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International Collaboration

With the mission of cultivating the most competent and internationally qualified graduates, Koç University collaborates with many globally acknowledged and reputable institutions. The University acquires accreditations, enters into strategic partnerships and gets accepted as a member to privileged societies. Responsibility lies in the heart of this mission and it proves to be a world citizen by complying with international compacts and standards.

DS (Diploma Supplement) Label

At Koç University, in line with the Bologna process and the Higher Education Council’s decision dated March 11, 2005, a Diploma Supplement is delivered to all students of degree programs automatically and free of charge. Designed as an aid to help international recognition, the diploma supplement provides a description of the nature, level, context and status of the studies that were pursued and successfully completed by the individual named on the original qualifications to which the Supplement is appended.

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Koç University Business School earned the EQUIS accreditation in March 2009. EQUIS (The European Quality Improvement System) is a leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration administered by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development). Its scope covers all programs offered by an institution from the first degree up to the PhD, including non-degree programs.

Koç University Business School prides itself on being the first and only school in Turkey and its neighboring region to obtain EQUIS accreditation. The accreditation is one of the milestones in the School’s efforts towards achieving global recognition with its programs, students, alumni and faculty.

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In October 2010 the Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center earned accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the recognized leader in global credentialing services.

The ANCC is the world's largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification in the design, development, and delivery of global credentialing services and support products for nurses and healthcare organizations.

Established in 1974, Primary Accreditation recognizes organizations (or components of organizations) that offer high quality continuing education for nurses. This accreditation contributes to health care quality and professional nursing practice by defining standards for the development and delivery of continuing education and by providing a voluntary peer review process to assure compliance.



Koç University Graduate School of Business is the full academic member of CEMS alliance (The Global Alliance in Management Education), which is a strategic body of leading business schools and multinational companies.

CEMS is the global league of leaders on the pre-experience Master’s Market, and is unrivalled when it comes to the reputation of its members: 26 world-class academic institutions (25 full members and 1 associate member) and 2 social partners (NGOs) collaborate together with 68 corporate partners to offer international postgraduate students a unique blend of high quality education and professional experience. Its first mission is to set a global standard of excellence for pre-experience Master’s in management. As a full academic member of CEMS, Koç University Graduate School of Business offers CEMS MIM (Master in International Management), a prestigious supranational business degree. This master’s degree program is available exclusively to the CEMS schools which meet the very strict selection criteria.

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CFA Partnership

Koç University’s Master of Science in Finance Program was selected as the first partner program in Turkey and one of only 36 CFA Program partners throughout Europe.

The CFA Institute has partnerships with a limited number of select institutions that cover a significant portion of the CFA Program curriculum in their degree program.

The CFA Institute is a global membership association that administers the CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst®) and CIPM (Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement) curriculum and exam programs worldwide, publishes research, conducts professional development programs, and sets voluntary, ethics-based professional and performance reporting standards for the investment industry.

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ISCN (International Sustainable Campus Network)

The International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) provides a global forum to support leading colleges, universities, and corporate campuses in the exchange of information, ideas, and best practices for achieving sustainable campus operations and integrating sustainability in research and teaching. In 2009, the ISCN partnered with the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), a World Economic Forum initiative bringing together the heads of 26 top global universities, to develop the Sustainable Campus Charter, which organizes campus sustainability into 3 core principles, requires a commitment at the highest level of the institution, and includes annual reporting on sustainability goals, initiatives, and performance. To date, over 60 Members (status 2014) represent top-tier colleges and universities from 26 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Koç University joined the ISCN in Fall 2014. For more information on the ISCN, please visit:


PIM, Partnership in International Management, is a consortium of leading international business schools, founded in 1973. Each member institution represents the highest degree of excellence in the fields of business administration and management, demonstrates leadership in their geographic region and delivers an MBA or a graduate-equivalent degree in management. Koç University Graduate School of Business has become a member of PIM in November 2014.

PIM facilitates the development of international cooperation among members, fostering the development of joint programs, students and faculty exchange, joint research and cooperation among faculty members and researchers.

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Koç University Business School is a member of EFMD (The European Foundation for Management Development).

EFMD is an international membership organization, based in Belgium. With more than 750 member organizations from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 82 countries, EFMD provides a unique forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development.

EFMD is recognized globally as an accreditation body of quality in management education and has established accreditation services for business schools and business school programs, corporate universities and technology-enhanced learning programs.

EFMD also signed in 2003 a partnership agreement with the United Nations Global Compact and launched the Global Responsibility Invitation which in turn led to the creation of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.

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Koç University Business School is a member of AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). AACSB has nearly 1200 members in more than 75 countries.

AACSB is a global, nonprofit membership organization of educational institutions, businesses, and other entities devoted to the advancement of management education. Established in 1916, AACSB International provides its members with a variety of products and services to assist them with the continuous improvement of their business programs and schools.

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In December 2009, Koç University became the first university to join the Global Business School Network (GBSN) through the College of Administrative Sciences and Economics and the Graduate School of Business. It is a non-profit organization which aims to educate future corporate leaders of emerging markets with the support of the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.

There are currently 39 management schools from 21 countries in the Global Business School Network which aim to establish a professional collaboration among reputable management schools and local management faculties.

As a member of GBSN, Koç University Graduate School of Business fosters a network of emerging business leaders committed to harnessing the power of business to create a better world. The next generation of skilled managers will positively impact society throughout their professional careers and beyond.

