Gebze Technical University (GTU) was established upon the foundations and experience of Gebze Institute of Technology (GIT) with the decree dated 4 November 2014 of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye, interiting and embracing GIT's 22-year heritage. With its infrastructure, capacity, and academic staff, GTU is one of the young but experienced universities of Türkiye, set to become the most prominent scientific hub of the country.
In 1994-1995 Academic Year, Gebze Technical University (then GIT) started offering graduate education first under the Institute of Natural and Applied Sciences, with a total of 80 students in graduate programs including Electronics Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, and Management. In 1995-1996 Academic Year, graduate programs in Computer Engineering, Physics, Architecture, and City and Regional Planning were started; in 1996-1997 Academic Year, graduate programs in Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering and Energy Systems Engineering were started; in 1997-1998 Academic Year, the graduate program in Mathematics was started; and in 1999-2000 Academic Year, the graduate program in Earthquake and Structural Engineering was started. In 2001-2002 Academic Year, the Institute of Social Sciences was established, and in the following years, PhD programs in the abovementioned fields and interdisciplinary thesis and non-thesis master's programs were started to meet the industry's needs. As the institution's name was changed into "Gebze Technical University" in 2014, seven new institutes were established, and of them, the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Institute of Biotechnology started offering graduate education in the same year.
Gebze Technical Universirty started offering undergraduate education in 2001-2002 Academic Year at the Faculty of Engineering, with the Department of Computer Engineering and the Department of Electronics Engineering. The undergraduate education started in 2002-2003 Academic Year at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering under the Faculty of Engineering and at the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Physics under the Faculty of Science; in 2008-2009 Academic year, at the Department of Management under the Faculty of Business Administration and at the Department of Architecture under the Faculty of Architecture; in 2010-2011 Academic Year, at the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics under the Faculty of Science; in 2016-2017 Academic Year, at the Department of Environmental Engineering; and in 2017-2018 Academic Year, at the Department of Civil Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Geomatics Engineering under the Faculty of Engineering, at the department of City and Regional Planning under the Faculty of Architecture, and at the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Business Administration.
Gebze Technical University has continued its efforts to offer education and teaching and conduct research in ever-increasing quality from day one, and gained a new status being designated as one of the 10 research universities of Türkiye, with the announcement made by Dear Mr. President at the opening ceremony for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.
Gebze Technical University continues education and teaching in the 18 undergraduate departments under its 4 faculties and 50 graduate programs under its 9 institutes. As of 2018, Gebze Technical University has 3713 undergraduate and 4599 graduate students, totaling to 8132 students with more than 55% studying at graduate level.