Istanbul Technical University

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Group.png Istanbul Technical University  
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MottoPioneer Through The Ages
HeadquartersIstanbul, Turkey
TypeState technical university
Many of the graduates take role in the development of Turkey.

Istanbul Technical University (İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi) is an international technical university located in Istanbul, Turkey. It is the world's third-oldest [1] technical university dedicated to engineering sciences as well as social sciences recently, and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Turkey. ITU is ranked 173rd worldwide (1st nationwide) in the field of "Engineering & Technology", and 307th worldwide (1st nationwide) in the field of "Natural Sciences" by the QS World University Rankings in 2016.[2][3]

Acceptance to the university is competitive, and entrance to most of its departments requires scoring among the top 1% of the nearly 2 million applicants in the national university entrance examination known as "YKS".[4][5] Graduates of ITU have received many TUBITAK science and TUBA awards. Numerous graduates have also become members of the academy of sciences in the U.S.A, Britain and Russia.

The university has 99 undergraduate, 192 graduate programs, 14 faculties, 154.000m² lab and 12 research centers. The lecturer / student ratio is 1/25.[6]

Triga Mark-2 Nuclear Reactor

ITU's nuclear reactor of Triga Mark-2 is in the Maslak campus. It is located at the Energy Institute.[7]

Notable alumni

Many of the graduates take role in the development of Turkey, with many of them playing significant roles in constructing bridges, roads and buildings. For instance, Emin Halid Onat and Ahmet Orhan Arda are architects of Anıtkabir. Süleyman Demirel (civil engineer) and Turgut Özal (electrical engineer) are the two former presidents of Turkey. Necmettin Erbakan (mechanical engineer) and Binali Yildirim (naval architecture and ocean engineering) were former prime ministers of Turkey.

Politicians and public figures

Turgut Özal


Science and technology


Political activists




Alumni on Wikispooks

Süleyman Demirel1 November 192417 June 2015TurkeyPoliticianTurkish PM
Necmettin Erbakan29 October 192627 February 2011TurkeyPolitician
Prime Minister that was forced by the deep state and military to step down.
Şarık Tara22 April 193028 June 2018TurkeyBillionaire
Turkish single Bilderberger billionaire businessman; made fortune on building U.S. embassy buildings
Ahmet Tokus191928 May 1990TurkeyPoliticianTurkish politician, founder of Middle East Technical University.
Binali Yıldırım20 December 1955TurkeyPoliticianTurkish PM the Turkey/deep state/CIA tried totopple