The Bilkent University Department of Tourism and Hotel Management was established in 1988, in accordance with the vision of university founder Prof. İhsan Doğramacı regarding the importance of tourism for Turkey, as the first private institution of higher education in the country to provide instruction in tourism and hotel management. In the years since, the department has graduated over 3,900 students.

At the Bilkent University Department of Tourism and Hotel Management,

Our mission is to close the gap between the needs of the tourism industry and the world of contemporary tourism education in a national, regional, and local context by implementing theoretical and practical programs of instruction through interaction between students, faculty, and industry professionals. In doing so, special emphasis is placed on sustaining and advancing the significant national and international recognition that the department already has achieved through high-quality research, education and various other activities to enhance the awareness and learning outcomes of students and the existing knowledge in the field.

Our vision is to be a leader in tourism education and build the strongest bridge possible between the tourism industry and our department by preparing well-equipped individuals with a global view of world citizenship who are ready to assume professional responsibilities.


Program Educational Objectives 

As leaders in the tourism industry, our graduates will be distinguished;

  • With their knowledge and skills while exploiting various professional and entrepreneurial opportunities in an ethical and sustainable manner. 
  • With their desire and awareness for continuous life-long learning; improving themselves and others as well as responding to the ever-changing needs of the industry.
  • With their ability to create an impact in the industry through effective communication, teamwork and social responsibility.


Student Outcomes

a. Able to apply knowledge and skills related to the field and in general with an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

b. Inspired by contemporary scientific thought, able to design and conduct research, plans, and projects to develop creative solutions for global challenges.

c. Able to develop writing and communication skills necessary for effectively organizing ideas and thoughts and conveying them to various audiences, working independently and with others in national and multinational teams.

d. Able to recognize the continuous need in professional and personal development for him/helself and others through life-long learning.

e. Able to use the techniques, skills, and modern property management IT tools necessary for business practices in the field and in general.

f. Able to interpret and follow legal regulations, ethical and professional standards in the field and in general.

g. Able to analyse, plan, implement, supervise and improve a quality service in the field and in general.

h. Has the knowledge, awareness and ability to implement sustainability measures in the field and in general.

i. Take advantage of the campus life where students are engaged in diversity, creativity and commitment outside coursework through artistic, cultural, sportive and intellectual activities.


Important Information for the Graduates of the School of Applied Technology and Management: 

Please click for the Decision of the Higher Education Council (YÖK) on the School’s BSc degree equivalence to the BSc degrees of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative, and Social Sciences.

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