About Us

ODTÜ KALTEV

is a research and production area that brings together entrepreneurs who produce innovative technologies and academics who provide the infrastructure for these technologies. The work for establishing ODTÜ KALTEV started in September 2016 and the cooperation protocol for the investment of ODTÜ KALTEV was signed in March 2017. The first initiative of ODTÜ KALTEV and the first incubation program of Northern Cyprus, Think, Experiment, Transform, was launched to start the process of turning the projects of entrepreneurial ODTÜ students into products. The foundation of ODTÜ Kalkanlı Technology Valley R&D Complex was laid on May 22, 2017.ODTÜ Kalkanlı Technology Valley has three main objectives:

 

  • To bring together all the components (academy, industry and public institutions) that will play a role in innovative and sustainable production and to establish a production process that will transform research outputs into added value.
  • To facilitate collaboration between industry members who want to improve their production processes with innovative technologies and researchers and students who seek support for developing advanced technologies.
  • To support technology-oriented development in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and to improve employment opportunities.

 Middle East Technical University, the architect of Turkey’s first technopark, aims to be the initiator of the technology-oriented development revolution on the island by establishing the first technology valley of Northern Cyprus. With this mission, ODTÜ KALTEV will bring together more than 100,000 students, hundreds of researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and stakeholders such as TÜBİTAK, T.C. Lefkoşa Embassy Development and Economic Cooperation Coordination Office and civil society organizations in Northern Cyprus. The innovation energy and research potential created by the stakeholders who come together will transform Northern Cyprus with science and technology!

With the idea of “ODTÜ does not have a Silicon Valley, but it has a Kalkanlı Valley!”, ODTÜ Kalkanlı Technology Valley aims to transfer ODTÜ’s 61-year-old research and development experience to the island. ODTÜ KALTEV was designed as a production ecosystem that will mature entrepreneurial ideas in incubation centers and establish productive collaborations between researchers and industry. With the principle of “Science does not know isolation.”, ODTÜ KALTEV will focus on research areas that will shed light on the future of the world, such as sustainability, cyber security, renewable energy, advanced materials, smart systems, water and waste management and development studies.
ODTÜ Kalkanlı Technology Valley was designed to acquire the official status of Technology Development Zone. The legal regulations regarding Technology Development Zones in the TRNC are continuing rapidly.

ODTÜ KALTEV​ MANAGEMENT

Innovation is the lifeblood of progress, and research is the heart that pumps it. As we journey through the realm of knowledge, let’s remember that every discovery is a stepping stone towards a brighter future.

Prof. Dr. Murat Fahrioglu — Director ODTÜ KALTEV

Vice-Director
Assoc. Prof. Cem Direkoglu

Vice-Director
Assoc. Prof. Dizem Arifler

General Secretary
Dr. Barış Güngördü

Webmaster
Dr. Muhammad Toaha Raza Khan

Mission Statement

ODTÜ KALTEV, the first technology valley of Northern Cyprus, is committed to fostering a research and production ecosystem that nurtures innovative technologies and facilitates their transformation into valuable products. We aim to unite all stakeholders – academia, industry, public institutions, and over 100,000 students – to collaborate, innovate, and drive technology-oriented development in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Our focus areas include sustainability, cyber security, renewable energy, advanced materials, smart systems, water and waste management, and development studies. With the spirit of ‘Science does not know isolation’, we strive to improve employment opportunities, enhance production processes, and ultimately, transform Northern Cyprus with science and technology.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values at ODTÜ KALTEV are centered around fostering innovation, promoting collaboration, and driving transformation. We are committed to bringing together academia, industry, and public institutions to establish a production process that transforms research outputs into added value. We facilitate collaboration between industry members and researchers, supporting the development of advanced technologies. We aim to support technology-oriented development in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and improve employment opportunities. We believe in the power of science and technology to transform Northern Cyprus, and we are dedicated to focusing on research areas that will shape the world’s future.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy at ODTÜ KALTEV is rooted in the belief that innovation and collaboration are key to sustainable production and technological advancement. We strive to create an environment that nurtures entrepreneurial ideas, facilitates productive collaborations, and transforms research outputs into added value. We are committed to supporting technology-oriented development in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, improving employment opportunities, and transforming the region with science and technology. Guided by the principle that “Science does not know isolation”, we focus on research areas that will shape the future of the world. Our goal is to leverage ODTÜ’s 61-year-old research and development experience to drive a technology-oriented development revolution on the island

ODTÜ-KALTEV at a Glance​

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