The Faculty of Communication (ILEF), which was established as the School of Press and Broadcasting with the support of UNESCO and the Community of Journalism in 1965, is the first institution which offers a four-year undergraduate program in communication in Turkey. The School of Press and Broadcasting became the Faculty of Communication in 1992.
Scholars of Faculty of Communication are academics whose research has special importance in their fields. The number of instructors is 100. With nearly 1700 undergraduate students, ILEF annually has a hundred and fifty graduates.
The main objective of ILEF is to orient students in order to combine information with their very practical life. Qualified students who internalize the bond between theory, method and practice are at the heart of the education schedule. Radio Studio, Film Lab, Photography Lab, Advertisement Lab, students’ journal named Görünüm and Ankara University’s Radio (Radio ILEF) on FM 91.0 are at the students’ service. Moreover, two cinema halls, a computer laboratory and library are also at the students’ service.
Graduates of ILEF are qualified to become new personnel in journalism, public relations, advertisement, radio, television and cinema. In addition, the graduate program of faculty plays an important role in nurturing a young generation scholars for communication faculties all over the country.
The Faculty of Communication consists of three departments:
The choice of department, which is made at the time of the university entrance exam, can not be changed after registration. But it is possible for students to take elective courses from other departments in the same faculty. The ongoing academic schedule of the faculty is flexible so that students can focus on different interests.
The story of the Faculty of Communication began in November 1965 with the name of the School of Press and Broadcasting (Basın Yayın Yüksek Okulu, BYYO). The idea of establishing “a school of journalism” in order to promote freedom of the press and to educate qualified staff, brought journalist Metin Toker together with Hıfzı Topuz, who has a PhD in freedom of the press from the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France. UNESCO and the Community of Journalists also made contributions to this idea. Moreover, an offer was made to the Faculty of Political Science. A commission composed of five members of Faculty of Political Science, namely, Prof. Dr. Bahri Savcı, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şerif Mardin, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mümtaz Soysal, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bülent Daver and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nermin Abadan, whose classes were mostly on freedom of press, began to study the matter. The commission was assisted by research assistant Erdoğan Güçbilmez. Further, with the support of UNESCO, Belgian Prof. Dr. Clause, who has been a pioneer of departments of journalism in Europe, came to Ankara for a semester in order to contribute to the preparation of curriculum for the school together with the commission.
The first institution in Turkey which delivered academic education on press and broadcasting was opened in November 1965 and named the School of Press and Broadcasting of Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University. The first administrator of the school was Prof. Dr. Fahir H. Armağanoğlu and the first two departments were “Journalism and Public Relations” and “Radio, Television and Cinema”.
The first lessons were delivered in two classrooms of the Faculty of Political Sciences since there wasn’t a separate building assigned to the School of Press and Broadcasting. It was going to take a few years to have such a building.
The 1970s was a period of great progress for both the academic program and academic personnel. While technical courses were carried out by the important journalists of the era, general formation courses were taught by the academic staff of the Faculty of Political Sciences. The printing house, which was established in 1974, published books written by scholars of the Faculty of Political Sciences and School of Press and Broadcasting until it was closed in 1993. Moreover, during this period it was possible for students to get information about ongoing publishing technologies in this printing house.
It took some time to lay the foundations of the radio studio and units of television and cinema, with the support of UNESCO. The first student films were produced in 1976. The name of the very first movie was “Ladik 76”.
The School of Press and Broadcasting was separated from Faculty of Political Sciences and turned into an institution which was directly connected to the Presidency of Ankara University on 6th November of 1982. Graduate classes started to be offered in 1986. During the 1980s, the resources for practice opportunities required for vocational training were developed. The journal Görünüm was the first students’ practice journal. It was published in January 1981 and the first closed circuit radio studio started broadcasting in 1982.
The School of Press and Broadcasting became the Faculty of Communication in July 1992. This led to an increase in the number of academic personnel as well as development of the academic curriculum. After that, there have been three departments: Journalism; Public Relations and Advertising; and Radio, Television and Film. During this transition process, the first the administrator of School of Press and Broadcasting and later the dean of Faculty of Communication was Prof. Dr. Oya Tokgöz.
