Middle East Technical University is founded under the name of "Orta Do?u Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü" (Middle East High Technology Institute) on November 15th, 1956 to contribute to the development of Turkey and Middle East countries and especially to train people so as to create a skilled workforce in the fields of natural and social sciences.
It is unconditionally accepted that a university's mission is to ensure the understanding of current knowledge and the discovery of new knowledge. On this subject, there should be no hindrance to the discovery and sharing of new knowledge. An environment should be created in which research, creativity and student self-development can be fostered.Interdisciplinary education and research are encouraged. The university enables academic staff to work on educational and research projects with educational centres and institutes outside their own academic units.
METU Central Laboratory of the main objectives of our universities, scientific research involving modern test and analysis equipment for researchers working in public institutions and industry training and to measure the center.
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The main part of the campus has dormitory capacity of approximately 7000 students who benefit from a shopping area, banks, post office and many eating places. Also a wide variety of sports facilities, including gymnasiums, tennis courts, basketball and football fields, jogging trails, olympic-size indoor swimming pool, and an outdoor swimming pool are available on METU campus.
The first resort for students regarding their health and psychological problems is the Health and Guidance Center (HGC). Students apply with their Student ID Card to the Patient Reception Desk. The student’s initial examination, tests and treatment are carried out at the HGC within capacity and in accordance with the regulations.
The campus area is 4500 hectares and the forest area is 3043 hectares, including Lake Eymir, which is about 20 kilometers from the centrum of Ankara. The lake is available to METU students for rowing, fishing, picnicking and general recreational activities. Bus service is provided from the METU main campus and locations in the city to the lake.
The METU Campus is located on the Ankara-Eski?ehir highway and has been forested entirely through the efforts of the University employees and students since the early 1960's.
The Campus includes Lake Eymir. The lake and its surroundings meet part of the rowing, fishing and picnicking needs of the METU employees and students.
There are various sports and recreation activities in METU sports environment and the students and personnel can choose from a wide array of challenges for all skill levels. Active sportsmen/women or students, who wish to enhance their capabilities at sports branches, can engage in physical exercise with the guidance of an advisor or under the supervision of a trainer. The Directorate is at the entrance floor of the Indoor Gym. Moreover, every student can participate in sports activities individually.
METU has always sought external assessment, accreditation and certification by international organizations, and been committed to a "quality culture".
As a part of its efforts to ascertain world-quality education, in 1991 METU initiated a long-term program to have all its engineering programs accredited by the United States Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
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