Ege University

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Ege University
Ege Üniversitesi
Ege University Logo
Established 1955
Type Public University
Rector Candeğer YILMAZ
Academic staff 3,135
Students 50,993
Location Bornova, İzmir, Turkey
Campus Suburban, 852 acres (3.45 km2)
Member of EUA, IAU, EUCEN, BSUN
Colors Blue and White         
Website ege.edu.tr

Ege University (Ege Üniversitesi in Turkish) is a public university in İzmir, Turkey. It was founded in 1955 with the faculties of Medicine and Agriculture. It is the first university to start courses in İzmir[1] and the fourth oldest university in Turkey.[2] Ege University commonly ranks close to the top among research universities in Turkey.

Ege University in Bornova, a district of Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey and one of its principal industrial, commercial, cultural and tourist centers. Izmir is a city, which is a reference point in world history and in its intellectual present and future. Izmir city hosts four state and five private universities. Being one of the largest cities of the country, it provides ample cultural and recreational activities. The city is in the Aegean region near the seacoast and is very accessible with excellent road and rail links and an airport to national and international destinations.

History[edit]

By 1982, Ege University was one of the largest universities of Turkey with 17 faculties, 9 junior college-type schools and 8 institutes. That same year, part of the university was separated into a new university, Dokuz Eylül University (Dokuz Eylul University). After the division, Ege University had 7 faculties, 3 junior college-type schools and approximately 9000 students. It currently consists of 12 faculties, 7 junior college-type schools (with 4 years of curriculum), 7 vocational training schools (with 2 years of curriculum), 8 institutes and 26 research centers.

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Campus[edit]

Bornova Campus of Ege University is situated on an area of 370 hectares. The campus covers wide range of facilities including culture, sport and social services. Car park, road and traffic signs and directions are available throughout. Intercity, national and international communication from the campus is possible owing to phone lines and a computer network.

Since the campus is at the crossroad of Ankara, Istanbul, and Izmir, intercity transportation is very fast. Apart from this, intercity transportation provided by municipal bus and underground services enable students to reach the campus from every part of the city. The General Directorate of Students' Credits and Dormitories administers dormitories, which provide facilities for 6000 students on campus.

Apart from the rectorate and university campus in Bornova, there are vocational training schools in Tire, Bergama, Bayındır and Ödemiş, Atatürk Cultural Center in Konak, applied educational centers in Urla, Menemen, Mordoğan, Çiğli and Özdere, and an observatory in Kurudağ. With these facilities Ege University serves the students and the public in terms of education, science, health, social and cultural services. To extend these services, a West Campus was recently[when?] established in Çeşme.

Ege University has approximately 40000 students now.

Student life and culture[edit]

Volleyball tournament between faculties (University sport hall)

Ege University offers opportunities for personal, cultural, social and professional development that complement the richly complex and challenging academic life. These activities take place in the newly restored Culture and Arts Hall with accommodation for 330 spectators, the Amphitheater with accommodation for 5000 spectators, Atatürk Cultural Center (with 2 auditoriums with accommodation respectively for 654 and 628 spectators, 4 seminar rooms with accommodation for 45 spectators, a theater hall, 8 workshop rooms with accommodation for 12 spectators, and an exhibition gallery with a capacity of 800 guests) and the conference halls of faculties and schools. At the beginning of each academic year and during the weekend, parties are organized for students' enjoyment as a change of pace from academic routine. Excursions to historical and tourist sites are organized as a change of pace from the daily academic routine.

An Art Gallery was established in March 1997, and it provides a convenient place for exhibitions. In this way, students, academic and administrative staff have an opportunity to pursue cultural activities on campus. Art Studios have been established to organize fine arts courses for students.

There are 45 student clubs which are active in diverse fields. The General Directorate of Health, Culture and Sports organizes the activities of these student clubs.

One of the most favored social and cultural activities in Ege University is the traditional Sports and Arts Festival: It is organized every year during May. Concerts, sport games, cinema and theater presentations, sale and promotion stands, conferences, symposia, scientific meetings, fashion shows and competitions take place during the festival. Also, student groups from other Turkish universities and from foreign countries participate.

There is students' camp located in Özdere with a capacity of 200 beds. There are 10 periods in the summer vacation during which students, academic and administrative staff can make use of the camp. Activities and entertainment are organized to provide a comfortable and informal atmosphere.

The construction of the new private on-campus student dormitories with a capacity of 2000 students is completed. The Counseling and Advisory Service Department also helps to provide accommodation.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ There had been previous efforts by Rahmi Arslan Bey, governor of İzmir during the World War I years, and during the Greek occupation of İzmir, to build a university in İzmir, but the projects, although advanced, had not been brought to full completion and courses had not started.
  2. ^ 1933'ten Günümüze Türk Yükseköğretiminde Niceliksel Gelişmeler | tarih = Nisan 2011 | erişimtarihi=30 Aralık 2011| yayımcı = Yükseköğretim ve Bilim Dergisi Cilt 1 Sayı 1 Sayfa 3

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Coordinates: 38°27′14″N 27°12′42″E / 38.4539°N 27.2117°E / 38.4539; 27.2117