Robert College is the oldest continually-running American school founded outside the US. The school opened in 1863 to educate boy students, and was followed in 1871 by the American College for Girls. In 1971 the two schools merged under the name Robert College, which became a co-ed school.
Upon the initiative of Dr. Cyrus Hamlin, and with the support of another American, the wealthy merchant Christopher Rhinelander Robert, Robert College opened its doors to boy students on September 16, 1863, in an old wooden building in Bebek.
Robert College has been a pioneer in many areas throughout the years. For example, the first student council in Turkey was founded at ACG in 1892, a medical school for women opened for the first time in Turkey in 1920, the first yearbook in Turkey was printed by RC in 1924, the oldest literary magazine of Turkey, İzlerimiz (Our Imprint) was published by RC, and the first child study center in Turkey was opened at ACG in 1958.
Many alumni from Robert College’s earliest days up to today have played instrumental roles in areas like politics, arts, education and science, in Turkey and around the world.
As the organizing committee ESDC 2019, we would like to reassure you about the safety of Robert College as our participants’ safety is our main concern at ESDC. Robert College, situated in the heart of Istanbul, is an institution that takes security seriously. With security personnel and checkpoints at entrance point, it is ensured that people feel safe inside the campus. Especially in the recent years, Robert College has further developed and tightened its security policies, making it one of the safest campuses and places in Istanbul. The security of Robert College is maintained by a gated security system and in every entrances there are three sets of gates that provide us better control of campus access. Robert College and ESDC 2019 are committed to making our campus and its surrounding environments as safe and secure as they can possibly be.