Koç University College of Administrative Sciences & Economics & Graduate School of Business awarded BSIS label for positive impact

Koc University BSIS label

We are delighted to announce that Koç University’s College of Administrative Sciences & Economics (CASE) and Graduate School of Business (GSB), Turkey, have successfully completed the Business School Impact System (BSIS) assessment process and have been granted the BSIS label.

Notably, CASE and GSB stand as the first and only Turkish universities awarded the BSIS label for positive impact. As outlined by the BSIS assessment, Koç University’s location in Istanbul significantly influences the retention of highly skilled individuals. Without the university’s presence, many of these individuals might opt to relocate, potentially to countries like the United States, for example. This is because top-tier researchers often collaborate closely with companies, government bodies, and other organisations, which frequently rely on Koç University for executive education and consultancy services.

Addressing the school for this achievement, BSIS Director François Bonvalet remarked:

“We congratulate Koç University’s College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (CASE) and Graduate School of Business (GSB) for earning for the first time the BSIS label, affirming their very impactful contributions to student success and societal development. With a commitment to diversity, innovation, and sustainable practices, their holistic approach to education with an outstanding faculty resonates through their curriculum, collaborations, and initiatives, enriching both the global market and local communities.”

Koç University’s CASE and GSB

Founded as an integral part of Koç University in 1993, the College of Administrative Sciences & Economics (CASE) and the Graduate School of Business (GSB) in Istanbul, Turkey, serve students across undergraduate, graduate, and executive education programmes.  The privately funded university, staffed by a diverse faculty body, is equipped with contemporary educational facilities and offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for the complexities of the global market.

Student success: From classroom to career

Koç University demonstrates a commitment to diversity and equal access to education through various scholarship programmes, attracting a significant percentage of students from both the region and beyond. Graduates are highly sought after, with a substantial portion entering the regional, national, and international job markets, contributing to local and global economies.

Executive education programmes have experienced significant growth and recognition, offering tailored courses to meet the needs of local businesses and executives. These programmes contribute to the professional development of individuals and the enhancement of organisational capabilities, fostering innovation and responsible leadership within the business ecosystem.

The strong presence of alumni in the regional business community, including those in senior positions and active engagement through the Alumni Association, underscores the institution’s lasting impact. Alumni involvement not only enriches the local business landscape but also enhances the school’s reputation and network, creating a cycle of success and influence.

Collaborations forge impactful partnerships

The school’s intellectual production, including PhD defences and publications, has garnered significant recognition both nationally and internationally, evidenced by awards, funding, and collaborations with esteemed institutions and governmental bodies.

Through collaborations with regional entities and the organisation of events focusing on social impact management, the school actively addresses regional challenges, facilitates knowledge dissemination, and contributes to societal development, thus fostering a positive impact on the local community.

The establishment of Chaired Professorships and partnerships with regional companies highlights the school’s commitment to fostering collaboration, addressing pertinent issues, and enhancing research excellence, ultimately contributing to its reputation, influence, and impact in the academic and business communities.

Scholarship and innovation for social good

The school’s commitment to CSR and sustainable development is clear within its strategic direction, which prioritises ethics, responsibility, and sustainability. The involvement at the Dean level in the selection process underscores the school’s dedication to inclusivity.

With 209 scholars studying in CASE and an additional 150 scholars double majoring, the Anatolian Scholarship significantly impacts the lives of these students, providing them with opportunities for higher education. Furthermore, the provision of support for students’ mental and physical well-being reflects the school’s holistic approach to education.

The integration of CSR and sustainable development into academic programmes drives significant impact. The school’s support for social enterprises in Istanbul through a needs-based approach fosters partnerships with NGOs and social entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable development in the community. The school’s strong reputation for gender equality is exemplified through initiatives like the gender-inclusive teacher improvement grant and return-to-research grant for women, empowering female academics and promoting gender parity in academia.

Organisational support and digitalisation efforts further bolster the school’s commitment to CSR. Digital literacy courses integrated into the curriculum promote technological proficiency among students, enabling them to leverage digital tools for social change. Additionally, the transition to a paperless approach enhances efficiency and sustainability, aligning with CSR principles.

Professor Yılmaz Özbağcı, Dean of Koç University’s CASE and GSB, commented:

“Koç University College of Administrative Sciences and Economics (CASE) and Graduate School of Business (GSB) gave impetus to BSIS efforts in a very special year as the Turkish Republic celebrated the 100th and Koç University celebrated the 30th anniversary of their foundation. In the BSIS process, our objectives have been to improve our impact assessment processes and to identify areas of opportunity to increase impact. In this context, we observed that BSIS could contribute to realising our mission by achieving our strategic objectives. Through our prominent national and international standing, we already have a strong regional impact. As a Triple Crown institution, we strive towards excellence and continuous improvement. Hence, we believe that it is valuable to work with impartial outside experts and benefit from their BSIS expertise to identify further opportunities for improvement.

I can confidently say that the process exceeded our expectations. Candid and comprehensive discussions with the experts and their recommendations enabled us to view our activities, interactions, and positioning from the lens of impact. Moreover, as we are initiating a new strategic planning cycle, the BSIS report is a valuable tool in assessing our past performance and shaping our future direction.

Another important aspect of BSIS is the network effect that we intend to fully utilise. The main strength of Koç University CASE & GSB is being “connected”; we gain insights and drive change through national and international collaborations with our academic, corporate and social partners. We are looking forward to becoming a contributing member of the BSIS community and sharing our experiences with the other members of the network in our joint quest for creating impact for a better world.”

About BSIS

The Business School Impact System (BSIS) is the first comprehensive impact assessment tool for business schools, covering more than 130 indicators across seven dimensions of impact. It provides a tailor-made data collection system for monitoring, assessing, and developing the impact of business schools.

The BSIS process involves the definition of the impact zone and institutional scope, data collection, impact assessment, and the report with recommendations for future development. Demonstrating the school’s impact on internal and external stakeholders, the system serves as a communication and negotiation tool externally and fosters an impact culture within the school. Schools that undergo BSIS are awarded the BSIS label for a three-year period.

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