Sabancı Group established a “world university” under Sabancı Foundation’s stewardship in 1994. Instead of choosing a university as a template or replicating existing examples and institutions, a novel and unique university was designed during its founding. It opened its doors to students in 1999 and has since set an example for many other universities.
The main differentiator of Sabancı University is its unique educational system. Academic programs at Sabancı University are innovative and interdisciplinary. The conventional system of departments sometimes hinders an interdisciplinary approach and causes restricted specialization in any given field prematurely. For this reason, Sabancı University is not organized into academic departments.
The educational system of the University is based on the Common Foundations Development Year, which all students must complete regardless of their subsequent program choices. During this year, students develop a foundation of knowledge, critical reasoning and an interdisciplinary approach. In the second phase of Foundations Development, students are free to choose the introductory courses of their preferred diploma program from among 13 different programs.
In October 2012, for the first time in Turkey, the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology produced a University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index. Sabancı University ranked first among the most entrepreneurial and innovative universities in Turkey. Designated the most entrepreneurial foundation university in this index in subsequent years, Sabancı University received the highest rating among all universities in 2015 and 2016 to be named Turkey's “Most Entrepreneurial and Innovative University.” The University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index consists of five components: scientific and technological research competence; intellectual property pool; cooperation and interaction; culture of entrepreneurship and innovation; economic contribution and commercialization.
In 2016, Sabancı University maintained its position in the global top 500 rankings compiled by prestigious organizations such as Times Higher Education and QS. In addition, Sabancı University ranked 52nd on Times Higher Education's (THE) "150 Under 50" list of top universities under 50 years old. . Sabancı University climbs four places and ranks 18th on the Times Higher Education (THE) “Top Universities in BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017"
Composite Technologies Center of Excellence
Composite Technologies Center of Excellence is established by world’s leading nylon 6.6 and polyester industrial fiber, tire cord and its only cord producer, a Sabancı Holding Company: KORDSA Global and Sabancı University. The Center, introducing a new model for university-industry collaboration, opens a new path with the objective to have Turkey make a difference in the global arena with advanced technologies, become a global player in this field, even joining premier league.
Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF)
The Center of Excellence in Finance serves as a bridge between academia, the finance industry and real sector. The founding sponsor of CEF is one of Turkey’s banking pioneers Akbank. CEF organizes certificate programs, seminar series, workshops, high profile conferences. In addition, the Center prepares research outputs directed towards diverse groups, from the academy to the financial community and from the real sector to the individual investor.
Education at Sabancı University is organized under three faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (FENS), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), and the Sabancı School of Management (SOM). All faculties offer undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs.
The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Computer Science & Engineering, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering, Materials Science and Nano Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering; and graduate programs in Energy Technologies and Management, Nanotechnology, Information Technology, Data Analytics, Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics.
Programs under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences include Economics, Visual Arts & Communication Design, Cultural Studies, International Studies and Social and Political Science, and Psychology at the undergraduate level as well as graduate programs in Economics, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design, Public Policy Analysis, Political Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Cultural Studies, History, Turkish Studies, European Studies, and International Studies.
The Sabancı School of Management offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in Management and Business Analytics as well as Executive Programs at the graduate level in Management and Finance. In 2016, Sabancı School of Management entered a partnership with the Executive Education program at Columbia Business School, one of the leading business schools of the world with a century of experience. The partnership will enable Sabancı University Executive MBA students to attend a two-week Executive Education leadership program at Columbia Business School in New York.
Sabancı University School of Management is also accredited by AACSB International as proof of its high global standards.
The University's Executive MBA Programranked 45th in Financial Times’ “Europe's Top Executive MBA Programs” listing in 2016.
The Executive Development Unit (EDU) offers executive development programs for the corporate world. The Brand Practice Platform, founded by Sabancı University and the Foundation for Advertising, was established to support the development of the brand economy in our country. The Brand Practice Graduate Program, the first and the most important product of this platform, admitted its first students in 2014.
A total of 9.160 diplomas, 6.018 of which are from undergraduate programs and 3.142 from graduate programs, have been awarded by Sabancı University since 2000. 78% of graduates entered the workforce while 14% opted to advance their education at the graduate and postgraduate levels; meanwhile, 81% of Sabancı University graduates were either employed or admitted to graduate school within one year of graduation.
The universities Sabancı University graduates chose as their destinations for graduate school include Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Politecnico di Milano, Boston University, Harvard University, Brown University, Stanford University and University of Massachusetts.
A Campus That Lives and Breathes
The Sabancı University campus is capable of meeting all day-to-day needs of its students. It is equipped with all necessary amenities and facilities including a performing arts center, gym, health center, a supermarket, movie theater and outdoor athletic facilities.
Since 2000, Sabancı University has granted 6.018 bachelor's degrees and 3.142 postgraduate degrees, some 9.160 diplomas in total. 78% of graduates pursue a professional career, while 14% continue their studies at the postgraduate level. 81% of Sabancı University graduates were either employed or admitted to graduate school within one year of graduation.