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Bezmialem Vakif University

Bezmialem Vakif University

Istanbul, Turkey

2014 - Present



Bezmialem Vakif University (BVU) opened in 2010 as a leading, nonprofit, private educational and health care organization. Founded by the Turkish Directorate General of Foundations, the university is named after Bezmiâlem Valide Sultan, the second wife of Ottoman Sultan Mahmut II. She had dedicated her wealth to build the first modern hospital of the Ottoman Empire in 1845. Gureba-i Müslimin, the original hospital that evolved into BVU, has been in operation for the last 150 years.

About Our Agreement

Since 2014, BVU and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have been working together to enhance the learning experience of medical students in BVU. Johns Hopkins provides consultation to BVU faculty to allow medical students there to acquire the skills and attitudes needed to engage in a self-directed, faculty-mentored scholarly experience and research projects. As part of the agreement, selected Johns Hopkins faculty members travel to BVU each year to teach in their curriculum, and selected senior BVU students engage in clinical elective experiences at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Points of Pride

  • BVU School of Medicine has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board of Medical Education every year since 2016.
  • Recognized by the Association of American Medical Colleges since 2019. 
  • Ranked first in Turkey for universities established after 2000, and eighth among foundation universities with medical faculties, according to University Ranking by Academic Performance in 2019.
  • Ranked highly in 2020 by the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings — United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good health and well-being.

What Bezmialem Vakif University Says

“During the last seven years, BVU has been able to move forward in improving scholarly thinking in medical education through our collaboration with Johns Hopkins. We are proud of our collaboration with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.”

— Dr. Rumeyza Kazancioglu, Rector of BVU
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