In the same period, Görünüm switched to offset printing and the old letterpress printing technique stood idle. Closed circuit television broadcasting started in 1993 with new equipment. In these days, the first radio broadcasting was started in Ankara with a transmitter of 100 Watts. The official launch of the station on FM 97.5 with the name of Radyo Radyo was in November 22, 1994. Because of some problems related to legal and management procedures, the broadcast was terminated and then started again on FM 105.8, in 1998. The ongoing problems led to a new start in 2005. The broadcast on FM 91.0 with the name of Radio of Ankara University, Radio İlef (Ankara Üniversitesi Radyosu Radyo İlef) has been available not only for people in Ankara but for people of nearly 90 countries from all around the world via internet.
The Faculty of Communication consists of units like Radio Lab named as Esin Öngören Radio Studio, Television Lab, Advertisement Lab, Photography Lab, two cinema halls, a computer laboratory, Görünüm, Radio of Ankara University/Radyo İlef, Mahmut Tali Öngören Cinema Hall, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Art House. Moreover the new building which was projected for Faculty of Communication will be ready for use soon.
The Faculty of Communication offers a five year undergraduate education including an English preparation class and it contributes to educating scholars of the future through graduate courses. The School of Press and Broadcasting, which was the first faculty in the field of communication in Turkey, has always been the leader amongst the universities in Turkey in terms of its academic staff. This faculty has become the home of professionals in communication sciences, hosting the pioneers of academic studies in communication such as Şevket Evliyagil, Oya Tokgöz, Aysel Aziz, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Mahmut Tali Öngören and Ünsal Oskay. By educating today’s lecturers and media professionals, it continues to shape the future.
Ilef is still leading the nation in communication studies, just as in the old days. Moreover with pride in recent graduates, in addition to the graduates of the past (nearly 6.000), Ilef is saluting the future with its graduate students and scholars.
Today’s Ilef, with its ninety-four scholars and the dean Prof. Dr. Ruken Öztürk, carries the honour of “being part of the School of Press and Broadcasting” to the vision of being from İlef.
Being one of the advanced centers of education, research and application with the goal of providing guidance to communication professionals who have core and basic communication skills, who are able to carry these skills to multiple environments, who give importance to public interest in their professional practices and who can always be critical about themselves.
Core Skills: Timeless skills of the profession
Basic Skills: Individual communication skills
Multiple environment skills: Skills that are related to developments in communication technologies in order to excel at the profession
Public Interest in Professional Practices:
Being Critical: Having the intellectual capacity and desire to change the world for the benefit of equality and cultural diversity
Professor Dr. Abdülrezak Altun
Professor Dr. Abdülrezak Altun (Dean), was born in Artvin Şavşat. He graduated from Ankara University School of Press and Broadcasting Department Radio and Television in 1986, He completed his master’s degree in the Department of Journalism in 1993 and PhD degree in the same department in 2000. He served as Press Department of the Rectorate, Department Head, Deputy Head of Department, and Deputy Dean. Outside the Institution, he worked as press consultant at the Ministry of Family and Social Policies and as Head of Health Communication at the General Directorate of Health Promotion at the Ministry of Health and as the Corporate Communications Coordinator at Muğla University. He is a former president and board member of the Alumni Foundation. He is the author of three published books and numerous articles on journalism, local media and news. Since July 2017 he is the Dean of the Faculty of Communication at Ankara University.
Professor Dr. Fatih Keskin
Professor Dr. Fatih Keskin (Vice-Dean) was born in 1971 in Samsun Çarşamba. He returned to Turkey after Gymnasium Alstertal and completed high school on Kabatas High School. In 1993, he graduated from Ankara University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Public Relations and Publicity. He started his master’s at Middle East Technical University and continued his education at Ankara University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Public Administration and Political Science. He is a former president of the Alumni Foundation and is currently a board member. He has several books and articles on political communication and public relations. He is still working as the Department Head and Vice Dean.
Assoc. Professor Dr. Aslı Yağmurlu Dara
Assoc. Professor Dr. Aslı Yağmurlu Dara (Vice-Dean) was born in 1970 in Istanbul. After completing her primary, secondary and high school education at TED Ankara College, she graduated from Public Relations and Publicity Department of Ankara University School of Press and Broadcasting. The same year she became a research assistant. She received her master’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration from the Middle East Technical University in 1997 and completed her PhD in institution of social scuences in 2004. In 1998, she started to work with Turkey and the Middle East Public Administration Institute and worked there until 2014.In 2014, she became associate professor at the Department of public relations. She has articles, book chapters and papers on public administration, public diplomacy, public relations and social media. She is a board member of the Alumni Foundation and has been working as an Vice dean since 2017. She is married and has one child.
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