Turkish-German University in Istanbul

Photo: Architekturbüro Hilmi Güner
The University of Potsdam guides the ambitious project “Turkish-German-University” together with partners from several German universities and research institutions in Potsdam.

The Turkish-German University in Istanbul is presently the most ambitious project of German-Turkish cooperation in education and science. 5,000 students will learn, do research and advance Turkish top-level research at five faculties and a center for foreign languages in Beykoz, the green lung of Istanbul. In 2013 the first students commenced their studies in five degree programs at a makeshift campus. The opening ceremony for the new campus took place on January 24, 2020, and was attended by German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The development of the Turkish-German University gets support from a consortium of 38 German universities. Chairwoman is Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, President of the German Parliament (ret.). The Turkish-German University is  cooperation project: The Turkish partners provide the premises, buildings, and infrastructure, and cover the running costs. The German partners send university teachers and instructors and prepare curricula and material for developing the language center. They provide grants for local salaries, scholarships and further training. 

The faculty of natural sciences at the Turkish-German University is being established under the guidance of the University of Potsdam together with partners from several German universities and research institutions in Potsdam (partner of pearls - Potsdam Research Networks). This is done in close coordination with the Turkish founding parties. The work with the Turkish-German University led to useful cooperation with Turkish partners and institutes from the pearls research network in Potsdam. Intensive scientific exchange serves as a bridge between the two countries. The project Benim Yolum supports the scientific exchange and coordinates the networking of junior scientists and industrial partners at the Turkish-German University.

Prof. Süssmuth at the speakers desk

Turkish-German University at International Day 2014

(06.11.14) Media.UP / Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth (president of parliament a.D.), Prof. Dr. Halil Akkanat (councelor TDU) visited the Universität Potsdam.

Logo of the German-Turkish year of science 2014

Science Bridging Nations

German-Turkish Year of Science 2014

Logo of the Turkish-German University

Discovering something new every day

Follow the recent processes of the Turkish-German University

Video about the TGU by Deutsche Welle

Turkish-German University Istanbul | Politics

(25.10.13) TV-documentation about the Universities background, by Deutsche Welle



(24.07.13) Podcast about the starting semester at TGU, by Deutsche Welle

Opening of the TGU

University between Bosporus and Spree

(28.04.14) Article about the opening of TGU, by Deutsche Welle


Contact person & project coordinator

Zentrum für Qualitätsentwicklung in Lehre und Studium


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Universität Potsdam
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