October 11, 2011

First Students of German University in Istanbul to Start Classes Next Year


The new Turkish-German university (TAU) in Istanbul will accept its first students in autumn 2012, Ziya Şanal, university rector, said on Monday evening.

The lectures will take place in provisional buildings, since the university’s premises will not be completed by that time. The foundation of the university, which as many as 5000 students will attend, was laid in Beykoz, a suburb on the Asian side of İstanbul, in October 2010.

The buildings might not be ready to host the students yet, but the institution already has an emblem. The organizers presented it in Istanbul on Monday evening. The logo was created at the end of a contest among mixed teams of design students at Anadolu University in Eskişehir and RheinMain University in Wiesbaden, Germany. The winning logo features the three initial letters of the university’s name, TAU, in the shape of flower petals. According to its designers, the logo symbolizes the connection between technology and nature at TAU. The institution – the biggest German university abroad -- will focus on engineering, but at the same time will be committed to having a green campus.

The agreement to establish TAU was signed two-and-a-half years ago between the two countries. At that occasion, the German minister of education and research, Annette Schavan, said that the project could start in autumn 2009. Although this estimate has proven to be overly optimistic, there was a reason for the delay, namely disputes over the prospective curriculum.

Rita Süssmuth, president of the consortium representing the German universities involved in the bilateral project, said, “But now it looks realistic that we can start next autumn.” Rector Şanal added that the biggest challenges now are finishing the construction work on campus and acquiring “very good” faculty members.

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