Dr. Ibrahim ARIKAN,

Dr. Arıkan was born in 1941 in the village of Salur of Sorgun, in the province of Yozgat. He was accepted into Mimar Sinan Elementary School Teacher’s College after being successful in the necessary examinations. Following his academic success, he was selected to attend a Higher education program at Ankara Teacher’s College. He graduated from the Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Mathematics at Ankara Teachers College in 1968. From 1968 to 1971, he worked as an instructor in the Physics Department of Yıldız Technical University.

In 1972, he founded MEF (Modern Eğitim Fen / Modern Education Science) University Preparation Institution. In 1982, he established Turktey’s first cargo company, Yurtiçi Kargo Inc. and then in 1996, founded MEF Schools, a national and international educational institution encompassing preschool, elementary and high school levels. On February 11, 1996, he collected all of his companies under the umbrella of ARIKANLI Holding Inc. Pursuing his goal to transfer all his knowledge and experience into the higher education area, he established the MEF University in Maslak, in 2012.

İbrahim ARIKAN also held the presidency of ÖZ-DE-BİR (Private University Preparation Institutions Association) over the period of 1985-2005.

On May 14, 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Business and Science by unanimous vote by the European University of Lefke Senate in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for “his adherence as an educator to the principles and reforms of Atatürk, his contributions to educating more than 200,000 students, and his entrepreneuring insight and leadership in various industrial and service sectors.”

He was presented with a “Leadership Honorary Award” on April 16, 2009 for “the companies he established and their contributions to the business community, the systems he established, and the brands that he created.”

He was granted an honorary doctorate in Humanities on May 22, 2009 by a prestigious university in the U.S., Roger Williams University, for his successful business career and for making a solid contribution to the world of education through the foundation of MEF Schools with its innovative vision and perspective in the field of education.

Mr. İbrahim ARIKAN is the author of 10 books (Modern Fizik -- Modern Physics; Biz Bize -- Just Between Us; Orijinal Fikir Üretme ve Yaratıcılık -- Producing Original Ideas and Creativity; Kurum Başarısı İçin -- For the Success of the Organization; Yöneticiye Mektup -- A Letter to the Manager; Her Durumda Başarmak -- Achieving Under All Circumstances; Kriz Önce Haber Verir Sonra Kapıyı Çalar -- The Crisis First Lets You Know It’s Here Before It Knocks on Your Door; Tarih Ekonomiyi, Ekonomi Tarihi Oluşturur -- History Shapes the Economy While the Economy Shapes History; Ya Yenilenirsin Ya da Yenilirsin -- Innovate or Perish; Öğreten Öğretmen Öğrenen Öğrenci -- The Teaching Teacher, The Learning Student and has written many articles published in various magazines and newspapers.

Dr. Arıkan passed away on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. He is the father of three children; Ümit, Ebru and Eda and has three grandchildren.