Istanbul Technical University

Istanbul Technical University (ITU, Turkish: İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi commonly referred to as İTÜ or Teknik Üniversite) is an international technical university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the world's second oldest [1] technical university dedicated to engineering sciences, and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey.
Motto: Asýrlardýr Çaðdaþ
(Pioneer Through The Ages) 
Established 1773 
Type: Public technical university 
President: Prof. Dr. H. Faruk Karadoðan 
Students: 20,962 
Location: Istanbul, Turkey 
Campus: 2,64 km2 
Sports: TBL2 
Nickname: Teknik Üniversite 
Mascot: Bee 


Ottoman Empire

Considered as the world's second institution of higher learning specifically dedicated to engineering education, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) has a long and distinguished history which began in 1773. ITU was founded by Sultan Mustafa III as the "Imperial Naval Engineers' School" (Ottoman Turkish: Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun), and it was originally dedicated to the training of ship builders and cartographers. In 1795 the scope of the school was broadened to train technical military staff for the modernization of the Ottoman army. In 1845 the engineering function of the school was further widened with the addition of a program devoted to the training of architects. The scope and name of the school were extended and changed again in 1883 and in 1909 the school became a public engineering school which was aimed at training civil engineers who could provide the infrastructure for the rapidly developing country.

Modern Turkey

By 1928 the institution had gained formal recognition as a university of engineering which provided education in both engineering and architecture. In 1944 the name of the institution was changed to Istanbul Technical University and in 1946 the institution became an autonomous university with architecture, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering faculties.

With its long history of 234 years, its modern teaching environment, and well-qualified teaching staff, Istanbul Technical University today is the personification of the engineering and architectural education in Turkey. Istanbul Technical University not only played a leading role in the modernization movement of the Ottoman Empire, but has also maintained its leadership position in the changes and innovations taking place in the construction, industrialization, and technological realms during the modern days of the Turkish Republic. Engineers and architects trained at Istanbul Technical University have played significant roles in the construction of Turkey's highways, bridges, dams, factories, buildings, energy production plants, communication networks, and in the development of its villages, towns, and cities. Alumnis also played a significant role in Turkish politics (Turkish presidents - Turgut Ozal, Suleyman Demirel and Necmettin Erbakan were all ITU graduates) Since its establishment in 1773, Istanbul Technical University has managed to keep itself up-to-date by following the technological developments which have occurred worldwide. The university offers its students an educational environment which is rooted in tradition and yet open to the very latest in modern education techniques and settings. By promoting strong international relationships, this public university also offers its students truly universal educational opportunities which are not limited by national boundaries.

List of Presidents of ITU

Number Name
1. Prof. Emeritus Osman Tevfik Taylan
2. Prof. Emeritus Ahmet Hamdi Peynircioglu
3. Prof. Emeritus Mustafa Hulki Erem
4. Prof. Emeritus Emin Halid Onat
5. Prof. Ahmet Ozel
6. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Santur
7. Prof. Emeritus Hilmi Civaoglu
8. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Inan
9. Prof. Dr. Fikret Narter
10. Prof. Dr. Hikmet Binark
11. Prof. Dr. Sait Kuran
12. Prof. Emeritus Bedri Karafakioglu
13. Prof.Dr. Kazým Ergin
14. Prof.Dr. Galip Sagiroglu
15. Prof. Dr. Kemal Kafali
16. Prof. Dr. Nahit Kumbasar
17. Prof. Dr. Ilhan Kayan
18. Prof. Dr. Resat Baykal
19. Prof. Dr. Gulsun Saglamer
20. Prof. Dr. Faruk Karadogan



The structure of each "Faculty" at ITU is comparable to those of "colleges" in the U.S. institutions, where each faculty is composed of two or more "departments." For example, the Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering consists of the departments of electrical engineering, computer engineering, control engineering, electronics engineering and telecommunications engineering.

Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Architecture
  • Architecture
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Industrial Product Design
  • Interior Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Control Engineering
  • Electronics Engineering
  • Telecommunication Engineering
Faculty of Mines
  • Mining Engineering
  • Geological Engineering
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering
  • Geophysical Engineering
Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Food Engineering
Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Naval Architecture
  • Ocean Engineering
Faculty of Sciences and Letters
  • Mathematics Engineering
  • Physics Engineering, Chemistry
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Engineering Sciences
Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Astronautical Engineering
  • Meteorological Engineering
Faculty of Management
  • Management Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
Maritime Faculty
  • Marine Engineering
  • Deck
Faculty of Textile Technologies and Design
  • Textile Engineering
  • Fashion Design
  • Textile Development and Management

And also Dual Diplom Programs between ITU and State University of New York & Montana State University.

Institutes and Research Centers

  • Energy Institute (Former Institute of Nuclear Energy)
  • Institute of Science and Technology (serving as the Graduate College)
  • Social Sciences Institute (serving as the Graduate College)
  • Institute of Informatics
  • Eurasia Earth Sciences Institutes
  • Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Genetics Research Center (MOBGAM)

Finally, ITU also has the following departments / educational institutes that are not tied to any of the faculties, but serve as independent departments. These include

  • School of Foreign Languages
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Athletic Education
  • State Conservatory of Turkish Classical Music
  • Advanced Musical Sciences Research Institute

International Perspective

21 engineering departments of ITU are accredited by ABET. Also ITU's faculty of architecture is accredited by NAAB and faculty of maritime is accredited by IMO.


