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Abant İzzet Baysal University, one of the notewhorthy univesities in our country, located in an area surrounded by natural beauties between two metropolis İstanbul and Ankara, was founded on 3 July 1992. The university, which has been developing rapidly since its foundation, has campuses in the city centre and three districts of Bolu (Gerede, Mengen, Mudurnu). The main campus of the university, namely İzzet Baysal Campus, is located in Gölköy, which is 8 km from the city center and surrounded by a unique natural beauty.
The university comprises 10 faculties, 4 institutes, 6 schools, 7 vocational schools and 14 research centers. 900 faculty members and 550administrative staff in the university are proud to provide a quality and modern educational setting for about 25.000 students.
Abant İzzet Baysal University is a third model as not being purely a state or foundation university but a state university supported by a foundation. Abant İzzet Baysal University has been supported by the foundation founded by İzzet Baysal, one of the greatest philanthropists in Turkey. The university has reached an excellent physical structure and superior technologic infrastructure with the facilities and equipment investment amounting to 262 million TL as of 2010 funded by İzzet Baysal Foundation and the state allocation. The Foundation not only supports the international achievements of academics but also provides scholarship to successful students.