Koc University

Istanbul, Turkey

No. Students: 5,300 No. of Academic staff: 400
Funding type: Private
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Koç University is the leading research and liberal arts university located in Istanbul, Turkey. Known globally for facilitating cutting edge research in its full collection of Collegesincluding Administrative Sciences & Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law and Medicine - Koç University has been distinguished by its notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge, and service; both domestically and beyond. Koç University managed to join the world's best in a matter of decades, which demonstrates its clear commitment to becoming a global leader in higher education. By studying at such an up-and-coming university you will be making a smart investment in yourself and your future career.

Pillars of Excellence and Innovation: Koc (pronounced Coach) University focuses on creating competitive, dynamic and confident leaders who contribute to society and succeed professionally. Koc University (KU) is considered to be among the elite institutions of Turkey.

Koc Universitys guiding mission is three-fold: To provide a world-class education to its students; to create new knowledge through research and successfully apply this knowledge to society; to instill in its students a foundation of ethics, social responsibility and global awareness.

Highlights about Koç University

* Low student-faculty ratio (10 to 1)
* Over 96% of the classes are taught in English
* 77 laboratories
* 9 Research Center, 1 Research and Education Forum
* More than 300 Publications in the most prestigious international journals (2012-2013)
* Leader in research and innovation (with the highest number of National Awards in 2010)
* 409 outsourced active research project
* 16 of the 90 members of the Turkish Academy of Sciences are from Koç University
* 95% of our Faculty have advanced degrees from top-tier US and European institutions and have implemented parallel pedagogical paradigms at Koc University
* Scholarships are available for high caliber students
* More than 250 international partners globally
* 24/7 Open Library - 220,000 printed, 45,000 audio-visual source, more than 92,000 e-book, more than 64,000 e-magazine.
* State-of-the-art resources and beautiful campus
* Students have access to all resources and opportunities provided for domestic students
* Parallels the Liberal Arts approach found in US programs, providing a comprehensive, well-rounded education in tandem with specialization

About

Koç University is the leading research and liberal arts university located in Istanbul, Turkey. Recognized globally for facilitating cutting edge research in its full collection of Colleges, including Administrative Sciences & Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law and Medicine, Koç University, in the twenty years since its establishment, has been distinguished by its notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond.
With its strong academic structure, research opportunities, international achievements, vivid social environment and wide range of job opportunities upon graduation, Koç University distinctively attracts attention. Koç University's commitment to excellence and its well-resourced programs attract prestigious international academicians.
Highlights about Koç University

* Low student-faculty ratio (10 to 1)
* Over 96% of the classes are taught in English
* 77 laboratories
* 9 Research Center, 1 Research and Education Forum
* More than 300 Publications in the most prestigious international journals (2012-2013)
* Leader in research and innovation (with the highest number of National Awards in 2010)
* 409 outsourced active research project
* 16 of the 90 members of the Turkish Academy of Sciences are from Koç University
* 95% of our Faculty have advanced degrees from top-tier US and European institutions and have implemented parallel pedagogical paradigms at Koc University
* Scholarships are available for high caliber students
* More than 250 international partners globally
* 24/7 Open Library - 220,000 printed, 45,000 audio-visual source, more than 92,000 e-book, more than 64,000 e-magazine.
* State-of-the-art resources and beautiful campus
* Students have access to all resources and opportunities provided for domestic students
* Parallels the Liberal Arts approach found in US programs, providing a comprehensive, well-rounded education in tandem with specialization

Research Opportunities with Top-Tier Faculty Koç University's Graduate Programs have a powerful research component, interweaving superior academics with required research experience. Similarly, undergraduate students work alongside faculty members on research projects. These research activities enhance their creativity and acuity for research.
Conducting scientific and applied research, proposing policies in various arenas and disseminating academic knowledge in social, economic and legal spheres, Koç University's research centers are a uniquely powerful dimension of the institution's emphasis on research.
Among the active research centers within Koç University are:

* Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations: History, art, architecture and archaeology of civilizations in Turkey
* Migration Research Program: International migration, transnationalism, forced migration, brain drain, migration citizenship
* Center for Computational Biology & Bioinformatics: Protein folding dynamics, structure and functions, protein-interactions
* Photonics Research Center: Fiber-optic communication systems, micro-electro-mechanical systems, micro/nano photonics, modeling of noise, nonlinear optics, solid-state lasers, quantum optics, spectroscopy, and ultrafast optics.
* Tupras Energy Center/KUTEM: Fossil Fuels, biofuels, solar fuels
* Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center: Guidance and counseling services for the hosp
* Globalization and Democratic Governance Center: Global Political Economy, Democratic Governance, Foreign Policy Analysis
* Surface Technologies Research Center: Surface chemistry, physics and engineering
* Koç University Research and Application Center For Gender and Women's Studies: Gender in work, gender in science and arts, women rights
* Dr. Nüsret-Semahat Arsel International Trade Law Application and Research Center
* Social Policy Application and Research Center: Youth studies and education-employment transition, socio-economic exclusion, urban sociology, social policy studies
* Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum: Economic growth, global economics and development strategies

