In 2008, "Gelişim Education Culture Health and Social Service Foundation" initiated to establish Vocational School named 'İstanbul Gelisim Vocational School'and started education life with Vocational School established by Ministry of National Education and Council of Ministers on 14 June 2008.
Istanbul Gelisim University was established with the step taken on behalf of becoming a "world university" with 3 faculties, 3 institutes, 4 Schools and 1 vocational school in the 2015-2016 academic year with the law numbered 6114 dated 17 February 2011.
The accreditation breakthrough made in the academic year 2017 - 2019, the 40 Departments and 54 Programs have been accredited by AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Accreditation Programs) which is one of the leading accreditation institutions in Germany. Istanbul Gelisim University has the title of being the most accredited higher education institution in Turkey.
IGU, advocating that higher education is the most important tool for sustainable development, today it has about 24 thousand national and international students; There are 3 faculties, 3 vocational schools, 2 vocational schools, 78 licenses, 63 preliminary daytime programs, 37 associate degree night programs, 22 thesis / 19 non-thesis postgraduate programs, and 6 Ph.D. programs.
Collaborating with more than 100 world universities, Istanbul Gelisim University motivates undergraduate, associate degree, graduate and doctoral students to become international.
Istanbul Gelisim University locates in Istanbul - Turkey’s and the world's financial and trade center- campus area, offering huge research complex consisting of over 100 laboratories to the service of its students. There are also 17 research centers and 78 student clubs that allow students to participate in social, cultural, scientific and sporting activities outside the classroom.
Growing every year by making solid steps forward with the goal of becoming an arbiter university in the world Istanbul Gelisim University, one of Turkey's most preferred first three universities.