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Bilkent University, the first private, nonprofit university in Turkey – was founded on October 20, 1984, by Professor İhsan Doğramacı, M.D., with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name “Bilkent” exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of “bilim kenti”: Turkish for “city of learning and science.”
Bilkent University’s Faculty of Music is Internationally renowned for their excellence in education, international artistic ensembles and activities. Since its founding the main objective has been to train artists, educators and researchers with high creative and interpretative skills in various fields of music. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate programs, preparatory primary and high schools for music were also founded with the aim of starting music education at the earliest possible age.