Suleyman Demirel University

Süleyman Demirel University (SDU) is a public university located in Isparta, Turkey. Established in 1992, the university, with almost 35,000 students, is the fourth largest institution in Turkey.[citation needed] SDU is known for its programs in agricultural research, medicine, engineering, and business sciences. SDU (Institution Code: TR ISPARTA01) is approved by the Erasmus programme for participation and funding.
Established 1992 
Type: Public 
President: Prof. Dr. Metin Lütfi Baydar 
Faculty: 1796 
Undergraduates: 32,883 
Postgraduates: 3,237 
Location: Isparta, Republic of Turkey 
Campus: Suburban 

Academic structure

The academic structure of SDU contains eleven faculties, twelve vocational high schools, two higher schools, and four graduate schools.

Research centers

  • Research and Implementation Hospital
  • Principles of Atatürk and History of the Turkish Revolution Research and Implementation Center
  • Computer Sciences Research and Implementation Center
  • Botanic Field and Herbarium Research and Implementation Center
  • CAD/CAM Implementation Center
  • Experimental and Observatory Student Research and Implementation Center
  • Earthquake and Geotechnics Research and Implementation Center
  • Research and Implementation Center for Geothermal Energy
  • Groundwater and Mineral Resources Research and Implementation Center
  • Cancer Early Diagnosis Center
  • Women's Studies Research and Implementation Center
  • Fashion Design & Ready-made Clothes Research and Implementation Center
  • Music Culture Research and Implementation Center
  • Pumice Research and Implementation Center
  • Radio TV Research and Implementation Center
  • Ceramics Research and Implementation Center
  • Center for Strategic Research
  • Turkish Language Research and Implementation Center
  • Remote Sensing Research and Implementation Center
  • Renewable Energy Resources Center for Research and Application
  • Research and Implementation Hotels
  • Rose and Rose Products Research and Implementation Center
  • Continuous Education Research and Implementation Center
  • EU Documentation Research and Implementation Center
  • Agricultural Research and Implementation Center
  • Technological Materials Research and Development and Calibration Center


The SDU's main campus is located in, and occupies most of, the Cunur suburb of Isparta. Most of the university's centers and faculties are located on campus.

Student life

The city of Isparta offers somewhat limited entertainment options, so students spend their free time participating in on-campus activities and in neighbor city Antalya.

The main campus has three football fields, five tennis courts, outdoor and indoor basketball grounds, volleyball grounds, and a sports center. SDU has a horse riding club with free membership for students. Other sports and recreation activities for students include football, basketball, beach volleyball, table tennis, handball, wrestling, badminton, and track.

Süleyman Demirel University's on-campus housing includes several dormitories.

Every year, the university hosts a spring festival in May and an international jazz festival in December.

Student clubs

SDU has several clubs, including: Aviation Club, Folklore Dancing Club, Theatre Club, Radio Club, Music Groups and Chorus, Mountaineering and Caving Club, The Chess and Bridge Club, Food Club, Orienteering Club, Skiing Club, Technology Club, Diving Club, Dance Club, Economics and Management Club, Atatürk's Thought Club, Biology and Environment Club, Reading Club

Honorary doctorates

Honorary doctorates from Süleyman Demirel University include:

  • Filiz Akýn, actress
  • Heydar Aliyev, former president of Azerbaijan
  • Jerzy Buzek, former prime minister of Poland
  • Rauf Denktaþ, first president of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Fatma Girik, actress
  • Ahmet Kanneci, guitar virtuoso
  • Hülya Koçyiðit, actress
  • Justin A. McCarthy, U.S. historian
  • Ýsmet Sezgin, former Speaker of the Turkish parliament
  • Türkan Þoray, actress
  • Þarýk Tara, businessman in construction
  • Selçuk Yaþar, businessman in food industry

Partner universities

  • Azerbaijan State University, Azerbaijan
  • Tianjin Polytechnic University, China
  • Helsinki University, Finland
  • Berlin Technical University, Germany
  • Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • Lodz University, Poland
  • University of Valencia, Spain
  • Ching Yun University, Taiwan
  • Ohio State University, United States
  • Tashkent State Technical University, Uzbekistan