ISMEK, the Art and Vocational Training courses by the Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul, is a mass education organization, which has been founded in order to:
· Increase the personal knowledge of Istanbulians
· Improve their vocational and artistic perceptions
· Equip them with the urban culture and increase their awareness about living in a metropolitan
· Help them be actively included in production processes as opposed to simply being consumers
· Contribute to their efforts to have an income
· Increase their chances of employability
ISMEK which now has more trainees than most universities, serves almost as the biggest public university both due to the number of trainees, and the diversity of its branches, as well as the products created. Today, ISMEK has become a model organization both nationwide, and worldwide.