Erdoğan visits Erdoğan University to open faculty building

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened a new faculty building at a university in his home town of Rize.

The Turkish president attended an opening ceremony for the building at the engineering and architecture faculty of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University during a visit to the northeastern city on Friday.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, which opened as Rize University in 2006 before a name change in 2012, is a former vocational school. It focuses on teaching in the fields of science and health.  It has 19,000 students, 1,133 academic staff and is one of the top universities in the world, according to its website. Further details about the institution can be found at

The university is ranked 106th of 175 higher education institutions in Turkey and 5,321st in the world, according to UniRank.

Erdoğan said in a speech that he expected the university to become one of the top 10 universities in Turkey and in the top 500 globally, "to become deserved of its name".

Erdoğan is not the only Turkish president to have a university named after him. Former President Süleyman Demirel opened a university in his home town of Isparta in 1992 named the Süleyman Demirel University. The institution is ranked 29th in Turkey.

(This story was updated with Erdoğan comment in the fifth paragraph.)