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​ Health is one of the primary areas of social responsibility for Koç Group. With reference to Vehbi Koç’s words, “If you don’t have health, you don’t have anything”, Group companies contribute to improving the infrastructure of our country’s health services with the projects they implement every year, in addition to the major investments realized by Vehbi Koç Foundation in this field.

Koç University Health Sciences Campus

The first phase of the Koç University- School of Medicine Health Sciences Campus, which was under construction in 2013, is expected to be completed in September 2014. When the second phase, which comprises Koç University Health Sciences Campus and Education and Research Hospital, is completed, Vehbi Koç Foundation will launch a worldwide health complex with the Health Sciences Campus comprising private hospital services devoted to oncology and pediatrics.

The Nursing Fund

The Nursing Fund utilizes significant resources every year to contribute to the development of the nursing profession and to improve the health of the society. Every year, the fund supports 10 projects and provides scholarship for up to 100 nursing students. In the year 2013, Koç Holding has decided to make a donation to Vehbi Koç Foundation Nursing Fund for the scholarship of 50 more nursing students, to celebrate the 50th working year of Semahat Arsel.

Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center (SANERC) Established under Vehbi Koç Foundation and instigated with the Koç University School of Nursing in 2004, SANERC provides education and consulting services; conducts and supports researches that contribute to the development of nursing; composes study books and guide books for educational purposes and publishes the “Education and Research in Nursing Magazine,” which is distributed free of charge. Accredited at an international level by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, SANERC organized 13 course programs attended by 224 people and 20 seminars attended by 470 people within the framework of Education Programs in 2013.

Vehbi Koç Award

Harvard University Chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases Prof. Dr. Gökhan Hotamıșlıgil was deemed worthy, for his pioneering work in the field of healthcare, of the Vehbi Koç Award, which is given by Vehbi Koç Foundation in the fields of culture, education and healthcare, every year in turn, to encourage individuals and institutions contributing to the enhancement of the quality of life.

Prof. Dr. Hotamıșlıgil, who received the title of professorship from Harvard University at the age of 41, was the first Turk to receive the American Diabetes Association’s Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award in 2007.

Koç University School of Nursing (KUHYO)

Koç University School of Nursing was established in 1998 to offer a four-year undergraduate program. In the 2012- 1013 school year, the School of Nursing graduated 22 of its 125 students. 70 of KUHYO graduates, whose total number has reached 245, either have completed or still continue their graduate studies, while 13 have completed their doctorate.