Middle East Technical University (METU), founded in 1956, is an international research university. METU has academic departments in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, social-administrative sciences, architecture and education. The medium of instruction is English at all levels. All its engineering programmes are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). METU is the leading university in Turkey in terms of international research projects and the amount of funds generated from research activities. METU Technopolis, the first technology development area in Turkey, is among the first 20 technoparks in the world.