Research Centers

ALUTEAM - Aluminum Testing, Education & Research Center

ALUTEAM continues its activities with the support of the Aluminum Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Business Association (GALSİAD) and Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) under three headings:

  • Providing training in order to cultivate a qualified labor force for the aluminum production sector.
  • Aluminum oriented research and development including developing technologies for improving the production process, using Industrial Rapid Prototyping to design and manufacture high value aluminum products and using an extruder press to manufacture aluminum profiles.
  • Accreditation testing for aluminum products.

References: Bayraktar Tactical Unmanned Arial Vehicle project, SDDS: Smart Defect Detection System for use in aluminum profile manufacturing, Tabletop Profile Section Analyzer (Cross-section Error Reporting Dimensional Optical Measurement System), Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul Mineral and Metals Exporters' Association, 4 EL KALIP, İTÜ Biomedical Engineering Project, Kale Kilit, Salih Memecan, Enerji Makine, Seden Kitchenwares, ALKA Aluminum (Kazakhstan), Burak Aluminum, Şenkallar Aluminum, EVATEG (Özyeğin University), DG Grup Vizyon.

Location: Haliç Campus


Director: Asst. Prof. Dr. Ebubekir Koç


KURAM - Research Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property of Foundations

The Research Center for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage of Foundations (KURAM) implements various technical research and practice applications for traditional building materials that will be investigated or used in the conservation of cultural heritage buildings.


KURAM supports research activities within the scope of undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral level research projects developed in the field of conservation of movable and immovable cultural properties. The Research Center includes “Prof. Dr. Ahmet Refik Ersen Restoration and Conservation Laboratory” and aims to carry out research projects especially with a certain type of historic structure analysis and of traditional building materials, periods, history of construction and construction systems.


KURAM contributes to the training of students in various levels of education at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University in both theoretical proficiency and practical experience in areas of conservation. KURAM Laboratories and Workshops within the research center are used in the courses offered in associate, Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral programs. Practical courses and seminar programs on application practices encountered often in conservation of movable cultural property are organized in the conservation workshop.

Location: Haliç Campus


Director: Dr. Onur Şimşek


UHAM - Center for International Law

FSM Centre for International Law (FSM UHAM) was established within Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University in late 2016. FSM UHAM is contemplated as a place where scholars pursue research relating to international law to inform the public, policy makers, academics and particularly legal experts about current developments in the field. From this aspect, FSM UHAM aims to be a research center that also offers policy recommendations for current international problems.

To note some of recent publications, UHAM have published an expert brief regarding the diplomatic crisis between the US and Turkey, an academic assessment regarding the case of Liberland and an exclusive interview with Vit Jedlicka, the founder President of Liberland, and a comprehensive report regarding Libya according to the different aspects of the international law.

UHAM is also planning to launch new projects such as periodic round-table meetings with prominent Turkish international law professors and conference series, through which the globally well-known academicians will be invited to Turkey.

Location: Haliç Campus


Director: Prof. Dr. Naim Demirel

IHAM - The Center for Islamic Law Studies

IHAM was founded in 2018 within the body of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University, Faculty of Law. Although IHAM contributes to the Islamic Law literature by conducting research on the current status and developments of Islamic Law and publishing these researches periodically, it has been designed as the center of scientific studies to be conducted to inform decision makers, scientific circles and the public. In this respect, IHAM aims to be a research center that addresses current issues related to Islamic law with a legal perspective as well as theoretical studies.

Location: Haliç Campus


Director: Prof. Dr. Naim Demirel


BETAM - Biomedical Electronic Design Application & Research Center

Turkey's first Biomedical Electronic Device Design, Production, Calibration and Research Laboratory (BETAL) was established in the Halic Campus of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University within the Biomedical Electronic Design Application and Research Center (BETAM) with financial support from the Istanbul Development Agency (İSTKA), both located on the upper floor of the university R&D building. The laboratory consists of three units; Electronic Prototype Circuit Production, Biomedical Device Calibration, and Research Laboratory. The devices in these labs are open to all teaching staff, engineers and students who will work on the design, production and calibration of biomedical electronic devices.

Location: Haliç Campus


Director: Asst. Prof. Dr. Sadullah Öztürk


FSMOSMAD - The Center for Ottoman - Malay World Studies

The Center was established with the collaboration of Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University and the International Islamic University Malaysia, with centers in Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur. The Center’s aim is to scientifically examine the history, policy, military, economy, culture and society of two of the most important Islamic civilizations in the word. To form a bridge between them and give the new generations a chance to better understand each other.

