Koc University (KU) is located in Istanbul Sariyer, Turkey. It was established in 1993 and has been one of the leading universities in Turkey since its establishment. The university declares its principle mission as: “… to cultivate Turkey’s most competent graduates, well-rounded adults who are internationally qualified; who can think creatively, independently and objectively; and who are confident leaders.”
PROMOTING STUDENT INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Student innovation and entrepreneurship is encouraged to a certain extent and mainly focuses on engineering and science areas. The number and variety of innovation and entrepreneurship related courses and the courses which are not directly related to these concepts but still inspire students are not much. The inspirational events and workshops are usually held by student organisations and clubs such as Entrepreneurship Club, IEEE, ASME and IES rather than the faculties and administration. The school has Global Leadership and Learning Program is a certificate program that trains students to live and create 21st century campus experience and be active global citizens. The campus houses Koç University Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR) which does not engage a large number students in the creative processes but still creates opportunities for a selected group of students.
ENCOURAGING FACULTY INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The faculty members are highly encouraged on being innovative since the main focus of the university is being a leader in research field in Turkey and in the world. The research labs are funded generously and the best academicians of the country are invited to the university. Many of these labs, especially engineering and science labs, get patents for the new concepts and products that they produce. In terms of encouraging entrepreneurship in the faculty level, KUAR and KWORKS Entrepreneurship Research Center (former Koc University Incubation Center) are available for application and support.
ACTIVELY SUPPORTING THE TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER FUNCTION
Koc University Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate (RPDTTD), which was founded in 2009, provides university-industry collaboration opportunities, research support services, technology transfer and research center and laboratories. They provide legal advice and project managementfor granted projects. They offer help in patent and licence application processes, direct the entrepreneurs to the KWORKS Incubation Center. The directorate has connections with the 17 research centers, 5 research forums and 1 support center of Koc University and they ensure the connection and communication between them and researchers in Koc University.
FACILITATING UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION
The Koc University Research, Project Development and Technology Transfer Directorate helps the project owners develop business plans. The research infrastructure of the university is open to applications of industrial organisations’ use. The coordinator of this kind of use of university’s resources is RPDTTD and the available research centers for this purpose are: Koc University TÜPRAŞ Energy Center and Koc University Surface Technologies Research Center. On the other side, the school is quite insufficient in bringing students’ and faculty members’ entrepreneurial ideas together with industry. The only channel for this purpose is, again, KWORKS.
ENGAGING WITH REGIONAL AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
Koc University university does not have an economic development office. The efforts to engage with regional and local economic development are deficient. The only departments that can be related to these matters are KWORKS and KUAR.
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