the city the participants can easily find any type of accommodation options according to their tastes and budget. Bus and metro lines provide easy transportation from and to the airport and within the city.
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