Erciyes University is a Turkish institute of higher education located in Kayseri, Turkey. As of 4 April 2006, a total of 28,474 students are studying for their bachelors degree and postgraduate studies.
Motto: "A world university..."
Rector: Cengiz UTAÞ
Undergraduates: 26,887 (within 4th April 2006)
Postgraduates: 1,587 (within 4th April 2006)
Location: Kayseri, Turkey
Member of: EUA
Mascot: Mount Erciyes
Erciyes University began as the Gevher Nesibe Medical Faculty, which was opened as an affiliation with Hacettepe University in 1969; and Kayseri Business Administration Faculty, which opened in 1977, constituted an independent university under the name of The University of Kayseri in 1978. In 1982, the other two Higher Education Institutions in Kayseri were incorporated into the same university as Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Theology. Then its name was converted into Erciyes University.
The name of the university has an inspiration from Mount Erciyes, which is 15 kilometres to the south-west of the university, and is 3,917 metres high. Today, besides a campus in Kayseri's city-center, the university runs its activities in Central Anatolia, which provides education in 17 faculties, 14 vocational high schools, 4 institutions and 9 research centers, and a highly developed research hospital with 1,000 beds.
Faculties, departments and schools
The university faculties are listed as follows: Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Engineering, and Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The following these faculties were added after 1992: in 1992 Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts, in 1993 Yozgat Architecture and Engineering Faculty, in 1995 Faculty of Veterinary in Kayseri, and Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences and Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Yozgat and in 1997 Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration) in Nevþehir were established.
The bachelor's degree is awarded to students who successfully complete an eight-semester course of study (approximately 120 credit units).
Students must fulfill all the degree requirements determined by their department; at graduation their cumulative grade point average must be 2.00 or higher on a scale of 4.00.
These colleges provide a four-year education: Vocational School of Physical Education and Sports, Atatürk Health College, School of Foreign Languages Civil Aviation College in Kayseri, School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Nevþehir Health College in Nevþehir and Yozgat Health College in Yozgat.
Vocational Schools provide a two year education. and they are: Kayseri Vocational College, Halil Bayraktar Health Services Vocational College, Safiye Çýkrýkçýoðlu Vocational College and Kocasinan Vocational College in Kayseri and Yozgat Vocational College in Yozgat and Nevþehir Vocational College in Nevþehir.
At Erciyes University, postgraduate studies have begun to increase, particularly since 1984. Currently there are 1114 Master of Arts and Sciences and Social Sciences, students and 248 Doctorate students continuing their education in the Institutes of Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.
The number of the teaching staff at the university has reached a desired level and currently there are 205 professors, 86 associate Professors, 274 assistant professors, 164 lecturers, 171 instructors, 47 experts and 602 research assistants. We employ a total of 1549 academic personnel and 1488 administrative personnel.
Despite the fact that it is a new educational institution, Erciyes University is highly developed and thus well organized compared to the standards of our country. Moreover, it caters to the needs of its neighbourhood, particularly in the field of education and health and it has united with it. Some important parts of sub-structures and service facilities of Erciyes University have been built by the charitable businessmen in the vicinity. Some of the faculties have already been completed and they are in use at the moment and others are under construction.