Since 2017, each year a cohort of students are selected among Global Learning and Leadership for Sustainability Track Program as Fellows. Students go through a 6-week online training program. After completing the online training, they attend the Silicon Valley Meetup in March, where they connect with one another and build on the learning from the online training. Fellows receive year-round mentorship and represent the program and their schools at global conferences and events.
The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program empowers students around the world to become agents of change in higher education. Fellows create opportunities that help their peers unlock their creative potential and develop the design-centered mindset required to take on complex challenges in today’s world.
Please find the Koç University Sustainability and Innovation Manuel for Students here.
Project Idea #1 – KULENDAR (ongoing)
KULENDAR is a calendar portal where all events in our school along with class times, deadlines and exams can be seen. The main objective of the project is to enable our students to better plan and manage their time. The identified problems behind this projects are listed below:
Project Idea #2 – KUForum (ongoing)
KUForum is a forum platform where students can ask their questions in categories and get answers that can be upvoted and post their complaints to the complaints board which will also move up as more people support the issue. The main objective of the Project is facilitating the feedback mechanisms and making our voice heard in school management.
The identified problems behind this projects are listed below:
Project Idea #3 – I&E Online Manual (ongoing)
The Project aiming to create a manual that improves upon the landscape canvas we prepared containing information on entrepreneurship and innovation related coursework, departments, incubation centers and the paths and counselling they can take. The main objective of the Project is to inform students about the Innovation & Entrepreneurship opportunities in our school
Project Idea #4 – International Workshops
Online International workshops in different areas such as sustainability, design thinking etc. coordinated with other UIF Fellows with the help of research centers in our school. The identified problems behind this projects is mainly based on the question that comes with online education of whether the university education is necessary while you can learn things from online education platforms at the fraction of the cost. In response to this problem, we want to help our schools’ students to retain the network opportunity that universities provide by using the advantages of the online era and our connections with UIF.
Project Idea #5 – Wellbeing Club&Week
Wellbeing exercises and workshops through the finals and midterm weeks that our school is mostly very stressful. A wellbeing club that shares information with each other on wellbeing, does Yoga or meditation together 😊
PROJECT IDEA#1 – Place/workshop to meet students who have common interests and make them to design a project and to do a prototype (ongoing)
The Project focuses on designing courses or conducting workshops to make students experience the information which they got from the lecture.
PROJECT IDEA#2 – Club Activity Page:
The Project has a strategic priority of increase on accessing students clubs by providing a platform where each club can have a voice and talk about their goals,old projects and upcoming events. The Project has a main objective of increae Access to students clubs.
PROJECT IDEA#3 – Scavenger Lab Hunt
The Project focuses on arranging an orienteering/scavenger hunt. In the beginning of each new school year there during the orientation process.The Project focuses on labs about innovation and impact are not known around the school.
PROJECT IDEA#4 – Combining knowledge and skills in practice.
The Project aims to create a program combining different majors and leading by a mentor who can guide about designing an upcoming project.
PROJECT IDEA#1 – Guiding, encouraging and inspiring students about non-corporate career paths.
PROJECT IDEA#2 – Initiating, sustaining, and developing a multi-disciplinary creative network.
There is this an urgent need for creative people coming from different disciplines to get to know each other and somehow interact.
PROJECT IDEA#3 – Redesigning the ineffective indoor and outdoor spaces in the campus to facilitate productive co-working, creative socializing, and wellbeing.
For a spatially limited campus (meaning there are no free spaces around the campus to enlarge the area) efficiency of currently used areas are highly important for a comfortable, creative student life.
PROJECT IDEA#4 – Informing, promoting, and integrating “social impact” in the campus.
PROJECT IDEA#5 – Facilitating online & offline intersections for the curriculum with new e-learning technologies, platforms, organizations.
PROJECT IDEA#6 – Community Space – Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
The main aim of the Project is designing and building a creative space that will allow multi-disciplinary collaboration, 7/24 co-working, organizing workshops, hosting maker projects, incubating student startups, intersecting with related courses for alternative educative methodologies.
PROJECT IDEA#7 – Global Learning and Leadership Program for school employees
The main objective of the Project is empowering administrative and academic staff with I&E related content, workshops, programs for creating a more coherent campus vision.
Fellows represent the student voice in the global conversation about the future of education. They become deeply familiar with the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem at their schools, working closely with faculty, administrators and community stakeholders. They develop system thinking skills and learn a variety of design approaches that support their work as change agents.
Based on their deep understanding of the landscape of learning opportunities available at their schools, Fellows design and implement activities to enhance that landscape. 1,500 Fellows (and counting!) at 185 schools around the world have created innovation and makerspaces, courses and extracurricular resources.
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