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United Nations Initiatives

UN Global Compact

Koç University signed the UN Global Compact in 2007. The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for institutions that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere.

This ever-increasing understanding is reflected in the Global Compact's rapid growth. With over 8700 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 130 countries, it is the largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative in the world.

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Koç University UN Global Compact COE Report


In 2008, Koç School of Business participated in PRME (The Principles of Responsible Management Education Initiative). The programs remain committed to advancing corporate and social responsibility.

The mission of the PRME initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

The PRME are inspired by internationally accepted values such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact. They seek to establish a process of continuous improvement among institutions of management education in order to develop a new generation of business leaders capable of managing the complex challenges faced by business and society in the 21st century.

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UNAOC (Alliance of Civilizations)

Koç University is the first university from Turkey to partner with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) which aims to improve understanding and cooperative relations among nations and peoples across cultures and religions. It also helps to counter the forces that fuel polarization and extremism.

Alliance of Civilizations was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations.

The UNAOC Secretariat, which is based in New York, works with a global network of partners with States, international and regional organizations, civil society groups, foundations, and the private sector to improve cross-cultural relations between diverse nations and communities. It also works at the grassroots level, promoting innovative projects that build trust, reconciliation and mutual respect. The Alliance works in four program areas to support such projects. These areas are: youth, media, education, and migration.

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THE (Times Higher Education)

Koç University is ranked 11th in the Times Higher Education Best Small Universities Rankings 2017
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Koç University is ranked 15th in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2017
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Koç University is ranked 36th in the world in the Young Universities Ranking in 2017
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QS University Rankings

Koç University is ranked in the 431-440 spot in the QS World Universities Ranking 2018. Click here to see the full ranking

Koç University is ranked in the Top 151-200 in QS Subject Rankings 2017 for Political Sciences and International Relations.
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The Koç University Graduate School of Business MBA program is ranked 60th in the QS Global 200 MBA Rankings 2014/15
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Koç University is ranked 16th in the QS Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Rankings 2016.
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Financial Times Business School Ranking

Koç University Executive MBA Program was ranked 64th in 2016 and has consistently been ranked within the top 100 since 2011. Koç University Executive MBA graduates were ranked within the top 20 worldwide in terms of salary increase, and the program scored well against the ratings criteria for aims achieved and career progression. The program can also boast one of the world’s most internationally diverse advisory board, with over 80% of the Koç University EMBA advisory board bringing native experience from across the world.

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Koç University Graduate School of Business has officially received accreditation in 2016 from The Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the leading authorities on postgraduate business education. The accreditation covers the Koç University MBA and Koç University Executive MBA programs and has been awarded for a full five years. The AMBA accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education and is earned only by the best post graduate management programmes.

As the 239th AMBA-accredited institution worldwide and the first in Turkey, Koç University Graduate School of Business joins an elite family of the top 2% of the world’s business schools. Upon receiving AMBA accreditation, all current MBA/EMBA students and recent alumni of Accredited Schools, are invited to join AMBA’s global member community of more than 18,500 students and alumni in more than 100 countries, for networking, thought leadership, career development and a variety of perks and benefits.

Can we add the MUDEK accreditation for Engineering programs with the following copy please?


Koç University’s College of Engineering programs are accredited by the Association for Evaluation and Accreditation of Engineering Programs (MÜDEK), a non-governmental organization operating for the purpose of contributing to the enhancement of quality of engineering education in Turkey and recognized by the Higher Education Council (YÖK) of Turkey as the National Quality Assurance Agency in accrediting engineering programs. Since MÜDEK became a Signatory of Washington Accord in 2011. All programs accredited by MÜDEK are recognized as equivalent by other Washington Accord Signatories since 2011. MÜDEK is authorized to issue EUR-ACE Bachelor Label as of 2009.

Strategic Internationalization Plan

Since its foundation, Koç University has given strong emphasis to the internationalization of the university. As one of the leading research universities in Turkey, integrating internationalization in its education, research, student life and staff opportunities has always been a key component of its internationalization efforts.

Internationalization efforts are led by the Office of International Programs (OIP) in coordination with all relevant academic and administrative units of the university. OIP also works to develop international partnerships, strengthening Koç University’s international presence and enhancing the internationalization of services.

We have great expectations ahead for the next period of the institution. We are on our way to reach our 25th anniversary in 2018, we will be reaching our planned student enrollment and faculty hiring capacity and there is a drive to increase the number and impact of our of activities in teaching, research and public engagement both at home and abroad.

Having a clear, shared and flexible strategic document to coordinate all efforts amongst academic and administrative units and other stakeholders (students, alumni, donors, government) is the main purpose of the Strategic Internationalization Plan launched in 2017. This coordinated effort will focus on the following five strategic initiatives;

1) Internationally experienced students: support and increase all activities that allow our undergraduate students to have a meaningful international experience by the time they graduate.
2) International students integrated into campus life: improve services and programs that support international undergraduate and graduate students on campus and after graduation.
3) An internationally diverse and talented student body: attract a diverse body of highly qualified international students to our Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programs.
4) High impact research funded by international sources: increase in the number and scope of competitive grants awarded to individual faculty members and research groups or in consortia with leading groups abroad and the visibility of our university’s research internationally
5) Better reporting, monitoring and governance of internationalization: improve our collection of data and indicators to measure performance

You can download the Strategic Internationalization Plan of the university here.