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The historic Erbil Citadel, where İhsan Doğramacı was born

İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent Erbil College (IDBEC) is a result of the vision of Professor İhsan Doğramacı, and it is his legacy to his
birthplace.

When İhsan Doğramacı established Bilkent University, he transferred full ownership of 40 companies to it as an endowment.
The profits of these companies, and the school fees, are all invested in the various Bilkent educational programmes. Since
Professor Doğramacı passed away in February 2010, the Bilkent Endowments, comprised of İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University
and the İhsan Doğramacı Foundations in Ankara, have continued to support the Erbil school. Based on agreements signed
between Bilkent University and the Erbil-based İhsan Doğramacı Erbil Foundation, Bilkent University assumed complete
responsibility for the school’s academics, finances, administration and human resources, including recruitment, curriculum,
professional development etc. The Erbil school has never received financial support from any government. Like all the Bilkent
educational institutions it is not-for-profit, and this policy will stay in place as long as the University manages the school.