TOBB University of Economics and Technology (TOBB ETU)
is a private non-profit foundation university founded officially in 2003 by “The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey” (TOBB). It is the first and only university to offer cooperative education in Turkey. The university has 6 faculties, two institutes with more than 5000 students.
TOBB ETU, despite its relative youth, is now one of the Turkey’s leading universities, with acknowledged reputation for excellence in research and teaching, for innovation and for links with business and industry. Owing to its deep-rooted relationship with TOBB that is the highest legal entity in Turkey representing the private sector, the links with business and industry is consistently and strongly maintained. The results of the 2014 “University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP)” indicate that among the universities founded after 2000, TOBB ETU ranked 1st overall in Turkey.
TOBB ETU Department of Architecture, founded in 2011, offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Undergraduate program lasts 4 years (11 semesters): 8 semesters of education at the university, 3 semesters of internship (cooperative education). Each year is divided into 3 semesters. The graduate master program lasts 4 semesters. The department accepts 45 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students per year. Based on students’ choice, TOBB ETU Department of Architecture ranks 4th among more than 90 departments of architecture in Turkey.
Within complex, unpredictable and dynamic theoretical, technological and practical environments of the architectural discipline, the department was founded with the intention of creating an experimental curriculum structure, unique in Turkey. Equipped with all digital production design, research, and presentation technologies, the Architecture Department aims to:
-Offer an alternative education where students' choices are well considered;
-Educate architects who can design and conduct research and applications at international standards;
-Define and promote its institutional identity with contemporary educational politics.
-Offer a simple but at the same time strong curriculum, which endeavors to make an absolute individual autonomy and responsiveness, strategic perspectives and ability to construct new visions.
The Architecture Department acknowledges the key role of architecture between primary and applied sciences, the link between theory and application, the creativity that sails between science and the arts and the impacts that close the gap between the academic and real world. In this respect, the program promotes an educational model that is based on strong and continuous collaboration with all areas of design.
The corollary is that the curriculum of the Architecture Department has been structured as a process with the aim to produce new creative knowledge and organize strategies where such knowledge can be applied to resolve real world problems. Our curriculum, therefore, consists of five principal modules: Architectural Design Studios; Architectural Culture, History and Theories; Architectural Design, Presentation and Research Methods and Techniques; Building Technologies; Elective subjects. The principal is to utilize the progressive and updatable characteristics of the modules and therefore keep the curriculum sustainable. The core curricular module at TOBB ETU, experimental, digitally augmented, and hybrid architectural design studios are vertically structured to create a common ground for the young ones to learn from the elder ones.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e)
in The Netherlands, founded in 1956, is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to: 1. science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility; 2. science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry; 3. science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education.
The University is structured around 9 departments and 11 service entities. TU/e has 3,055 employees (33% international) and 2,044 academic staff. The Students' population includes: 4,700 Bsc, 3,070 MSc and 1,150 PhD candidates. The Bachelor's and Master's programs are incorporated in a Bachelor College and Graduate School respectively. From September 2015 both programs are taught in English. TU/e offers a variety of high quality courses developed in line with the life-long learning principles : 11 three-year Bachelor’s programs (BSc); 22 two-year Master’s degree programs (MSc) and11 two-year designer programs (PDEng). TU/e offers double degree programs. These may be converted into joint degree programs. TU/e accommodates 9 research groups and participate with numerous research institutions and research schools. About 15 research projects are under development and in collaboration with foreign research organizations/partner universities.
Cooperation in Europe is strongly supported by participation in the institutional networks, as Eurotech Universities, CLUSTER, CESAER and the Santander Group. The TU/e also participates in the Leo-net network to improve the opportunities for students to find internships.
The TU/e-Department of the Built environment- focuses on the Sustainable Transformation of the city (Living City program). The research program Living Cities is managed by the unit Architectural Urban Design and Engineering (AUDE), one of the four units in the Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology and the core unit engaged in spatial, cultural and tectonic aspects of our built environment. The Living Cities program is organized around chairs.
Istanbul Technical University (ITU)
Founded in 1773 as the Imperial School of Naval Engineering during Ottoman Empire, Istanbul Technical University (ITU) is now one of the leading state universities in Turkey with approximately 32,000 students. The University offers 76 undergraduate and 140 graduate degree programs. ITU comprises 13 Faculties, 43 Departments, and 6 Graduate Institutes and Turkish Music Conservatory.
ITU is a very long-established higher education institution and presents a powerful research base for scientists and for prospective researchers with its highly-developed research infrastructure. Providing technical education within a modern educational environment and strong academic staff, ITU is strongly identified with architectural and engineering education in Turkey. ITU is one of the leading research-intensive technical universities in Turkey.
Being Turkey’s first technical university, ITU aims to create a new generation of technology and innovation to drive economic growth by conducting value-added and industrially applicable research. ITU’s researchers carry out research in the fields of engineering, core sciences, earth/planetary sciences, arts and social sciences. Particular research areas, in which the ITU researchers pursue discoveries and implement projects, are materials science, nanotechnology, aeronautics, mechatronics, biotechnology, renewable energy, sustainable building systems and design.
