Priorities:Koç University Student Priorities

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  • #1 - Guiding, encouraging and inspiring students about non-corporate career paths. 
    • PROJECT - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Board October 2019
      • A board to share information about entrepreneurship and innovation activities with an inspirational & motivational quote to catch people’s attention.
    • PROJECT - A periodically updated “How to” and "Where to" website for Koc University - November 2017
      • An updated website that guides students through skill and goal related journeys.
        • Listing all the related courses, gatekeeper people and professors, affiliated organizations, student clubs and “inside information” about specific goals, skills, needs.
        • Example Case
          • Student: I am interested in entrepreneurship but I don't know if I am a good fit. I don't know where to start. 'Where should I start entrepreneurship or design at Koc?
          • Platform: You can start with this article from Steve Blank. How To Start a Startup Series are a very good source for getting to know what entrepreneurship really means. In Koc, you can take MGMT 411 and 412. Our university is also affiliated with KWORKS, an incubation center. There are also MAVA courses that introduce design thinking project mindset that is very helpful and related to starting a new venture. You can check MAVA 205. If you are also interested in social issues, you should check MAVA 420 and MGMT 311. Imece and Impact Hub are Istanbul-based social entrepreneurship hubs, you should look at their websites too. 
    • PROJECT - A Startup career event - December 2017
      • Collaborating with career center, entrepreneurship club, marketing club, business administration club to gather 10+ startup founders with students to introduce succesful entrepreneurial career paths, hold pitch & innovation challenges with them.
    • PROJECT - TEDx event focused on I&E
    • PROJECT - Pitch competition
    • PROJECT - Innovation challenge
    • ALTERNATIVE PROJECTS 
      • A chatbot mobile application that creates instant answers from the website database
      • Quarterly-revised handbook that lists all the information website has
        • "A Creative’s Guide To Thrive at Koc University"
    • #2 - Initiating, sustaining and developing a multi-disciplinary creative network. 
      • There is this an urgent need for creative people coming from different disciplines to get to know each other and somehow interact.
      • PROJECT #1 - Slack - November 2017
        • Properly designed Slack group for entrepreneurial needs, inspiring articles, event announcements, feedback requests
      • PROJECT #2 - Creative Newsletter
        • Can be integrated to the website
      • PROJECT #3 - Redesigning KU Daily 
        • For a more individualized, interest-based communication platform
    • #3 - Redesigning the ineffective indoor and outdoor spaces in the campus to facilitate productive co-working, creative socializing and wellbeing.
      • For a spatially limited campus (meaning there are no free spaces around the campus to enlarge the area) efficiency of currently used areas are highly important for a comfortable, creative student life.
      • PROJECT #1 - Redesigning Yeni Nero space
        • Heart of the campus has the worst indoor design.
        • Furnitures are terribly old and dull, not allowing comfortable eating, working in groups and even having a enjoyable coffee break.
        • Sound isolation is terrible.
        • There are no sockets.
        • Even it is a large are at the heart of the school, it is not facilitated for workshops, artistic events.
        • Interior decoration is not inspiring.
      • PROJECT #2 - Building small transparent containers in the dormitory area - Fall 2017
      • PROJECT #3 - Designing empty spaces that will be created due to the moving of science labs to the new building. - Spring 2017
    • #4 - Informing, promoting and integrating “social impact” in the campus. 
      • PROJECT - Social Impact Quotient - Ongoing
        • Not only GPA for students
        • SIQ that measures each student’s impact on his community, campus and environment.
    • #5 - Facilitating online & offline intersections for the curriculum with new e-learning technologies, platforms, organizations.
      • PROJECT - Hybrid academic and skill-related e-learning certificate programs.
        • Connecting courses, e-learning platforms, organizations, clubs, companies and more with condensed certificate programs.
    • #6 - Designing and building a creative space that will allow multi-disciplinary collaboration, 7/24 co-working, organizing workshops, hosting maker projects, incubating student startups, intersecting with related courses for alternative educative methodologies.
      • PROJECT - Community Space - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
    • #7 - Empowering administrative and academic staff with I&E related content, workshops, programs for creating a more coherent campus vision.
      • PROJECT IDEA - Global Learning and Leadership Program for school employees
    • #8 - Accessing Student Clubs.
      • '​'PROJECT IDEA - Club Activity Page:
        • Provide a platform where each club can have a voice and talk about their goals,old projects and upcoming events.
    • #9 - Labs about innovation and impact are not known around the school. 
      • '​'PROJECT IDEA - Scavenger Lab Hunt
        • Arrange a orienteering/scavenger hunt. In the beginning of each new school year there during the orientation process.
    • #10 - Combining knowledge and skills in practice.
      • '​'PROJECT IDEA - A program combining different majors and leading by a mentor who can guide about designing an upcoming project. 
    • #11 - Place/workshop to meet students who have common interests and make them to design a project and to do a prototype.
      • '​'PROJECT IDEA - Design courses or conduct workshops to make students experience the information which they got from the lecture.
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