History

Department of Public Administration affiliated to Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences has begun to run undergraduate academic program since 2004 and first class of department graduated in 2009. Chair of department was executed by Prof. Dr. Hasan Köni between 2004 and 2005, in the following years, Prof. Dr Ahmet Naki Yücekök was appointed as a chairman and run tasks of department from 2005 to 2007. After the era of Prof. Yücekök in department, Assist. Prof. M. Deniz Tansi carried out tasks as an alternate chairman till 2009 and, currently, chair of department is run by Prof. Dr. Meral S. Öztoprak.

Department of Public Administration has 14 instructors  in total consisted of one full-time Professor and three part-time Professor; one part-time Associate Professor; three full-time Assistant Professor and three part-time Assistant Professor; one doctor and one academic; apart from academic staff, four project assistants support to operate duties in department  as a member of department of Public Administration.

Lectures in academic program are performed in English, students who are able to pass Proficiency Exam holding by Prep School of Yeditepe University or accomplish three different level of Prep School are entitled to join department.  During undergraduate study, courses in the context of Administrative Sciences, Political Science, Law, Urbanization and Environment will be offered students in order to graduate as a specialist on these subjects.

One hand, department support and promote intellectual capabilities of its students in theory, on the other hand, to see reflection of theory in practice, department organizes several meetings, workshops and seminars with  local administrator such as majors, heads of city councils and provincial administrators such as governors and district governors. Besides with all these activities, in order to create a brainstorming platform, department hosted National Student Congress of Political Sciences and Public Administration in 2014.  

Within the global world, rapid change and progress leads policy makers to initiates several reforms and re-build administrative structure in the context of governance emphasizing the supremacy of law, principles of transparency, accountability, active civic engagement, participation and subsidiarity. As a department, when we had taken the rising new phenomenon into consideration, we decided to offer a graduate program - M.A. in Local Government and Governance - in English under the name of Institute of Social Science at Yeditepe University.