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Marmara University

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Marmara University
Marmara Üniversitesi
Established1883: Hamidiye Ticaret Mekteb-i Âlis
1959: Istanbul Economy and Commerce Academy
1982: Marmara University
RectorProf. Dr. Mustafa Kurt
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Building details
Imperial College of Medicine, currently the Haydarpaşa Campus of Marmara University in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul. The building was designed by architects Alexander Vallaury and Raimondo D'Aronco.
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[1]201-210 (2022)

Marmara University (Turkish: Marmara Üniversitesi) is a public university in Istanbul, Turkey.

The university is named after the Sea of Marmara and was founded as a university in 1982. However, it was created in 1883 under the name of Hamidiye Ticaret Mekteb-i Âlisi, in a house in the center of Istanbul.[2] It offers courses in five languages (Turkish, English, German, French, Arabic), the only multilingual university in Turkey.[2] The university has 13 campuses, 11 institutes, 8 colleges and 28 research centers.[2]

Prominent alumni include Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, comic actor Kemal Sunal, and media mogul Aydın Doğan.


Marmara University has more than 3,000 faculty members and a student body reaching 60,000 over several campuses in the city of Istanbul. It has been one of the leading institutions of higher education in Turkey for 124 years. The university promoted itself rapidly to international stature together with the faculties of Engineering, Medicine and Dentistry where the mediums of instruction are Turkish and English. The university includes the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, which provides education in five languages: Turkish, English, French, Arabic, and German, making Marmara University the only multilingual university in Turkey. The university has been particularly successful in Medicine, Law, and Fine Arts. New faculties were formed with the arrival of new students from Istanbul City University with its official closing in 2020.

The university follows the norms of enlightenment and prepares students through participatory democratic administration in accordance with the principles set by the constitution of Turkey. The university employs 2,839 faculty members, including 558 professors, 234 associate professors, 569 assistant professors, 237 lecturers, 987 research assistants, 172 instructors, 78 specialists, 3 translators, and 1 education planner, along with 1354 administrative personnel.

Marmara University has 57,000 students, of whom 44,661 are undergraduate students and 7,406 graduate students. A total of 1,354 foreign students from 73 countries are studying at the institution. Female students constitute 54% of the total population.[3]


Faculty of Theology
Imperial College of Medicine, currently the Haydarpaşa Campus of Marmara University in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul. The building was designed by architects Alexander Vallaury and Raimondo D'Aronco.

Graduate schools[edit]

Students at the courtyard of the Haydarpaşa Campus
Haydarpaşa Campus

Vocational schools[edit]

Four-year programs[edit]

Two-year programs[edit]

International profile[edit]

Marmara University, is a modern and international university which hosts and participates in scientific meetings, cultural activities, art exhibitions and sports along with various other national and international events. Marmara University is one of the few Turkish universities which are members of the European University Association (EUA). Faculties of Engineering and Technical Education are also carrying out their international studies through ABET. The Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and the Institute of Social Sciences are in the process of preparation for the quality assessment carried out by EQUIS, an international system of accreditation in management and business administration in Europe. The Institute of Social Sciences is now an institutional member of EFMD, European Foundation for Management Development. The Faculty of Law consistently participates in several international moot court competitions such as Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in the United States and Willem C. Vis Moot Court Competition in Austria. The Faculty of Law along with the Department of Political Science and International Relations represents the university in several different Model United Nations programs every year. Through the Socrates program the university has hosted 120 faculty members, and has sent 53 abroad in the last five years.[when?]

Serving students among 73 countries, the university has always been proactive in forming and extending its international relations. Most recently Marmara University acts to forge links with other European universities and also with the institutions outside the EU that will allow students and researchers to access a wide range of opportunities. Many academic units within the university have been successful in developing student/lecturer exchanges within the framework of the LLP and Erasmus/Socrates programmes offered by the European Commission. Within the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, the Department of Political Science and International Relations alone has developed Erasmus Agreements with the Center for European Studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland; Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden; Faculty of Preservation of Cultural Heritage, University of Bologna, Italy; Faculty of Political and Social Science, University of Antwerp, Belgium; Institute for Political Science, University of Regensburg, Germany and the Institute for Political Science, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany; College of Social Pedagogy, Alice Salomon Vocational College Hannover, Germany. While the Faculty of Law has its links with University of Münster, Free University of Berlin, University of Bielefeld, University of Cologne from Germany, University of Athens from Greece, University of Linz from Austria, Paris Descartes University from France and University of Siena from Italy.

