İzmir Özel Türk Koleji

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Turkey's First Private School Bearing the Name "Türk"


İzmir Özel Türk Koleji  (ITK), founded in 1950 by the Mathematics Teacher Bahattin Tatış, is Turkey's first private school including the name Turk. ITK has always aimed to be a pioneer in education and always offers the best. Adhering to Atatürk's principles and ITK values, it followed innovations and kept the quality of its education and training at the highest level.

The tens of thousands of graduates trained at ITK have become respected throughout Turkey and the world.  ITK graduates have become opinion leaders and are recognized as successful individuals in their fields.

 İzmir Özel Türk Koleji continues its education in 5 campuses, 25 schools and 6 kindergartens in the cities of Izmir, Manisa and Marmaris.  It continues to raise new generations with modern education and training methods in the light of Atatürk's principles.

 Izmir Özel Türk Koleji, a school of first and countless achievements, continues to be a pioneer and set an example in education with students who are now 3rd generation ITK students.


The Uşakizade Mansion, which has witnessed some of the most important moments in Izmir within its 160-year history, has been used for educational purposes under the umbrella of İzmir Özel Türk Koleji since 1951.


The mansion, which served as the headquarters for our Commander-in-Chief Gazi Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, hosted many precious memories of Turkish history.  It is here that the decision to establish İşbank, the first Turkish national bank, was made, and where the first Turkish female theatre artist Bedia Muvahhit was inspired to take the stage. Importantly, it also played host to the wedding of Mustafa Kemal and Latife Hanım, a wedding that was to pioneer today's civil marriages.


Today, İTK Uşakizade Mansion continues to host guests for both student groups and individual visits.