# Asst. Prof. Dr. Burak CAN / 2006
University of Maastricht, Microeconomics
I experienced, through participating in regularly organized seminars and conferences in two years I spent at Bilgi University as a student in MSc in Economics program, that BILGI was an attraction center in economics and recognized that our professors are respected academicians in international field. We take the opportunity of presenting our studies to world-famous economists thanks to our professors’ support. Istanbul Bilgi University MSc in Economics program did not just lay the foundations of my academic career and also provide me the required self-confidence.

# Doruk Iris / 2004
Assistant Professor / Sogang University Seoul, South Korea
The curriculum of Istanbul Bilgi University MSc in Economics program is in parallel with world-class universities and, in addition, it provides a unique environment where you always feel the close interest of the academic staff. MSc in Economics at BILGI is one of the best alternatives in Turkey to join the academic world.

# Hande Oruç / 2009
PhD in Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University
Research assistant, TUBITAK project

During my Economics graduate education at BILGI, I took lessons from distinguished professors and I attended many workshops organized by several universities in Turkey. Meanwhile, I had many opportunities to meet professors from all over the world. It is a pleasure to study at IBU thanks to student oriented approach to education which led me improve my self-confidence. To conclude, I want to emphasize that Istanbul Bilgi University is one of the most appropriate universities for students who want to take place in the academic world.

# Ali Ihsan Ozkes / 2009
GREQAM, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Postdoctoral Fellow
Broad vision of BILGI, opportunities and environment provided by the university, the level of MSc in Economics program which is above the world average, academic activities and studies of the academic stuff indicates that a MSc education at abroad is not a must for students from Turkey. I always feel the legitimacy of my preference after I graduate. In addition, Murat Sertel Center for Advanced Economic Studies and Bilgi Economics Lab of Istanbul (BELIS) provide the grounds to make the program one of the most respected programs in the world.


Ugur Ozdemir 

University of Edinburgh, Lecturer in Quantitative Political Science

The major emphasis of the graduate programs in Economics at BILGI is the training of candidates in a broad program of advanced study and research for professional careers in universities, in public and private research and consulting organizations, and in financial institutions and other private businesses. The demands on a professional economist are such that the depth and breadth of a graduate program have become indispensable training for a professional career. Our program, hosting the most productive academicians of our country in the field, carries the required skills to provide this training. The academic environment is lively with numerous seminars and crash courses given each semester by the most distinguished professionals coming from all over the world. Meeting with alumnies those successfully employ their academic knowledge in their professional lives is another gladsome point which makes BILGI different.

Academic Staff

# Prof. Dr. Asaf Savas Akat
What differentiates BILGI Master and Ph.D. programs from others? I believe it is our focus is on academic research. We host many prominent economists, domestic and international, as well as alumni with a background in top schools, to provide students with the required skills for a successful academic career. Students both enjoy and benefit immensely from this experience.

# Prof. Dr. Ipek Ozkal Sanver
Our alumnies work in different fields of both public ad private sector. Our MSc program provide a background that enables our students to conduct PhD studies in various respected universities in the world. We give importance to develop our students’ research, questioning, analysis and synthesis abilities. We have a valuable academic staff those are able to conduct research and academic publishing studies in international era. We have strong international partnerships; respected and successful scientists are invited to give seminars and accelerated courses all the year round. In addition, both MSc and PhD programs sustains a close partnership with Ecole Polytechnique, one of the most repstected universities in France. Our PhD students have also the opportunity of studying in Ecole Polytechnique for one year of their education and they receive both BILGI and Ecole Polytechnique diplomas when they successfuly complete the programs.