Thank you and Welcome,

First of all, thank you for welcoming ITU North Cyprus into your valuable community and we would like to welcome you to ITU North Cyprus where you can discover life and reach your goals.

Our mission is to be the stars of the Eastern Mediterranean area and improve the living quality in every social and technical area. It is possible to realize this ideal through young human resources that are educated, have innovative ideas and have depth to themselves. This tough responsibility belongs to us.

Your responsibility is to make use of the information built up over three hundred years in ITU and become responsible individuals with high levels of self-esteem and knowledge.

Are you ready to leave your mark on the North Cyprus campus of ITU, the home of the firsts and the bests with your innovations and original ideas?

May your future be paved with happiness and success… ercan kahya




Ercan Kahya, who was born in Erzurum in 1963, is originally from Uşak. After completing his graduate studies in ITU’s Civil Engineering Department in 1984, Kahya went on to complete a master’s degree in the same field at Boğaziçi University. In 1985 he went to the USA with a government scholarship to complete his Master’s and PhD. There, he completed his Master’s degree on Water Resources Engineering in 1988 at the Polytechnic University in New York. Following this, he began his PhD at Columbia University but then transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1989 and graduated in 1993. He began his professional academic career at Selçuk University and after working there for six years he moved on to ITU, where he is currently working, in 2001. Later between the years 2004-06 and 2008-10, he became a visiting professor at the American University in Dubai (AUD) and the American University of Sharjah (AUS) which are found in UAE Dubai and Sharjah Emirates.


His initial experience in an executive position began in 2002-2004 when he was the deputy head of ITU’s Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology. Since 2012, he has been the Rector of ITU North Cyprus Education and Research Campuses and the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prof. Kahya is a member of various national and international scientific organizations and his main areas of interest are: Water Resources, Hydroclimatology, Hydrology, and Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering. I addition to more than 53 SCI and 10 other index articles, he has published 85 national and international conference proceedings and abstracts. He has received 2386 references for his publications as of October 2019 in the Web of Science (Research ID), 2629 in Scopus, 3579 in ResearchGate and over 4277 on Google Scholar. His h-index values are 22; 23; 27 ve 28 respectively.


He is for the belief that the human, the most majestic of the creations, is blessed with a treasure called the brain and is capable of reaching the secret of existence and understanding or feeling it in this chaotic puzzle of life. That’s why he agrees that it is the duty of every intellectual person to search for, then share everything that is just and true. He loves many different types of art, music and sport but is also aware of the fact that literature and history are the medicine of the modern people in today’s world. He has only one hobby and that is the joy of watching a beautiful landscape with a depth.


Prof. Kahya, who is also a member of the Muaythai Federation Centre Executive Committee, is married with two children.


- For detailed information on Prof. Ercan Kahya’s resume click on the following link: CV

Establishment: Istanbul Technical University was founded in 1773 with the name Mühendishane-i Bahr-i Hümâyun (The Imperial School of Naval Engineering).


Opening: ITU North Cyprus began English preparatory education at the Famagusta Campus in the 2011-2012 Academic Year.


Campus: The Famagusta Campus is on a 45 acre land. It includes 10 new buildings and 6 old monuments.


Students: As of the 2016-2017 Academic Year, the number of students has reached 350.


Logo: The word “ITU” is written with the corporate writing font Republic. The “Bee Logo” is framed with an ellipse which has the words “Istanbul Technical University” written in it and at the bottom the words “North Cyprus” are written in one color.


Texture: The logo was formed on the basis of the honeycomb which represents infinite repetition.


Color: Tones of navy and gold form the basis of the corporate identity.


Motto: "Her zaman (n+1)'inci nesil üniversite"