ITU is one of the leading research-intensive technical universities in Turkey. Regarding EU funded research; ITU currently has 22 projects from 6th Framework Programme, 47 projects from 7th Framework Programme, 4 projects from MEDA Programme, 2 projects from MINERVA Programme, 1 project from Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, 1 project from MATRA Programme, 1 project from Grundtvig Programme, 1 Project from Youth in Action Programme and 1 project from Black Sea Cross Border Cooperation Programme, 6 projects from Erasmus Plus Programme, 12 projects from Horizon 2020 Programme. Besides, ITU is actively involved in wide range of national projects. In this respect, ITU has around 8000 projects funded by different national research programmes since 2003.
11 International Dual Diploma Programs are being conducted at ITU. ITU is the only university with the largest number of International Dual Diploma Programs in Turkey. The contracted universities are State University of New York, Montana State University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Southern Illinois University, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Istanbul Technical University has an office called European Union Centre Research Office that gives information about EU Framework Programs and other EU Programs to the academic staff either by giving seminars, workshops ITU EU Centre Research Office works as a help desk office and gives technical guidance, information to the academic staff of ITU. ITU EU Centre Research Office has experts who have expertise in drafting and monitoring EU Programmes. ITU European Union Centre Research Office is one of the EURAXESS Service Centers in Europe. EURAXESS Service Centers were established to support foreign researchers in Turkey and to encourage Turkish researchers in the participation of the mobility programs of the European Union (EU), works in accordance with more than 200 other mobility centres currently established in the other member and associate countries of the EU. ITU adopts the principles set out in the European Charter for Researchers and in the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.
ITU Libraries hold more than 1 million items including books, periodicals, electronic resources, digital media collections, and musical recordings while the Mustafa Inan Library of MaslakCampus, provides 7 days 24 hours access to the public and ITU community. The Digital Library has digitized significant amounts of local material to enable online access to these resources. Currently, all ITU theses and dissertations until 2010 are online for the ITU Community. Additionally, the Special Collections department houses a collection of rare books pertaining to the history of engineering education and a wide range of archival documents on history of engineering in Turkey.
ITU has international accreditations testifying that the quality of its academic education is equivalent to that of the world’s leading universities. ITU has a world record by being accredited with is 23 departments by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the world’s foremost review organization in engineering education. ITU is the only university with the largest number of accredited departments worldwide. ITU, which is one of the world’s leading academic institutions also in the field of architecture, achieved American National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation held by only two universities outside USA.
Sapienza Università di Roma (UNIROMA1)
Sapienza University of Rome, founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and the second largest University in Europe, greatly able to manage its outstanding numbers:120.000 enrolled students, 8.000 of them coming from outside Italy and 3.000 incoming and outgoing exchange students each year, 11 faculties with their 63 departments, more than 4.700 professors and researchers and 4.300 administrative and technical staff. Sapienza offers a vast array of courses: around 260-degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level, 80 PhD courses, one to two year long lasting professional courses and Specialization Schools, Master’s degree programmes entirely taught in English, plus many English-taught single courses.
Sapienza is also one of the few Italian public Universities always ranked in major international rankings, active member of several international networks, and many others and plays a fundamental role in the academic international scenario. Committed to the importance of the internationalization of education and training, to the expertise and know-how sharing, to the collaboration in institutional and capacity building, ‘Sapienza’ is engaged, since a long time, in an extensive range of international cooperation projects and actions with almost every geographical area of the world. This long-lasting experience has brought ‘Sapienza’ to an extensive knowledge of the international cooperation that made it ables to develop a wide and now tested range of management and operational skills in the field. Also, the International Office of the Faculty of Architecture has an extensive knowledge of the international cooperation, according with Sapienza rules. The Faculty of Architecture has 7.000 students, 169 exchange students/staff agreements: in the last year 195 students in and 146 students out inside EU countries and 29 exchange agreements with extra EU countries, for each year about 80 students in and 20.
UNIROMA1, founded in 1303, is one of the oldest universities in the world, and the second largest University in Europe, greatly able to manage its outstanding numbers: 120.000 enrolled students, 8.000 of them coming from outside Italy and 1.000 incoming and outgoing exchange students each year, 11 faculties which cover any kind of scientific and social area with their 63 departments, more than 4.700 professors and researchers and 4.300 administrative and technical staff. UNIROMA1 offers a vast array of courses: around 260 degree programmes at Bachelor and Master level, 80 PhD courses, one to two year long lasting professional courses and Specialization Schools, Master degree programmes taught in English, plus many English-taught single courses in various disciplines. UNIROMA1 is also ranked, in major international rankings, active member of several international networks such as UNICA, UNIMED, the SANTANDER GROUP and others and therefore plays a fundamental role in the academic international scenario. Committed to the importance of the internationalization of education and training, to the expertise and know-how sharing, to the collaboration in institutional and capacity building, Sapienza is engaged, since a long time, in an extensive range of international cooperation projects (Tempus, CBHE, Jean Monet, Alfa; Leonardo, Erasmus mundus, etc.), and actions with almost every geographical area of the world: from Asia to the Balkans, from Australia to the Middle East, from America to the ACP countries. The Faculty of Architecture has an extensive knowledge of the international cooperation that made it able to develop a wide and now tested range of management and operational skills in different fields. The Faculty is dived in 4 departments. It has managed National and International projects, researches and teaching programmes and workshops in the field of education development.
