Nazife Baykal

President’s Message:

Dear Prospective International Students:

Middle East Technical University (METU) is a Turkish state university established in 1956 in Ankara with the mission of educating a highly skilled workforce not only for Turkey, but also for the region. Today, it is a well-established, world-renowned higher education institution with more than 28 thousand students.

METU is among the world’s “top” universities in 12 scientific subjects, according to QS World University Rankings by Subject-2016 ; thus representing Turkey in the highest number of fields. METU, which appeared in the list of 10 subjects last year, was the only Turkish university to increase its number of fields this year, has demonstrated once again that it is a university, recognized nationally and internationally for its academic quality. METU is also the only Turkish university included among the “Highest Group” in the international university rankings by Times Higher Education, Webometrics, HEEACT, URAP and Leiden.

METU has brought its experience and excellence in teaching and research to Northern Cyprus Campus in 2005, with the purpose of establishing a new interface with international students.

Here on our new campus, we incorporate the strict academic standards of METU within the setting of Cyprus – a picturesque Mediterranean island – to form a unique combination that makes living the METU educational experience even more rewarding for our students. We, in our campus, enjoy the advantages of being a close-knit community, where almost all our faculty and most of our students live on campus, thus setting the stage for a unique, warm and close student-teacher relationship. Furthermore, our favorable student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1 guarantees our students perfect in-class and out-of-class academic exposure to the faculty. In fact, an exceptional and very unique culture has developed in METU NCC over the last few years, where students enjoy a sort of “personal touch” from everybody on campus; faculty, administrators and workers.

The fact that the majority of our students are from Turkey provides our international students with an invaluable chance to get acquainted with the Turkish culture. With its long history and unique position between East and West, Turkey is a place where everyone can find something in common with its people. While the medium of instruction is strictly English, we believe that our international students should not leave the campus without learning some Turkish. Two Turkish courses and one more course on modern Turkish history are offered to all our international students.

Choosing a university is a major decision that has permanent consequences for your whole life. Our prestigious METU diploma, being a major gateway both for your professional career and/or graduate studies in major world universities, will definitely have an important impact on your future career. I therefore invite you to further explore the opportunities that Middle East Technical University offers at its Northern Cyprus Campus, while planning for your future.

Prof. Dr. Nazife Baykal

Campus President