Global Learning Certificate: Leadership, Sustainability and Social Innovation in 21st century program is 6-days long online learning journey developed by the Office of International Programs with the collaboration of leading faculty members at KU and professionals in the field.
Students participating in the program will embark on a learning journey where domains of personal well-being, decision making, social innovation, sustainability, future of work and conscious leadership will intersect each other.
During this 6-days long virtual immersive and intensive learning journey students will improve 21st Century skills and learn about:
Participants will receive a certificate of completion. There is no credit transfer available.
Opening remarks by Prof. Dr. Zeynep Aycan Next Generation Leadership and Transformation
Instructor: Zeynep Aycan
Zeynep Aycan is a lecturer at Koç University Psychology and Management Departments and works as a Professor in the field of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is the Director of the Institute of Social Sciences. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Boğaziçi University, Department of Psychology. She continued her doctorate and post-doctoral studies in Canada’s Queen’s University Psychology Department and McGill University Business School, respectively. Specialized in intercultural management, Aycan’s work focuses on the impact of culture on processes such as leadership, human resources management and work-life balance.
Zeynep Aycan has written / edited 4 books, more than 70 book chapters and research articles. Her articles have been published in prestigious academic journals such as Annual Review of Psychology, Science, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Journal of Human Resource Management. Zeynep Aycan’s research has been deemed worthy of many national and international awards.
Introduction to Mindfulness: How to be Mindful in Everyday Life
Instructor: Rengin Işık
This workshop is based on the curriculum developed by The Center for Koru Mindfulness at Duke University and aims to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness and get you well on your way to developing important skills, including meditation for managing stress and enriching your life. Mindfulness is about developing the ability to be fully attentive to all the moments of your life, reducing the amount of time you spend worrying about the future or fretting about the past. The more you practice this ability, the less you may start to feel less overwhelmed by changes and challenges in your life. Plus, you may begin to experience being more mindful, less judgmental, less stressed and better at managing your emotions.
Fundamentals of Sustainable Businesses
Instructor: Emine Mavi
The COVID-19 pandemic that we are facing, a sense of urgency in climate action and the belief that social inequality is increasing has brought all our economic activities under the spotlight. This seminar aims to provide you the understanding of the fundamental concepts of sustainable businesses. As an introduction, a description of sustainability and its significance in the context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are discussed. In particular, you will gain insights into the role of businesses and their relations with stakeholders in achieving these goals. In this context, past and current debates on the responsibility of businesses will be discussed, and you will be introduced to the “triple bottom line” concept, where we will discuss how to evaluate ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) information to help deliver value and achieve the UN SDGs.
Take the Lead in the 21st Century
Instructor: Çağdaş Kılıç
This interactive workshop aims to provide you with the basic concepts and contemporary issues of leadership. Through this workshop, you will develop an understanding of the various definitions and types of leadership, alongside the challenges leadership face in today’s world. This workshop covers the patterns of leader emergence and leader effectiveness, as well as the obstacles that disadvantageous groups encounter to reach leadership roles. In the final part of the workshop, generational differences in perceptions and expectations concerning leadership will be discussed.
Getting Ready for the Future of Work
Instructor: Didar Zeytun
This interactive workshop aims to provide you with the necessary awareness about the 4th Industrial Revolution and the future of work. Through this workshop, you will develop an understanding of the necessary skills for the 4th Industrial Revolution and related terminology. The workshop covers how automation will change the way we are working and how robots and intelligent machines will be a part of the workforce in the near future. In the last part of the workshop, topics will cover the risks and opportunities regarding certain occupations and how tomorrow’s workforce can be best prepared for it.
Impact Oriented Thinking
Instructor: Muhammed Yunus Aktaş
In our workshop, we will present the impact thinking approach. Through this approach, you will be able to understand the main concepts of social impact measurement, management, and maximization. To strengthen the logic of social impact, we will make a case study to give a realistic perspective that will be useful for your future social impact projects. The workshop will be discussion-oriented, which will provide us an efficient learning time while having a lot of fun.
Group Dynamics- an introduction to Deep Democracy
Instructor: Lara Toensmann
In this seminar you will be introduced to the basics of group dynamics. We will share a lens to understand groups better, including tools for decision-making and ways to include minority views. You will learn some basic concepts and skills which you can apply immediately to your teams, projects or social environment.The seminar will be an introduction to Lewis Method of Deep Democracy, including theoretical understanding of group dynamics, a simple tool for group discussions and a personal decision-making tool.
July 12- July 17,2021
To apply, students are required to submit:
If you have any problems with creating an application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application Deadline(EXTENDED): June 13, 2021
*If your native language is English or your university’s language of instruction is English, you do not need to provide a document.
Early bird 120 USD (first 10 seats) – SOLD OUT
Non-KU international students 150 USD
KU Students and all Turkish citizens: 120 USD if paid via a bank transfer, 1000 TL if paid via a credit card.
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OIP does NOT provide a scholarship for this program.
Full refund of the tuition fee until June 15, 2021
Cancellations after June 15 will result in no refund.