Let us raise such a youth…
Izmir Ozel Turk College was founded by a young mathematics teacher, Bahattin Tatış, my father, who devoted himself to education and the lessons started in November 15th, 1950.
The young teacher went to Ankara with the dream of founding a private school carrying the torch of education in the front rank. Then head of the Board of Education and Discipline shared the dream of the teacher and told him the following words:
“You are right, dear teacher. As there are foreign colleges in our country, why shouldn’t there be a Turkish college? I see that Turkish parents prefer to send their children to foreign colleges. Why is the demand for Turkish schools low? You are going to found such a school and make such a work that everybody will appreciate. I invite you to this challenge. Do promise me.”
My dear father could not conceal his excitement and made a promise;
“My dear teacher, you have given me a difficult project. It is a national responsibility now. I believe that I will handle this well and I promise you.”
He kept his promise; founding Izmir Ozel Turk College at Talatpasa 23 with only 26 students on November 15th, 1950, as the first college that bears the word Turk in the name.
The founders had a very clear goal:
“Let Izmir Ozel Turk College be the most beautiful and disciplined school in Turkey, or better, in the world. Let our graduate scientists be milestones in science and reach a point where our countrymen and even the whole world will respect them. Let our graduates take Turkish economy forward or be unforgettable names in Turkish literature or Turkish history. Let them be the leaders and symbols of succes in industry, economy and in the development of our country. Let them be doctors and make our country healthier. Let them be monuments of science and good morals as teachers. Let us build a team of personnel in education that are idealist, devoted, talented and has understood the importance of the virtues of being a teacher.”
The privilege of being an Izmir Ozel Turk College graduate is being felt deep inside our hearts with the mission to “raise generations of Turkish youth who can make correct choices, who contribute both to themselves and to those around them, who are well-balanced and with a view of modernity.”
Izmir Ozel Turk College continues to raise a kemalist youth in 5 campuses and 6 kindergartens with the power it takes from the graduates, therefore gifting these bright minds to our country and walking in the path Mustafa Kemal Atatürk has shown us.
President of ITK Management Board