Karadeniz Technical University (KTU) is a large state university in Trabzon, Turkey founded in 1955 with 17 faculties, over 60 departments and close to 2400 academic staff and 58000 students. Among 192 universities in the country, the university is one of the first universities to be awarded with ECTS label and diploma supplement. KTU embodies seven graduate schools, one in natural and applied sciences with around 2500 students. The university has long history about international relations in research and education, particularly with the Socrates-Erasmus programme.
The main campus is situated in Trabzon, historically and socio-culturally the most important center of Eastern Black Sea Region with a history of approximately 5000 years. Established in 1971, The Faculty of Forestry is the leading institution in forestry education and research in Turkey, focusing primarily on multiuse forest management planning and decision support systems (DSS), biodiversity conservation, geographic information system (GIS), and has a high profile in applied fire management particularly in the Mediterranean region. The faculty has a strong collaboration with the General Directorate of Forestry (OGM), the solo owner of Turkish forests. The faculty has coordinated a number of large-scale projects with EU frameworks programmes – such as ALTERFOR, STARTREE, AGORA and a few COST projects.
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