ITU is a public (state) university. It has five campuses, which are located in the most important areas of Istanbul. Among ITU's five campuses, the main campus of Maslak is a suburban campus, covering a total area of 2.64 km². The University Rectorate, swimming pool, stadium, along with most of the faculties, student residence halls and the central library of ITU are located there.

Another suburban campus of ITU is the Tuzla Campus. It serves the Maritime Faculty students and faculty members. It is located in the Tuzla district of Istanbul, which is a dockyard area.

One of the three urban campuses of ITU is the Taþkýþla Campus. It was a military barracks in the Ottoman era. Taþkýþla is one of the most renowned historical buildings in Istanbul.

Gümuþsuyu (Mechanical Engineering Faculty) and Maçka (Management Faculty) campuses are close to Taksim Square, and they are also among the important historical buildings of Istanbul.

ITU has more engineering programs (21 as of 2005) accredited by ABET (U.S. agency recognized for accrediting science, technology and engineering programs- or in other words suny programme) than any other institution in Turkey.

Instruction is both in Turkish and English (circa 70% Turkish and 30% English).

Mustafa Inan Library

Mustafa Inan Library has approximately 533,000 books, 500,000 volumes of book periodicals and 6000 rare Ottoman/Latin books. ITU Library has access to international libraries and online databases.

Triga Mark-2 Nuclear Reactor and Supercomputer

ITU's nuclear reactor of Triga Mark-2 is in the Maslak campus. It is located at the Energy Institute. There are also legends which say that the ITU Lake is the cooler for this reactor. Furthermore, ITU has a supercomputer and this computer is the only super computer in top 500 that Turkey has.

Arý Technopolis

ARI Teknokent (Technopolis), which is located at the Ayazaaa Campus, provides companies with researching, technology development and production opportunities at the university, in cooperation with the researchers and academicians. The technopolis have two buildings:Arý-1 and Arý-2

Student Life


Having a suburban campus like Maslak has created the opportunity of building many sports areas. Ayazaða Gymnasium is the center of sports in ITU. Ayazaða Gymnasium also has a stadium with a seating capacity of 3500 for basketball and volleyball matches. A fitness center is also located there.

Basketball matches are among the most important sports activities in ITU. ITU Basketball Team, which won the Turkish Basketball League Championship for 5 times, currently plays in the Turkish Basketball League's 2nd Division (TB2L). Ayazaða Gymnasium is the home of the ITU Basketball Team. Needless to mention that the students are the team's biggest supporters.

Despite the successes in basketball, the football team of ITU plays in the amateur league. A football (soccer) stadium is also located in Ayazaða, where the football team plays its matches.

Tennis courts and an indoor olympic swimming pool, which is opened in May 2007, are also available in the Ayazaga Campus. An open-air swimming pool serves the ITU faculties.

Other sports clubs/activities in ITU are: Badminton, fencing, diving, winter sports, dancing and gymnastics, tennis, paintball, aikido, athletics, mountaineering, bridge, swimming, cycling and triathlon, skiing, parachuting, American football, korfball, handball, iaido, capoiera, wrestling and archery.

Social Life

ITU offers many options to students who like doing extra-curricular work during their studying years. The most popular ones are Rock Club, Cinema Club, EPGIK. Also ITU has an option for those who like to organise events and socialise with people from various European countries in the Local Board of European Students of Technology Group which had 40 members in 2007. Despite all these, it can still be a little quiet in the campus from time to time because students can choose the city of Istanbul over the campus life.


ITU has a capacity of 3000 studeng housings:Lakeside Housings, IMKB Dormitory, Verda Urundul, Ayazaga Dormitory and Gumussuyu dormitory.

Noted faculty and alumni


  • Aykut Barka - Geologist
  • Rudolf Belling - Sculptor
  • Nihat Berker - Physicist and chemist
  • Ratip Berker - Mechanical engineer and physicist
  • Bülent Evcil - Flutist
  • Mustafa Inan - Civil Engineer
  • Kamran Ince - Composer
  • Arnold Reisman - Historian and engineer
  • Celal Þengör - Geologist
  • Karl von Terzaghi - Mechanical engineer, founder of soil mechanics

Noted alumni

Most of the engineers and architects graduated from ITU are successful on their profession. Many of graduates help Turkey developing. Many of the graduates played significant roles in constructing bridges, roads and buildings. For instance, Emin Onat and Orhan Arda are architects of Anýtkabir. Funda Arar and Celik are very famous singers. Süleyman Demirel (civil engineer) and Turgut Özal (electrical engineer) are the two presidents of Turkey. Other famous graduates are listed below:

  • Turgut Ozal, 8th president of Turkey
  • Suleyman Demirel, 9th president of Turkey
  • Oguz Atay, famous Turkish writer
  • Zeynep Ahunbay - Academic
  • Oðuz Atay - Novelist
  • Bedrettin Dalan - Former mayor of Istanbul
  • Necmettin Erbakan - Mechanical engineer and former prime minister of Turkey
  • Çaðla Kubat - Model
  • Yilmaz Erdogan - Actor
  • Üzeyir Garih
  • Þarýk Tara - businessman
  • Semih Tezcan - Academic
  • Mehmet Toner - Cryobiologist, Professor at MIT and Harvard University
  • Ahmet Yalcinkaya - poet
  • Hakan Kostepen - Advanced Product Strategy & Engineering - EDS, Ford Motor Company. Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America
  • Temel Kotil - Mechanical engineer and CEO of Turkish Airlines
  • Waleed a. Samkari, Brigadier general. Former director of the Jordanian maintenance corp.
  • Celik Erisci Singer

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