Sabancı University (Turkish: Sabancı Üniversitesi), established in 1994, is a young foundation university located on a 1.26 million square metercampus about 40 km from Istanbul’s city center.
Its first students matriculated in 1999. The first academic session started on October 20, 1999.
The seeds of Sabancı University, the Sabancı Group’s most comprehensive social responsibility project in the field of education, were sown in the summer of 1995, at a search conference in which 50 academics from 22 countries as well as students and representatives from the private sector participated. The conference, however, was just the beginning, as it marked the start of an extensive process during which the leading educational institutions in Turkey and across the world were examined to find out how they work and identify the fundamentals that made them successful.In the end, instead of choosing one university as a template or replicating existing examples and institutions, a new and unique university was designed.Since 1999, when students began enrolling, Sabancı University itself has set an example for many universities.
Turkey is a contiguous transcontinental country, located mostly on Anatolia in Western Asia,
and on East Thrace in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea is to the west; and the Black Sea is to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey’s location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, constituting the country’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. With a population of 14.1 million, the city forms one of the largest urban agglomerations in Europe, second largest in the Middle East and the third-largest city in the
world by population within city limits. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus—one of the world’s busiest waterways—in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia.
Sabancı University has a campus that is away from the hectic life of the city, yet offers everything students may need in their everyday lives. Amenities abound from a performing arts center to a sports hall, convenience store, movie theater and exercise areas. Among universities in Turkey, Sabancı University has the highest housing capacity as a percentage of its number of students. Sabancı University has 42 clubs founded and operated by students. The Sports Center has a main hall, used for basketball and volleyball games, with a capacity of 1200. Other facilities include three squash courts, exercise and cardio halls, fitness studios and table tennis areas, and a climbing wall used for mountain climbing exercises. The Sabancı University campus has an artificial and a natural lake. Sabancı University provides healthy, clean and quality food opportunities at a spacious place to its students and employees.
On the serene campus of Sabancı University, which is located far from the bustling city, students find facilities to meet all of their daily needs. Sabancı is the university with the highest studenthousing rate in Turkey. Dormitories are designed for occupancy by two or four persons.
Advantage of living on campus is the ability to attend group-study sessions and take part in club activities without spending a lot of time commuting.Other advantages to living in housing
facilities are the various amenities and the reasonable prices. All dormitory rooms have showers and baths, wardrobes, and private telephones, as well as internet connections for all students. No curfews or “lights-out” policies are enforced.
Istanbul has numerous shopping centers, from the historic to the modern. The Grand Bazaar, in operation since 1461, is among the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Mahmutpasha Bazaar is an open-air market extending between the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar, which has been Istanbul’s major spice market since 1660. Galleria Ataköy ushered in the age of modern shopping malls in Turkey when it opened in 1987. Since then, malls have become major shopping centers outside the historic peninsula. Akmerkez was awarded the titles of “Europe’s best” and “World’s best” shopping mall by the International Council of Shopping Centers in 1995 and 1996; Istanbul Cevahir has been one of the continent’s largest since opening in 2005; while Kanyon won the Cityscape Architectural
Review Award in the Commercial Built category in2006. İstinye Park in İstinye and Zorlu Center near Levent are among the newest malls, which include the stores of the world’s top fashion brands. Abdi İpekçi Street in Nişantaşı andBağdat Avenue on the Anatolian side of the city have evolved into high-end shopping districts.