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Yildiz Technical University

Yildiz Technical University
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi
Motto The ever-shining star (*)
Established 1911
Type Public university
President Prof. Dr. İsmail Yüksek
Academic staff 1384
Students 21,000
Location Istanbul, Turkey
Campus Yıldız • Davutpaşa • Maslak

(*) Yıldız means star.

Yildiz Technical University (Tr. Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi, often simply referred to as YTU or Yildiz) is a technical university dedicated to engineering sciences and is one of the most prominent educational institutions in Istanbul, Turkey. The central campus lies within the Beşiktaş district. The new DavutpaşaTemplate:Dn campus lies within the Esenler district.


Yildiz Technical University has a distinguished history that dates to 1911. YTU was founded as Kondüktör Mekteb-i Âlisi (Conductors School of Higher Education) in order to meet the “science officer” (known previously as conductors, and today as technicians) needs of the Municipality Public Works Section. The school was modeled on the syllabus of the “Ecole de Conducteur” and was affiliated with the Ministry of Public Works. The school’s name was changed to Nafia Fen Mektebi (School of Public Works) in 1922. The duration of education was increased to two and a half years in 1926 and three years in 1931.

Following the increase in public facilities and the requirement for technical services, a ruling ordered the closure of Nafia Fen Mektebi and the establishment of a Technical School to supply the workforce for the gap between technical officers and professional engineers. The school provided a two-year program for technical officers and a four-year program for engineers. Buildings were granted from the Yıldız Palace annexes, which are still in use today.

In the early period, the school consisted of civil and mechanical departments, educating students as technical officers and engineers. Starting with the 1942-1943 semester, electrical and architecture departments were added as part of the Department of Engineering. The school was established as an autonomous higher education and research institution in 1969. With a law which ruled for the closing of special vocational schools in 1971, engineering schools were affiliated with the Istanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy.

Yıldız University was formed by the merger of the Istanbul State Engineering and Architectural Academy along with affiliated schools of engineering, and related faculties and departments of the Kocaeli State Engineering and Architecture Academy together with the Kocaeli Vocational School. The new university incorporated a Science Institute, a Social Sciences Institute, and the departments of Science-Literature and Engineering, Foreign Languages, Turkish Language, Atatürk Principles & the History of Revolution, Physical Education and Fine Arts.

The university took its final name in 1992 as Yilidz Technical University. The Faculty of Engineering was divided into four faculties and restructured as: Faculty of Electrical-Electronics, Faculty of Construction, Faculty of Mechanical and Chemical-Metallurgy, and Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences. The Kocaeli Faculty of Engineering and the Kocaeli Vocational School were separated from the university to be restructured as Kocaeli University.


  • Faculty of Electric and Electronics official page
  • Faculty of Literature and National Culture Studies
  • Faculty of Art and Design official page
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences - official page
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering - official page
  • Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering - official page
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering - official page
  • Faculty of Naval Architecture and Maritime - official page
  • Faculty of Architecture - official page
  • Institute of Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • School of Vocational Studies
  • School of Foreign Languages

Notable faculty

Notable alumni


See also



External links

  • YTU Official Page (Turkish)
  • YTU Official English Page
  • Alumni Organization (Turkish)

Coordinates: 41°03′05″N 29°00′43″E / 41.05149°N 29.01191°E / 41.05149; 29.01191

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