International Technological University

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International Technological University
ITU Seal
MottoGlobal Development Through Silicon Valley Education
PresidentDr. Gregory O'Brien [1]
ProvostDr. Barry Ryan [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 research university in San Jose, 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]

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.[4] 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.[citation needed] Following the WASC special investigation into Third Party Comments in February 2015,[5] the Board of Trustees removed Chan and appointed Dr. Gregory O'Brien as the new President of ITU.[6]

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.[7] ITU completed the move to its current campus on March 25, 2015.[8]


Institutional accreditation[edit]

ITU is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as of February 22, 2013.[9][10] Previously, 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]

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.[12]


ITU offers several master's degree programs and three doctoral programs in six academic departments:[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] The University also operates a joint laboratory with Peking University’s School of Software and Microelectronics through its Artificial Intelligence/Robotics Laboratory.[16]

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.[17] The Chronicle noted that ITU's provost at that time, Gerald A. Cory, was paid $445,832 in 2009, which was noted as an unusually high salary.[17]


  1. ^ a b "University Officers - ITU - International Technological University". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  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. ^ Gerrye Wong (October 29, 2009). "Noted Silicon Valley Engineer Shu-Park Chan Celebrates 15th Anniversary of his International Technology University". Asian Week.
  5. ^ "Letter to President of ITU" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  7. ^ "ITU signs for big new building on North First Street" (PDF). Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "ITU Completes Move to New Campus In North San Jose". 26 March 2015. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status, International Technological University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 15 March 2013.
  10. ^ Rick Merritt (2013-03-14). "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.
  11. ^ "International Technological University". The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  12. ^ "ACBSP Accredits the ITU Business Program". ITU - International Technological University. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2017-06-21.
  13. ^ "2016-17 ITU Catalog" (PDF). pp. 9, 43–72. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  14. ^ "ITU signs for big new building on North First Street". Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved 8 Oct 2014.
  15. ^ "SAP NORTH AMERICA 2009-2010 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM". SAP Community Network. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  16. ^ "Global Focus of International Technological University". Korea IT Times. Retrieved 27 June 2012.
  17. ^ 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.

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