Ankara University is an institution that has identified and integrated the history and mission of the Republic of Turkey with its people. The establishment of the Republic of Turkey was much more than just a change in government. Similarly, the establishment of Ankara University represented the substantiation of a comprehensive mission and it was based on a system relying on modern science, modern democratic values and institutions.
The foundation of Ankara University was personally initiated by the great Atatürk to form the basis of his principles and revolutionary ideas; to disseminate, firmly establish and defend these principles and ideas that express modernity, science and enlightenment.
The initial accomplishments of the new Republic in the area of higher education were:
• to open a new School of Law to educate jurists for a new legal restructuring in 1925,
• to establish the Higher Institute of Agriculture to serve the farmers of Turkey in 1933,
• to open the Faculty of Humanities to gather examine on numerous Anatolian cultures and their richness, and to establish international linguistic and cultural ties in 1935,
• and in the same year, to open the doors of the School of Political Sciences, which had been training high-ranking public administrators under the name Mekteb-i Mülkiye since 1859. The School of Political Sciences was moved to Ankara in 1936, by Atatürk’s special order with the founding of the new Republic with Ankara as its capital.
To the institutions mentioned above, the Faculties of Medicine and Science should also be added. These faculties were also founded by Atatürk, but their opening was postponed to the late 1940s because of the breakout of the Second World War. The Faculties of Law (1925), Humanities (1935), Science (1943) and Medicine (1945) operated separately and independently, but in 1946, with the official establishment of Ankara University, they were gathered under a single roof.
In 1948, the University incorporated the Faculties of Agriculture and of Veterinary Medicine which had formerly composed the Higher Institute of Agriculture. In the following years, Faculty of Divinity (1949), the School of Political Sciences (established in 1935 and named as the Faculty of Political Sciences in 1950), and the Faculty of Pharmacy (1960) were established. The University opened the Faculty of Dentistry first as a vocational school in 1963, and then as a faculty in 1977. In 1965, the Faculties of Educational Sciences and of Communication became parts of the University; the Faculty of Communication was essentially a re-structuring of the Vocational School of Press and Publication. In 2001 the Faculty of Engineering was founded as a separate faculty after a re-organizational split from the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Health Education which had started teaching in 1996 was named Faculty of Health Sciences in 2007.
Mission and Vision
Ankara University is among the preeminent public universities of Turkey and it strives to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic qualities of the nation. The university’s long-term commitment to the revolutionary ideas and principles of the Great Turkish Leader Atatürk reaffirms the mission and vision of Ankara University to enhance society in meaningful and sustainable ways. The university is committed to giving high quality education for all its students and is dedicated to enrich the lives of people in the nation and the world through research, discovery and education.
Being the first university of the Republic of Turkey, in the light of Atatürk’s revolutionary ideas and principles, Ankara University aims to attain the highest levels of educational standards.
The Mission of Ankara University is
• to contribute to developments in modern science and technologies,
• to follow these developments daily and to reflect them in higher education, social life, administration, development dynamics, and service and product provision processes of the country,
• to support rapid and sustainable development efforts of the country while having full regard for human prosperity and happiness, as well as for nature and environment,
• to provide effectively to students of all ages, the foremost being the youth of the country, the chance to learn, to work as a professional and to increase the efficiency of their activities through scientific and professional development opportunities,
• to attain excellence and high quality in the production and circulation of original and specific scientific knowledge,
• to further science by providing the platform for researchers and scientists to work freely and efficiently,
• to educate the world’s most promising students and gather the most outstanding staff,
• to serve students by teaching them problem solving, leadership and teamwork skills as well as troducing them to the wider world beyond the school gates,
• to earn the respect of other individuals and global institutions who lead the world in the advancement of science and art.
The Vision of Ankara University is
• to encourage participation and joint development of the University with all constituencies, both individuals and institutions, in the administration of the University,
• to organize and to continuously update the educational programs for undergraduate, bachelor, master and doctoral degree programs consistent with contemporary needs and with expectations for the future,
• to use training and educational methods which facilitate research-based learning,
• to take an effective, dynamic and reputable place on a respected platform of education and training, and with comprehensive participation in the research and educational strategies of the European Union,
• to construct scientific research and development projects, taking into consideration the most important requirements of the country in terms of development, the advancements in science, technique & technology and the tendencies towards the foreseeable future in areas such as the European Union “research platform”,
• to enable scientific research by allocating the highest amount of support possible, as well as bringing in support from national and international sources as well,
• to give a very high priority to cooperation between the University and industry, particularly in the field of scientific research,
• to establish a Technology Development Area and to incorporate the present Technology Development Centre into this area in order to accelerate national production with scientific and technological innovations and developments taking into consideration the wide ranging scientific disciplines of the University, highlighting interdisciplinary approaches in education and research, creating and opening encompassing and interacting programs in areas such as biotechnology, health sciences, socio-economic development, and individual-society-good governance from the most basic principles to the most practical, with the highest possible participation of the academic units of the University,
• to provide facilities for the social-cultural-artistic and sporting needs of the students; and to provide diploma programs in formal and non-formal education together with certificate programs for institutions/firms by means of distant education, conferences, seminars, workshops and similar activities to form a society-university interface.
