Ankara University

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Ankara University
Ankara Üniversitesi
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Established 1946
Type Public University
Rector Prof.Dr. Erkan İBİŞ
Academic staff 1,639
Admin. staff 5,527
Students 42,830
Location Ankara, Turkey

Ankara University (Turkish: Ankara Üniversitesi) is a public university in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. It was the first higher education institution founded in the Turkish Republic.

The university has about 40 vocational programs, 114 undergraduate programs and 110 graduate programs. In total it has about 264 programs.


Ankara University was founded by Atatürk. The School of Law was established in 1925 to train judiciaries, the Institute of Technology for Agriculture in 1933, the School of Language, History and Geography in 1935 and the already existing School of Political Sciences (that trained public administrators under the name of Mekteb-i Mülkiye since 1859, and which was later on moved to Ankara) in 1936 upon the directive of Atatürk. The Schools of Medicine and of Science were established in the 1940s.

Ankara University, comprising the Faculty of Law (1925), the Faculty of Language, History and Geography (1935), the Faculty of Science (1943), and the Faculty of Medicine (1945), was established officially in 1946. The University acquired the Faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine which previously belonged to the Institute of Technology for Agriculture. The School of Divinity was founded in 1949 and the Faculty of Political Sciences in 1950, then came the School of Pharmacy in 1960, and in 1963 the School of Dentistry which later became a Faculty in 1977, the Faculty of Educational Sciences in 1965, and the Faculty of Communication in 1965. The Çankırı Faculty of Forestry and the Health Education Faculty were opened to education in 1996.


Faculty of Languages, History and Geography

The 15 faculties are:

There are also 13 institutes included into the Ankara University. They are:

Research, Application and Education centers[edit]

There are 41 Research, Application and Education centers in Ankara University. [1]

  • TÖMER. In 1984 Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Center, TÖMER, was established on the basis of Ankara University. To the February, 2014, TÖMER has 11 branches all over Turkey and the central office in Ankara. Languages taught in TÖMER include Turkish, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Dutch, Bulgarian, Chinese, Ottoman language, Arabic, Polish and languages of the Central Asian Turkic Republics. This list of languages constantly changes.[2]
  • Ankara University Kreiken Observatory. Construction of the Observatory started in 1959 and in 1963 it was officially opened in the frames of the International Astronomy Conference. Along with the scientific activities Observatory holds a number of educational events for children, school children and students. When important and rare astronomic events are taking place Observatory organizes the access to their observation to public.[3]
  • Ankara University Women Issues Research and Application Center (KASAUM). KASAUM organizes research and educational programmes which are directed at scrutinizing and discussing women roles and problems in society as well as gender issues as a whole. In order to support and develop these researches "Women researches" master programm was opened in 1996.[4]
  • Ankara University Small Entrepreneurship Research and Application Center (KIGAUM). KIGAUM holds research on problems connected to starting and maintaining small entrepreneurship activities. Along with it the Center organizes educational programes both for academicians and entrepreneurs, sets up partnerships with local and international research and application centers, publishes articles and books and informes academics, business, government structures and wide public on the topics linked to entrepreneurship.[5]
  • Ankara University Distance Education Center. The Center provides the opportunity of getting college or higher education as well as taking part in a variety of different courses distantly[6]
  • Ankara University Center of Excellence of Superconductivity Research (CESUR). CESUR works in the sphere of fundamental superconductivity research, especially focuses on superconducting wires, tapes and thin films which can be used in application of practical superconductivity technologies. Main attention is paid to research of MgB2, BSCCO and YBCO materials[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 39°56′12″N 32°49′49″E / 39.9367°N 32.8303°E / 39.9367; 32.8303