The foundation of Canik Başarı University, Samsun’s first private institution of higher learning, was officially laid on Sunday in a ceremony.Public Works and Housing Minister Mustafa Demir, Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Samsun deputy Suat Kılıç and a large crowd of locals took part in the ceremony. Speaking at the ceremony, Demir noted that the university, which will be located in Samsun’s Canik district, will contribute significantly to the Black Sea province of Samsun as well as to Turkey. “Samsun has recently come into the spotlight for negative events, such as the attack on Kurdish politician Ahmet Türk in Samsun on April 12. However, Samsun is engaged in important projects. The city, which played a significant role in the country’s War of Independence, will soon have two universities, the first one being On Dokuz Mayıs University. I appreciate every person who is exerting great effort to establish the new university,” Kılıç said.
Galip Öztürk, a businessman whose company has undertaken the project of establishing the new university, said he did not have the opportunity to attend university but that he is pleased because the university will offer many students the chance to study at one. The new university, which will be built on 130,000 square meters of land, is expected to open its doors for the 2012-2013 academic year.