Main activities of the Center are:

  • Perform research on Ottoman-Malay works, examine specific subject areas and to organize projects aiming to increase the development of the Islamic world.
  • Organize international seminars, conferences, forums and workshops.
  • Organize meetings and establish collaboration platforms between the related research centers.
  • Publish works written in line with the context of Ottoman-Malay Studies.
  • Establish a research database within the context of Ottoman-Malay Studies.
  • Design Master’s and Doctorate programs related to Ottoman-Malay Studies and to encourage and support interested researchers in writing papers and theses related to the subject.
  • Form a bridge between Turkey and Malaysia through cultural and scientific collaborations.

Location: Topkapi Campus


Director: Prof. Dr. Fahameddin Başar


FSMDUAM – Sultan Mehmed II. and His Period Application & Research Center

The aim of the center is to examine the history of the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in political, military, economic, cultural and social aspects. In addition, evaluating scientific studies in the national and international fields related to the history of the period, monitoring the developments, organizing congresses, seminars, panels and conferences, developing and conducting joint projects are also the aims of the center.

For these purposes, the activities of the center are:

  • To present the subject with scientific data by making national and international examinations, academic meetings and publications on the issues related to Sultan Mehmed II. and his period, and to produce suggestions for the solution of problems.
  • To create an archive-library by collecting books, theses, articles and similar works related to Sultan Mehmed II. and his period in Turkey and abroad.
  • To introduce the researches and cultural heritage values ​​of Sultan Mehmed II. and his period in national and international platforms, to organize periodical national and international symposiums for this purpose, to cooperate with established centers, universities and institutes for similar purposes at home and abroad, scientific meetings, congress , organizing seminars and panels, developing and conducting joint projects.
  • To encourage the publication of scientific articles and books on the subject in national and international refereed or non-refereed journals, to prepare scientific publications in a systematic manner for publication in the broadcasting organs.
  • To cooperate with national and international research, examination, training centers, institutes and similar institutions in foreign countries and with foreign and domestic institutions and organizations dealing with the research and applications of Sultan Mehmed II. and his period.
  • To be able to conduct research, study, project and similar studies in the field of research and applications of Sultan Mehmed II. and his period.

Location: Üsküdar Campus


Director: Prof. Dr. Abdülkadir Özcan

ISM - Islamic Arts Practice & Research Center

The Center, which aims to assist graduate education and training, is divided into two parts as research and practice. Studies on Islamic arts work on the collection and interpretation of theoretical information about arts, art education, artist education, art history research, the philosophy of art and the tight exchange between them. It is possible to bring together the holistic perspective of works that are disconnected from different disciplines related to Islamic art, especially by evaluating the data of the above mentioned fields of Islamic art theories.

Location: Üsküdar Campus


Director: Betül Bilgin


SOSYOPARK - Social Cooperation Area Application & Research Center

Today the scientific, technological and social developments have made it a must to cooperate, act, work and produce together. In the light of very rapid developments universities, public, private sector and non-governmental organizations have to meet expectations by moving together and producing ideas, projects and solutions. SOSYOPARK arose due to such a need. The projects designed and developed by universities, public, private sector and NGO’s under the umbrella of SOSYOPARK will identify the problems and the needs of the society and the country so that they can be solved with preventive projects and programs before they even arise.

Location: Topkapı Campus


Director: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Avcı


TAM - Community Research & Application Center

The Community Research and Application Center works to minimize the problems faced by disadvantaged people and groups (especially children, young people, the elderly, individuals with special needs, migrants, minorities, women and the poor) and improve their quality of life. It aims to carry out scientific research and to organize events such as seminars, congresses and symposiums to create a culture of understanding and empathy. In this context, it aims to contribute to the society on behalf of our University by cooperating with national and international institutions and organizations.

Location: Üsküdar Campus


Director: Dr. Zeynep Şerefoğlu Danış


ORDAM - Middle East and Africa Studies Application & Research Center

ORDAM examines the historical, political, social, cultural and economic aspects of Middle Eastern and African countries and shares its reports and researches with the national and international scientific world and the public. It also cooperates with national and international research centers, institutes, academies, universities and similar institutions which perform research within the context of Middle Eastern and African issues in order to bring the accumulated knowledge to Turkey. In addition, it offers internship opportunities and incentives to young researchers working in the Middle East and Africa fields in cooperation with different disciplines of our university.

Location: Üsküdar Campus


Director: Prof. Dr. Zekeriya Kurşun