International Technological University

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International Technological University
International Technological University logo.png
MottoGlobal Development Through Silicon Valley Education
TypePrivate university
PresidentYau Gene Chan[1]
Administrative staff
167 [2]
Location, ,
United States

37°23′20″N 121°55′51″W / 37.388767°N 121.930889°W / 37.388767; -121.930889Coordinates: 37°23′20″N 121°55′51″W / 37.388767°N 121.930889°W / 37.388767; -121.930889
CampusUrban campus

International Technological University (ITU) is a private university in Santa Clara, California. It was founded in 1994 by Professor Shu-Park Chan, previously a professor and interim dean of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University.[3] Although the university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, the accreditor has begun to rescind its accreditation; ITU remains accredited while it appeals that decision.[4]

The university is organized around six academic departments at the undergraduate and graduate level. It has a multi-disciplinary laboratory and research center for artificial intelligence, bioelectronics, digital art, Kryterion testing, Pearson VUE certification testing center, and joint labs with Stanford University and Peking University.


International Technological University (ITU) was founded in 1994 by Professor Shu-Park Chan, previously a professor and interim dean of the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University.[3] Chan retired early from Santa Clara in 1992 to found ITU two years later.[5] In 2011, upon Shu-Park Chan’s retirement, the Board of Trustees elected his son Yau-Gene Chan, previously Executive Vice-President, to the ITU presidency. Following the WASC special investigation into Third Party Comments in February 2015,[6] the Board of Trustees removed Chan and appointed Dr. Gregory O'Brien as the new President of ITU.[7] In October 2019, the Board of Trustees reinstalled the previously removed Chan to be the president and Chan immediately furloughed all staff citing financial difficulties.[8]

ITU moved to its current campus in Downtown San Jose in April 2011, from its original location in Sunnyvale. In 2014, it was announced that ITU would move to a new 76,568 square foot facility on 2711 North First Street, San Jose.[9] ITU completed the move to its current campus on March 25, 2015.[10]


Institutional accreditation[edit]

ITU was accredited by ACICS from July 1, 2001 to December 31, 2004, according to the US DoE Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs.[11] ITU was institutionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) as of February 22, 2013.[12][13] On October 17, 2019, WSCUC placed ITU on "Show Cause" status due to lack of compliance with the five issues of leadership structure, staff intimidation, insufficient staff and faculty as a result of the furlough of all staffers, non-viable financial sustainability, and the questionable independence of the trustees.[14] On June 17, 2022, WSCUC withdrew the accreditation of the school, however, the school has filed for an appeal. ITU remains accredited until a decision to the appeal is made.[4]

Programmatic accreditation[edit]

On April 27, 2017, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) granted programmatic accreditation to ITU's business degree programs.[15]


ITU offers several master's degree programs, three doctoral programs, four certificate programs, in six academic departments:[16]

North San Jose Campus[edit]

In 2014, it was announced that ITU would move from its Downtown San Jose location to a new facility, on 2711 North First Street.[17] The new facility is approximately three times the size of ITU's previous location. The campus has a 300-seat lecture hall, gym, yoga studio, research labs, as well as additional classrooms and faculty offices.


The university operates laboratories in the following areas: IoT/Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence/Robotics, Green Energy, and Bioelectronics staffed by faculty and graduate students of the Department of Electrical Engineering (EE). The SAP Laboratory operated by the Department of Business Administration, serves as an SAP training center for the region. ITU is a member of the SAP University Alliance Program.[18] The University also operates a joint laboratory with Peking University’s School of Software and Microelectronics through its Artificial Intelligence/Robotics Laboratory.[19]

Enrollment practices[edit]

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that after its near-bankruptcy in 2006, ITU began to promise international students the opportunity to work full-time jobs immediately upon arrival. It became popular in online Indian student forums as a good place to extend a student visa or get a job. In March 2011, enrollment increased to 1500 students, 94% of which were Indian. ITU has been criticized for attracting unknowing international students when its accreditation and credit transfer policy are questionable.[20] The Chronicle noted that ITU's provost at that time, Gerald A. Cory, was paid $445,832 in 2009, an unusually high salary.[20]

On January 8, 2021, ITU entered into a settlement agreement with the United States to pay $1,170,000 under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act, in order to settle allegations related to student visa fraud.[21]


  1. ^ "University Officers - ITU - International Technological University". Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  2. ^ U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. International Technological University Human Resources Survey 2015: Number of staff by employment status and occupational category: Fall 2015. Accessed from IPEDS Data Center on 2017-03-09.
  3. ^ a b Department of Electrical Engineering, Santa Clara University, retrieved 15 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Letter to President of ITU" (PDF). Retrieved November 5, 2022.
  5. ^ Gerrye Wong (October 29, 2009). "Noted Silicon Valley Engineer Shu-Park Chan Celebrates 15th Anniversary of his International Technology University". Asian Week. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Letter to President of ITU" (PDF). Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  7. ^ "INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (ITU) NAMES DR. GREGORY O'BRIEN AS PRESIDENT" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 15, 2016. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  8. ^ "Letter to President of ITU" (PDF). Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  9. ^ "ITU signs for big new building on North First Street" (PDF). Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  10. ^ "ITU Completes Move to New Campus In North San Jose". March 26, 2015. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  11. ^ "International Technological University". The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved May 10, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "International Technological University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved September 3, 2021.
  13. ^ Rick Merritt (March 14, 2013). "Educator Shu-Park Chan leaves Silicon Valley legacy". EE Times. Shu-Park Chan, a champion of electronics engineering education, passed away February 22, the same day the university he founded here was officially accredited.
  14. ^ "Letter to President of ITU" (PDF). Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  15. ^ "ACBSP Accredits the ITU Business Program". ITU - International Technological University. May 15, 2017. Retrieved June 21, 2017.
  16. ^ "2016-17 ITU Catalog" (PDF). pp. 9, 43–72. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "ITU signs for big new building on North First Street". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "SAP NORTH AMERICA 2009-2010 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM". SAP Community Network. Archived from the original on January 5, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  19. ^ "Global Focus of International Technological University". Korea IT Times. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  20. ^ a b Bartlett, Tom; Karin Fischer; Josh Keller (March 20, 2011). "Little-Known Colleges Exploit Visa Loopholes to Make Millions Off Foreign Students". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington, DC. Retrieved August 30, 2011.
  21. ^ "International Technological University to Pay $1.17 Million to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Student Visa Fraud" (PDF) (Press release). Office of the Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security. January 27, 2021. Retrieved February 2, 2021.

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