About Us

 

Since its foundation in 1911, Yıldız Technical University has always been a dynamic institution of higher education. Department of City and Regional Planning has been structured first as a graduate program in 1973 and re-organized in 1982 as the first full department in “planning” among other Istanbul universities. The department has its strong planning education background in both planning theory and practice through worldwide scientific knowledge.

 

Currently, 41 academic personnel are engaged within the department under two divisions: city planning and regional planning. As of 2018, the department has 375 undergraduate and 276 graduate students in the education system. Between 2006-2018, 639 students from the undergraduate programme and 116 students from graduate programmes have graduated.

 

The goal of our department is to educate prospective planner who can: create conditions for democracy and participation with love, respect and tolerance; behave like a mediator between different groups of people with communicative action; work very hard and reproduce themselves for being good practitioners or academicians who can read and interpret all dimensions of the dynamics of change within society and act upon them.

 

City and Regional Planning Department of YTU has a vision of being a pioneering institution in developing scientific background in planning on worldwide scales; modern, dynamic, democratic and sensitive to ethical rules. Having the principles of planning ethics, public interest and democracy, the vision of the Department will continue to sustain its main goals and objectives to protect and develop natural, cultural, economic and historical values of our cities and regions. Our vision is:
 

  • To develop scientific background and employ it within the ethical rules, relate in practice and dispense the knowledge at nation and worldwide scales
  • To create a participatory academic environment where different opinions could be discussed and shared,
  • To encourage researchers and support academic progress and maturity.
  • To provide an updated educational curriculum that is sensitive to both international and national challenges and realities,
  • To train young planner candidates as to be sensitive to the principles of sustainable public space development principles and economic welfare.
  • To develop scientific background and employ it within the ethical rules, relate in practice and dispense the knowledge at nation and worldwide scales