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2.2 FACULTY


Koç University started with 35 teaching faculty in 1993. Today, 272 faculty are employed at the university. The commitment to excellence in teaching and research that the University made from its beginning is also reflected in the quality of the faculty. Of the faculty members, 97% have obtained their advanced degrees from prominent institutions in Western Europe and the United States, and most have taught in leading universities in the US.


2.3 STUDENTS AND THE TURKISH SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION


In accordance with the Turkish Regulations for Private Higher Education Institutions, students are placed in the undergraduate programs of Koç University according to their Student Selection and Placement Center Examination (ÖSS) scores.The ÖSS is a centrally administered examination, which is taken by all students seeking admission to universities in Turkey.
Universities post the number of students that can be admitted to each college, school or department. After taking the exam, students rank their university and major preferences and are then placed in university programs according to their scores on the examination. Koç University admits approximately 700 students to undergraduate programs and 200 students to graduate programs each year.

The students of the Graduate School of Business come from selective universities in Turkey and abroad, and from a variety of backgrounds. For the graduate programs, the selection criteria are standardized test scores such as the TOEFL, LES and GMAT (for the MBA program) and the GRE (for other graduate programs), in addition to a personal interview. In all programs, the quality of work required from students is comparable to the work required of students in leading universities in the United States.




1.1 GENERAL INFORMATION

Mission: Koç University was founded in 1993 as a private, non-profit institution of higher education and it is supported by the financial resources of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The mission of the University, which entered its tenth academic year in 2003, is to produce the most capable graduates by providing a world-class education, to advance the frontiers of knowledge and to contribute to the benefit of Turkey and humanity at large. The university has based its educational program on the principle of “creative teaching/participatory learning.” Like some other universities in Turkey, Koç University’s medium of instruction is English.



Degree Programs: Degree programs are offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics, the College of Engineering, the College of Law, the School of Health Sciences, the Graduate School of Business , and the Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering and the Graduate School of Social Sciences. .

Undergraduate Degrees: Graduates of the four-year undergraduate programs in History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Business Administration, and International Relations are awarded BA degrees. Those in Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Nursing receive BS degrees. The recently opened Law School, will awards on the other hand, four- year bachelor’s degrees.

Unlike other universities in Turkey, all undergraduates at Koç University go through a core-program of liberal arts courses in their first two years of study before specializing.

Graduate Degrees: Koç University’s Master’s programs are among the best in Turkey. The Graduate School of Business offers a two-year, full-time MBA program and a one-year Executive MBA.

The Institute Graduate School of Social Sciences offers a two- year Master of Arts (MA) program in Psychology with two tracks: the Industrial and Organizational Psychology track and the Developmental Psychology track. Other Master of Arts programs are, Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management and International Relations.



 

The Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering offers two-year Master of Science (MS) degrees in Electrical-Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, Materials Science and Engineering and Computational Sciences and Engineering. The Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering also offers a Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering and .  The Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering will start its PhD program in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. in the academic year of 2004-2005 academic year. 






English Language Center (ELC): Serving 70-75% of the University’s incoming students, the ELC prepares students for the demands of University-level academics in an all-English environment. In Turkey, many universities, as well as middle schools and highs schools, have similar programs known as “hazırlık” (preparation) in their respective language of instruction.



Entrance criteria are based on a student’s score ion a standardized set of exams called TOEFL (test of English as a foreign language) and TWE (test of written English), which the ELC administers in September. The University requires a score of 550 (213 for the computer-based) for TOEFL and 4 for TWE. Students entering the ELC arewill then be placed within eight levels based on the Michigan Placement Test. Exit criteria are based on a student’s TOEFL score (again 550), TWE score (again 4), ELC grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, and the ELC director’s recommendation.

Differing from the University’s degree programs, the ELC’s academic year is divided into six, seven-week tracks. Students may exit the ELC after track 2 (January), track 4 (June), track 5 (July) or track 6 (August). Students who exit in January (about 30%) elect to either enter their freshman year as an irregular student or enter a “transition” program which offers two advanced ELC courses and two freshmen-level courses.

For more information about the ELC, visit its website at: http://home.ku.edu.tr/~elc/.

Location: Koç University moved to its permanent campus in Rumeli Feneri in September 2000. The campus, built on 25 hectares at the summit of a wooded hill overlooking the Black Sea, is composed of 60 buildings: academic, and administrative buildings, laboratories, a library, dormitories for 874 students, and sports and social facilities, all the product of a meticulous integrated design. For maps of campus and Sarıyer, see Appendix D. The School of Health Sciences is located in Nisantaşi, next to the American Hospital.




      1.2 FACULTY

Koç University started with 35 teaching faculty in 1993. Today, 190 full-time faculty are employed at the university. The commitment to excellence in teaching and research that the University made from its beginning is also reflected in the quality of the faculty. Of the faculty members, 97% have obtained their advanced degrees from prominent institutions in Western Europe and the United States, and most of them have taught in leading universities in the US.

      1.3 STUDENTS

      In accordance with the Turkish Regulations for Private Higher Education Institutions, students are placed in the undergraduate programs of Koç University according to their Student Selection and Placement Center Examination (ÖSYM) scores. The ÖSYM is a centrally administered examination, which is taken by all students seeking admission to universities in Turkey. Universities post the number of students that can be admitted to each college, school or department. After taking the exam, students rank their universitycollege and major preferences and are placed in university programs according to their scores on the examination. Koç University will admits approximately 700 students to undergraduate programs and 200 students to graduate programs each year.





The students of the Graduate School of Business come from selective universities in Turkey and abroad, and from a variety of backgrounds. For the graduate programs, the selection criteria are standardized test scores such as the TOEFL, LES and GMAT (for the MBA program) and the GRE (for other graduate programs), in addition to a personal interview. In all programs, the quality of work required from students is comparable to the work required of students in leading universities in the United States.


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