Ankara University

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Ankara University
Ankara Üniversitesi
Ankara University Logo.png
MottoCumhuriyetin Bilim Güneşi (in Turkish)
Motto in English
Republic's Sun of Science
Established13 June 1946; 76 years ago (1946-06-13)[1]
RectorProf.Dr. Necdet Ünüvar[2]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
LanguageTurkish, English

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 Turkey after the formation of the republic in 1923.[3]

The university has 40 vocational programs, 120 undergraduate programs and 110 graduate programs.[4][citation needed]


Ankara University Campus in 1940s
Ankara University Department of Law in 1940s
Ankara University Faculty of Humanities in 1940s
Ankara University, Cebeci Campus Gate
Ankara University Campus
Ankara University, Rectorate Building
Ankara University Campus
Ankara University Campus

Ankara University was founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey.

Ankara University faculties are:

School are:

Research, application and education centers[edit]

There are 41 Research, Application and Education centers in Ankara University.[16]

  • The Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Center, TÖMER, was established in 1984. By 2014, TÖMER has reached 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.[17]
  • Ankara University Kreiken Observatory. Construction of the observatory started in 1959. In 1963 it was officially opened at the International Astronomy Conference. Along with scientific activities the observatory holds educational events for children, school children and students. When important astronomical events are taking place the observatory gives access to the observations to the public.[18]
  • Ankara University Women Issues Research and Application Center (KASAUM) organizes research and educational programmes which are directed at scrutinizing and discussing women roles and problems in society as well as gender issues. In order to support and develop the research "Women research" master programme was opened in 1996.[19]
  • Ankara University Small Entrepreneurship Research and Application Center (KIGAUM) runs research on problems connected to starting and maintaining small entrepreneurship activities. The center organizes educational programmes 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.[20]
  • Ankara University Distance Education Center provides the opportunity of getting college or higher education as well as taking part in courses distantly.[21]
  • Ankara University Center of Excellence of Superconductivity Research (CESUR) works on superconductivity research, focusing 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.[22]
  • Ankara University European Research Center (ATAUM) is an interdisciplinary research and training center founded to promote knowledge and understanding of the European Union (EU), its member states, and Turkey-EU relations. It was founded in 1987, the year in which Turkey applied to the European Community for membership.[23]
  • The Ankara University Center of Earthquakes Research objective is to hold independent research of seismic activity in Ankara and its surroundings as well as in Turkey as a whole.[24]
  • Ankara University Psychiatric Crisis Research and Application Center (PKUAM) was established on October 27, 1987. The center organizes research in the sphere of psychiatric crises and their prevention, suicide and its prevention. PKUAM is a reference agent of World Health Organization.[25]
  • Ankara University Brain Research Center (AU-BRC) was founded on May 21, 2009. It organizes research and scientific events connected to the studies of human brain. Scientists from such fields as linguistics, psychiatry, neurology, physiology and electrical engineering are working here together.[26]
  • Ankara University Latin American Research and Application Center (LAMER) was opened in 2009 and is engaged in research on economic, political, social and cultural issues taken place in Latin America. Researchers of the Center scrutinize Latin America's development and analyze the possibility of implication of Latin American countries' positive experience in Turkey. Other goals of LAMER are to educate specialists in Latin American problems; gather documents, books, etc. in the field of the research; hold conferences and educating events and establish and maintain relationships with consolates, museums, commercial organizations, etc. from and working with Latin American region.[27]
  • Ankara University Center of Research of Child's Culture (ÇOKAUM) was founded in 1994 by Prof.Dr. Bekir Onur. The center unites specialists from the spheres of psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, communication, health, etc. ÇOKAUM's objectives are to organize and hold researches in the field of child's culture; organize and participate in conferences and other academic events in Turkey and abroad; inform specialists and public about child's culture and results of researches in this area.[28]
  • Ankara University Center of Research of South Eastern Europe (GAMER) was founded in 2009. Geographically South Eastern Europe is a district placed between the Carpathians, the Black Sea, the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea and the Ionian Sea and Adriatic Sea. GAMER is organizing and holding research and educational projects on the topics connected with the cultural, historical, academic, economic, etc. aspects of the development of South Eastern Europe. The center provides consultancy on related matters and publishes a scientific journal.[29]
  • Ankara University Center of Research of Turkish Geography (TÜCAUM) started work in 1990. Its goals are to organize and hold research of Turkish geography; to search for, gather and keep data from researches of Turkish geography made in other countries; to support projects of Turkish researches on the related topics and to create and maintain an archive of different materials connected to Turkey and its geography.[30]
  • Ankara University Research and Application Center on Political Psychology (POLPAUM).[31]
  • Ankara University Center of Environmental Science.[32]
  • Ankara University Center of Old Age Research and Application Center (YASAM) organizes research and projects connected to problems of aging, and older people welfare. The center publishes and takes part in publications on the topics of social, economic, health and psychologic conditions of life of people of old age.[33]

International Perspective[edit]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[34]801-900
CWTS World[35]651
QS World[36]801-1000
RUR World[37]543
THE World[38]1001+
USNWR Global[39]597

The Department of Japanese Language and Literature was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation for their contributions to promotion of Japanese language education in Turkey on December 1, 2020.[40][41]

Notable members[edit]


Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Rektör".
  3. ^ "Ankara University Catalog" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-11-26.
  4. ^ "Student Hand Book" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 March 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
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  14. ^ "Applied Science".
  15. ^ "Faculty of Open and Distance Education".
  16. ^ (in Turkish)List of Research, Application and Education centers of Ankara University
  17. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of TÖMER
  18. ^ "Kreiken Observatory". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  19. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of KASAUM
  20. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of KIGAUM
  21. ^ "Ankara Üniversitesi - Uzaktan Eğitim Merkezi". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  22. ^ "Center of Excellence for Superconductivity Research". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  23. ^ Official site of Ankara University European Research Center Archived April 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of ADAUM Archived May 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ (in Turkish)Ankara University Psychiatric Crisis Research and Application Center's Official Site Archived 2014-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Brain Research Center". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  27. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of Ankara University LAMER
  28. ^ (in Turkish)Official site of Ankara University Center of Research of Child's Culture
  29. ^ (in Turkish)Ankara University Center of Research of South Eastern Europe's Official Site Archived 2014-07-14 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ (in Turkish)Ankara University Center of Research of Turkish Geography. Official site.
  31. ^ (in Turkish)Ankara University Research and Application Center on Political Psychology. Official Site.
  32. ^ "Çevre Sorunları Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi - Ankara Üniversitesi Çevre Sorunları Araştırma ve Uygulama Merkezi". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  33. ^ (in Turkish)Ankara University Center of Old Age Research and Application Center. Official Site.
  34. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2019 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019 | Top 1000 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". Archived from the original on 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-29.
  35. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking".
  36. ^ "World University Rankings 2020".
  37. ^ "Ankara University".
  38. ^ "Ankara University". 21 May 2021.
  39. ^[bare URL]
  40. ^ Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2020 | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  41. ^ Foreign Minister’s Commendations for FY 2020 (Groups) | Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
  42. ^ Öcalan, Abdullah (2015). Capitalism: The Age of Unmasked Gods and Naked Kings. New Compass. p. 115.

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