With the aim of providing information for studying, researching and respective funding opportunities in Germany, the DAAD Information Centre Istanbul was founded in 2000. Last year, about 3,000 students and prospective students reached our information center by e-mail or telephone, or visited us personally to find out more about higher education in Germany.

With the awareness of the responsibility related to such an essential subject area we always try to offer our information and advices on a multifaceted basis, taking current developments in Germany into account.

Our team

Dr. Volker Schmidt
Dr. Volker Schmidt is the director of the DAAD Information Centre Istanbul and at the same time lecturer at the Marmara University. He studied philosophy and modern German literature. He received his doctorate in 1997 at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen with a thesis on philosophical aesthetics. He then worked in the Department of International Relations at the University of Tübingen in the field of German as a foreign language and directed various programs, including being responsible for the University Summer Course there.


Betül F. Sakınır-Akay
After studying political science BA at the Philipps-University Marburg, she obtained her master's degree of asian studies with a focus on Turkish history and society at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn. She worked as a student and research assistant at the universities of Cologne and Marburg and continues to carry out her studies on cultural policy in Turkey today at the University of Marburg. Since September 2018 she works at the DAAD Information Centre Istanbul.


M. Murat Kemaloğlu
Following his graduation from the German School Istanbul, he completed his bachelor's degree in business administration at Boğaziçi University. He also earned his master's degree in theater criticism and dramaturgy from Boğaziçi University. He has held administrative responsibilities in the İstanbul Kültür educational institutions and the İstanbul KültürUniversity. He was also part of the founding process of the publishing house of İstanbul Kültür University. Since December 2014 he works at DAAD Information Centre Istanbul.