Awards

TUBITAK AWARDS

Our faculty members Associate Professor Nükhet Harmancıoğlu Gür and Associate Professor Şener Aktürk received TÜBİTAK Encouragement Award. We congratulate our faculty for their outstanding contributions.

News

Important award for our graduate

Professor Ufuk Akçiğit (Economics, 2003) is the first Turkish scientist to receive the German Max-Plank Humboldt award.

Habere Git

TÜBİTAK Bilim Ödülü

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Habere Git

Harvard University& Wharton Business School Academician and Painter

I had no prospects regarding the future until I enrolled in Koç University. My will to become an academician was formed during my university years. I can say with all my heart that if I had not studied at Koç University, I would not have become an academician; because it would be very hard for me to choose the right path. When I was a student, the university was very compact, we could only have classes with up to ten people. Thefore, our teachers knew us all very well. I was given a chance to become a student assistant at my department. During my junior year I was attending the lectures of sophomores and I was solving problems. I was also assisting my teachers with their research. Of course now, when I look back at those days, I realize that I could not have benefited my teachers at all. I understand now that their goal was only to let us understand about the academic world. I am grateful for this support and the good will that has been shown to me; because it has changed my life.

Gizem Saka
Economics, 1999 graduate

In 1998, I was placed among the top 30 students in the Turkish university admission exam and I was enrolled as a full scholarship student at the Department of Economics, which was my first choice. This has been one of the milestones in my life. My years at Koç University were very productive for me. Despite not knowing any English, I was able to learn advanced level English in only one year thanks to Koç University’s ELC – English preparation program. Following the preparatory class, our bachelor classes have begun. During this time, I realized that Koç University differentiated itself from the other universities via the existence of a close communication between the students and academicians. Our teachers made us feel valued and class participation was always encouraged. Our teachers always kept their doors open for us. When I decided to pursue Economics as an academician, I received immense support from my teachers. As a result of my PhD applications during my senior year, I was accepted to prestigious schools in the United States of America, such as MIT, Harvard and Stanford and I preferred MIT. I completed my PhD at the Department of Economics at MIT. I am currently working as a Professor at the University of Chicago.

Ufuk Akçiğit
Professor, University of Chicago

Current position: Habertürk Newspaper, Advertising and Marketing Coordinator

My education at Koç University made me a versatile person and gave me multi-dimensional thinking capabilities. This has affected my career greatly. I believe I gained the ability to analyse situations in a holistic approach and to solve problems with a different perspective. Koç University taught me that social life is just as important as the career life and that it requires effort as well. I believe that the events I participated in taught me to be a more sociable person and the importance of teamwork at both career and personal lives. Following my graduation while I was looking for a job I realized that my university was opening many doors for me. I was invited for many job interviews and therefore I was invited for many job interviews and therefore I was able to receive information about a variety of sectors.

Ayşe Çelebi
BA in International Relations, 1999

University of Oxford, MSc in Sociology, 2009

Current position: Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, UAE

Even though our academic competence and qualifications play a great role in our success in life, our social capabilities are just as important. By means of social activities I participated in at Koç University, I was able to improve myself, take initiatives and handle professional situations even as a student. These were experiences which made my university years better for me but they were also unique opportunities that got me ready for life, widened my social circle and taught me how to be better at human relations. Most importantly, they showed me that being part of a community and working as a team for success are what bring you to real success. With its distinctive and unique education, Koç University taught me to improve myself and to keep up with innovation as well as giving me the ability to harmonize social and academic skills which are needed for success at our period. While doing all this, Koç University made us into individuals who are able to leave their mark and distinguish themselves in their communities.

Mehmet Energin
Koç University, BA in Business Administration and Sociology(Double Major), 2008