Ankara University provides education through associate (two-year) degree programs, and undergraduate (bachelor degree) programs through its 15 faculties, 2 vocational schools, 9 colleges and a state conservatory. Graduate level education is provided by its 13graduate schools.
As of June 06, 2013, the University has 5041 associate degree and 37789 undergraduate level students within the range of its 38associate degree and 109 undergraduate level programs. Newly enrolled students can attend the foreign language preparation courses during their first year.
Their teaching and research staff is composed of 1197 professors, 323 associate professors, and 322 assistant professors, totaling 1842 faculty members employed at the University. The total number of auxiliary academic staff is 1639, which consists of 139 instructors, 166 specialists, 259 lecturers and 1075 research assistants. Ankara University also employs 5527 administrative staff.
The mission of Ankara University is to educate individuals that will guide the society in the fields of science and arts through a universal perspective, and to contribute to the production of science, technology and arts with its distinctive and qualified research in the light of Atatürk’s saying, “Science is the most reliable guide in life.”
Through the associate degree, undergraduate, and graduate programs it conducts, Ankara University educates individuals who can examine, question, and solve problems, who are self-confident, open-minded, and free of prejudices, respecting social and universal values, aware of the fact that ‘one who knows is strong’.
At the same time, Ankara University offers the accumulation of knowledge and technology acquired through the wide range of research and application centres within its body focused on various scientific fields.
The main objective of Ankara University is to sustain its pioneering identity being the first university of the Republic of Turkey through its qualified scientific research and education studies and to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Ankara University has adopted transparency, justice, equality of opportunity and qualification as principles, as well as openness to improvement and change; it regards itself as thoroughly modernist and accepts variety as a form of intellectual wealth. Within this context, it encourages all its members to contribute to improvement and innovation, and prepares the necessary ground for the sustainability of such contributions.
The main objectives of the university are: to create scientific research and implement improvement projects by taking the primary needs of the country and the society into consideration; to support scientific research by allocating the highest amount of domestic and outer sources possible within both national and international contexts; to attach high importance to cooperation between the university and industry in scientific research activities; to accelerate national production with scientific and technological innovations by integrating the current technology development centre with the region, highlighting interdisciplinary approaches in education and research, throughout the whole wide range of the scientific disciplines of the university; to prepare diploma programs in the forms of formal and non-formal education as well as certificate programs through continuing education and education on distance, such as e-learning, and thus establish an effective cooperation between the university and society.