Middle East Technical University 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. Middle East Technical University's presence brought about new methods and introduced innovations to Turkish higher education system manifesting METU as a pioneer of modern education nationwide. Furthermore, METU became the first and only university in Turkey to enter the “World’s Top 100 Universities” list according to the “World University Rankings 2014-2015”, released by the UK-based Times Higher Education (THE). In the “World Reputation Rankings”, released by the Times Higher Education in 2012, 2013, and 2014, METU had also been accredited as the first and only university in Turkey to enter the “World’s Top 100 Universities” list.
Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) at METU offers 54 MA and 22 PhD programs across various disciplines, including interdisciplinary programs. GSSS has a strong emphasis on promoting discussion on social sciences through workshops and lecture series and the Summer School fits to the overall mission of supporting excellence in graduate research.
For the introduction video of METU, please click on: http://www.metu.edu.tr/tr/video/odtu-tanitim-filmi-2013