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2021-2022 CASE Outstanding Faculty Award

Wholehearted congratulations to Assoc. Prof. Özlem Altan Olcay, the Department of International Relations, for her “2021- 2022 Outstanding Faculty Award” and best wishes for her continued success.

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2022 ERC STARTING GRANT

In the project "Affective Polarization and Democratic Attitudes" Assoc. Prof. Selim Erdem Aytaç from the Department of International Relations will examine the effects of antipathy, distrust, and negative emotions that individuals hold towards the supporters of opposing political parties. Focusing on how such processes of affective polarization aff

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2022 TUBA-GEBIP AWARD

Specializing in the fields of political sociology and migration studies, Asst. Prof. Sedef Turper investigates drivers of public attitudes towards immigrants and the effectiveness of integration policies using innovative survey experiments and big data analytics. Wholehearted congratulations to Asst. Prof. Sedef Turper for this outstanding accompli

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Kamil Yılmaz’s Article (with Francis X. Diebold) to Be Reprinted

Professor Kamil Yılmaz’s article (with Francis X. Diebold of the University of Pennsylvania) “On the Network Topology of Variance Decompositions: Measuring the Connectedness of Financial Firms” Journal of Econometrics, 182, 119-134, 2014, will be reprinted in the 50th anniversary Jubilee Issue of the Journal in 2023, as the most cited article publi

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FAiR: Finding Agreement in Return, Horizon Europe Framework Program

Prof. Ahmet İçduygu’s FaiR project aims to generate new insights into the factors and processes that foster or impede the legitimacy and effectiveness of Europe’s intergovernmental return and alternatives to return policies. FAiR will contribute to improve the measurement of return policies and enforced return outcomes and will enrich the analysis

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Koç University has become a significant milestone in my life. Of these five years, owing to the wonderful opportunities and the beautiful campus life of our university, I had the chance to go on exchange for three times to University of Mannheim, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and University of Copenhagen (respectively in Germany and Denmark), double major in BA-level, all the while together with an Associates degree from an open uiversity conservatoire (University of West London, Piano Performance). Not the least, meeting with friends for lifetime, and collecting lots of memories. Since 2016, I’ve been living in Copenhagen. In 2019, I acquired a MSc degree in Organizational Innovation and Entrepreneurship from CBS. During the master’s, I started to work part-time at the HQ of Denmark’s biggest bank, Danske Bank. In end-2020, Innovation Fund Denmark, a public fund that invests in scientific research, accepted to fund my PhD project under the highly-competitive “Industrial PhD - private sector” category. Hence, as of March 2021, in collaboration with Danske Bank and CBS, I started my new role as an Industrial PhD Researcher to lead my project for the next three years. This social science project lies within Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) research area, where the focus will be on creating a more gender-inclusive financial services leadership in the Nordics to pave the way for more women senior leaders in the sector. I sincerely believe in the fact that, with my role as a bridge between the academia and private sector, our learnings within the field will make a positive impact in the years to come.

Ece Gürsoy
BA in Business Administration (2016) and double major in International Relations (2017)

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
Economics, 2003 - Professor of Economics, 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