Dear Members of the Koç University Community,
We stray a bit from our usual monthly Message from the Office of the President this September as the birthday of our great institution and the start of our school year are back-to-back and we thought this happy coincidence warrants a slightly different approach to our traditional Newsletter.
Today, we celebrate the 28th anniversary of the founding of our university as a result of the brilliant foresight of the late Vehbi Koç, signified by his ‘opening lecture’ delivered on October 4th, 1993.
We take this opportunity to express our wholehearted gratitude to Vehbi Koç, who bestowed upon our country and the world at large this great institution, driven by his deep held belief that “The more we educate quality people, the more we serve our country”. On behalf of all of you, we express our deeply held appreciation and thanks to the Vehbi Koç Foundation, and the Koç family, for their generous, unrelenting and extensive support of our university for the past 28 years.
Vehbi Koç expressed his vision for our University when he stated: “I want everyone to look at Koç University graduates and hold them up to the highest standards while looking up to them and deem them as leaders of our tomorrows. I want our graduates to be regarded like those who graduated from universities such as Harvard and Columbia in the US . . .” 28 years later, we can without a doubt say that his wish has come true, as eloquently stated by our Chairman of the Board, Prof. Nur Yalman in a recent message to our community: “Our University has a rightful place among the most respected academic institutions in the world today and its name is associated with universities such as Caltech and École normale supérieure.”
As we inch closer to our third decade, we have many things to be proud of and look forward to ... As very aptly expressed by Abraham Lincoln, "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.", we are in the cusp of extraordinary developments and our fast march towards excellence in education and scientific research may only accelerate in the next few years. Just as our institution developed extremely rapidly during the past decade to emerge as the best ‘Research University’ in our country and region, our vision for the next decade for Koç University harbors yet another giant leap from where we are now. Once we go through the COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 bottleneck years of 2021-2022, we expect to have substantial opportunities in front of us to enhance the size and composition of our faculty in critical areas, while at the same time greatly enhancing our research portfolio and output. We thus continue aggressively on this exciting path, with a combination of academic and administrative initiatives undertaken with enhanced collaboration among all of our units across this great institution.
Since anniversaries are usually celebrations of beginnings and births, we take this opportunity and be hopeful for the future of this great institution. As members of our community, we are truly proud of our achievements so far and greatly excited about the heights that we are yet to climb and the challenges we are to overcome in the coming years.
We extend our best regards to you all, together with our best wishes for success, health and happiness.
Zeynep Gürhan Canlı
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Advisor to the Board of Trustees