Koç University is positioned as an excellent research partner in terms of funding research projects in collaboration with national and international public and private institutions (universities, European Commission, public agencies, research and development agencies, business world, and industrial corporations) for research projects. Two of the most exceptional projects that are conducted currently are; Artificial Skin Project, that is undertaken in a interdisciplinary fashion by the professors in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering; Cardiovascular Hemodynamics- Great Vessel Embrionic Development Project conducted collaboratively by Professors in Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering; Metamaterials and Invisibility Cloak Project, carried on by Physics Professors.
The total number of externally funded projects has increased over the years at Koç University and as of May 2013, total number of funded projects are 409 and the total granted amount has exceeded $51,000,000. Regarding research income, the total amount in 2010-2011 has been $7,500,000.
International Prestige and Collaborations

Koç University is national and internationally recognized through its accreditations and memberships. The network of 250+ well known partners around the globe reveals the international positioning and quality of the education as well as the vast range of opportunities for faculty and students.
In addition to the agreements of cooperation, Koç University is glad to be part of the following Networks, memberships and international accreditations

* EFMD (College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and Graduate School of Business have 5 year EQUIS accreditation)
* AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
* UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)
* DS (Diploma Supplement) Label
* ANCC (The American Nurses Credentialing Center)
* CEMS (One of the 28 full academic partner in CEMS MIM Program)
* GNAM (One of the 23 leading business schools around the world)
* GBSN (Global Business School Network)
* UNGC (United Nations Global Compact)
* PRME (The Principles for Responsible Management Education)
* UNAOC (Alliance of Civilizations)
* TPA (Turkish Psychologist Association)
* MUDEK (EUR-ACE, European Accreditation of Engineering Programs)
* Financial Times Business School Ranking (Executive MBA Program's 3 year average ranking is 66)
* Executive MBA program listed as one of Europes best 20 programs in Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper rankings.
* College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and Graduate School of Business accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), making Koç University the first and only Turkish university with EQUIS accreditation and one of the select group of 115 EQUIS accredited institutions in 33 countries worldwide.
* Koç University selected as the CFA Institutes first program partner in Turkey and one of only 40 CFA program partners in Europe, affirming that the university curriculum adheres to professional practice standards and successfully prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) exams.

A Holistic Approach to Social Responsibility Koç University aims to create social impact by enriching future leaders, academia, and staff with experimental learning, advanced knowledge, and valuable networks. It is "the Social Innovation Catalyzer" for Civil Society Organizations, business and community to create social impact by helping social organizations tackle current challenges and by engaging businesses more productively with the community through support networks, effective M&E tools, and ongoing development resources.
As a global university with local engagement, Koç University is committed to create value in the surrounding community. To this end, both faculty and students work together with the support of Koç Foundation and external sponsors.
Anatolian Scholarship Program is a one of a kind social responsibility initiative that aims to reach out to students from the developing provinces of Turkey and offers a mechanism through which the donors can directly fund the education of successful students in need. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, expenses towards acquisition of books and a monthly stipend provided for 10 months throughout the year.
Launched with resources from corporate donors, in 2011 the Program supported 14 students across an array of disciplines.
Global Social Venture Competition is an initiative to catalyze social ventures and create financial sustainable business solutions that address significant social challenges. Koç University was selected to be an Outreach Partner for the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) in 2011. Since then, as the Outreach Partner, Koç University fostered innumerable ambitious entrepreneurs with necessary skill workshops and prominent mentors.
KU Global Aid, serves as a frame for student clubs to organize international community service projects, visiting countries in need, around the world.
Alumni Success Stories Koç University graduates succeed professionally in various national and international enterprises, or they pursue advanced degrees at the topmost universities around the world.

