2019 Issue
Broaden Your Horizon
Left behind International Staff Week: Diversity and Inclusion in Global Higher Education: Experience and Practice 
Organized by the Office of International Programs and Graduate School of Business, participants from different institutions got an overview of Koç University and other participating universities. International staff week offered our participants the opportunity to network and share experiences and challenges with representatives of other institutions on diversity and inclusion of international students and staff.
While participants enjoyed week-long thought-provoking discussions and sessions with colleagues from all around the world, they also enjoyed cultural beauties of Istanbul and Turkey. As part of the program, participants presented their institutions to Koç University students during a day-long Study Abroad Fair. 
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Celebrating International Cultures at Koç
Earlier this year, ICO took international students and researchers to one of the best mountain resorts in the world. For the last couple of years, Iftar dinners have become an indispensable part of our international community activities as the International Community Office. Almost everyone honors the invitation to this grand day of coming together, eating with strangers or friends from any country, any religion, anywhere. Pakistani Students and ICO held this year's kite festival on April 30th with a large turn out of faculty, staff, students, and children of our community. Last but not least we are introducing a very well accomplished scholar at KU who earned his Ph.D. Degree here and now currently pursues a Post-Doc position with senior faculty and constitutes a great example for his fellow Pakistani and other graduate peers. Meet Dr. Muhammad Anwar Nazeer through his own words.
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Everyone a Changemaker: GLLP and KUGlobalAid Students' Works for Social Change
Complex and interrelated problems that our society faces in the 21st century require a new collective kind of leadership to collaborate across disciplines, departments, and organizations to develop creative and systemic solutions. This collective leadership capacity should be built through the work of young change-makers. Global Learning and Leadership Program (GLLP) and KUGlobalAid students are required to be part of a team and carry-out a hands-on prototype initiative that connects the personal, relational, and systemic dimensions of change. Each semester's project topics vary from reducing package waste across the campus to developing language learning programs for refugees. We are proud to share the latest news from KUGlobalAid students' Social Cohesion and Self Development Program 'Anlaş, Kaynaş, Beraber Paylaş' at Uzun Yusuf Middle School in Fatih, Istanbul, and GLLP Student Projects that were carried out during Spring 2019 MGMT 210 Changemaking in Action Course.
Read more on KUGlobalAid Blog
Read more about GLLP Student Projects on Medium
Peacemakers Bootcamp in Istanbul
Six months after the first boot camp of Koc University's Erasmus+ KA2 project ''Peacemakers'' held in Rotterdam, the second boot camp held in Koc University, Istanbul between May 13-17. 24 students as ''Peace Envoys'' from Koç, Gaziantep, Bologna, Humboldt and Erasmus universities who are responsible for creating peace dialogue students' clubs in their universities have participated in this boot camp. 6 scholars from partner universities delivered theoretical lectures on various contexts of migration and 3 guest lecturers gave their lectures on migration as well as explaining their hands-on social projects. In addition to lectures, peace envoys had a chance to participate in interactive activities as ''Human Library'', ''Intercultural Communication Workshop'' and ''Interactive Session on Social Discrimination'' and visit NGOs working in the field such as Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) and Community Center for Syrian Refugees ''Refugees and Asylum Seekers Assistance and Solidarity Association (RASAS)''.  
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Experiencing Diversity: Every Exchange has a story!
Participation in an exchange program is not just a memorable experience, it is an international learning process that propels one towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives, as well. Being on exchange whether as a student or a professional gives lots of advantages in life, education, and career. You constantly find yourself in situations outside of your comfort zone, in which you truly learn more about yourself. As Andre Gide once said, ''Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.'' Read the stories of our students and get ready to feel inspired!
Blog: KocUniExchange
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Latest on Global Partnership
In accordance with KU's international strategy, OIP team has been working on increasing and strengthening KU's international presence in the global arena and networks since the establishment of OIP. For this reason, and to continue the trend initiated several years ago, OIP attended AIEA and NAFSA Conferences in North America and APAIE in Asia Pacific Region. To support KU's international outreach, strengthening existing ties with partner institutions OIP hosted delegations from existing and prospective partners in various counties and Global Recruitment Team has increased their scholarship portfolio to increase the number of full-time international students at KU! Also, KU has recently launched three new exciting Master programs in the fields of Data Science (Graduate School of Sciences and Engineering), Philosophy, and Public Policy (Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities) and we invite our partners to help us spread the word about these excellent graduate opportunities to their alumni.  
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