International Technological University

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International Technological University
ITU Seal
Motto "Global Development Through Silicon Valley Education"
Type Private, Non-profit[1]
Established 1994
President Dr. Gregory O'Brien [2]
Location San Jose, California
United States Of America United States

37°19′53″N 121°53′43″W / 37.331416°N 121.895362°W / 37.331416; -121.895362Coordinates: 37°19′53″N 121°53′43″W / 37.331416°N 121.895362°W / 37.331416; -121.895362
Campus Urban campus
Nickname ITU

International Technological University (ITU) is a non-profit private university in San Jose, California. The university awards six master's degrees and three doctoral degrees.


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 SCU 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] The move is scheduled to take place in April 2015.


ITU is institutionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) as of February 22, 2013.[1][8] 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.[9]


ITU's programs are divided into 6 separate departments: Computer science, electrical engineering, business administration, engineering management, interdisciplinary sciences, and digital arts. The university offers 6 master's degrees, and three research doctorate degrees in Interdisciplinary Sciences, Business Administration, and Electrical Engineering. Some of ITU's master's degrees are approved by the California Bureau of Private Postgraduate Education (BPPE).[10]


ITU is located in a two-story, 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) building in downtown San Jose, the central business district of San Jose, California. Facilities include classrooms, a student lounge, a basketball court, and faculty offices.

University laboratories[edit]

The university operates laboratories in the following areas: 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.[11] The University also operates a joint laboratory with Peking University’s School of Software and Microelectronics through its Artificial Intelligence/Robotics Laboratory.[12]

New Campus in North San Jose[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.[7] The building is approximately three times the size of ITU's current location, and the university will begin the move in April 2015. The new building will have a 300-seat lecture hall, gym, yoga studio, research labs, as well as additional classrooms and faculty offices.

Enrollment practices[edit]

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that after its near-bankruptcy, 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.[13] The Chronicle noted that ITU's provost Gerald A. Cory was paid $445,832 in 2009, which was noted as an unusually high salary.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Statement of Accreditation Status, International Technological University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
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  3. ^ 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. 
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  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "International Technological University". The Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "International Technological University". Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. State of California. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "SAP NORTH AMERICA 2009-2010 SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM". SAP Community Network. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Global Focus of International Technological University". Korea IT Times. Retrieved 27 June 2012. 
  13. ^ 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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