Sabancı University

Sabancı University
Sabancı Üniversitesi
Type Private
Established 1994[1]
President Ayşe Kadıoğlu
Location Istanbul, Turkey
40°53′25.97″N 29°22′42.19″E / 40.8905472°N 29.3783861°E / 40.8905472; 29.3783861Coordinates: 40°53′25.97″N 29°22′42.19″E / 40.8905472°N 29.3783861°E / 40.8905472; 29.3783861
Campus Urban

Sabancı University (Turkish: Sabancı Üniversitesi), established in 1994, is a young foundation university located on a 1.26 million squaremeter campus which is about 40 km from Istanbul's city center. Its first students matriculated in 1999. The first academic session started on October 20, 1999.[1]


Under the guidance of one of Turkey's leading family foundations, Sabancı Vakfı (Sabancı Foundation), the Sabancı Group established Sabancı University in July 1994. More than 2 academics from 1 country, students, and private sector leaders participated in the Search Conference in August 1995. This conference was followed by university development committees, which worked under the direction of a Student Trend and Preference Survey and other academic program design activities. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Sabancı University campus took place on July 31, 1997. The university began its second academic year on October 20, 1999.

Foundations Development Year

Sabancı University’s Foundations Development Program consists of two key educational stages: the Foundations Development Year and University Courses. All student admits are required to take an English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE). Students deemed to require additional assistance enroll in the Foundations Development Year, which consists exclusively of English and Turkish language courses. The language coursework and the related exams are administered by the University’s School of Languages. Students who pass the ELAE matriculate as freshmen. Subsequently, every Sabancı University student is required to take the University Courses – the core curriculum of the undergraduate program.

Foundations Development Year: Students who do not meet the University’s English language proficiency standards enroll in the Foundations Development Year (FDY). Depending on their ELAE score, these students are placed in one of three levels of language instruction: Basic, Intermediate, or Upper Intermediate. The University uses an instructional methodology that is course requirement- and content-based. As a result, FDY students emerge from the program with sufficient language proficiency as well as academic skills. Student success is judged not from examination results but overall performance in the program so they can seamlessly move on to the University Courses with their freshman classmates.

University Courses: University Courses is Sabancı University’s core curriculum for undergraduates. Designed with a multidisciplinary approach, University Courses establishes links between the natural and social sciences as well as among other disciplines.

During freshman year, students take courses that focus on Humanity and Society; Principles of Atatürk and History of Turkish Revolution; Turkish Language and Literature; Science of Nature; Mathematical Functions: Discrete and Continuous; and Freshman English. In the second year, students take “Major Works” courses that focus on various significant literary and artistic works. Law and Ethics, taken in either the third or fourth year, examines the complementary concepts of law and ethics in relation to everyday moral dilemmas and choices. With this multidisciplinary educational training, Sabancı University students emerge well-prepared to continue their education at the graduate level or start careers in any number of fields.


In fall 2014, Sabancı University entered the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings in the 182nd[2] position – the Turkish university with the highest rank upon initial entry to the list. Moreover, it was the only foundation university in Turkey to be included in the rankings. In Spring 2016, Sabancı University ranked 10th worldwide in THE’s list of small universities,[3] those institutions with fewer than 5,000 students but that teach and research across more than four disciplines. Sabancı University also placed among the top 10,000 universities[4] globally in the QS World University Rankings. In addition, the University was named the most innovative and entrepreneurial university in 2012 and 2016, and the most innovative foundation university in 2013 and 2014, in the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology’s University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index.[5]

Sabancı University's ranking charts;

Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings
Year In The World[6] Under 50[7] In Asia[8] Small Universities
2016 351-400[9] 52 - 10[10]
2015 182[11] 13[12] 21[13] -
2014 - - - -
QS World University Rankings
Year World University EECA
2015/2016 441-450[14] 14[15]
2014/2015 471-480[16] -
2013/2014 501-550[17] -

Research at Sabancı University

RGP’s organizational scope is extensive. It includes the Research Process Planning and Policy Development Office; Research Project Development Office; University-Industry Partnership and European Enterprise Network Istanbul; Research Project Management Office; Intellectual Property, Licensing and Contracts Office; Pre-Incubation and Accelerator Services Center; and Inovent A.Ş., the University’s incubation center.

Research Centers

The Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center was founded with an initial investment of EUR 25 million provided by the State Planning Organization and Sabancı Foundation. Starting up operations in July 2011, the Center’s contributing team includes 40 faculty members, about 40 post-doctoral researchers, and hundreds of PhD students. Carrying out multidisciplinary advanced research efforts, the Center brings together researchers with expertise in advanced materials, basic sciences, and nanoengineering to develop applications for the electronics, photonics, healthcare, construction, environmental, agricultural and packaging industries.

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) is a global policy research institution that specializes in key social and political issues ranging from democratization to climate change, transatlantic relations to conflict resolution and mediation. IPC organizes and conducts its research under three main clusters:

• The Istanbul Policy Center - Sabancı University - Stiftung Mercator Initiative;

• Democratization and Institutional Reform;

• Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Pakistani novelist Nimra Ahmed's novel "Jannat Ke Pattay" (Leaves of Heaven) is based on Erasmus Programme, where the protagonist Haya went to Sabancı University through Erasmus Mundus, which marked the turning point in her life.[18]

Conference halls


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  18. Online novels by Nimra Ahmed
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