Significant improvements have been achieved in the research infrastructure of the University with the establishment of large-scale research centres. As well as being an institution that educates individuals who are secular, contemporary, democratic and intellectual, Ankara University also provides education through associate (two-year) degree programs, and undergraduate (Bachelor’s Degree) programs through its 15 faculties, 9 vocational schools, 1 school of foreign languages and 1 conservatory. Education and research programs are carried out by its 4 institutes, 9 graduate schools and 37 research centres. There are also 36 associate degree and 99 undergraduate programs.
1809 faculty members are employed in Ankara University, of whom 1189 are professors, 287 are associate professors and 333 are assistant professors. The total number of faculty members and adjunct faculty members is 3445. In addition, Ankara University employs 5496 administrative and support staff. The current number of associate students is 5339 and that of undergraduate students is 39778. Moreover, most of the graduates work at different universities in Turkey and employ the skills they have acquired at Ankara University in various sectors of society. They are all competent graduates who are confident and internationally qualified and who can think creatively, independently and objectively.
Within this highly elaborate process of obtaining and disseminating knowledge as well as sharing information on a global level, the importance of learning foreign languages is certainly undeniable. We are fully aware that knowledge and information exchange should take place on a solid and multi-dimensional platform, and the availability of various languages is the foremost condition for such a platform. To this end, the School of Foreign Languages offers education in various languages.
Ankara University has 32 libraries which contain 727000 books, 75 databases, 30761 electronic journals, 72000 e-books, 17000 manuscripts and 562 printed journal subscriptions.
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
With its wide range of educational programs, Ankara University devotes itself to developing skills and qualities of the nation.
In this spirit, the University supports and encourages the improvement of higher education throughout the nation, as it plays a significant role as a leader in higher education of the nation.
Our goal is to train competent graduates who are internationally qualified, confident and who can think creatively, independently and objectively.
Life on Campus
A vast range of cultural, educational, athletic and social activities are available to Ankara University students, faculty and staff. The university offers students a supportive and enriching environment full of opportunities for personal improvement. There are a number of centres and facilities of Ankara University in different parts of Turkey.
The University provides housing for students with six dormitories in the city centre, one in Kalecik and one in Beypazarı. Vehbi Koç Student Dormitory is the main student dormitory and hosts about 200 students, most of whom are seniors selected according to their academic achievement. Approximately 1156 students can benefit from the housing facilities.
The Faculty of Medicine has one of the biggest hospital groups in Turkey, namely İbn-i Sina Hospital, Cebeci Hospital and Health Centre Hospital, which offer health services and consist of clinics with 1940 bed capacity. Each year, nearly 825000 patients are treated and about 70630 surgical operations are performed in these hospitals.
The Health, Sports and Culture Department also provides health services in internal medicine, respiratory diseases, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, infectious diseases, radiology, dentistry and psychiatry. Clinical services include laboratories in biochemistry, hematology and microbiology.
Social and Cultural Activities
Ankara University organizes various art and cultural activities such as theatre performances, choirs and musical instrument courses.
There are also many student groups and societies that organize activities like concerts, exhibitions, performances and conferences throughout the academic year.
In addition to these, the Spring Festival held annually in May brings all university staff and students together. Thus, students get an opportunity to acquaint themselves more closely with their instructors and administrators.
The culture and art galleries of Ankara University, namely ANKÜSEV and Ahmet Taner Kışlalı Art Gallery are two well known culture and art centres where a number of exhibitions and performances are held.
Various sports and recreational activities are held in Ankara University and all the students are encouraged to participate in them. The University has five indoor sports facilities, two football pitches, a rowing facility in Gölbaþı, skiing facilities at Elmada€ and Ilgaz mountains, a water sports centre in Antalya/Manavgat and courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis. In addition to these sports facilities, there is also an Olympic size swimming pool.
Courses, tournaments and other types of competitions are regularly organized, especially in fields of athletics, basketball, football, handball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis and American football. There are also 220 student clubs and societies. All these facilities are open to the students of Ankara University.
As a leading university in Turkey, we aim to achieve a significant increase in student mobility through exchanges with our partner universities from all around the world.
Ankara University offers beneficiary aid to students in need and financial support as well as to students who get top scores in the university entrance exam. In addition, these students are provided with no or low-cost accommodation facilities. Besides, the Turkish National Agency, the Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programs give allowance to students who travel abroad as part of the Erasmus program.
Ankara University provides consultancy services to meet its students’ needs. Thus, qualified staff work as mentors, and the Youth Consultancy Centre (GEDAM) provides our students with several supporting services for individual, legal and other issues. Also, the Psychological Advisory Unit helps students in terms of self knowledge, self development, interpersonal communication skills and orientation.
The Student Career Centre brings the students and the representatives of companies from the private sector together, providing assistance in finding the best opportunities for employment.
The Student Career Centre unites the students with the business sectors related with their studies and assists students in their job searches.
Foreign Relations and Opportunities Abroad
As a leading university in Turkey, we also aim to achieve a significant increase in student mobility and promote broad and lasting cooperation with other universities all around the world. Ankara University has 460 Erasmus agreements with a total of 285 universities from 25 European countries and 96 academic cooperation protocols with various universities. In accordance with these protocols, there are academic research projects and student and academic staff exchange programs. Ankara University encourages students to study and do internships abroad as part of their education, and academic staff and administrative staff to visit partner universities.
For incoming students, Ankara University organizes an orientation program to help them students adapt to living in a new environment and culture.
It also organizes national and international conferences, symposiums and conventions. Thus, the reputation of Ankara University as a leading teaching institution makes it an attractive university for exchange students.