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Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) / Middle East Technical University (METU)

Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) / Middle East Technical University (METU)

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THE WUR Rank (2015/2016): 501-600 (↓486)
URAP Rank (2014/2015): 433 (↑41)
CWTS Leiden Rank (2016): 501 (↑95)
QS Rank (2015/2016): 431-440 (↓30)
ARWU Shanghai Rank (2016): - (-)

|name              = Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ)
|name in English = Middle East Technical University (METU)
|motto             = Scientia Dux Vitae Certissimus
|established      = November 15, 1956
|type               = Public University
|president         = Ahmet Acar
|faculty            = 2500
|students          = 31000
|undergrad        = 23800
|postgrad          = 7200
|alumni             = about 100,000 worldwide
|nickname         = ODTÜ or METU
|city                = Ankara
|country           = Türkiye
|campus           = Suburban, 11100 acres (4500 ha, 45 km²)
|colors             = Red and white
|affiliations        = European University Association|EUA, European Association for International Education|EAIE, Institute of Industrial Engineers|IIE, GE3, European Society for Engineering Education|SEFI, Council on International Educational Exchange|CIEE
|website          = www.odtu.edu.tr or metu.edu



A view from the campus (image by Atılım Güneş Baydın at Wikimedia Commons)


Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) is a public technical university located in Ankara, Turkey. It is also referred in English as 'Middle East Technical University' or initials 'METU'.

Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014-2015 ranks ODTÜ as the 85th among the Top-100 Best Universities in the World. THE also ranks ODTÜ as the 3rd best University in the BRICS countries after 2 Chinese universities.

The university puts special emphasis on research and education in engineering and natural sciences, offering about 40 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties. Additionally there are 5 Graduate Schools with 104 masters and 66 doctorate programs and a "School of Foreign Languages" which includes the English Preparatory Department. 15 undergraduate programs and 3 graduate programs are offered in connection with ODTÜ's North Cyprus campus.

Over one third of the 1,000 highest scoring students in the national university entrance examination choose to enroll in ODTÜ; and most of its departments accept the top 0.1% of the nearly 1.5 million applicants. ODTÜ had the greatest share in national research funding by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) in the last five years, and it is the leading university in Turkey in terms of the number of European Union Framework Programme (FP) projects participation. Over 40% of ODTÜ's undergraduate alumni choose to pursue graduate studies.

The main campus of ODTÜ is in Ankara. It spans an area of 11,100 acres (4,500 ha), comprising, in addition to academic and auxiliary facilities, a forest area of 7,500 acres (3,000 ha), and the natural lake Eymir. ODTÜ has more than 95,000 alumni worldwide. ODTÜ has also campuses in the Turkish Mediterrenean city of Mersin and near Nicosia in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.


Some sports facilities nearby the dormitories (image: ODTÜ)

Faculties & Departments

ODTÜ has 42 academic departments, most of which are organized into 5 faculties. These are responsible for the undergraduate programs.

  • Faculty of Architecture: Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Industrial Design
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, History, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics
  • Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences: Business Administration, Economics, International Relations, Political Science and Public Administration
  • Faculty of Education: Computer Education and Instructional Technology, Educational Sciences, Elementary Education, Foreign Language Education, Physical Education and Sports, Secondary Science and Mathematics Education
  • Faculty of Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Food Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Mining Engineering, Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering

In addition to these, there are the Department of Basic English and the Department of Modern Languages in the School of Foreign Languages; the Technical Vocational School of Higher Education; and, bound directly to the President's Office, the Department of Turkish Language and the Department of Music and Fine Arts.

Graduate Schools

ODTÜ has 5 graduate schools.

  • Graduate School of Applied Mathematics
  • Graduate School of Informatics
  • Graduate School of Marine Sciences (Institute of Marine Sciences - IMS)
  • Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • Graduate School of Social Sciences

International Students

ODTÜ hosts over 1,700 international students from nearly 94 different countries studying toward myriad of academic degrees. At ODTÜ, English as the language of instruction in all its degree programs.

ODTÜ, with 168 Erasmus agreements and 182 bilateral exchange and cooperation agreements with universities in third countries (i.e., in Central Asia, Middle East, North America, Australia, Far East and Pacific Region), annually sends 350 students and 60 teaching staff and hosts 300 students and 50 teaching staff/researchers.





International Relations

Since its foundation, ODTÜ, as an international research university, has been the leading university in Turkey in terms of depth and breadth of international ties and the amount of funds generated from international research projects. ODTÜ actively took part in and managed many Med-Campus, MEDA, COST, Eureka, NASA, NATO, NSF, UN, World Bank, Jean Monnet, INCO, EUMEDIS, 6th and 7th Framework, Erasmus Mundus ECW, Leonardo and Socrates projects. ODTÜ has also involved in 59 FP6 projects, 48 of them have already been completed. Furthermore, 32 FP7 projects are still in execution. ODTÜ has 19 international joint degree programmes with European and American universities at undergraduate and graduate level.

ODTÜ is a member of many associations and networks dealing with international education and exchange such as EUA, EAIE, IIE, GE3, CEASAR, SEFI, CIEE. ODTÜ actively participates in AIESEC and IAESTE summer internship programs.

Student Life

The main part of the campus has dormitory capacity of approximately 7000 students who benefit from a shopping area, banks, post office and many eating places. Also a wide variety of sports facilities, including gymnasiums, tennis courts, basketball and football fields, jogging trails, olympic-size indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor swimming pool are available on ODTÜ campus. Among off campus facilities, ODTÜ has lodges at Elmadag, 30 kilometers from the ODTÜ campus, and a resort at Uludag near Bursa where mountain climbing and various skiing activities are possible.


A concert at the annual 'Bahar Şenliği' (spring festival). image by Atılım Güneş Baydın at Wikimedia Commons


Brief description: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) is a World-Top100 Turkish university with campuses in Turkey and Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.

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  • An activity nearby the dormitories.
  • 'Bilim Ağacı' ('tree of science') image by Atılım Güneş Baydın at Wikimedia Commons
  • A view from the Ankara campus. image: AKDN
  • ODTÜ Turkish Republic of North Cyprus campus.
  • ODTÜ Ocean Engineering Research Center. image: ODTÜ
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    Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi (ODTÜ) is a World-Top100 Turkish university with campuses in Turkey and Turkish Republic of North Cyprus.

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