Academic Freedom

revised: 23.06.2014

Academic freedom is a major component of the institutional mission of Istanbul Bilgi University. In this regard, the University subscribes to the following principles:

Academic Freedom

The University’s academic staff and students are entitled to academic freedom which includes the right, without restriction by prescribed doctrine, to freedom of teaching, discussion, scholarly and creative work and service, freedom in carrying out research and disseminating and publishing the results thereof, freedom to express their personal opinions, freedom from institutional censorship, and freedom to participate in professional or representative academic bodies.

Academic Mission

Istanbul Bilgi University recognizes that its academic staff is at the heart of its academic mission. The University, through providing appropriate terms and conditions of work, makes it a priority to endorse professional rights that are necessary to nurture a competent and committed corps of quality teaching and research staff.

Autonomy and Good Governance
The right to education, teaching, and research can only be fully enjoyed in an environment of academic freedom and autonomy. The institutional autonomy of the University is a manifestation of an independent commitment to the educational mission of the University, aligned with an intellectually beneficial, collegial, participatory, and responsive policy of good governance and efficient management. Transparency, accountability, and quality assurance are recognized as preconditions for realizing academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Social Mission
The University, as a social institution, upholds, through teaching, research, and other academic activities, the principles of human dignity, freedom and justice, equality, and solidarity.

Working Conditions
The University sustains appropriate working conditions and an academic environment that promote effective teaching, scholarship, and research. The University safeguards its academic staff against improper or arbitrary actions, including personal malice and political coercion.