Trakya University

Trakya University is a university in Edirne, Turkey. Trakya University was established on 20 July 1982. The three foundation faculties were the Edirne Medical Faculty which used to be an affiliation to Istanbul University, the Engineering and Architecture Faculty, which originated from Edirne State Academy of Engineering and Architecture, and Edirne, Kırklareli, Tekirdağ, Çanakkale Education Higher Schools, which were incorporated in the structures of Trakya University.

Trakya University has always been involved in scientific activities implementing various missions related to the regional development, has active international relationships especially with Balkan Countries; and it is the university policy to constantly improve the quality of education and academic activities. Trakya University is a regional university with institutions and schools spread over the entire Trakya region (European part of the country). It provides and nourishes an intellectually alive environment that challenges and inspires students, researchers, faculty members, staff, and alumni.

It has 7 major faculties:

  • Medical School
  • Faculty Of Science And Letters
  • Faculty Of Engineering And Architecture
  • Faculty Of Education
  • Faculty Of Economics And Administrative Science
  • Faculty Of Technical Education
  • Faculty Of Fine Arts

Also there are some other academic units such as college of health and nursing , college of motor technics and postgraduate programmes set up as institutes.

Medical School

Medical school of Trakya University is the biggest and the most crowded school of the university and the most scientific of them all.

There are 39 basic sciences departments in this faculty: 10 bound to the Basic Medical Sciences Department, 16 bound to the internal Medical Sciences Department, and 13 bound to the Surgical Medical Sciences Department. Within these basic sciences departments, 63 professors, 29 associate professors and 83 assistant associate professors, thus a total of 175 educational members are on duty. Together with 17 specialists, 3 faculty members and 324 research personnel of the other academic staff, we have 519 faculties.

Student Clubs

In university student clubs are held in the Presidency. Among these clubs Theatre Club -founded by the students of the faculty of medicine-, Shadow Players Club, Glass-Made Players Club, Scientific Research Club, TurkMSIC Club, Kuvay-I Milliye Club, Social Research Club, Poetry and Visual Acts Club, Humour Club, Cinema Club, Chess Club and Music Club functions. Students' social lives get further interesting with the activities held during The Festival of Medicine and the Yearbook Committee's graduation ceremonies. There are 2 performance halls, and closed/open gymnasiums available for the students' use during all the above activities. In addition, smaller halls are assigned to clubs such as Chess Club, by the Deanery. The presence of the Trakya University State Conservatory in the same campus as our faculty, gives our students the opportunity to watch all the artistic performances organized by the Conservatory. Environment trips are organized under the guidance of our faculty members.

Beyazid II Külliye Health Museum

Beyazid II Külliye Health Museum in Edirne is founded by Dr Ratip Kazancigil ,as a museum syte of Trakya University, Turkey. A külliye is an Ottoman architectural concept that designates a complex of buildings centered around a mosque and Bayezid II Külliye was built in 1488 by the Ottoman sultan Bayezid II.It was giving medical education to students and health to patients using oriental medicine.

The complex contains a darüþþifa (hospital, medical center) and it remained in operation for four hundred years as of 1488 until the Russo-Turkish War (1877-1878). The hospital was especially notable for its treatment methods for mental illnesses which included the use of music, water sound and scents.

The historic darüþþifa was incorporated into the structure of Trakya University, also based in Edirne, in 1993 and converted into a "Health Museum", a museum dedicated to the history of medicine and health matters in general, in 1997. It is constantly being developed since. To date, it is Turkey's only museum in its field and provides varied and valuable information to visitors on the development of medical sciences and of medical services throughout history, especially Ottoman history. The museum is the second most visited historical site in Edirne after Selimiye Mosque. The museum was awarded the European Council's "Europe Museum Award" in 2004.