Middle East Technical University

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The Middle East Technical University (METU) Middle East Technical University (METU) is a state university founded in 1956. It is one of the highest-ranking universities in Turkey with its quality higher education and research activities offered in three campuses (Ankara, Erdemli, and Guzelyurt-Northern Cyprus) to national and international students, researchers and academics.  METU has 40 undergraduate programs within 5 faculties (Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Economics and Administrative Sciences, and Education), 5 Graduate Schools with 100 masters and 66 doctorate programs and a School of Foreign Languages which includes the English Preparatory Department.  The University has 19 international joint degree programmes with European and American universities at undergraduate and graduate level and hosts over 1700 international students from nearly 85 different countries. Via “Special Student" or “Exchange Student” programs METU offers international students the option of attending courses for a semester or a year-round as well. Currently, the university has about 24500 students (4800 are in masters and 2900 are in doctorate programs) and 2600 full-time academic staff (900 Ph.D.s/1,150 teaching). Most of METU departments receive the top 1% of an approximate 1.5 million applicants taking the National University Entrance Examination. 

Since its foundation, METU – as an international research university – has been the leading university in Turkey in terms of depth and breadth of international research projects and the amount of funds generated from research activities. Research activities carried out by faculties, graduate schools and research centres generate 30% of the total revenues of METU each year. METU has the greatest share in national projects funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). Moreover, it has actively taken part in and managed many projects under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) following 2007, as well as projects under other international funding mechanisms such as COST, Eureka, NASA, NATO, NSF, UN, UNIDO, UNEP, World Bank, etc. In fact, the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes (FP) have the largest share in terms of budget and number in METU. METU’s participation in FP is one of Turkey’s success stories, where METU ranks first in and among the Turkish universities in terms of the number of FP7 projects participated as of 2011.

Leader of WP2. METU will also provide expertise and assistance on WP4, WP5 and WP6.

Core team

Prof. Feride Acar, Professor in the Department Political Science and Public Administration and the Founding Chair of the Gender and Women Studies Graduate Program. She was the chairwoman (2003–2005) and currently is a member of the CEDAW committee. 

Ayse Ayata, Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Gender and Women Studies Graduate Program. She is also the Head of the Centre for Black Sea and Central Asia (KORA), METU.

Canan Özgen, Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at METU, and the Director of the Research Center of Applied Ethics. She is the Dean of the Graduate School of Sciences and held various administrative positions within the university.

Gülbanu Altunok

Gülbanu Altunok, PhD. in Political Science and Public Administration. Researcher in the EUFP6 QUING project and the EUFP7 EGERA project and part-time lecturer at METU and Bilkent University.

Gülbanu Altunok

Middle East Technical University
Gülbanu Altunok