ITU Dept. of Industrial Product Design operates in Istanbul as a local hub of international design network, and has strong and diversified international relations as the globalization of design sector requires. The department is a member of ICSID (International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design) since 2001, and a member of CUMULUS (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media) since 2010.
The department is also an active contributor to international activities in Turkey and abroad. ITU was the first design school from Turkey, that exhibited student design works in 'Salone Satellite' of Milan International Furniture Fair in 2003 and 2007. For details; Milan Project The department acts as a local partner in Istanbul for education and research projects of global corporations such as Nokia.
Since 1999, two international design conferences were organized, every year international workshops are organized by designers from all around the world, and designers and academicians give seminars as part of the 'ITU International Design Lectures'.
ITU Industrial Product Design Department has the highest number of of international exchange programs in Turkey. Our ERASMUS and bilateral agreements:
Estonian Academy of Arts (Estonia)
Aalto University (UIAH / TAIK) (Finland)
Ecole Superieure d'Art et Design - ESAD de Reims- (France)
ESCI Les Ateliers (France)
Fachochschule Coburg (Germany)
Hochschule Bremen (Germany)
Staat. Hoch. für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (Germany)
Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design (Germany)
University of the Aegean (Greece)
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
University of Sassari (Italy)
TU Delft (Netherlands)
KAIST (South Korea)
Malmö University (Sweden)
University of Göteborg (Sweden)
Linnaeus University (Sweden)
University College West Flanders-HOWEST (Belgium)
Leeds Metropolitan University (UK)
Sheffield Hallam University (UK)
NID-National Institute of Design (India) (awaiting for ratification!)
"ITU International Design Lectures" Series
Professor Emeritus, Bruce Archer (Royal Collece of Art, UK), 1994.
Dr John Langrish (Machester Metropolitan University, UK), 1994.
Ettore Sottsass (Sottsass Associates, Italy), 1998.
Professor Ezio Manzini (Politecnico di Milano, Italy), 2000.
Professor Richard Buchanan (Carnegie Mellon University, USA), 2000.
Professor Vladimir Hubka (TH Zurich, İsviçre), 2000.
Dante Donegani (Domus Academy, Italy). 2001.
Gerrhard Kohner (DaimlerChrsyler, Germany). 2001.
İllaria Marelli, (Cappelini s.p.a. Italy). 2001.
John Arbak (Watson Furniture Co. USA). 2002.
Thomas Rainer (Germany). 2003.
Professor Kwung Won Chung (KAIST, South Korea), 2004.
Professor John Langrish (University of Salford, UK), 2005.
Professor James Bennett (SUNY New Paltz, USA), 2005.
Professor Egon Chemaitis (Berlin University of Arts, Germany), 2006.
Karl Palmas & Otto vo Bush (Goteborg University, Sweden), 2006.
Konstantin Grgic (KGID, Germany), 2006.
Professor Pekka Korvenmaa (University of Art & Design Helsinki, Finland), 2007.
Jan Chipchase (Nokia Insight & Innovation Studio, Japan), 2007.
T. Jacob Jensen (Jacob Jensen Design, Denmank), 2007.
Ezri Tarazi (Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Israel), 2007.
Praveen Nahar (National Institute of Design, India), 2007.
Professor Charles Boone (San Francisco Art Institute, USA), 2007.
Eero Miettinen (Nokia, Finland), 2008.
Professor Martin Relander (TAIK, Finland), 2008.
Kei Kagami (Kei Kagami, Japan), 2009.
Professor Paul Chamberlain (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), 2009
Glen Adamson ( Victoria & Albert Museum, UK), 2009
David Crowley (Royal College of Art, UK), 2009
Dr. Kart Summatavet (University of Tartu, Estonia), 2009.
Dr. Artemis Yagou (AKTO, Greece), 2010
Prof. Klaus Krippendorff (University of Pennsylvania, USA), 2010
Dr. Otto von Bush (HDK - Goteborg University, Sweden), 2010.
Other prominent figures of the international design world such as Prof. Victor Margolin (USA), Prof. Jonathan Woodham (UK), Gui Bonsiepe (Germany/Brazil), Hella Jongerius (Netherlands), Prof. John Heskett (Hong Kong), Fiona Raby (UK), Prof. Yrjö Sotamaa (Finland) and Prof. M.P. Ranjan (India) also took part in design conferences, seminars and talks hosted by ITU since 2000.