Vehbi Koç Foundation, which is one of the first charitable foundations of the Turkish Republic, was established on 17 January 1969 by Vehbi Koç.
Vehbi Koç Foundation has been contributing to the rapid development of Turkey for nearly 50 years in fundamental areas of life, which are primarily education, health and culture. The Foundation continues to make a difference through institutions managed by the foundation and the projects that it supported. Prominent activities in 2018 of the Foundation are listed below.
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The Vehbi Koç Foundation scholarship program, first begun in 1969 to promote equal opportunity in education, has so far provided support to approximately 50 thousand students. The program, which includes scholarships for vocational training, undergraduate and nursing, supported a total of 6,131 students with limited financial means in the 2017-2018 academic year.
The project aims to offer a platform for continuous interaction where teachers are supported to transform education in Turkey. The Teacher Network was launched by the Vehbi Koç Foundation in partnership with ATÖLYE and the Education Reform Initiative (ERG), and other leading foundations in Turkey.
In 2018, “Exchange Delegates’ Summer Meeting” was held with the participation of over 100 teachers from 16 provinces across the country; and activities were held in Van and İzmir in order to access new teachers across Turkey.
Koç University Celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
Koç University celebrated a quarter century of accomplishments in line with its mission to become a world-class university. The university provides a liberal environment for research and study and boasts more than thirteen thousand alumni all holding eminent positions in the country and all around the world. Koç University’s faculty members are globally recognized for the quality of their universal teaching and research output. The anniversary was celebrated with scientific conferences, student events, stage performances and various publications.
Lazarus Project Wins First Place in NASA Contest
A team of Koç School 11th grade students received the first prize with their “Lazarus” project in the Grade 11 category at the NASA Ames Settlement Design Contest 2018, organized by the NASA Ames Research Center in collaboration with San Jose State University and the American National Space Community. Around 10 thousand students from all around the world competed with over 2,500 projects.
Covering projects questioning and planning the possibility of living in space colonies, the space settlement of the Koç School team was designed at Lagrange 1 point between the sun and the Earth where gravitational forces reach a point of equilibrium.
17th Vehbi Koç Award Is Presented to Yılmaz Büyükerşen.
The 17th Vehbi Koç Award, presented in 2018 in the field of education, was presented to Professor Yılmaz Büyükerşen who has served the public for over 50 years with large-scale educational projects.
Prof. Dr. Metin Sitti Wins 2018 Medal of Science
The Koç University Rahmi M. Koç Medal of Science was established last year to promote the advancement of science by awarding successful and pioneering scientists educated in Turkey who contribute to universal knowledge. This year, the 2018 Medal of Science was presented to Professor Metin Sitti in the category of Science, Engineering and Medicine, for his groundbreaking contributions to micro and nanobiomedical robotics technologies.
Organ Transplantation Center Opens at the Koç University Hospital.
Launched at the Koç University Hospital, the Organ Transplantation Center carries out successful surgical operations enabled by its cutting-edge technology and the modern surgical techniques employed, as well as a team of experienced specialists. One of the few centers where simultaneous liver, kidney, and pancreas transplants can be performed, the Center is also equipped for pediatric kidney and liver transplants, either combined or separately.
The American Hospital Opens in Bodrum
The Vehbi Koç Foundation acquired the Private Bodrum Hospital, and began a full-scale renovation of the building and its facilities in line with the vision and quality standards of the VKV American Hospital in March 2018.
The Bodrum American Hospital is already providing some outpatient services, but its full renovation is slated for completion in 2019.
Health Sciences Campus Welcomes Nursing Students
After completing the multidisciplinary Core Program at the Rumelifeneri Campus, the first class of students that began education with the new curriculum of the Koç University Faculty of Nursing started the nursing program offered at the Health Sciences Campus in Topkapı in 2018. The students will continue their education and clinical practice covered by the new curriculum at the Rahmi M. Koç Academy of Interventional Medicine, Education, and Simulation (RMK AIMES) at the Koç University Hospital.
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Clinic Launches at the MedAmerican.
The MedAmerican Ambulatory Care Center has begun IVF services. The IVF Center plans to provide fertility treatment to 1,500-2,000 couples per year and includes seven obstetrician-gynecologists, three embryologists, one urologist, as well as six nurses and healthcare staff.
As Vehbi Koç Tells It: A Compilation is Published.
The book conveys the life experiences of the late Vehbi Koç, founder of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, the first private foundation of the Republic of Turkey, and of Koç Holding. The book is published by Yapı Kredi Publications with contributions by the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The new book is a compilation of Vehbi Koç’s books My Life Story (1973) and Recollections, Observations, Counsel (1987) with the addition of historical background information.
The Vehbi Koç Büyükdere House Opens to the Public.
The Vehbi Koç Büyükdere House in Sarıyer was opened to the public with an exhibition of selected kilims and weaving tools from the collection donated to the Vehbi Koç Foundation in 2007 by the American photographer Josephine Powell. Composing the permanent exhibition at the Vehbi Koç Büyükdere House, the kilims date from the late 18th to early 20th century and were woven in Turkey’s Western Anatolia, Central Anatolia and Eastern Anatolia regions.
ANAMED Breaks Out
In 2018, three ANAMED exhibitions were hosted by other museums and galleries in Turkey and abroad. The exhibition “Scent and the City” opened at the Erimtan Archaeology and Arts Museum in Ankara with the collaboration of VEKAM (Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center). “The Curious Case of Çatalhöyük” was invited by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) to London. Showcased at The Brunei Gallery, the exhibition has been the first ANAMED exhibition to go on a tour abroad.
New Horizons in Contemporary Art
In 2018, Arter presented two solo exhibitions, Ali Mahmut Demirel’s “Isle” and Can Aytekin’s “Empty House”, and hosted the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial as one of the main venues.
Arter will relocate to its new building in Istanbul’s Dolapdere district in 2019 that marks the 50th anniversary of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. In addition to exhibition spaces, the building houses performance halls, learning and activity areas, a library, a conservation laboratory, an arts bookstore, and a café. Arter’s new building, the construction of which had started in 2015, is designed by Grimshaw Architects (UK) and has 18 thousand m2 of enclosed area.
Weaving History: Mystery of A City, Sof
The exhibition explored the history of sof fabric and sof-weaving. Identified with Ankara, Sof is a precious commercial product that has been exported to many countries across the world since 16th century. The exhibition included sof fabrics produced from mohair and loaned from the Topkapı Palace Museum, the Sadberk Hanım Museum, and the Ethnography Museum of Ankara, as well as contemporary pieces.
Major Collaboration for the Social Entrepreneurship Network in Turkey
Launched in October 2018, the project “Social Entrepreneurship Network in Turkey” is being carried out by a consortium of 15 partners led by the Vehbi Koç Foundation with the goal of building a social entrepreneurship network in all seven geographical regions of Turkey.
The project is funded by a grant within the scope of the “Grant Scheme for CSO Partnerships and Networks on Strengthening Cooperation Between Public Sector and CSOs” carried out by the Directorate for EU Affairs and the Ministry of Treasury and Finance under the European Union’s Instrument for Pre‑Accession Assistance (IPA).