Implementation of ITU - IUS Dual Diploma Protocol Began

On January 21, 2019, rector of Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Dr. Mehmet Karaca, led the official visit of ITU delegation to International University of Sarajevo (IUS), in relation to Dual Diploma Programs between the IUS and ITU which is among the highest ranked universities in Turkey.

ITU delegation and the IUS management led by Rector Dr. Ahmet Yıldırım headed the meeting, which was also attended by department Heads that will have IUS - ITU Dual Diploma Programs. Heads of departments will also take part in workshops during the day.

Today’s meetings of the university managements and workshops for department heads marked the beginning of Dual Diploma Protocol implementation.

The first hint regarding the Dual Diploma Programs between the IUS and ITU came after the delegation of IUS visited ITU Rector Dr. Mehmet Karaca in his office in July 2018. At that time our President of Foundation and Board of Trustees gave detailed information to ITU regarding feasibility and the strategy for the project, as well as comprehensive description of the legal procedures.

In a subsequent meeting in November 2018, International University of Sarajevo (IUS) and Istanbul Technical University (ITU) signed Dual Diploma Protocol and announced that the new study programs would be started in joint cooperation. The steps were to be taken to publish this program in the Turkish list of preferred study programs called ÖSS guidebook, for the academic year 2019-2020. It was announced that the study programs offered would be primarily engineering programs and that the framework for dual degree between the IUS and ITU would be as follows: After completing preparatory English school and the first 2 years of their studies at the IUS, and final 2 years of their study program at ITU, students who graduate will get a Dual Diploma of both universities.

Istanbul Technical University is a public university which has a long tradition dating since 1773, which also makes it one of the oldest universities in Turkey.  Istanbul Technical University is a prominent and pioneering university of engineering and architecture with many innovative studies in science, technology, research and development. ITU, as a university mainly composed of graduate engineering schools and research laboratories, works closely in collaboration with enterprises and other economic and social partners. ITU has created many Techno-Science parks, incubation centers, entrepreneurship, and innovation centers and technology transfer office.