Scholarship opportunities for high caliber students at graduate level

Qualifying students will be eligible to receive the following offer when admitted to specific graduate programs:

* Tuition waiver
* Accommodation
* Health Insurance
* Working place and laptop
* Monthly stipend

Accreditations

* EFMD (College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and Graduate School of Business have 5 year EQUIS accreditation)
* AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
* UNAOC (United Nations Alliance of Civilizations)
* DS (Diploma Supplement) Label
* ANCC (The American Nurses Credentialing Center)
* CEMS (One of the 28 full academic partner in CEMS MIM Program)
* GNAM (One of the 23 leading business schools around the world)
* GBSN (Global Business School Network)
* UNGC (United Nations Global Compact)
* PRME (The Principles for Responsible Management Education)
* UNAOC (Alliance of Civilizations)
* TPA (Turkish Psychologist Association)
* MUDEK (EUR-ACE, European Accreditation of Engineering Programs)
* Financial Times Business School Ranking (Executive MBA Program's 3 year average ranking is 66)
* Executive MBA program listed as one of Europes best 20 programs in Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper rankings.
* College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and Graduate School of Business accredited by the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), making Koç University the first and only Turkish university with EQUIS accreditation and one of the select group of 115 EQUIS accredited institutions in 33 countries worldwide.

Koç University selected as the CFA Institutes first program partner in Turkey and one of only 40 CFA program partners in Europe, affirming that the university curriculum adheres to professional practice standards and successfully prepares students for the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) exams

Services

Campus Facilities and Support Services

KUs centralized campus is fully equipped with essential student services. Several cafeterias serve healthy meals to students throughout the day. The cafeteria services are supplemented by to-go options and grocery store. Additionally, KU houses a hairdresser, Campus Store, bookstore, student lounges, a Student Center and a library with such features as subject-specific librarians and on-demand availability of electronic resources.

KUs main dormitories are integrated into the campus. Each building has a kitchen on the top floor, student lounges, housekeeping service, and computer labs. For a lower cost, students can also opt to stay at our West Campus, which is 5 minutes from the main campus. We offer free shuttle services, with a schedule customized each semester to the needs of the students on the West Campus, from West Campus to Main Campus and back.

Sport Activities

Koç University realizes the importance of sports in the academic and personal development of students. The experience of competition, responsibilities of sportsmanship and benefit to physical and emotional health are of great value. The new Semahat Arsel (gymnasium) sports center is a large multipurpose building with a capacity of 2000 spectators, having a 1500 meter squares main hall used for basketball, tennis, volleyball and handball besides squash and racquetball courts, a two-floor fitness center and an aerobics-step studio. There exist an outdoor tennis court and a soccer field.

KU has a Health Center, with doctors on site 24/7 and its own ambulance to ensure immediate action in times of emergency. Beyond basic medical care, the Health Center houses KURES, which is the psychological resource center for students. Services at KURES include basic psychological care, as well as resources for people with disabilities and crisis prevention.

The Koc Office for Learning and Teaching (KOLT) has a two-fold goal: (1) to implement innovative and creative teaching practices on campus by working with professors on teaching techniques and innovative paradigms and (2) to assist struggling students through tutoring and programs intended to develop such basic skills as time management and successful test taking.

For some of our graduate programs*qualifying students can receive:

· Up to full scholarship

* Tuition waiver
* Accommodation
* Health Insurance
* Working place and laptop
* Monthly stipend

*These benefits do not apply to our non-thesis Masters programs.

Student life

KUs CITY: ISTANBUL

Istanbul, a glamorous city built on two Continents, Europe and Asia, where you could enjoy the modernity of a western city with the fine touches of traditional eastern city. Istanbul is a melting pot of many civilizations, and is also announced by the European Union as the 2010 European Capital of Culture..

A plethora of extra-curricular opportunities at Koc University

Campus Life

Located in what was once the picnicking ground of the Sultans, Koc Universitys centralized campus creates a retreat-type setting for students, where a plethora of extra-curricular opportunities are available for growth and discovery beyond the classroom.

Clubs

All of KUs 40+ student clubs were formed through student initiative, andparticularly the most active clubsoperate essentially as small businesses (responsible for all aspects of planning, funding, budgeting, project management, etc.). In addition to empowering student voice, club activities foster student leadership skills, creativity and entrepreneurship.

As an institution, KU ensures that students have building blocks for their activities. Though carefully supervised, KUs Student Development Office deliberately minimizes their direct involvement in club events, allowing students to face and solve challenges on their own and celebrate successes as their own as well.

Sports

As does any well-run athletic program, KUs athletic department encourages students to be active and physically healthy, while also nurturing leadership skills, commitment, and effective teamwork and student voice. Many of our athletic teamsincluding our American Football and Ice Hockey teamwere a product of students advocating for their presence of campus.

Though the teams are competitive, KU allows most interested studentsincluding international studentsto participate in the teams. Regardless of athletic skill, the university believes that other critical skill sets are nurtured through participation in the athletic programs. Beyond team sports, KU offers health and fitness activities for all facets of KU, including group exercise classes and personal training. Convinced that health body creates a health mind, the overarching intention of KUs athletic offerings is to give students yet another way to develop character and ethics.

