Spotlight on…

Impact is central to the mission of Koç University. In only 23 years, we have contributed to Turkish society through education, learning and research at the highest levels of international excellence.

Below we put the spotlight on a small sample of research carried out at Koç University and its impact in different spheres:

Koç University Scientists Develop Salt-Impregnated Asphalt That De-Ices Itself

Icy roads are one of the biggest challenges brought by the winter season. A team from Koç University led by Dr. Seda Kizilel developed what may lead to a long-term solution to this problem.


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Non-Invasive Device Diminishing Parkinson Symptoms

This technology developed at Koç University is related to a device that is engineered for decreasing Parkinson symptoms and works non-invasively to diminish tremors and immobility.


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Improving the Social Impact of Turkish Women’s NGOs

Launched in May 2015 and led by Koç University’s Social Impact Forum (KUSIF), this project’s first events aim to develop methods for non-governmental organizations addressing women’s issues to use in measuring the social impact of their activities.


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Koç Law students contribute to United Nation’s Decision Analysis

The United Nations Human Rights Agreements Personal Application Decision Analysis Project led by the Koç University Center for Global Public Law in association with Oxford University Press started in 2015. Graduate and undergraduate students from the Faculty of Law will be contributing to the UN’s Decision Analysis to be published by the Oxford University Press series as reporters and analysts.


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The use of social robots in children’s second language learning

The project İs funded by a Horizon 2020 grant awarded to the L2TOR Consortium in Information and Communication Technologies. Prof. Aylin Küntay and Dr. Tilbe Göksun from Koç University’s Psychology Department are contributing with project activities in Türkiye


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Do Centriolar satellites hold the answer to cancer, kidney diseases, obesity and blindness?

Structural and functional abnormalities of the centriolar satellites and the centrosome/ cilium complex are linked to a variety of human diseases including cancer, kidney diseases, obesity, blindness and others. Prof. Elif Nur Firat’s 2015 ERC project “Dissecting the structure and function of centriolar satellites: Key regulators of the centrosome/cilium complex.”will lead to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these diseases.


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