History of Koç University

Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. In the twenty years since its establishment, Koç University has become one of the leading universities in Turkey, distinguished by notable contributions to the elevation of education, knowledge and service both domestically and beyond.


University Governance

The principle mission of Koç University is 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. Concurrently, research conducted at Koç University contributes to scientific development on an international scale and bolsters technological, economic and social development. Koç University consistently strives to advance knowledge through its efforts and to serve Turkey and humanity as a model of institutional excellence.


Key Figures

Koç University's commitment to excellence and its well-resourced programs attract world-class academicians. The university’s faculty consists of Turkey's most established senior researchers and PhD’s from elite research institutions worldwide. Ninety-five percent of all full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees from top-tier universities in the United States and Europe, while the remaining five percent are recruited from top Turkish universities


Administrative Offices

In 2013,407 staff members supported teaching, learning and research at KU ranging from the Office of the General Secretary, Office of the Comptroller, Human Resources, Corporate Relations and Development, Research & Project Development Directorate, Dean of Students, Communication Office, Construction Communications, the Library, and the Sports Center at Koç University.

KU staff members typically have a high sense of purpose and derive great meaning from working together to ensure KU's academic and research excellence is well supported.


Visitor Info

Koç University’s strong academic offerings are further bolstered by a vivid social environment and dynamic campus life, including regular social activities, student clubs, sports teams and voluntary organizations.  Campus life at the university offers a lively environment with an abundance of social and cultural activities. The classrooms and laboratories are equipped with the latest technological infrastructure and support systems. Additionally, excellent athletic and recreational facilities are available to all members of the Koç University family.