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, born in Erzurum in 1963, is originally from Uşak. After completing his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Istanbul Technical University (ITU) in 1984, Prof. Kahya registered a master’s degree in the same field in Boğaziçi University. He was awarded to study his graduate degrees in the USA with a government scholarship. In June of 1985, he first joined a ESL program in Oklahoma City then went to complete his Master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering at the Polytechnic University (New York) in 1988. Right after, he started his PhD study in Columbia University, later decided to transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in April of 1989 and graduated in 1993. He began his professional academic career at Selçuk University (Konya). After six years, he participated to ITU, where he is currently working. In the status of a visiting professor, he later affiliated with American University in Dubai (AUD) during the period 2004-06 and American University of Sharjah (AUS) during the period 2008-10, which are respectively located in Dubai and Sharjah Emirates in the UAE.


His first executive task experience began in the period 2002-2004 when he was the deputy head of ITU’s Graduate School of Science Engineering and Technology. Since 2012, he has been acting as the chancellor 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 fields of research interest are: Water Resources, Hydroclimatology, Hydrology, and Hydraulic and Coastal Engineering. He has 53 published; 5 revision submitted; 7 in review; and 5 submitted SCI monitored papers and in addition to these, he published 85 national and international conference proceedings and abstracts. As of March 2020, the distribution of citations that Prof. Kahya received for all his publications is as follows: 2.577 in the Web of Science (Publons); 2.815 in Scopus; 3.923 in ResearchGate; and 4.625 in Google Scholar. His h-index values are 24; 24; 28 and 30, 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"