Acıbadem University, founded in 2007 by Acıbadem Health and Education Foundation, focuses on excellence in the field of health sciences. There are two main goals that stimulate the establishment and development of the University: the first one is the desire to transfer the experience and knowledge gained while providing high-quality health services in Acıbadem Healthcare Group to future generations; the second is the enthusiasm in working with Turkey’s leading academics both within the group and in the University to contribute to developments in the health sciences with their student training and research. The University pursues its goals with the vision of pioneering innovations in education, research and services in health, life and social sciences as well as becoming one of the best universities in Turkey and one of the world’s leading universities.
The university provides education with 14 departments in 5 faculties, 18 programs in 2 vocational schools with associate degree education, and 37 graduate programs in 4 institutes. These are as follows: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Vocational Schools, Institute of Health Sciences, Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences, Institute of Senology Research and Institute of Social Sciences. The university has approximately 5,000 students in the academic year of 2020-2021 and over 6,000 graduates.
The medium of instruction in the following departments and faculties is English:
- Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Departments of Psychology and Molecular Biology and Genetics.
- Faculty of Engineering.
- Faculty of Health Sciences: Departments of Nursing and Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Faculty of Pharmacy.
- School of Medicine.
Acıbadem University has 2 affiliated hospitals: Acıbadem Mehmet Ali Aydınlar University Atakent and Maslak Hospitals, both of which are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for clinical applications and field training.
The University has 12 centres for carrying out research, application and training activities. In addition to research-practice activities, inter-unit multidisciplinary studies are also carried out in the centres. Within the scope of University-industry cooperation, joint projects are created with national and international institutions and organizations.
The Campus That Generates Its Own Energy
The University’s Kerem Aydınlar campus, an area of 100,000 square meters located on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, was built with sustainability criteria in mind and has achieved LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The buildings in the campus are designed with an environmental-friendly approach based on energy efficiency and savings. On campus, clean energy is produced with renewable energy plants such as solar panels and wind turbines.
The Most Comprehensive Simulation Centre in the World; ACU CASE
Kerem Aydınlar Campus is replete with high-technology equipment and offers students a privileged university life. Clinical Simulation and Advanced Endoscopic – Robotic Surgery Training Centre (CASE), is one of the two medical simulation centres in the world to receive the “Centre of Excellence” award from the CAE Healthcare Academy. Pre and post-graduate training programs are carried out at the centre, where an innovative education model is applied with simulated patients, virtual / mixed reality-based training laboratory and skill laboratories and advanced technological medical simulators. The Centre consists of two departments: the Clinical Simulation Training Centre and the Advanced Level Endoscopic – Robotic Surgery Training Centre. The Clinical Simulation Training Centre uses a blended training methodology for students with electronic learning, simulated patients and simulation applications. Medical simulation training is used in conjunction with training modules in the virtual reality laboratory. In the Clinical Simulation Training Centre, designed as a virtual hospital, students are prepared for internships in clinical training by implementing different crisis scenarios.
Postgraduate specialist training is carried out at the Advanced Endoscopic – Robotic Surgery Training Centre, established to develop the skills of specialist surgeons in the field of endoscopy and robotic surgery.
Over 100,000 participants have been trained so far in the centre, established in 2013. CASE is accredited by the Network of Accredited Clinical Skills Centres of Europe (NASCE) and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH). In addition to these, the centre is also one of the few centres in the world accredited by SSIH in the field of “Simulation Research.” CASE also has the title “Global Training Centre” in the field of robotic surgery.
One of the main fields of activity in Acıbadem University is research. Neuroscience, Biotechnology, Cancer Research, Rare Diseases, Biomedicine, Health Policy and Basic Sciences are the priority areas, which are supported by laboratories equipped with advanced technological infrastructure and devices to enrich the programs. The Biomaterials and Nanotechnology centres are also highly valued platforms that contribute to the multidisciplinary approach in science at the University.
The Acıbadem University Nano Biotechnology Centre has the Molecular Modeling Laboratory, Advanced Bioanalysis Laboratory, Biomimetics Laboratory, Sensors and Functional Materials Laboratory, Mammalian and Bacterial Cell Culture laboratories, Brain-Mind Laboratory, Biomechanics Laboratory, Data Analytics Laboratory and Central Research Laboratory. The centre is fully supported with high-tech equipment, from high-resolution digital PCR systems that allow preoperative diagnosis of cancer diseases to a peptide synthesis device used in the synthesis of biotechnological drug molecules inspired by nature.
The Acıbadem University Biomaterials Centre is a laboratory equipped with basic and high-tech devices required for biomaterials studies. The Centre exists with the mission of catalysing research and development on biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and ensuring their application in the field of health.
“Acıbadem University Incubation Centre Supports innovative and entrepreneurial ideas”
Being a university in the heart of the health ecosystem, Acibadem University founded the Incubation Centre, in 2017, in order to transfer its wealth of knowledge and energy to new business ventures. New business ideas in the health field and their subsequent transformation to production distinguish the Acibadem University Incubation Centre among incubation centres specific to health.
The Acıbadem University Incubation centre focuses on supporting new companies that will shape the future of the health sector, pursuing an international reputation as an institution where entrepreneurs can create innovative solutions to complex problems and issues of great interest to patients, healthcare professionals and the community.
The centre aims to facilitate entrepreneurs’ learning, application, and work-planning processes by providing access to the expertise of academics at the University and the University’s technical infrastructure and labs as well as the companies and partner institutions affiliated with the University. Beyond the start-up level, the companies which are at different steps of installation can also be featured in funding and commercialization opportunities. The Centre is currently supporting more than 180 projects.