In its 21st year, Sabancı University, with its numerous future-shaping applied strategic projects, continues in its vision of becoming a leading research university, and in educating self-confident individuals who embrace universal values, show compassion for the needs of society, focusing on creating solutions, internalize cooperation in creation and development, are learners of learning, and are open to continuous development.
A Reputable Research University
At Sabancı University, research is carried out in faculties, centers and forums, with an interdisciplinary approach in the fields of science, technology and art. Sabancı University has 10 different centers and forums contributing to scientific development and supporting social research and development. As indicated in the Higher Education Council (YOK), “Private Higher Education Institutions 2020” report, under the subheading “University Total Research Foundation by the Budget,” Sabancı University has the highest total research project budget among the private universities in Turkey. As of the end of December 2020, the number of active research projects at Sabancı University is 251 and its total budget is TL 275 million. Sabancı University has put out more than 6500 publications and secured 250 patents since its establishment. In 2020 only, over 525 scientific publications were published and 14 patents were obtained by members of Sabancı University.
Sabancı University’s Research Strategy
The main strategy within the scope of the Sabancı University 2018-2023 Strategic Plan is “to solve selected global and regional problems and to train people to solve them.” In order to achieve this main goal, the strategic goals in research determined by Sabancı University are: To improve the University’s interaction with the sectors and civil society in selected fields, to enable centers to support research and undergraduate/graduate research projects, to encourage faculty and interdisciplinary research, and to increase the number of doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and researchers.
A “World” University
In the listings of the world’s best universities in the Times Higher Education list (THE) and QS, Sabancı University holds its lead in the ranking among universities from Turkey.
- According to the Times Higher Education (THE) 2021 Field Ranking, Sabancı University is among the top 250 universities in the world in the fields of Computer Science and Social Sciences.
- Sabancı University is first in the field of Computer Science among all universities entering the ranking from Turkey. In the field of Social Sciences, Sabancı University has the highest ranking this year among the other universities from Turkey entering the list. As for the field of engineering, it is in the first 400.
- It is in the 501-600 band in the THE World Universities 2021 rankings.
- It is first among the universities from Turkey in the THE 2020 Best Universities in Emerging Economies, THE 2020 Best Young Universities in the World, and THE 2020 Best Universities in Asia rankings.
- It is in the top 100 among the world’s best young universities in both THE and QS rankings (69th in 2020 THE Young Universities, and in the 81-90 band in 2021 QS Under 50 Universities). Sabancı University is also ranked 48th in THE 2020 Best Universities in Asia rankings, 40th in THE 2020 Best Universities in Emerging Economies, in the band 521 - 530 in 2021 QS World Universities, in the 90 band in the 2021 QS Universities Under 50, and 21st in QS Emerging Europe and Central Asian Countries.
- According to the European Business School Rankings prepared by the Financial Times (FT), Sabancı University School of Management ranks 63rd in the world. Ranking in 46th place, the Sabancı Executive MBA program is among the top 50 Executive MBA programs in Europe.
- Sabancı University Executive Development Unit (EDU) has continued its steady rise in the list of corporatespecific programs in the annual rankings announced by the Financial Times, reaching 55th in the 2020 list.
- It ranks second among Foundation Universities in the “Inter-University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index” 2020 ranking prepared by the Turkish Republic Ministry of Industry and Technology and TÜBİTAK.
Striding into the future with new investments
Empowered by the research it conducts, Sabancı University continues its investments towards its goal of becoming one of the best campus universities in the world. Operations have begun at the Sabancı University Altunizade Digital Campus in the 2021 Fall semester. The Digital Campus is used by different units and faculties of Sabancı University for various purposes and activities such as online courses, training, seminars, meetings, and digital filming. In addition, Sabancı University Executive Development Unit – EDU’s corporate and public training, and the Non-Thesis Master’s Programs for Professionals are carried out on the Altunizade Campus. The campus, with its digital infrastructure, also plays a leading role in remote education applications.
Sabancı University Art and Research Center (SUSAM) started its activities in the 2020-2021 academic year. Visual language, drawing language, art workshops and lessons are given in SUSAM. Fully equipped wood and metal and chemical paint booth workshops are each open for the use of students and upon special request to artists, assisting them in completing their activities. Finally, the new dormitories under construction will further enhance the opportunities Sabancı University offers to its students.
The Sabancı University Tuzla campus covers a large living area with its Health, Sports, and Performing Arts Centers, and the Information Center and dormitories host a fairly intense social life. In the “Foundation Higher Education Institutions 2020” report of the Council of Higher Education (YÖK), Sabancı University, with a total area of 1,163,697 m2, is among the foundation universities with the most open areas/ green areas within a total open area of 976,173 m2.This means that there are 234 square meters of green space per student. Sabancı University also has 1,400 Sakura trees on its Tuzla campus.
A model for remote education
Thanks to its strong technological infrastructure, Sabancı University was able to adapt promptly to a remote learning/ distance education system during the pandemic. With its internationally successful academic staff and an education system that makes a difference in higher education, it continued to provide uninterrupted and exemplary university education to its students at world standards. Sabancı University has been held up as an example in online education applications among universities in Turkey.
