Karadeniz Technical University

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Karadeniz Technical University (Turkish: Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi; Karadeniz=Black Sea), is a public research university in Trabzon, in the Black Sea region of Turkey. Established in 1955, it is the fourth oldest university in Turkey. Karadeniz Technical University is a state university institution subject to the Law No. 2547 on Higher Education in Turkey. It is supported mainly by state funds allocated by the Turkish Parliament.[1]

Karadeniz Technical University
Karadeniz Teknik Üniversitesi
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TypeState Technical University
EstablishedMay 20, 1955
PresidentProf. Süleyman BAYKAL
Member ofEUA


Founded on 20 May 1955, Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) is the fourth oldest university in Turkey, and the first university established outside İstanbul and Ankara. After a period of eight years, on 19 September 1963, the faculties of Natural Sciences, Civil Engineering-Architecture, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Forestry, which are the foundation stone of today's Karadeniz Technical University, were established. Four months later, on 2 December 1963 the University began its educational activities. The campus site has been gradually expanding since then and, with all kinds of social, cultural and sports requirements met on site, it has turned into an outstanding site set in a green belt of woodlands and playing grounds, which makes it one of the best campus settings in the world.

Expansion of the university continued with the opening of faculties of Earth Sciences, and medicine in 1973. Twelve km away from the main campus, a new campus has been established where educational faculty with many departments in a variety of teaching fields has been set up. Karadeniz Technical University is still expanding with the introduction of new departments. Faculties of communication and dentistry are the most recent academic units established. Faculties of pharmaceutical sciences and technical education are in the process of getting into active education and research.

With about 80 departments in 17 faculties, seven institutes, four higher education schools, about 50 programs in 13 vocational schools, many research and application centres, about 2150 teaching staff (with about 900 holding Ph.D.s), and about 55,000 students, Karadeniz Technical University is one of the largest universities in Turkey.[2]

Language of instructionEdit

Teaching language at Karadeniz Technical University is mainly Turkish. However, the increasing demand towards having courses in English has been taken into consideration by the administration. Recent developments include acceptance of new departments into Obligatory English Preparatory Programme before the commencement of the degree programme. Currently the students of first cycle degree programmes must show the required qualifications in English to be able to start the degree courses. All of the second and third cycle programmes have already been in this process for many years. In departments with English preparatory class, up to 30% of the courses are offered in English. Some of the postgraduate courses are also taught in English. A complete list of the courses and their teaching media is given in the information packages of each department.[3]

For exchange students separate classes can be arranged in English should they ask for it. All the exchange students are encouraged to include a course of Basic Turkish Language in their learning agreement.


Main Campus (Kanuni)Edit

  • Rectorate
  • Atatürk Culture Center
  • Faik Ahmet Barutçu Library
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • Heath Services Vocational Junior College
  • School of Tourism and Hospitality Job
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • Institute of Science and Technology
  • Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Black Sea Research Institute
  • Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • Research centers
  • Trabzon School of Health Sciences

Fatih CampusEdit

  • Fatih Education Faculty
  • Faculty of Communication
  • State Conservatory
  • Institute of Education Sciences
  • Trabzon Vocational School of Theology
  • Vocational Higher Education School of Physical Education and Sports

Akçaabat CampusEdit

  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Trabzon Vocational College

Sürmene CampusEdit

  • Sürmene Faculty of Marine Sciences
  • Abdullah Kanca Vocational Junior College

Muammer Dereli CampusEdit

  • Sürmene Faculty of Marine Sciences, Maritime Transport - Department of Maritime Transport-Management Engineering

Beşikdüzü CampusEdit

  • Beşikdüzü Vocational Junior College

Of CampusEdit

  • Of Faculty of Technology

Vakfıkebir CampusEdit

  • Vakfıkebir Vocational Junior College

Maçka CampusEdit

  • Maçka Vocational Junior College

Arsin CampusEdit

  • Arsin Vocational Junior College

Yalıncak CampusEdit

  • Faculty of Theology

Coast CampusEdit

  • Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Marine Science and Technology Institute
  • Coastal Recreational Facilities

ECTS credit allocationEdit

ECTS credits for each course included in a study programme was calculated based on true student workload. This includes:

  • setting up the objectives and learning outcomes of each course in the programme,
  • determining the activities to be carried out to achieve the outcomes on semester-basis,
  • estimating the in-class and out-class time required to complete these activities by

(1) asking the course directors (lecturers / instructors), (2) carrying out questionnaires with the successful students upon their completion of each course, and (3) getting the average value excluding the outliers to achieve a more reliable estimate.

