Gebze Technical University (Gebze Teknik Üniversitesi in Turkish (GTÜ)), one hour from Istanbul in Turkey, was established in 1992. It is one of two institutes of technology in the country, the other being Izmir Institute of Technology.
Originally known as Gebze Institute of Technology, Turkey’s first 3D printing technology centre was set up as an initiative of GTÜ, along with Gazi University in Ankar is situated in the town of Gebze, one of the most industrialised areas of the Marmara Region. It was founded with the aim of helping Turkish industry to gain a strong position in the competitive global arena.
Teaching takes place across four faculties, of sciences, engineering, architecture, and business administration; and three institutes, of engineering and natural sciences, social sciences, and earthquake and structural sciences. All GTÜ programmes are supported by some teaching in English.
Centennial sycamores welcome students to Çayırova campus, the original and main campus of GTÜ, which is just 10km from Gebze city centre, and easily accessible to and from Istanbul. In a wooded green savanna of 245 km2, this campus is right beside the Sultan’s Meadow, where Mehmed the Conqueror is said to have drawn his last breath.
Muallimköy Campus hosts Environmental Engineering, Geodetic and Photogrammetric Engineering, Biology, and Chemistry departments, among others. In 2009, the European Commission awarded the Diploma Supplement Label to eight universities, including GTÜ. This serves to increase their reputation and the reputation of their graduates internationally.
Turkey’s first 3D printing technology centre was set up in 2017 as an initiative by GTÜ, along with Gazi University in Ankara. It mainly designs products for aviary, defence, and machine production industries. Through agreements with around 100 European universities, around one in five students have the opportunity to spend a year of their university degree on an Erasmus programme.