Robert College At 150 Years

Anatomy of a Tradition: 150 Years of Robert College (1863-2013) is an exhibition in honor of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the school.

Robert College, which has played a key role in training prominent figures in fields from politics and business to academia and the arts, is presenting its 150-year history in a public exhibition. Robert College occupies an important place not only in the history of Turkish education but in the history of the country itself. The exhibition, a collaboration between the college and the Istanbul Research Institute, throws light on the cultural, social, intellectual and educational life of Istanbul as well as on the college’s 150-year history. Entrance is free at the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Istanbul Research Institute, through August 31.

History Of The College

1863 - The Bebek Seminary School became the first Robert College (RC) building for teaching male students.

1871 - The American College for Girls (ACG) was founded in Gedikpaşa, Istanbul.

1914 - ACG moved to the Arnavutköy campus.

1932 - The ACG and RC administrations were placed under a single chairman and executive board.

1971 - ACG and RC merged on the campus at Arnavutköy as Robert College. The same year the school’s university section and the Bebek campus were given to the Turkish government and Boğaziçi University was founded.