About Us


Established in 1992 with 6 faculties, 1 vocational school and 3 institutes, Kocaeli University is one of the leading science and education centers of our country. During the days that we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of our university, we have justified pride of our contribution to the development of our country and science.

We train generations that develop different ways of thinking, produce alternative perspectives, read, research and increase their intellectual capital every day. For this reason, we say that: "We train, investigate and produce for our Turkey.”


August 17, 1999 is a painful history of great losses both for our country and our university. This great destruction caused by the Marmara earthquake caused 75% of our university to disappear, but with its own power, our University quickly relieved itself and reached today’s modern and fully developed campus.

The first designed campus in Turkey, Umuttepe Campus is one of the unique campuses in Turkey and in the world. Located in the center of nature, away from the noise of the city with a spacious air our campus has a special location in an area of 6500 acres and has a proud identity with sports facilities, research and application hospital, modern educational institutions and social areas.


It is a huge educational institution serving with 19 faculties, 1 schools, 21 vocational schools and a state conservatory. With more than 81.000 students, our university has an important position in the research and development (R & D) activities of our country with its 15 Research and Application Centers and 28 Research and Application Units.

Rank first among the student activities with 91 Student Clubs and Groups, it carries out social responsibility activities and social and cultural activities through its clubs.


In a world that is rapidly globalizing and where international border lines are getting vague, universities that train scientists and produce science must also be universal. For this reason, we attach importance to internationalization studies as a university.

We are getting closer and closer to our goal of internationalization with the bilateral agreements and programs of our International Relations Unit within the university.

As we send our students to many countries abroad, we also host students from different geographies of the world. Many students are provided with the opportunity to study abroad through different programs.

• Erasmus Program: 280 agreements were signed with 168 universities from 24 countries in 66 departments. In this framework, 280 students went to contracted universities and many students came to our university. In addition, as of 2017, it is planned to send 328 students to 24 different countries for the purpose of education and training.

• Farabi Program: It is an exchange program between students, faculty members and Higher Education Institutions. Farabi, which is similar to Erasmus, aims to exchange between higher education institutions within national borders. Within the scope of this program, 354 students have come to our university so far and 202 students have gone to other universities.

Mevlana Program: It is a program aiming at the exchange of students and teaching staff between higher education institutions in Turkey and higher education institutions abroad. Within the scope of this program, agreements have been signed with 5 universities so far and their studies are continuing.

Our university, which has been conducting the foreign student exam itself for the last two years, provides education to more than 1500 students from all over the world. In the coming years, the number of students coming to our university for education from abroad is planned to reach 5000.


In Kocaeli University, there is a culture and congress center in which national, international, all kinds of congresses, symposia, etc. are held for 1200 students. Besides, workshop rooms of 450, 350, 250 and 50 people are in service.

Gazanfer Bilge Sports Hall of our university has 10300 m2 closed area and has a capacity of 2000 audience, 3 practice halls, 2 fitness halls, 2 dance and workshop halls. In addition, it has 1 football and athletics pitch, 3 basketball, 4 volleyball and 4 tennis courts and has 6700 m2 outdoor sports facilities. There is also an indoor semi-olympic swimming pool for the use of students.

The campus has everything from wireless internet access to private cafes-restaurants, super markets, bank atms, health center, fitness center, cinema-theater hall and hairdressers, and the physical and social services are offered to students.

Kocaeli University students display their works by a large number and variety of student clubs and communities in national and international events.

At Kocaeli University, which focuses on the necessary efforts to become a barrier-free university, takes the required steps in the field of sportive and social activities as well as infrastructure works in this field. Under the cooperation agreement with Turkey Special Sportsman Training and Rehabilitation Association (TÖSSED), the special sportsman will be given both the health service and sports activities to be hosted Kocaeli University. In addition, the Disabled Research and Application Unit carries on working to raise awareness about the concept of disability. (Http://engelsiz.kocaeli.edu.tr/index.html)


Culture House: "Kocaeli University Rectorate House of Culture" will also provide a great contribution to the social and cultural texture of Kocaeli as a significant example of the restoration of cultural assets which are gained by Turkish tourism and culture, provide sustainable preservation making them more functioning.

On the ground floor of the building which was restored in 2015 in accordance with the original; there are workshops, seminar rooms where calligraphy, marbling, illumination, miniature, Ottoman Turkish courses are given, and there is an oriental hall on the upper floor. Kocaeli University staff, students and the habitants of Kocaeli will be able to attend the courses which are given by experts and academicians in the culture house. (http://kulturevi.kocaeli.edu.tr/)

Kocaeli University Continuous Education Center (KOUSEM): Our professional lecturers provide courses and seminars to the institutions or individuals in required expertise, personal development, law, professional, social and cultural trainings. The Center also provides consultancy services for project writing, R & D personnel training, Small and Medium Industry Development Organization (KOSGEB), East Marmara Development Agency (MARKA) and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) project support. (Http://sem.kocaeli.edu.tr/)

Distance Education Research and Application Center (UZEM): The center provides service for those students who can follow all courses through internet in associate degree and master degree education and university elective courses in undergraduate education. 33,108 students benefited from this service in 2016 -2017 period. (http://uzem.kocaeli.edu.tr/uzemweb/index.php)

Elderly Medical Care Center: Planned different from the elderly care home concept in the classical sense, 180 patients with dementia in need of medical assistance and that cannot be looked after at home will be serviced and this center, which will be the first in Turkey will be put into service soon.


Together with the developing technology, as a university, we offer both our city and our students the opportunity to be in this development. Our country has been developing confidently to the future with scientific technological developments. We have been progressing towards becoming a producing and developing important part of our determination to Turkey.

Kocaeli University Technopark exports to many countries. USA, Germany, Azerbaijan, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Georgia, Kenya, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Greece are the leading export countries.

Our Technopark, which will be strengthened with new offices and companies that will serve with a closed area of 40.000 square meters, will play a leading role in the production of high value-added products and development of its technology.


o More than 81.000 students

o 19 Faculties

o 1 Colleges

o 21 Vocational Schools

o 3 Institutes

o 15 Research and Application Centers

o 28 Research ve Application Units

o As of 2017, more than 1500 students from 84 countries came to our university for undergraduate education.

The library provides access to 115,089 abstracts, 49,103 full-text electronic journals and 159,032 electronic books from 105 databases, and a total of 2,349,629 abstracts in 954.286 full-text e-theses.

Teknopark has companies from different sectors and these companies carry out their activities.

Within the Faculty of Communication, the application radio “Radyo Ki” broadcasts over the internet and 94.8 frequency FM band.

Kocaeli University Application and Research Television KOU TV test broadcasts started last year (December 2015). It is planned to reflect the cultural, art and sports activities carried out by different units of our university, especially the live broadcasting of the important scientific activities to be carried out in the main campus of our university in the broadcasts that will be carried out 24/7 through the Internet.