The International Office of Marmara University and the student-oriented ESN Marmara organization provide support to the foreign students among the university. Every year the students of Marmara University Management Club organize an 'International Week' to promote the social standings of the international community of Marmara University along with offering a wide-ranged cultural program to the international guest-students invited to the event.[5]

Efficiency in Erasmus Programme[edit]

Between the 2003-2004 and 2009-2010 educational terms the university sent 1,097 students abroad by Erasmus Programme. The students who admitted to the program had chances to study 1-2 terms in one of the 230 partner universities of 22 European countries. 95% of the admitted students applied to the undergraduate and graduate programs while the other 5% had the chance of admitting to the foreign internship programs. Mentioned students were financially supported in their time abroad by the university and European Commission. Based on statistics published by the EU Education and Youth Programmes Center, Marmara University is one of the top 3 choices among the foreign students who have applied to the exchange programs offered in Turkey.[5]

Marmara University has offered free intensive language courses (EILC) in Turkish for foreign students since 2006. As a result of this program, the university won the European Language Label, an award offered from European Commission.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[6]901-1000
CWTS World[7]851
RUR World[8]648
THE World[9]801-1000
USNWR Global[10]875

In 2018, Times Higher Education ranked Marmara University within the 801-1000 range globally.[9]


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish President

E-campus for students[edit]


Marmara University has 12 campuses, with one of them serving as a hospital, widespread to the city of Istanbul.

The broadcasting around campuses are listed below:


Women's football team of Marmara University

Sport and leisure activities are officially organized by the Directorate of Health Culture and Sports for the student body, and are offered to students and university personnel. The facilities are provided for many different kinds of sports such as basketball, volleyball, chess, table-tennis, dancing, fitness, tae-bo and mountaineering.

On the Göztepe Campus, there is a sports hall with a capacity of 850 that can be expanded to 2000. In addition to the larger hall, there are three smaller multi-purpose halls, three classrooms, a fitness center, a billiards saloon, and a dark room for the members of the Photography Club and for those who take photography courses. On the campus there are open courts for tennis, volleyball and basketball.

The students are encouraged to take part in men's and women's school teams for volleyball, basketball and soccer at the Rectorate Cup, in the tournaments for chess and table tennis and in the inter-university games.

On the Anadoluhisarı Campus there is a multi-purpose sports hall, areas of indoor and outdoor sports activity (such as tennis, volleyball), field sports (such as football and soccer), and other sports (such as gymnastics, fitness and wrestling). There is an indoor olympic swimming pool, a mini golf course, a boathouse and an athletics track.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sufficient proofs of entry and graduation are lacking, several Turkish sources dispute that he graduated.


  1. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "Marmara University". Times High Education. 30 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Marmara Üniversitesi". Archived from the original on 2 January 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  4. ^ Fann, Bayt Al (3 July 2022). "The Art of Embracing: Tasawwuf and Japanese Culture, Dr. Naoki Yamamoto". Bayt Al Fann. Retrieved 7 September 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Marmara University >> Socrates - Erasmus". erasmus.marmara.edu.tr. Archived from the original on 4 October 2007. Retrieved 15 January 2022.
  6. ^ "ARWU World Top 500 Candidates | ARWU World University Rankings 2018 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2018". Archived from the original on 24 February 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  7. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  8. ^ "Marmara University". roundranking.com. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  9. ^ a b "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  10. ^ "Marmara University in Turkey". U.S. News & World Report. 24 October 2017. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  11. ^ "T.C.CUMHURBAŞKANLIĞI : Biyografi". 26 November 2022. Archived from the original on 26 November 2022. Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Rektörlük, diplomasını yayınladı; Halaçoğlu yeni belge gösterdi" [Rectorate issues diploma: Halaçoğlu shown the new document]. Zaman (in Turkish). 25 April 2014. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  13. ^ "The curious case of the Turkish President's degree". BBC News. 3 June 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2022.

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