University of Thessaly (UTH)
with 18 Departments and various Research Centers, is a University with its own identity and with a prominent position in our national educational system. It was established in 1984 as University Of Thessaly (Presidential Decree 83/1984). Its administrative and academic center is in the City of Volos. The University of Thessaly is extended over the whole Region of Thessaly with academic Departments in Volos, Larissa, Trikala, Karditsa and Lamia. University of Thessaly provides undergraduate and postgraduate programs and extra-curricular modules in specific research and business fields, for over 12000 students. The main mission of the University of Thessaly is the promotion of scientific knowledge through research and the contribution to the cultural and economic development of the local community and wider society. It is known for its excellent research performance and outstanding scientific achievements, in accordance with the international standards. As part of its future goals, University of Thessaly intends to strengthen its cooperation’s abroad, increase its human resources, upgrade and utilize existing human resources, attract young scientists and encourage research through the creation of modern research structures, increase infrastructure and utilize its assets and funds from the EU with the research programs RFSR, FP6, FP7, INTERREG and LIFE. The members of the academic and research staff participate in European research networks and numerous innovative research projects in the EC.
Department of Architecture has been established in 1999. It offers a five year Diploma in Architectural Engineering which guarantees professional rights according to the EU Directives, plus two post professional / post graduate degrees. The profile of the Department is structured on the basis of understanding the importance of the role of contemporary architectural practices and new market specificities and opportunities. The main axes curriculum are based on a: the importance of theory, history, and general humanities to architectural studies, b: the expansion of the design from the buildings to the construction of landscape at various scales, c: the relationship of design and technology, the virtual space and the visual arts d: the emphasis on environmental practices.
Universidade de Lisboa (ULISBOA) - FAUL
Following an outstanding scientific and cultural tradition inherited from its prior institutions, Universidade de Lisboa was created in July 2013, as a result of the merger of Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Universidade de Lisboa (tracing its origins to the establishment of the Portuguese University in 1290). Universidade de Lisboa has 18 schools and over 100 research units, around 50,000 students, 4.000 lecturers, 2.500 non- academic staff and 400 degree courses.
Teaching, research, science, technology and innovation are the core business of Universidade de Lisboa. We aim to enhance our position as a “reference university”, not only on a nation-wide level, but also across Europe.
Universidade de Lisboa awards 1st cycle and 2nd cycle degrees, as well as 3rd cycle Degrees (Doctor) and the title of “Agregado”. It also has alternative offerings, such as programmes for continuing education, postgraduate studies and specialization courses aimed at meeting the training demands of emerging labour markets, at boosting economic competitiveness and promoting innovation.
The Universidade de Lisboa also comprises the European Institute of the Faculty of Law, which has provided post-graduate courses as well as seminars and conferences, for the past 20 years, encompassing all the relevant domains of EU integration. The European Institute of the Faculty of Law has played a key role in the dissemination of EU studies throughout Portugal.
The grants listed in the table below do not comprise all the funding received by the 18 schools of the Universidade de Lisboa in the past three years, as they are independent legal independent entities, according to National Law, able to participate autonomously in the Research and Innovation funding programmes.
The Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) is the successor of the former Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and the Universidade de Lisboa, merged together in July 2013. Due to this process, a different organizational structure was established, giving rise to new and ongoing developments in several areas of the university. The previous quality assurance systems from both universities had been properly established, each having its own board of School representatives, regulations and procedures, following ENQA’s European Standards and Guidelines and the Portuguese national agency for evaluation and accreditation of higher education (A3ES).
While the rectories, through their Quality Assurance Councils were responsible for the development of the Internal Quality Assurance Systems in each university, the Schools were actively engaged in implementing the quality assurance policies and using their specific mechanisms to manage and improve several aspects of the students learning experience. With the merge, a new office was created in the rectory (Gabinete de Avaliação e Garantia da Qualidade), which is now responsible for the university’s evaluation related activities, such as the study cycles accreditation, the quality assurance plan, the benchmarking of good practices relatedwith quality assurance and the overall technical support to the Quality Assurance Council, which is presently pending appointment by the Rector.
It is expected that the new Internal Quality Assurance System, which is currently being developed, follows the previous work from both universities, working closely with the Schools and the services in pursuit of institutional goals and quality standards that uphold the ULisboa’s vision, mission and objectives for the future.