Social Responsibility

As an essential part of its rich culture, Koç University emphasizes the importance of social cooperation and ensures social, economic and environmental development through voluntary activities. Accordingly, it carries out various projects led both by the University administration and through the initiatives of its faculty and students.

Koç University & UNDP Collaboration

By partnering with UNDP Turkey in the scope of regional Growing Inclusive Markets (GIM) initiative, Koç University is taking a step further in responding to the global call for business schools and other academic associations to advance corporate social responsibility worldwide and to respond to the need for developing more inclusive markets.

As a signatory to the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) a framework for academic institutions to advance the broader cause of corporate social responsibility and incorporate universal values into curricula and research Koç Universitys Graduate School of Business plays an active role to promote the inclusive markets in the faculty.

Environmentally-Friendly Practices
Highly aware of its responsibilities for the environment, it has always been the goal of Koç University to ensure a green world for the future generations. As a main principle, the University protects natural resources, uses them in the most efficient way through basic modifications in consumption methods, minimizes the creation of waste at the source and prefers recyclable products with minimum negative effects.

Voluntary Activities
With its increasing number, KU Volunteers develop many projects and make donations primarily in Sariyer and various regions of Istanbul and Turkey in general. Some of; Teeth on Track, Children with the Faculty of Thinking, Social Awareness Group, Share Your Dream Project, KET (Koç University Society for Education), KUYAT (Koç University Summer Workshop), KU&TOG, Little Hearth Project

Selected Activities for the Social Development
Koç University devotes its academic knowledge and power to the welfare of the society. To this end it conducts activities for the social development and improvement in various fields as well as takes part in such organizations

*The Koç University Kyoto University International Symposium on Innovative and Sustainable Development *The Green Information Platform Responsibility Now Conference *Symposium for Education of the Genius *Sharing the Best Practice in Education *For My Country Campaign *Panel on After the Referendum: Democratization Perspectives in Turkey *Symposium on Yes or No to Euthanasia? *Projects of KU Faculty *School enrollment and drop-out problem in primary school education in Turkey: Determining individual, social and ecological factors. *Development of Waste Battery Disposal and Recovery Technologies *Disability Rights and Urban Citizenship: Actors and Dynamics Shaping the Lives of Istanbulites with Disabilities *The Study of Early Childhood Developmental Ecologies in Turkey

Supporting Sariyer Municipality: Education Programs, City Council
Donations

Donations: Donations to High Schools: The Corporate Communications Office of Koç University makes donations to high schools throughout the country in accordance with their needs.

Donation to TEMA for Teachers Day: Corporate Relations and Development Office of Koç University has made donation to the TEMA Foundation (The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats) to celebrate the Teachers Day of 160 high school teachers.

Culture on Campus

KUs rich campus life includes a diverse set of programming outside the classroom. There is constant activity on campus, including such events as Dance Festivals, Theater Week, the Spring Festival (attracting nearly 6500 people each year), guest speakers, active seminar series, poets, international artists and many student group performances. True to KUs mission, these programs, not only create a dynamic energy on campus, but they also encourage students creative expression, cultural understanding and further fortify the universitys ability to graduate world-class and well-rounded individuals.

KUs NEIGHBORHOOD

Sariyer is one of the 32 districts of Istanbul. It is the northernmost district, on the European side of the city. With a long shore along the water, the district boasts a beautiful coastline and lush forest. Sariyer's Bosphorus villages, backed by steep hills on one side and the sea on the other, were once rural fishing communities. In the Ottoman period, the Sultans came to these villages for picnics and excursions. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the coast was lined with summer residences of the wealthy foreign traders of Pera and Galata. Many foreign embassies built summer residences near Sariyer in this period.

The coastal road running through Sariyer is lined with fish restaurants of all kinds, ranging from the most elegant to the, equally delicious, small restaurants, many of which were formerly housed in boats moored by the sea wall.

Full of authentic Turkish atmosphere and including the beaches of the Black Sea, Sariyer truly encapsulates the duality of Turkey, of old and new, East and West, classic and contemporary.

The true Turkish experience is in places like Sariyer, where the village mentality (community-based, hospitable and unadorned) still persists in daily life. Koç University is 20 minutes from the wonderful Black Sea villages and beach towns, from the hidden gems lying along the hills.

At the same time, Sariyer is the hub of main transportation lines that include minibus services, bus lines, easy access to the metro and harbor. The university provides shuttle services directly to Taksim Square on weekends and for special events

Master's Programmes at Koc University

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