The lack of academic units in Turkey that raise experts and researchers for the real estate sector, the issues associated with which is considered among the underlying reasons of the two major economic crises of the last century, has been felt for many years. In order to educate real estate professionals, scientific experts and researchers, the Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Real Estate Development was established on February 2, 2007 and the Ankara University Faculty of Applied Sciences on August 14, 2014. Under the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Real Estate Development and Management Department was established consisting of the Department of Real Estate and Asset Economy and Valuation and Land Development and Project Management Department. To ensure that the undergraduate and graduate level academic units are referred to with the same name and easily recognized, the name of our graduate level Department was changed. Currently, we have masters (day and evening classes), doctoral and combined masters and doctoral programs in the Department. In addition, domestic and foreign young researchers are provided post-doctoral study opportunities.
As of today, the Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Real Estate Development and Management is the only academic unit in Turkey with masters and doctoral programs in the fields of real estate development and management. Meanwhile, all the necessary efforts for student intake to the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Real Estate Development and Management Department of our University in the 2016-17 educational year fall semester have been completed and furnishing and renovating of the physical spaces have been finalized.
I invite you to examine the first and only interdisciplinary department and graduate and post-graduate programs in terms of approach to real estate sciences, the disciplines involved in the program, and the diversity of the instructed courses in Turkey. The graduate programs of our Department attach priority and importance to comprehensive, versatile, and professional career development. As also cited by pioneers of real estate and construction sectors as well as academics who specialize in this branch, if you would like to obtain graduate and post-graduate degrees in real estate development and management fields, where you need to be is Ankara University.
You will notice that our students in graduate real estate development and management education and training programs benefit from rich and versatile elective courses that provide opportunities for expertise in subspecialties (niche areas) in addition to the wide range of core courses. Emphasis is given to practice in graduate courses where problem-oriented training constitutes the basis of practical studies and student participation in theoretical and applied research projects conducted in our Department is encouraged. Our students are engaged in courses and practical activities in close interaction with our faculty members and particularly in evening classes programs with emphasis on on-job training and projects with student participation. Before graduating from the graduate programs of our Department, our students participate in short-term training programs and research projects geared towards professional development as a complementary aspect of theoretical education and training activities and find opportunities of self-improvement.
Besides accumulation of theoretical knowledge, real estate development and management graduate programs focus on practice works aimed at skills development. One of the main features of the programs is real estate research and project works that take real estate know-how from real life and combine it with extensive real estate skills development. Domestic and international internship opportunities aimed at developing practical skills, particularly in the summer periods, are provided for our students, as a paired dimension of education. High value-added internship works and research-practice studies aimed at gaining experience should be highlighted as the most important characteristics of our graduate programs.
Graduates of the Ankara University Real Estate Development and Management Graduate Programs are anticipated to assume executive or leadership positions in the industry following their graduation. Sector-specific seminars are held each year in the Spring Semester to ensure that our students can realistically outline and draft their career plans throughout the education programs and opportunities are provided to the participating executives of the national and international organizations to get to know our programs better and closer and our students are also given the opportunity to obtain first-hand insights about various public and private institutions.
When they finish the programs, the graduates of the Ankara University Real Estate Development and Management Graduate Degree Programs enjoy a variety of employment options thanks to the comprehensive management know-how and practical skills they obtain in the fields of real estate development, valuation, finance, and real estate investments and management. Our graduates are able to obtain their return on investment through professional development in time. Ankara University continuously monitors its members through its strong alumni network and continues strong professional and institutional cooperation with them. Our goal is to continuously provide in-service trainings on new scientific advances as well as legal and institutional arrangements to keep the professionalism of our stakeholders at the highest level. In this context, certification programs for subspecialties and short-term courses are held and workshops and meetings are conducted. One of our goals has been to have our graduate education and training programs accredited by international professional associations so that our graduates can work as licensed professionals anywhere in the world without any test conditions being sought as a prerequisite.
On December 18, 2014, the Ankara University Real Estate Development and Management Department initiated procedures to be accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the leading educational, professional, and accreditation body operating in the fields of professional development and professionalization, high quality education, improvement of ethics and standards, protection of the rights of consumers, the public, and other stakeholders in the real estate and construction sectors globally, and as a result of almost two years of intensive efforts, the final inspection team examined the Department and conducted the final audit on February 21-23, 2016. With the approval of the report dated March 16, 2016, the process of accreditation by the RICS of the Thesis- and Non-thesis Graduate Programs of the Ankara University Real Estate Development and Management Department was successfully completed. With the notification on the successful completion of the accreditation process of the two graduate programs with a certificate granted in March 2016, the Ankara University Real Estate Development and Management Department has been the first department in Turkey that has joined the 23 accredited universities and academies in Europe. As such, the Real Estate Development and Management Department has also won the title as the first and only academic unit accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Turkey.
I sincerely invite you to examine our website to learn more about the opportunities waiting for you in the graduate education and training programs of the Ankara University, Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Department of Real Estate Development and Management and pay a short visit to Ankara to meet our faculty members, program staff, students, and alumni. I am confident that you will immediately notice that Ankara University is the academic institution that must be the choice of those currently working in the fields of real estate development and management and would like to further their professional career, undergraduates who are seeking employment and career opportunities in the industry, and young people who desire to work as researchers in the field of real estate sciences.
Prof. Harun Tanrıvermiş
Founder, Department of Real Estate Development
Head, Department of Real Estate Development and Management
Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences