ABET Accreditation

Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET (Criteria: Ocean Engineering). www.abet.org


Continue the unique Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering program in Turkey with emphasis on life-long learning and continuous development applied to education and research. This program aims to achieve an understanding of fundamentals of mathematics, science and engineering coupled with advanced skills to design, manufacture and use marine/offshore structures and systems using modern decision making and analysis methods.

Educational Objectives
The Educational Objectives of the Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Program are as follows:
1. to equip students with an ability to design all kinds of marine vehicles, coastal and offshore structures,
2. to provide students with a strong background in engineering fundamentals allowing lifelong learning, which will aid them in problem solving and decision-making,
3. to provide students with skills to handle conflict, work in teams with different backgrounds due to the diverse working areas, and care about the environment and other related contemporary issues,
4. to graduate students competent in written/oral presentation skills, and modern engineering tools,
5. to encourage our graduates for pursuing a career in academia, graduate studies and in research.
Student Outcomes
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c. an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
d. ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g. an ability to communicate effectively
h. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
i. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j. a knowledge of contemporary issues
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program History

ITU and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) have entered a collaborative experiment on accreditation. As a part of this collaboration Istanbul Technical University hosted the ABET International Faculty Workshop on Continuous Program Improvement, between April 17-18, 2002 in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) visited Istanbul Technical University between October 12 -15, 2003 to evaluate the twelve engineering programs along with the Ocean Engineering program for initial Accreditation. The visiting team consisting Dr. Dave Holger as the Team Chair, Dr. Wayne Neu as evaluator for the Ocean Engineering Program used the ABET Accreditation Policy and Procedures Manual EC 2000 to evaluate the baccalaureate degree program offered by the Department of Ocean Engineering.
The EAC findings were conveyed in a draft statement to the institution and Ocean Engineering Program for review and comments. The Program has submitted a response to ABET explaining the actions initiated to address the EAC/ABET team’s findings. The EAC Commission of ABET transmitted the final statement of its findings and reported its decision to ITU indicating that the EAC/ABET had approved “substantial equivalency” to the BS degree in OE program at ITU to September 30, 2006.

Back then “Ocean Engineer and Naval Architecture” title was given to the graduates and that was stated in the diplomas. However, in 2005, The Higher Education Council (YOK thereafter) of Turkey has made a decision to just state the program titles in the diplomas instead of the titles given to the graduates. Following this act, there were requests from the sector that the program name should also be changed to comprise both “ocean engineering” and “naval architecture” titles. Regarding the sector needs the “Ocean Engineering Program” has changed its name to “Shipbuilding and Ocean Engineering Program” following the Higher Education Council (YOK) decree on July 01, 2009.

The last general review was carried out in 2010 and the Final Statement from ABET for SOEUP along with some other Undergraduate Programs of ITU was received in 2012. The program will be entering its third cycle for the accreditation through ABET in late 2016.

Annual Enrolment Data  
Year 2014 40 TBC
Year 2013 36 TBC
Year 2012 72 TBC
Year 2011 72 TBC


Annual Graduation Data  
Year Number of Graduates
2015 – 2016 NA
2014 – 2015 43
2013 – 2014 41
2012 – 2013 51
2011 – 2012 43