Duzce University was founded as a legal entity in 2006 but the oldest unit, Duzce Vocational School, dates back to 1976. The faculties were founded in the first half of 1990’s. They functioned at the Duzce Campus of Abant Izzet Baysal University, which is located in the neighboring city of Bolu. By the time the university was legally founded in March 2006, it had 3 faculties, 2 colleges, 2 two-year vocational schools, and 5856 students.

In the last five years; 6 new faculties, 7 new vocational schools, 2 new colleges, 3 graduate schools, 4 departments under the Rectorate, a lifelong learning center, three other research and implementation centers, a technopark, an incubation center, and the international relations office have been founded. The number of students has risen over 10800 and the total number of the personnel over 1400.

Duzce University  joined the National Quality Movement in 2008. As a result of the assesment period carried out by the Turkish Quality Association (KALDER), within the scope of EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management), Duzce University was qualified to receive ‘Recognised for Excellence 4 Star’ Award. The university is also part of the movement ‘Management is the Right of the Women’ organized by the Turkish Quality Association (KALDER).

Duzce University Beekeeping, Research, Development and Training Center (DAGEM) won the ‘European Enterprise Award’ under the category of promoting the entrepreneurial spirit with the project titled “Together we can do more” in May 2011.

And also URAP Research Laboratory (University Ranking by Academic Performance) which is under METU (Middle East Technical University) Informatics Institute, announced “2011 World University Ranking by Academic Performance”. According to URAP, Duzce University took the 1764th rank within the top 2000 universities in the world by moving forward 133 steps.

In January 2012 Duzce University became a member of European University Association (EUA) and in February Duzce University was entitled to sign Magna Charta Universitatum.