Abdullah Gül University

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Abdullah Gül University
Abdullah Gül Üniversitesi
AGU Official Logo.jpg
Established July 21st, 2010
Type State University
Rector Prof. Dr. İhsan Sabuncuoğlu
Location Kayseri, Turkey
Website Official website

Abdullah Gül University (AGU) is a state university, supported by a private foundation (AGUV), located in Kayseri, Turkey.

The university, which was inaugurated in 2010, has 4 Schools offering 13 graduate and undergraduate programs. All courses at AGU are taught in English.

AGU first opened its gates to students for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Currently the university’s main location is Sümer Campus, which covers 280.000 m², but the university has also started the development of a second campus, Mimar Sinan Campus, which will be outside the city center and with a planned total area of 3000 acres.

According to a report published on January 16, 2014 by the Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM) on the « 2013 Student Selection and Placement System Candidates Preferences in Higher Education Programs », the Abdullah Gül University was the institution that was most requested by future candidates, based on student quota. The report determined that the new university, with its 4 Schools, 12 programs and 296 students to-date, was cited among the preferences of 21.534 high school graduates nationwide and as number one choice of 3.046 of these future students.

Vision and Mission[edit]

Vision: “To become the pioneer of third generation universities”

Mission: “With a learner focus, AGU aims to develop individuals who can shape the future and converts knowledge into value through partnerships as a research university that embraces solution-seeking for global challenges”


AGU old factory building

The first steps towards founding Abdullah Gul University were taken in 2007, by the Kayseri City Council and other city notables. The aim was to raise the profile of education in Kayseri in line with the city’s own vision of its development.

The University was named after the prominent Kayseri citizen and 11th president of the Turkish Republic, Abdullah Gül and was formally inaugurated on July 21, 2010.

The university’s first campus was established on the former site of Turkey’s first industrial complex, which therefore transformed from being a place of great historical significance to being a place of great educational significance. In future, the university will also open a second campus, known as Mimar Sinan.

AGU is dedicated to becoming a high-quality university that will be distinguished in Turkey and compete with international institutions.

Schools and Programs[edit]

AGU in winter

The Abdullah Gül University currently has 13 programs organized into 4 Schools:

School of Engineering: Computer Engineering (B.Sc), Civil Engineering(B.Sc), Electrical & Electronics Engineering(B.Sc), Industrial Engineering(B.Sc), Mechanical Engineering(B.Sc)

School of Architecture: Architecture(B.Sc)

School of Leadership and Management: Business Administration(B.Sc)

Graduate School: Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (M.Sc), Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering (PhD), Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Sc and PhD), Industrial Engineering (M.Sc and PhD)

AGU School of Languages (AGUSL): in this structure, all new Turkish AGU students enroll in a one-year English preparatory program, to ensure that all students who are about to enter an AGU faculty are empowered to function effectively in English in the study programs they will follow and that, upon their graduation from an AGU faculty, they are empowered to communicate effectively and function professionally in English. The AGUSL also offers all students the opportunity to gain some familiarity with a second foreign language that has world significance

Centers and Institutes[edit]

• Life Long Learning Center (HAYMER)

• Digital Publishing Center


View of Erciyes mountain from Sümer Campus

Sümer Campus: AGU’s current campus was built inside a former textile factory and currently covers 280.000 m². It is located ten minutes from Kayseri city center and also offers student housing within its “Student Village”. The campus was recently expanded with the opening of its new Steel Building.

Mimar Sinan Campus:

Plans of future Mimar Sinan Campus

AGU has started the construction of Mimar Sinan Campus (named after famous Kayserian architect Mimar Sinan), 14 km from Kayseri city center. Once finished it will become the university’s main campus and an AGU shuttle system will connect it to the city center. It is also planned that in future a branch of the city’s tramway, the Kayseray, which already connects the city center from east to west, will also pass through the campus. The total area planned for this future campus is of more than 3000 acres (with 2/3 reserved for green spaces and forests).

International Events[edit]

Rector's opening speech at ISYEC

• On April 28–30, 2014, AGU hosted the first International Plasma Technologies Congress (PLASMATECH 2014), which brought together researchers and practitioners from around the world on the subject of plasma technologies and their applications.

•In June 2014, AGU also hosted the first International Symposium on Youth Employment Challenges (ISYEC), with the partnerships of the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of EU and SALTO Euromed Resource Center, in order to bring together representatives from the educational (formal and non-formal), private and public sectors in order to work on cross-sectorial cooperation for the future of youth employment.

•On October 18-22, 2014, AGU hosted the International Workshop “Cultural Heritage on the Road: the caravanserais of Turkey”, which attracted scholars and students from 8 different countries. The objective of this event was to represent a fundamental assessment of the research on caravanserais by taking stock of the studies and of the restoration and preservation work that has been conducted in the last decades on the caravanserais of Turkey.

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