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A university following Ataturk's maxim: Hacettepe University

HDN | 11/23/2000 12:00:00 AM |

The history of Hacettepe University can be traced back to the establishment of the Institute of Child Health on July 8, 1958, and the inauguration of the Hacettepe Children's Hospital. In 1961 the School of Health Sciences and its divisions of Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Nutrition were opened, all centered around the Institute of Child Health. Ankara - Turkish Daily News Hacettepe University has always endeavored to train enlightened, research-minded,

  • The history of Hacettepe University can be traced back to the establishment of the Institute of Child Health on July 8, 1958, and the inauguration of the Hacettepe Children's Hospital. In 1961 the School of Health Sciences and its divisions of Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Nutrition were opened, all centered around the Institute of Child Health.
  • Ankara - Turkish Daily News

    Hacettepe University has always endeavored to train enlightened, research-minded, scientifically oriented people of integrity and good character. In order to achieve her goal, Hacettepe University follows Ataturk's maxim to reach the contemporary level of civilization. The history of Hacettepe University can be traced back to the establishment of the Institute of Child Health on July 8, 1958, and the inauguration of the Hacettepe Children's Hospital. In 1961 the School of Health Sciences and its divisions of Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Nutrition were opened, all centered around the Institute of Child Health.

    On June 15, 1963, Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine was established, and a general teaching hospital was built. Three months later Hacettepe University School of Dentistry was established. In the Summer of 1964, a School of Basic Sciences was opened, offering courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities. At the time, aIl Hacettepe teaching institutions were affiliated to Ankara University and grouped under the title "Hacettepe Science Center". Hacettepe University was chartered through Act No. 892 of the Turkish Parliament on July 8, 1967. Hacettepe Institutes of Higher Education formed the core of Hacettepe University, and the Faculties of Medicine, Science and Engineering, and Social and Administrative sciences were established.

    In 1969 Hacettepe School of Pharmacy and Health Administration were established. In 1971 whit a reorganization, the former schools were given faculty status and thus they became the Faculty of Dentistry, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Pharmacy and Faculty of Science. In 1973 the School of Technology was established. In I982 the former faculties were reorganized as the Faculty of Letters, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences and the State Conservatory was affiliated to Hacettepe University. In 1984 the School of Health services and in 1989 the School of Sport Sciences and Technology were established. Recently in 1998 the two Polatli Vocational Schools and Kaman Vocational School have been established.

    Campuses

    The faculties, institutes and schools of the University are located mainly on two campuses at Hacettepe and Beytepe, the Conservatory and Ankara Vocational School are located at Bahcelievler and the School of Social Work is located at Kecioren.

    The central campus - the medical center: It is located in the heart of the city of Ankara, where "new town meets old" at Hacettepe. In this campus, the following are located: Faculties of Dentistry, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Institutes of Child Health, Health Sciences, Neurological Sciences, Oncology, Public Health and Population Studies, and Schools of Health Administration, Health Technology, Home Economics, Nursing, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and Health Services, Teaching Hospitals (the Adult Hospital, Ihsan Dogramaci Children's Hospital and the Oncology Hospital), a biomedical library, biomedical research units, student dormitories, sports and recreation centers anda clubs.

    Beytepe campus: This is located at Beytepe, in the suburbs of Ankara, some ten miles west of the city over an area of 6,000,000 m2 of forest and campus area. The faculties of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Letters and Natural Sciences, Institutes of History of Modern Turkey, Natural Sciences, Nuclear Sciences and Social Sciences and Schools of Foreign Languages, and the Vocational School of Technology, School of Sport Sciences and Technology, and administrative offices, library, student dormitories, sports and recreation centers are located on this campus.

    At present the University has nine faculties fifteen vocational schools, twenty institutes and twenty four research centres. Hacettepe University is a state university supported mainly by state funds allocated by the Turkish Parliament. Over 150 different undergraduate degree schemes are offered and there are also over 173 different degree schemes for postgraduate studies. The University has about 30.000 students enrolled for undergraduate studies and 3011 for postgraduate and an academic staff of 3.279.

    Emblem: The emblem was designed in the resemblance of a deer inspired by the Hittite deer and also to imply the initial letter of the University.

    Facilities

    Libraries: There are four main libraries which hold altogether over 360 books, periodicals, slides, videos and electronic resources. The library resources are kept on open shelves and are classified according to the Library of Congress System. There are also audio-visual rooms and photocopy facilities in the libraries. In addition to these main libraries, there are many departmental libraries which hold rich collections related to their own fields of study. The main libraries are open on all days of the week, however opening and closing times differ during summer term. The libraries provide inter library loan services and have access to the Internet.

    Computers: The University provides students, faculty and staff with access to diverse computing capabilities through various PC sites. Most of the departments have their own PC sites and there are also PC sites for general use in the libraries, faculty laboratories and dormitories.

    Conference and Exhibition Facilities: The University has a very strong tradition of organizing and hosting national and international conferences and is rich in facilities. The conference halls range form those which can hold 600 participants to 50, four of which have simultaneous translation equipment. The halls may be listed as follows; Central Campus, M, R, S, T halls, Beytepe Campus; Mehmet Akif, K, Bedrettin Comert and Altan Gunalp halls. Concerts and performances are also organized at M Hall. The University also has an Art Exhibition Gallery.

    Sports and recreation: Physical training and sports facilities are available in the Sports Halls on the Central and Beytepe Campuses of the University. The biggest covered gymnasium in Turkey is at Beytepe Campus. There are outdoor and indoor sports facilities for basketball, volleyball, football on the campuses. Group health activities for the students and staff are also available. The University participates in alI branches of inter-university sports activities. Each year sports competitions are held between the faculties and schools of the University. The students are also offered elective courses in sports. The University also provides facilities for winter sports. Located at Elmadag (1800 m) 40 km from Ankara, the University has a ski-lodge which can cater for 150 people and house 50. There is a ski-lift and an ice-rink. The Beytepe Campus is ideal for outdoor activities being located at the heart of the University forest.

    There are also many elective courses in arts in which the students may actively participate in any field of interest. Hacettepe University provides facilities and funding for student clubs, which are active in many diverse fields of interest. At present there are 56 student clubs that are active.

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