Atatürk University

Atatürk University (Turkish: Atatürk Üniversitesi) is a land-grant university established in 1957 in Erzurum, Turkey. The university consists of 22 faculties, 18 colleges, 8 institutes and 30 research centers.[1] Atatürk University's main campus is in Erzurum city, Eastern Anatolia's largest city. It is now one of the city's most significant resources. Since its establishment in 1957, it has served as a hub of educational and cultural excellence for the eastern region.

Atatürk University
Atatürk Üniversitesi
RectorProf. Dr. Ömer Çomaklı
Students90.000 (2014-2015)
39.90290°N 41.25284°E / 39.90290; 41.25284
LanguageTurkish, English


At the beginning of the Turkey Republic, the importance of building a regional university in Eastern Anatolia was expressed by the founder of the Republic, Atatürk, in his opening speech on Grand National Assembly of Turkey on 1 November 1937. However, implementation of this idea was delayed due to World War II. After twenty years, in 1957, building the first structures of Atatürk University has started and it was completed in 1970. Initially, the university begun by teaching 135 students in the Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Science and Literature. As of 2016-2017 academic year, approximately 280,000 students, 2,610 faculty members, 22 faculties, 18 colleges, 8 institutes and 30 research centers had over 170 thousand graduates in total since beginning.


The university is twinned with and has agreement of cooperation with the University of Nebraska and the Balkan Universities Network.

The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[2]

Academic units[1]

  • Distance Education Faculty
  • Faculty of Architecture and Design
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Literature
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Kazım Karabekir Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Earth Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Theology
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Fisheries
  • Faculty of Communications
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Veterinary
  • Faculty of Laws
  • Oltu Faculty of Geosciences
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Sports Science Faculty
  • Faculty of Tourism
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Physical Education and Sports
  • Erzurum College of Health
  • College of Foreign Languages
  • College of Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Turkish Music State Conservatory
Vocational colleges
  • Vocational School of Justice
  • Erzurum Vocational College
  • Erzurum Vocational College of Health Services
  • High school of Physical Education and Sports
  • Aşkale Vocational College
  • Hınıs Vocational College
  • İspir Hamza Polat Vocational College
  • Narman Vocational College
  • Oltu Vocational College
  • Horasan Vocational College
  • Şenkaya Vocational College
  • Pasinler Vocational College
  • Institute of Atatürk's Doctrines and History of Reforms
  • Institute of Sciences
  • Institute of Educational Sciences
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Institute of Health Sciences
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • Institute of Turcology
  • Winter Sports Institute
Research and Application Centers
  • Acupuncture and Complementary Medical Methods Application and Research Center
  • Eurasia Silk Road Universities Application and Research Center
  • Astrophysics Research and Application Center
  • Health Research and Applications Center
  • Earthquake Research Center
  • Environmental Problem Research Center
  • Biotechnology Research Center
  • Eastern Anatolia High Technology Application and Research Center
  • Nano Science and Nano Engineering Research and Application Center
  • Computer Science Application and Research Center
  • Language Education Application and Research Center
  • Disabled, Elderly and Veteran Research and Excellence Research and Application Center
  • Ibrahim Hakki Research Center
  • Human Values Education Application and Research Center
  • Women's Issues Research and Application Center
  • European Communities Application and Research Center
  • Middle East and Central Asia - Caucasus Research and Application Center
  • Organ Transplant Education Research and Application Center
  • Turkish Armenian Relations Research Center
  • Social Research Application and Research Center
  • University Industry Cooperation Development Center
  • Medical Aromatic Plant-Drug Research Center
  • Agricultural Research and Publication Center
  • Medical Experimental Application and Research Center
  • Carpet Training Center
  • Occupational Health and Safety Practice and Research Center
  • Strategic Research Center
  • Continuing Education Application and Research Center
  • Distance Learning Application and Research Center
  • Gifted Education Research and Application Center

Ataturk University offers many facilities to the university students to make their life more convenient and easier. It has one of the biggest training and research hospitals in Turkey. The university hospital in the center has an important health center role for all Eastern Anatolia and Eastern Black Sea. The students who are under 25 years can utilize the health care services free and these medical services are available 24 hours. In addition, there are several kinds of social facilities in the campus area such as movie theaters, fitness centers, Olympic swimming pools and bowling center. Moreover, the university offers some courses, such as traditional folk dances, Turkish folk music, western music and theater, to the people are interested. Throughout the year, Ataturk University campus can host many cultural festivals, concerts, celebration ceremonies, exhibitions and other such that kind of activities. In the Ataturk University campus, 4 grand refectories, 40 canteens, 5 restaurants and 7 cafes are serving multi-choice food alternatives at relatively cheap prices. The university has one of the richest and most distinguished libraries. The library, which is a member of Online National Academic Information Network, has many collections, records, handcrafts and historical books. In addition, the library provides students both private and common study rooms. Atatürk University also provides exchange programs with EU countries under the Erasmus pilot project. There are 2,323 thousand international students are studying in different departments. These students consist of 1,366 undergraduate, 423 graduate and 451 doctorate students.

Notable alumni


  1. "Akademik Birimler ve Sayılar" (in Turkish). Atatürk Üniversitesi. Archived from the original on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  2. Tüm Uyeler.

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