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
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:
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
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:
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
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.
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
*These benefits do not apply to our non-thesis Masters programs.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 University’s Graduate School of Business plays an active role to promote the inclusive markets in the faculty.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Koc University!