In its approach to scientific research, Kadir Has University holds to the three classical principles of academia, and these are education, research, and dissemination of knowledge. The term “academia” is derived from the name of the temple of Athena, the goddess of intellect and talent in Greek mythology, and it connotes higher learning and research. The term was used for the first time in 384 BC to refer to Plato’s School of Philosophy. Raphael, in his fresco dating from 1510, depicted Plato and his student, Aristotle, on the opposite sides of the frame in a pictorial representation of the clash of their ideas. Holding their respective works in their left hands, Plato points to the sky with his right hand in reference to the centrality of theory, while Aristotle gestures towards the earth to represent the prominence of practice in his philosophical thinking. In light of veritas, the Latin for truth, science should accommodate conflict and multiplicities of opinion, as these are the building blocks of progress.
At Kadir Has University, the dissemination of the results of research is just as important as the research itself. For this reason, the scholarly data, findings, methods, processes of research, and ideas resulting from research and events organized by academic units and research centers at KHAS are regularly shared with the members of the general public for the benefit of the country as well as for all of humanity. In this regard it should be pointed out that, among universities in Turkey, the faculty members at KHAS are the most frequently consulted by domestic and foreign media.
The work that was carried out between 2006 and 2011 which focused on developing and realizing the university’s research strategies resulted in the establishment of STRAR, the Office of Strategy Development and Research. STRAR strives to ensure that the university’s core values are reflected in ethically guided scientific research activities and events as we progress towards our goal of becoming an internationally competitive academic institution.