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This picture is taken at METU Campus around Mechanical Engineering Department.

Among the Turkish cities, when considering the green areas within city limits, Ankara is in a higer rank. In contrast, METU has one of the largest green areas in the city of Ankara . The campus area has been forested entirely through the efforts of the University employees and students since the early 1960's , thus contains more than 10 million trees; the campus area is 4500 hectares and the forest area is 3043 hectares.


Middle East Technical University (METU) is founded under the name of "Orta Doğu 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.

In 1956, the first academic program to start education was the Department of Architecture. Then in spring semester of 1957, Department of Mechanical Engineering launched its academic program. At the onset of 1957-1958 academic year, the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Administrative Sciences were established. In 1959, the tasks undertaken to establish Faculty of Arts and Sciences were completed. Faculty of Education launched its academic program in 1982. Today, there are a total of 40 undergraduate programs in five faculties of METU.

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