Istanbul Technical University, Ayazaga Campus (iGeo2020 Campus)

Istanbul Technical University

About İTÜ

Founded in 1773 with the name “Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun” (Imperial School of Naval Engineering) during the reign of Mustafa III, Istanbul Technical University is a prominent and pioneering university of engineering and architecture with many innovative studies in science, technology, research and development. İTÜ, as a university mainly composed of graduate engineering schools and research laboratories, works closely in collaboration with enterprises and other economic and social partners. Our university facilitates the knowledge and technology transfer to industries, management centers, briefly to all society. To do this, İTÜ has created many Techno-Science parks, incubation centers, entrepreneurship and innovation center and technology transfer office. This way, İTÜ offers a favorable environment for students to build a successful career in their professions, to improve themselves, to seek internship opportunities and to conduct research projects. 

Mission and Vision

The purpose of existence for the Istanbul Technical University is to expand the borders of knowledge and its applications in science, technology and art for contributing to the sustainable community.

To become a leading, international university through its expertise and creativity in science, technology and art.


  • Education targeting change and improvement
  • Outcome-oriented, interdisciplinary research to be beneficial for society 
  • Effective cooperation in international relations
  • Versatile, effective and sustainable university – industry cooperation (UIC)
  • Strengthening the İTÜ perception in public; a participatory and transparent governance and with increasing own revenue


The history of Istanbul Technical University dates back to the reign of Mustafa III of the Ottoman era.  Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun, which interprets into the Imperial School of Naval Engineering, was established in 1773 to provide western style education in engineering for the first time in the Ottoman Empire.  It trained expert personnel on shipbuilding and nautical charts.  The founder of the school located at Haliç dockyard was Baron de Tott, who was a Hungarian aristocrat.

Baron de Tott played a significant role in the innovation movement of the Ottoman, and also taught at the school.  The first head teacher however, was Seyyid Hasan Hodja, an Algerian who spoke many languages and was educated in Marine Engineering.  It is thought that the school’s library is enriched with work translated from foreign languages.

Mühendishane-i Berr-i Hümayun (the Imperial School of Land Engineering) was established in 1795 during the period of Selim III to train artillery officers.  It was an extension of the Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümayun and the duration of education was four years.  Selim III placed importance in the schools development and sent books from the Topkapı Palace.  The Sultan, who enabled the opportunity of establishing a printing house as part of the school also contributed to its equipment by donating observing and measuring instruments.

Subjects such as, military engineering, cannonball foundry, artillery and astronomy were among the lectures administered at the school.  The contribution of French academics and engineers is also considerable.  The building of the Mühendishane-i Berr-i Hümayun, which demolished over time, was located in Hasköy at the North foot area of the current Haliç Bridge.  In 1995, with a permission granted by the İstanbul No.1 Cultural and Preservation of Natural Heritage committee, the inscription that stood in the Hasköy military station was taken and placed in the entrance hall of the Taşkışla building of İTÜ.

In 1847, lessons in the field of architecture were also introducted into the curriculum at the Mühendishane-i Berr-i Hümayun and the commencement of western architectural knowledge had begun. The Mühendishane-i Berr-i Hümayun converted into Hendese-i Mülkiye (Technical School of Engineering) in 1883 and thereafter by adopting the name Mühendis Mekteb-i Alisi (Certified Engineering School) in 1909, it provided education to train civil architect and engineers.

In consequence of engineering and architecture education that was reformed with the establishment of the Republic, Mühendis Mekteb-i Alis (Certified Engineering School) was organized as a school that provided training including the branches of building road, railway, waterworks and civil work-architecture. In 1929, in addition to existing waterworks and road branches in the School, civil work department was also added and in the area of architecture, the education was commenced. Certified Engineering School, which produced first graduates in 1931, trained technical personnel for public works of the Turkish Republic. In 1940’s, Certified Engineering School strengthened itself with the participation of academic members, who departed from Germany and Switzerland, and it became an exclusive and a pioneering education institution in the field of technical education. The School, which was firstly located in the old military post in Gümüşsuyu, then grew with allocation of Taşkışla and Maçka Armouries, which led to increasing the number of its academic staff and the student. In 1944, Certified Engineering School turned into İstanbul Technical University. In the beginning, academic staff of the faculties were quite limited and later on, expansion of academic staff led to specialising in the branches of sciences and staffing. Istanbul Technical University, which consisted of the faculties of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering in the first years, expanded with the foundation of the faculties such as, Mines, Chemical Engineering, Naval Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Management, Aeronautics and Astronautics and Maritime Faculty. All the faculties have been branched into the departments and at each faculty, diploma awarded programs has taken place.  For instance; within the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, within the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering the department of Textile, within the Faculty of Architecture the department of Urbanism and Industrial Design were branched out to provide master and doctorate courses. Istanbul Technical University has achieved synchronized growth with the contemporary developments in the world. In the area of architecture and in all branches of engineering, İTÜ trains professionals who not only fulfil the needs of Turkey but also will be qualified at international level. Studying for doctorate and publishing scientific articles at İTÜ has supplied a large national accumulation making contribution to being used Turkish as scientific language and being constituted technical terminology in many areas.

