Sabancı University

Sabancı University is ranked first among the 34 Turkish universities in the 2020 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE), placed in the 401st-500th interval.

Sabancı University is ranked first among the foundation universities in Turkey according to the “University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index” produced by Ministry of Industry and Technology, and TÜBİTAK.

Sabancı Group established a “world university” under Sabancı Foundation’s stewardship in 1994. During the foundation of Sabancı University, a new and original university design was created. Sabancı University opened its doors to students in 1999 and today is considered a model institution by numerous universities. 

Sabancı University’s original education system is what makes a difference. Academic programs at Sabancı University are innovative and interdisciplinary. 

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.

Turkey’s most entrepreneurship-focused and innovative foundation university 

In 2012, for the first time in Turkey, the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and TÜBİTAK produced a “University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Index.” Sabancı University was ranked first among the universities in Turkey. Sabancı University received the highest rating among all universities in 2015, 2016 and 2017 to be named Turkey’s “Most Entrepreneurial and Innovative University.” In 2018 ranking, Sabancı University maintained the first place among foundation universities. 

One of the most prestigious universities in the World

In 2019, Sabancı University maintained its position in the global top rankings compiled by prestigious organizations such as Times Higher Education and QS.

In Times Higher Education’s THE 2020 World University Rankings, Sabancı University placed in the 401st-500th interval among a total of 1,396 universities from 92 countries. Sabancı University was the top Turkish university in THE 2020 World University Rankings, which featured a total of 34 universities from Turkey.

Sabancı University entered the ranking of “Times Higher Education (THE) Best Universities in the Emerging Economies 2020” at the 40th place and ranked first among the 34 universities in Turkey. Moreover, Sabancı University ranked also first among the Turkish universities in THE 2019 Best Young Universities in the World ranking and THE Asia Universities Ranking 2019. 

Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center (SUNUM) was established in 2010 through a joint investment of the Ministry of Development and Sabancı Foundation. The Center conducts interdisciplinary studies in a wide range of areas, including advanced materials, nanobiotechnology, nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, nano-optics, micro-nanofluids, micro-nanoelectromechanical systems, renewable energy systems, three-dimensional printing, biosensors and biomedical applications, food security and wireless broadband communication technologies.

Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Research and Application Center (SU-IMC) aims to become a global bridge between academia and industry through exemplary university-industry cooperation. Established in Teknopark Istanbul by SU-IMC and Kordsa as a pioneering business model in the field of composite technologies, the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (CTCE) has taken its rightful place among the world’s leading composite technology centers, inspiring pride across Turkey. 

Istanbul International Center for Energy and Climate (IICEC) was established to deliver objective, high-quality economic and political studies in the area of energy and climate. IICEC is a future-oriented, independent research and policy center. IICEC’s initiatives help develop forward-looking sustainable energy solutions for the region and the world.

The Sabancı University Center of Excellence in Finance (CEF) serves as a bridge between academia, the world of finance and the real sector. CEF organizes certification programs, seminars, workshops and high-level conferences. Additionally, the Center researches a wide range of groups, from academics and the finance world to the real sector and individual investors. 

Sabancı University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence (SU Gender)’s main activities include Purple Certificate and Curious Steps. SU Gender also promotes the accumulation of further knowledge in the field via the Dicle Koğacıoğlu Article Awards and Şirin Tekeli Research Awards. The Center supports the transformation toward gender equality in society through activities such as international conferences, panels, talks and adult education.

Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) is a policy research institution working at a global level, with expertise in major political and social issues ranging from democratization to climate change, transatlantic relations to conflict analysis and resolution. 


Education at Sabancı University is organized under three faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences (FENS), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), and Sabancı Business School (SBS). 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 NanoEngineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering, and Industrial Engineering; and graduate programs in Energy Technologies and Management, Information Technology, Data Analysis, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and NanoEngineering, Cyber Security, Physics, and Mathematics. 

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers undergraduate programs in Economics, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design, Cultural Studies, Political Science, International Studies and Psychology. Graduate-level programs include Economics, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design, Public Policy, Political Science, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Cultural Studies, History, European Studies, Turkish Studies, International Studies and Gender Studies. 

Sabancı Business School offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in Management as well as Executive Programs at the graduate level in Management, Finance and Business Analytics. In 2018, as part of the Executive Education cooperation between Sabancı Business School and Columbia Business School (CBS), one of the top management schools in the world, Executive MBA students participated in a two-week leadership program at CBS in New York. In 2019, Sabancı Business School entered the 69th ranking in the Financial Times European Business School Rankings, which is one of the most prestigious universities and programs ranking organizations of the world and it took the first place among the Turkish business schools.

The Executive MBA Program of the Sabancı Business School also ranked 94th in the Executive MBA Ranking 2019 published annually by the Financial Times, one of the world’s most prestigious publications.

Sabancı University Executive Development Unit (EDU) organizes executive development programs for the corporate world. EDU also has education programs open to general enrollment to share its knowledge and experience with wider audiences and to provide support to professionals seeking continuous development. In 2019, EDU ranked 58th in the Financial Times’ Executive Education – Customized Programs ranking, rising 20 places. EDU was also the only educational institution to be listed in the region between Italy and India in 2019.

To date, a total of 12,567 diplomas, 8,071 of which are from undergraduate programs and 4,496 from graduate programs have been awarded by Sabancı University. Some 81% of graduates entered the workforce while 13% opted to advance their education at the postgraduate level; meanwhile, 96% of Sabancı University graduates were either employed or admitted to graduate school within one year of graduation. The universities that 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 the University of Massachusetts. 

A campus that lives and breathes

Sabancı University’s campus is capable of meeting all the day-to-day needs of its students. It is equipped with all necessary amenities and facilities, including a performing arts center, gym, health center, supermarket, movie theater and outdoor athletic facilities. 

Sabancı University Altunizade Campus will be completed in the first half of 2020 and will become a part of an innovation-focused ecosystem that consolidates the collaboration created under SabancıDx Digital Campus after commencing education, research and academic studies. Therefore, with the collaboration between Sabancı University and SabancıDx, the university will create added value in this environment, where the academy, business world and all stakeholders will be working and producing together.

  • Rector

    Yusuf Leblebici


    Orhanlı 34956 Tuzla - İSTANBUL


    0216-483 90 00

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