Yıldız Technical University

Yıldız Technical University (Tr. Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi, often simply referred to as YTU or Yıldız) is a prominent technical university dedicated to engineering and natural sciences, as well as social sciences recently, and is one of the oldest educational institutions in Istanbul, Turkey. The central campus lies within the Beşiktaş district and the new Davutpaşa campus [tr] lies within the Esenler district. The university is composed of ten faculties,[2] three vocational schools,[3] and two institutions.[4]

Yıldız Technical University
Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi
Yıldız Technical University logo.svg
Former names
Kondüktör Mekteb-i Âlisi/ The Conductors (Technicians) School of Higher Education (1911-1922)

Nafia Fen Mektebi/The School of Public Works (1922-1937)

The Istanbul Technical School (1937-1969)

Architectural Academy (1969-1982)

Yıldız University (1982-1992)
MottoThe ever-shining star (*)
TypeState Technical University
Established1911; 112 years ago (1911)
AffiliationCaucasus University Association,
PresidentProf. Dr. Tamer Yılmaz
Academic staff
CampusYıldız • Davutpaşa • Maslak
Colors  Navy   Yellow
Yıldız Technical University logo variant.svg
(*) Yıldız means star.


Yıldız Technical University Campus
Yıldız Technical University A Block
Yıldız Technical University Main Square

Yıldız 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.[5]

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.

Campuses historyEdit

Yıldız Technical University in Istanbul, Faculty of Architecture

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 Yıldız 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
  • Faculty of Literature and National Culture Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Sciences
  • Faculty of Art and Design
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Naval Architecture and Maritime
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Applied Sciences

Institutes and schoolsEdit

  • Institute of Science and Engineering
  • Institute of Social Sciences
  • School of Vocational Studies
  • School of Foreign Languages


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[6]901-1000
CWTS World[7]762
RUR World[8]660
THE World[9]801-1000
USNWR Global[10]769
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[11]101 (2022)

In 2018, Times Higher Education ranked the university top 1000 in the world.[12]

In the QS World University Rankings 2020, YTU is ranked at 351-400th in the subject areas "Electrical & Electronics Engineering" and "Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering". In "Physics & Astronomy", YTU attained 501-550th position. Moreover, in the broad subject area of "Engineering & Technology", YTU stands at 451-500th place worldwide.[13][14][15]

In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019, YTU is ranked at 201-300th in the subject area "Civil Engineering", 301-400th in the subject area "Mechanical Engineering", and 401-500th in the subject areas "Physics" and "Chemical Engineering".[16][17][18][19]

The Best Global Universities Ranking of the U.S. News & World Report ranks YTU 769th in the world and 292nd in the subject area "Engineering" as of 2019.[20]

By CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019, YTU is ranked 762nd (overall), 450th in the subject area "Physical Sciences and Engineering" and 422nd in the subject area "Mathematics and Computer Science".[21]

By URAP 2018, Yildiz Technical University is ranked 868th (overall) and 461st in the subject area "Engineering".[22][23]

By Round University Ranking 2019, YTU is ranked 660st in the world, 529th in the "Technical Sciences" and 598th in the "Natural Sciences".[24][25][26]

Notable facultyEdit

Notable alumniEdit

See also Yıldız Technical University alumni for the detailed list.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b https://stg.yildiz.edu.tr/images/files/2021%20YILI%20YT%C3%9C%20%C4%B0DARE%20FAAL%C4%B0YET%20RAPORU-%20yay%C4%B1nlanan%20%20(28_02_2022)(1).pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi - Fakülteler". Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi - Yüksekokullar". Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Yıldız Teknik Üniversitesi - Enstitüler". Retrieved 27 August 2013.
  5. ^ History of Yıldız Technical University
  6. ^ "ARWU World Top 500 Candidates | ARWU World University Rankings 2018 | Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 | Top 500 universities | Shanghai Ranking - 2018".
  7. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking".
  8. ^ "World University Rankings".
  9. ^ World University Rankings 2017-2018
  10. ^ https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/yildiz-technical-university-528878[bare URL]
  11. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  12. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017.
  13. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Engineering - Electrical & Electronic".
  14. ^ "QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020: Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing".
  15. ^ "Engineering and Technology". Top Universities.
  16. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Physics | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". www.shanghairanking.com.
  17. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Mechanical Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". www.shanghairanking.com.
  18. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Civil Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". www.shanghairanking.com.
  19. ^ "ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019 - Chemical Engineering | Shanghai Ranking - 2019". www.shanghairanking.com.
  20. ^ "The Best Global Universities Ranking of the U.S. News & World Report".
  21. ^ Studies (CWTS), Centre for Science and Technology. "CWTS Leiden Ranking". CWTS Leiden Ranking.
  22. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". www.urapcenter.org.
  23. ^ "URAP - University Ranking by Academic Performance". www.urapcenter.org.
  24. ^ "World University Rankings". roundranking.com.
  25. ^ "Subject Rankings". roundranking.com.
  26. ^ "Subject Rankings". roundranking.com.

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