In terms of delivering quality education to its students, Ibn Haldun University has made all of its programs to be in conformance with four values. These are “Intellectual Independence”, “Tradition-based Innovation”, “Open Civilization” and a multi-language approach to education.
Intellectual Independence: Ibn Haldun University is not only a university that conveys imported theories and ideas to its students, it is also a university that produces knowledge and its own delivered thoughts. It has been established not only to adopt imported ideas but also to be a university that nurture students with the ability of criticizing these imported ideas and produce their own ideas.
Tradition-Based Innovations: In civilized societies, it is not possible to choose tradition alone or to choose only innovation and completely exclude the other. A society’s total rejection of its tradition means that it will reset its social memory, which is equivalent to the loss of life functions. Ibn Haldun university aims to cultivate students through a pedagogic framework and worldview that aims to balance modernity with ancient heritage, the accumulation of civilizational traditions, and the preservation of social memory in the face of the pressures of globalization and standardization.
Open Civilization and Science: Open Science is a culture of science designed to promote open political culture and society in the best way; It is a strategy to prevent the transformation of intellectual disagreements into political conflicts and a tool for achieving intellectual diversity. Contrary to the nowadays prevailing positivist reductionist popular closed science conception, “Open Science” has (1) a multiplex existence (2) a multiplex knowledge and (3) a multiplex approach. Thus the philosophy and value of open-civilization as a means towards what our rector, Prof. Dr. Recep Senturk calls “diversity management” and a multi-plex approach can help develop a means towards conflict reduction in society. It is also a means of more critical engagement with promoting peaceful values in the Muslim world. This is an important value that the university offers.
Multi-Language Education: Our students will need to master a certain level of English, Turkish and Arabic languages at undergraduate and graduate levels (or another language prescribed by their program). In addition to these 3 languages, other eastern languages such as Japanese, Chinese, Farsi and western languages such as Malay German, French and Spanish, which will create the foundations for the accumulation of world civilizations, are also offered.
Facilities and Initiatives
International Certified Language Teaching
Our language school, which integrates all the technological and pedagogical facilities of the 21st century, and our Turkish Education, Application and Research Center (TÖMER), conducts a communicative approach with content-oriented curricula in the 10-15 student’s classrooms, created to achieve the highest performance in teaching. Thanks to our instructors consisting of international experts, our students not only learn the language but also have the opportunity to understand the cultural and social context of the target language.
IHU School of Languages also has international certification. Our English Preparatory School has been subject to quality control by “Edexcel-Pearson Assured”, which works with more than 1000 institutions in approximately 100 countries in cooperation with 97 percent of the universities in the UK, has been accredited internationally with a successful performance. With this accreditation, our students will be granted an internationally recognized “Pearson Assured Certificate,” and will receive significant support in their school admission, job applications, and careers.
Our university offers Free library access to people outside the university and the general public. Some online courses have free access as well as the availability of paid certified learning opportunities https://library.ihu.edu.tr/en/about/user-rights/ .
Beyond our campus, IHU has been involved in educational outreach programmes in particular during the summer. While at term, Academic Seminars (101) are organized at high schools we have an ongoing and successful Summer School Language Program that has enrolled several international students: http://www.acikmedeniyet.com/tr/guncel-yazi/48-students-enroll-to-ibn-haldun-university-summer-school-language-program