Sabancı University, with its classrooms equipped with professional cameras, tablets and sound systems, and professional shooting studios in both the Tuzla Campus and Altunizade Digital Campus, offers facilities suitable for remote and mixed (hybrid) education to students and faculty members. Throughout the remote learning educational period, education was offered via synchronous (live online), asynchronous (pre-recorded), and hybrid (synchronous and asynchronous) models. The university with students scoring the highest in the Higher Education Institutions Exam (HEIE) According to the 2020 Higher Education Institutions Exam results, Sabancı University was chosen by the highestscoring students of Turkey for the FENS Full Scholarship, FENS Half Scholarship, FASS Full Scholarship scores, and the second highest-scoring students of Turkey for the FASS Half Scholarship, FASS Nonscholarship, SOM Full Scholarship, and SOM Non-Scholarship scores. Sabancı University has filled its student acceptance quota (100%). According to the HEIE results, 76 of the students who chose to study at Sabancı University ranked in the top 1,000, 143 in the top 5,000, 198 in the top 10,000, 308 in the top 20,000, 418 in the top 50,000, and 635 in the top 100,000. The scholarship rate (the ratio of the total and half scholarship quotas to the total quota) offered by Sabancı University to its students is 58.3%.
Always a game-changer, always a pioneer
Being a game-changer (innovative) and being a first has always been important for Sabancı University. Sabancı University, a breaker of new ground with its exclusive education system, continued to break new ground during the pandemic. In line with COVID-19 measures, in order to protect the health of both students and their families, the university took the decision to hold its graduation ceremony online. This bachelor’s and master’s graduation was the first comprehensive graduation ceremony held with a very high participation rate in Turkey. Sabancı University presented its first honorary doctorate title to Jan Nahum. In order to continue its contribution to society, art and science, Sabancı University Sakıp Sabancı Museum shared its rich content from past exhibitions on its digital channels. In order to share the interdisciplinary studies carried out by the research centers and administrative units at Sabancı University, webinar series on different topics were organized in order to reach wider audiences. With the onset of the pandemic, Sabancı University adapted rapidly not only to the new process of educating remotely but also to working remotely/off-campus. Sabancı University organized 47 different training and support seminars with the motto “To the future with all our strength” in order to help its employees synchronize their new work and home balance. A total of 82 webinars and 76,600 Zoom meetings were held at Sabancı University in the last year, with the support of the infrastructure provided by the Information Technologies Directorate.
Continuous contribution to society and science in pressing times
Sabancı University’s mission of “creating and developing together” is more meaningful than ever in 2020. Sabancı University continued its contributions to society and science by prioritizing the health and uninterrupted education of its students and employees in 2020. During the pandemic period, Sabancı University utilized all its research strength, infrastructure and facilities to combat COVID-19, opened its lodgings for those in need after the Izmir earthquake, and created resources for students who needed technological infrastructure. Sabancı University allocated a total of 224 computers to 23 schools in the Ayvalık region for science and technology-based education programs to be held at the Sabancı University Creative Technologies Workshop.
The environment and green energy
Sabancı University, by cooperating with its stakeholders in line with its “peopleoriented” principle and the philosophy of living in harmony with nature in all of its activities, continues its studies on environment and energy.
In the Sabancı University campus, some of the electrical energy is provided by the solar energy system and the cogeneration system, and the heat released from the cogeneration system is used for the heating of the campus. LED lighting with lower power consumption is used in building corridors and environmental lighting fixtures. In the building corridors, meeting rooms, classrooms and dormitory buildings, the lighting has been adapted to be controlled by a motion sensor; thus, unnecessary use of lights has been minimized. Heating, cooling and ventilation systems equipment was renewed and more efficient equipment was introduced. With the renovation and improvement works in automation systems, savings in heating, cooling and ventilation, energy conservation is achieved.
Practices to reduce water consumption are carried out throughout Sabancı University. Water-saving armatures are used and revisions are ongoing in existing armatures. The lake in the campus fills with rain in winter, and this water is used for garden irrigation in the summer. Water from the regular municipality network line is not used for any garden irrigation purposes.
Chemical waste collected on the campus is disposed of by licensed firms, and chemical wastewater is sent to a treatment plant by licensed vehicles. Certification studies are carried out within the scope of the zero waste project. A waste management plan is prepared and maintained throughout the year.
In addition to all these efforts, Sabancı University has brought international environmental standards to its campus by obtaining the ISO14001 Environmental Management System certificate.
Within the scope of combating COVID-19, Sabancı University started to offer all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral courses remotely as of March 23, 2020. All education units, student dormitories, administrative units and common areas are regularly disinfected on the campus, and various limitations have been applied to the use of common areas to prevent the spread of the virus.
All the information students and employees may need is regularly shared under the leadership of the Health Center, which provides a 24/7 service on the campus, and from the COVID-19 Information page and portals created on the university website. The Health Center closely monitors the health of all Sabancı University members living on- or off-campus and provides regular information about the latest situation on the campus. Thus, people who are isolating or quarantining outside the campus are prevented from boarding the shuttle and entering the campus. The automatic HES inquiry application has been initiated for all employees at the entrance to the university. The HES code query, which had been performed manually for all visitors at the main entrance of the campus since September, is now being carried out automatically for the entire university (without requiring manual code reading) with the facility that the Ministry of Health has started to offer to institutions of certain sizes.