  • summing up the total times required for each course in the programme to determine the true workload for a semester, which is around 750–800 hours per semester considering 17 week- long term including the exam period.
  • distributing the calculated total time proportionally between each course to calculate its ECTS credit.
  • This gives about 25 hours of workload per ECTS credit. The student workload in the faculties of Medicine and especially Dentistry, however, is much higher than this value due to extensive laboratory and clinical exercises as well as dental model production exercises in the latter.[4]

Academic recognitionEdit

As part of the integration into the European higher education area, Karadeniz Technical University ensures recognition of credits received in another higher education institution with which it has bilateral agreements, provided that the courses taken by the students are pre-agreed on by the departmental committee. Therefore, the students wishing to study abroad under the Erasmus+ programme are asked to get their learning agreements approved by their departments before application to the host institution. The signatures on the learning agreement assure the exchange students that their credits will be recognised and incorporated into their transcript of records as courses taken abroad. To ensure the recognition, the students are also asked to prepare a document of course equivalence in which the courses to be taken abroad and those they will be considered equal with after the mobility period are shown. This document, which is signed by the student and the members of the recognition committee of the department composed of the head of department, the Erasmus+ coordinator and the staff member responsible for course equivalence, and signed and stamped by the dean following a discussion in the faculty board, is a guarantor for the student in question showing that the courses to be taken abroad will be recognised as shon on the document.

If any changes are needed on the learning agreement, both the changes and the newly prepared equivalence document must be sent back to the home institution to follow the same track to be valid. Following the mobility period, the students are required to bring the transcript of records obtained from the host institution together with other documents such as learning agreement to the International Office which then gets in touch with the departmental coordinators to get the recognition process under the way. We make sure that the recognition is complete and all the courses passed by the student at the host institution are fully recognised by the department provided that they were pre-discussed and agreed up on by the student and the departmental recognition committee.[5]

International PerspectiveEdit

University rankings
Leiden World[6] 818
USNWR World[7] 1100

The Best Global Universities Ranking of the U.S. News & World Report ranks KTU 1100th in the world and 574th in the subject area "Engineering" as of 2019.[8]

By CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019, KTU is ranked at 818th (overall), 681st in the subject area "Biomedical and Health Sciences", 596th in the subject area "Life and Earth Sciences", 690st in the subject area "Mathematics and Computer Science", 656th in the subject area "Physical Sciences and Engineering".[9]

By URAP 2018, Karadeniz Technical University is ranked at 1135th (overall) and 707th in the subject area "Engineering".[10]




  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Communication
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Fine Arts
  • Faculty of Forestry
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Marine Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Technology
  • Conservatory



  • Abdullah Kanca Vocational Junior College
  • Arsin Vocational Junior College
  • Beşikdüzü Vocational Junior College
  • Heath Services Vocational Junior College
  • Maçka Vocational Junior College
  • Trabzon Vocational College
  • Vakfıkebir Vocational Junior College
  • Vocational School of Tourism and Hotel Management



  • Institute of Education Sciences
  • Institute of Health Sciences
  • Institute of Science and Technology
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • Institute of Forensic Sciences
  • Black Sea Research Institute
  • Marine Science and Technology Institute

Research and application centersEdit


  • History of Atatürk's Principles and Reforms
  • Computer Sciences
  • Computer Aided Design-Engineering and Production
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Environmental Issues
  • Sea Ecology
  • Electronic Communication Systems
  • Hazelnut - Tea
  • Patient Rights
  • Landslide
  • Women
  • Suleiman the Magnificent
  • Organ Transplant Education
  • Black Sea, Caucasus and Central Asian Studies
  • Materials Science and Production Technology
  • Preschool Education
  • Saadettin Güner Fuel
  • Forestry
  • Foreign Languages Teaching
  • Strategic Research
  • Continuing Education
  • Turkish Studies
  • Distance Education
  • Foreign Language Teaching


Since its establishment, Karadeniz Technical University has been heavily involved in international cooperation. Over the past few years, however, it has realised an enormous increase in international activities involving staff and student exchanges with universities in Japan, Central Asian Turkic republics, United States and many countries in Europe.

Karadeniz Technical University, which is one of the first universities in Turkey to join the Socrates-Erasmus program, matched with Gent University in Belgium, obtained Erasmus charter in 2003 (Charter No: 221082-IC-1-2003-1-TR-ERASMUS-EUCX-1). Since then, the number of bilateral agreements and the number of outgoing and incoming exchange students have increased steadily. The main aim is to receive as many students as we send abroad. Therefore, the university tries its utmost to help the incoming students to make their stay here exciting and rewarding. Believing that it may take quite a while for anyone to get used to the new environment, all incoming students are matched with a Turkish host whose role is to help his/her counterpart feel at home.[15]

The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[16]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutiongeneraldescription
  2. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutionpasttopresent
  3. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutionlanguageofinstruction
  4. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutionectscreditallocation
  5. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutionrecognitionofstudyabroad
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/karadeniz-teknik-university-529187. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking.
  10. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". www.urapcenter.org.
  11. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-firstcycledegreeprogrammesbachelor
  12. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-shortcycledegreeprogrammes
  13. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-thirdcycledegreeprogrammesdoctorate
  14. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/ktu-uam
  15. ^ http://www.ktu.edu.tr/en-informationontheinstitutioninternationalisation
  16. ^ http://www.kunib.com/?dil=eng&id=7&baslik=Tarihce#arubaslik

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