‘Smart Campus’ cooperation between the Middle East Technical University (METU) and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
On Friday September 22 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Ankara, USTDA Regional Director Carl Kress and the Vice President of METU, Prof. Doc. Mehmet Zeyrek, signed an agreement that will provide $830,000 USD in technical assistance to develop ‘smart universities.’ This project will develop a road map for the efficient use of energy, transportation, construction and water management at METU.
As Ambassador Bass stated, “It is in our interest for Turkey to be a strong, stable, peaceful, prosperous and democratic….[The] efficient use of energy resources in economic development are really important components of achieving that strong, peaceful, prosperous and democratic Turkey. And so, we are very pleased that we can support the ongoing efforts to explore additional ways to improve energy efficiency and modernize information technology at METU and the potential that this offers… for other universities, businesses, and other parts of Turkish society to use energy more efficiently and to adapt the economy and the society to the opportunities of the digital age.”
Some board members from METU, METU Tekno Park and other experts also participated in the signing ceremony.