Eskişehir Academy of Economic and Commercial Sciences, founded in 1958, formed the basis of Anadolu University. The Academy was replaced by Anadolu University in 1982, which has gained a well-deserved place as a modern, dynamic and innovative institution among the largest universities not only in Turkey, but also in the world. Situated in the center of Eskişehir, which is well-known as a city of science, culture and youth, its campus houses 12 faculties (undergraduate level) – three of which offer distance education, 3 applied schools – one of which is of music and drama, 2 vocational schools (associate level), 6 graduate schools – four of which are graduate and postgraduate level, and 30 research centers.
Anadolu University has been a pioneering institution on many fronts. Most important of these is the success of implementing the distance education system. Today, the total number of students of the three distance education faculties is over 2 million. The success in the development of this system has been taken as a model by many institutions in various countries.
In its departments equipped with cutting-edge technology, Anadolu University with its faculty who strive to be the best in their field and devote all of their time to their students have been working hard to prepare their students to be the best in its creative and dynamic learning settings.
On its safe and modern campus, a student has access to almost all of the facilities that they might need. The main library, where students can reach more than 315.000 print resources as well as many e-resources, is open for 24/7, including holidays. Additionally, free soup/tea/coffee is offered to students between 00:00 PM-01:00 AM in the library area. In the main library, with an area of 12.330 m2, students have the opportunity to study in the environments that are appropriate for their study style. Students can enjoy the cultural and artistic activities in the theatre, concert and exhibition halls on Yunus Emre campus. Moreover, students can spend their free time efficiently while having the opportunities to join talks and activities with artists, and do any kind of sport in the semi-olympic swimming pool, in gyms at international standards, tennis courts, and green pitches on the campuses. The university serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for students as well.
The vision of Anadolu University is to be a world university with special focus on lifelong learning.
The mission of Anadolu University is to contribute to universal knowledge and culture through education, research and projects in the fields of science, technology, arts and sports, to provide high-quality and specific distance and on-campus learning opportunities to individuals at any age and to produce creative and innovative solutions in line with community needs, with a view to improving the life quality of people in the city, region, country and world.