Bilkent University

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University, commonly referred to as Bilkent University or Bilkent, is the first private university of Turkey, located in Ankara, with the fundamental aim of creating a center of excellence in higher education and research. The name "Bilkent" exemplifies this aim, since it is an acronym of "bilim kenti": Turkish for "city of science".

Bilkent University is among the 201th to 225th best universities in the world and 1st in Turkey according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings of the world's top universities for 2012. Bilkent is ranked as the 32nd best university in the world for 2012 in the category "100 best universities under the age of 50" by Times Higher Education, making it one of the best educational institutions in Eurasia.

The İTILT project requirements within Bilkent University have been conducted by Serkan ÇELİK, under the coordination of Julie Mathews-Aydinli. Serkan Çelik is employed at Bilkent University as a project counselor who is responsible for whole administrational processes of the İTILT project.


Serkan Çelik, Ph.D

After serving as an English language teacher for a year at Turkish Ministry of Education, Serkan ÇELİK  has been employed as an English instructor at Nigde and Ankara Universities where medium of instruction is Turkish. He got his MA degree in TEFL department of Bilkent University in 2003 and pursued his doctoral studies in Ankara University at the department of Educational Technologies. He has been working at Computer Education and Instructional Department of Kirikkale University Faculty of Education. His research interests are computer assited language learning, distance education theory, and instructional design. Kirikkale University was founded in 1992 at a very close location  to the Ankara, capital city of Turkey. The university includes 10 faculties and various vocational colleges. Having a very convenient location,  it is considered as a suburban university of capital city and receives a growing interest with its recent developments in academic and social aspects.

Julie Mathews-Aydınlı, Ph.D
Professor Aydinli holds a Ph.D. from McGill University. She currently coordinates the TEFL Program at Bilkent University in Turkey. Her research interests are literacy development, culture and identity in second language reading and writing, literature in the language classroom, and curriculum development.