Next-Generation Engineers, Academicians, Leaders Will Stem From İTÜ
May 25, 2015

Engineers who are cognizant of the change of sectors in global scale, able to evaluate the future’s conditions today and who have earned innovative skills besides superior technical background will be trained.

The goal is to train engineers who will be “the best of the best” and to raise the bar for engineering education in our country.

İTÜ, the university of firsts and onlys, adds another to its pioneering steps in the academic world. Turkey’s first “Center for Excellence in Engineering Education” was founded in İTÜ. The center, which will operate under the abbreviation CE3, will train next-generation engineers and leaders. İTÜ Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca said, “We aim at transforming engineering education in a way that it will meet the expectations of the 21st century and being the pioneer in our country in doing that.”

“Center for Excellence in Engineering Education - CE3” which has a limited number of samples across the world and which is a first in Turkey, started operating in İTÜ. The center aims at training engineers who will not only keep in step with the change but will lead and govern the change. İTÜ CE3 that will support training next-generation academicians, engineers and leaders, will, as a pioneering and exemplary structure, also facilitate the development of the learning skills of students. The center will assume functions such as adapting engineering education in a way that it will meet the expectations of the 21st century and supporting the culture of leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation. Transforming engineering education with the help of “creative, innovative, interactive and inspiring” education, learning and research experiences and boldness in sustainable engineering education for constant improvement and quality assurance will also be one of the primary functions of the center.

‘Pioneering steps of engineering come from İTÜ’

İTÜ Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca expressed that the deep-rooted background of 242 years is brought together with expert experience and said that they are taking action to meet the rapid changes in engineering and technology education in the last 30 years according to global requirements and realities of the age. Karaca expressed that İTÜ is proceeding in engineering education with the goal of training “the best of the best” and said, “We are the university with the largest number of ABET accreditations with 29 departments. We are the first university in the world with the ABET EAC - Engineering Accreditation Commission accreditations with 23 programs. We are the only university in Turkey providing the Professional Engineering privilege. The bar is already high. But we will not content ourselves with this, on the contrary, we aim at doing the best of the best.”

Karaca said that they will conduct studies toward redefining the structure and content of engineering education and that İTÜ CE3 will develop both national and international collaborations. Karaca gave the following information:

“We aim at improving in İTÜ student knowledge and skills required for career planning-development in line with the imperatives of professional business life. Developing and improving academic performance and supporting successful and capable individuals are also among the center’s primary goals. İTÜ CE3 has a functional structure made up of ‘human oriented modules’ consisting of trainer development/support programs such as academic orientation, education support and improving quality in education; and ‘subject oriented modules’ toward systematic and special tasks such as course plan design; introduction and development of novel learning – teaching methods, tools, media; collaborations with industrial and professional business life stakeholders for the improvement of engineering education.”

İTÜ CE3’s Primary Goals

-Setting an example in national and international academic environment.
-Developing new collaborations with public, private and other universities.
-Conducting research, implementation and education studies that will increase quality of engineering education and promotion of engineering education.
-Developing the culture of giving and receiving engineering education and hence enhancing İTÜ’s national, regional and international visibility.
-Determining, developing, implementing effective learning methods for engineering education and, in parallel with that, appropriate tools and methods to measure and evaluate engineering learning effectiveness in line with future goals toward strategic planning and improvement activities.
-Supervising research toward improving engineering education in collaboration with other educational institutions that give engineering education, societal resources, industrial stakeholders and financial institutions.
-Developing effective teaching methods and material, and generalizing implementations.

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