At İTÜ, in the 1974/75 academic year, two-stage education was provided and with two-year graduate education programs, which were articulated to four-year undergraduate education, high level education was commenced to be provided in many areas of specialization. At present, İTÜ provides training for a large body of student with the graduate and doctorate programs that are undertaken by five different institutes named as Graduate School of Science, Engineering and Technology, Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, Institute of Energy, Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences and Institute of Informatics. With providing graduate education, İTÜ aims at training young academic member candidates of whom Turkey is in need and fulfilling  the requirement of highly trained expert.

Istanbul Technical University’s Faculty of Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Management, and the Turkish Music State Conservatory along with the Social Sciences Institute are all allocated in the Taşkışla, Gümüşsuyu and Maçka buildings located in the city centre. The Rectorate and administrative buildings, in addition to the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mining, Chemical and Metallurgy, Science & Letters, and Aeronautics & Astronautics are all located on the large main campus, which started to develop in the 1970’s.  Institutes that offer post graduate studies are; Nuclear Energy, Life Sciences, Informatics & Eurasia Earth Sciences.  The Maritime Faculty joined the structure of the Technical University in 1988 and is spread on 16.5 hectare of land.  İTÜ Maslak campus is still experiencing a great advancement.  Essential services, such as, library, cultural art association, sports association and nursery has been met.  In addition to the Gümüşsuyu Student Dormitory, where many renowned İTÜ alumni have stayed since the 1940’s, new dormitories and staff lodgment are offered to students and academic staff.


  • AYAZAĞA CAMPUS  ( iGeo2020 Campus)


    Ayazağa campus is the main campus located in the Maslak area, nearby Istanbul’s new work and trade center. This campus houses the rectorate building and management offices in addition to 8 of the 13 faculties and 4 of the 5 Institutes on 1.600.000 m2 of land.  The Mustafa İnan Central Library, Central Lecture Hall buildings, Cultural and Art Association and 75. Yıl Student Social Center are the most intense living space found on this campus.  The dormitories on campus are as follows; The Gölet Dorms consist of 12 blocks with a capacity of 576, the Vadi Dorms consist of 4 blocks with a capacity of 1424, the Ayazağa Female student dorms consist of 3 blocks with a capacity of 384 and the Arı, Gök and Verda Üründül Dorms consist of 3 blocks with a total capacity of 220.  There are 9 various Arı Techno parks, an Arı Motor Vehicle Center and İTÜ KOSGEB established for entrepreneurship and innovation studies.   Additionally, there is a Mediko medical center, a 5100 capacity stadium, various cafes and an artificial lake.

    Faculties located at the Ayazağa Campus:Faculty 
    of Computer and Informatics
    Faculty of Electrical - Electronics
    Faculty of Science and Letters  
    Faculty of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
    Faculty of Civil Engineering
    Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
    Faculty of Mines
    Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics



    All İTÜ campuses are located at points that offer public transportation alternatives. There are İTÜ stops between the routes; there are 8 bus lines in Europe and 2 bus lines in Anatolia. İTÜ metro stop is located in front of the main campus in Ayazağa, and Taşkışla and Gümüşsuyu campuses can be reached within a few minutes’ walk from Taksim metro station. Taksim - Maçka cable car line is the transportation option between Taşkışla and Maçka campuses. Thanks to the fact that all the campuses are located in the city center and the public transport facilities are linked to each other, it is possible to easily reach other urban travel alternatives such as ferryboat, metrobus, tramway.

    We do not have a shuttle to pick up international students from the airport. Students are expected to make their own way to their dormitory or residence. Istanbul is a metropolitan city and there are buses, trains and tubes (metro) to and from İTÜ and other areas in the city until late hours.

    There are two major airports in İstanbul.

    From Istanbul Airport:By

    Havaist shuttle; (

    It would be best to take the Havaist Airport Shuttle, which is the most convenient way to travel to the city center, Taksim Square. You can find Havaist shuttles  outside of the airport exit gate. This bus would cost approximately 18.00 TL.

    Once arrived in Taksim, you can take metro to get to İTÜ Ayazağa station. Follow the İTÜ signs and you will find yourself at the entrance of İTÜ.

    To travel by metro, you must obtain an “Istanbul Card” from the information desk or the machines provided. Card fee is approximately 5.00 TL; additionally you will need to load credits to access the metro service. 1 metro pass costs approximately 3.00 TL.

    By taxi;

    When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab to the Ayazağa Main Campus which costs around 100.00 TL or to the city center which costs around 120.00 TL.

    From Sabiha Gökçen Airport:

    Sabiha Gökçen airport is the furthest and second major from the City.

    By HAVABUS shuttle;
    As mentioned above, you can take the HAVABUS airport shuttle at the airport exit gate to arrive in the city center, Taksim Square. The bus would cost approximately 20.00 TL . Once arrived in Taksim, you can take metro to get to İTÜ Ayazağa station. Follow the İTÜ signs and you will find yourself at the entrance of İTÜ.

    By taxi;

    When you arrive to the airport you may take a cab that will cost about 150.00 TL to go to İTÜ Ayazağa Campus. 

    Rent a Car

    If you have an international driver license, you can rent a car at Airport Car Rental Agencies.

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