Vehbi Koç Foundation


Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) strives to develop sustainable and reproducible models in the areas of education, healthcare and culture to contribute to Turkey’s advancement.

The Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKV) works to further Turkey’s development through creating and running sustainable and reproducible models in the fields of education, healthcare and culture.

In 2014, the Vehbi Koç Foundation, through its affiliated institutions and the projects it supports, continued to make a difference in society in the areas of education, healthcare and culture.

Information about a number of the Foundation’s major activities is provided below. For more detailed information about all VKV affiliated institutions and projects, go to


Since its inception, the Vehbi Koç Foundation has offered thousands of scholarships to students who are academically successful, yet financially restricted. In the 2014/2015 academic year, VKV awarded a total of 6,685 scholarships centrally and through its affiliates.

VKV Koç High School’s 2014 senior class was the most successful in the School’s history

VKV Koç High School was founded in 1988 by the Vehbi Koç Foundation. In 1998, it incorporated a primary school and, with the addition of a kindergarten, Koç High School has become a school offering grades K-12.

VKV Koç High School is a member of the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). Moreover, beginning in the tenth grade, in addition to the Turkish National Curriculum, the School offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program.

The average IB scores of high school students broke a record in both the school’s history and in international standards. The class of 2014 sent the largest number of their members to universities abroad and received the largest number of scholarships ever in the school’s history.

A year full of success at Koç University

Established by the Vehbi Koç Foundation in 1993, Koç University strives to make universal contributions to science and raise individuals with social awareness, in its mission of becoming a center of excellence.

In 2014, 22 faculty members of Koç University garnered Turkey’s most distinguished science and research awards in various fields such as electrics and electronics, international relations, psychology, math, history, marketing, chemical and biological engineering, and molecular biology and genetics.

Koç University faculty members published 276 articles in journals cited by ISI. The University maintained its high ranking in Turkey in terms of publications per person.

In 2014, Koç University ranked among the top 350 universities in The Times Higher Education’s World’s University Rankings. The University placed 41st in the 100 Under 50 (years old) University Rankings, 40th in the Asian University Rankings, and 20th in the BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings issued by the same institution.


Koç University Hospital Inaugurated

Koç University Hospital, affiliated with Koç University School of Medicine, opened its doors on the Topkapı Campus in the last quarter of 2014.

The hospital has 192 patient rooms, 13 operating rooms and 224 outpatient examination rooms. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, Koç University Hospital initiated its medical education program in the academic year of 2014-2015. In the second phase of the project, the Oncology Hospital and two additional wings of the main hospital, School of Nursing, Advanced Learning and Research Center as well as faculty/staff housing and student dorms will be completed.

Book sheds light on the history of nursing in Turkey

The Vehbi Koç Foundation Nursing Fund, the first of its kind, was founded 40 years ago under the direction of Semahat Arsel to offer solutions for the nursing profession, and to help nurses receive an education guided by the ethics and values of their profession. Established in 1992, the Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center supports the professional education of nurses.

During Nurses Week, which ran from May 12 to 18, 2014, the Foundation issued the first comprehensive study on the history of nursing in Turkey. The book titled “From Wars to Hospitals: The History of Nursing in Turkey” also aims to shed light on nursing as a profession and on its education.

In the book, Prof. Nuran Yıldırım describes the challenges faced by the profession of nursing up to the present time, and measures that can be taken to educate the nurses of the future.

The Vehbi Koç Award went to Prof. Zeynep Çelik in the field of culture in 2014.


Vehbi Koç Award goes to Prof. Dr. Zeynep Çelik

The Vehbi Koç Foundation gives the Vehbi Koç Award to encourage individuals and institutions to work on improving people’s quality of life. Awarded annually and rotating between the fields of culture, education and healthcare, the Vehbi Koç Award went this year to Prof. Zeynep Çelik.

A faculty member at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Architecture and Design, Prof. Zeynep Çelik is among the first female historians studying Ottoman urban and cultural architecture and Ottoman urban history. In his speech at the award ceremony, Koç Holding Chairman Mustafa V. Koç suggested that Prof. Zeynep Çelik’s studies have broken fresh ground in Ottoman history.

As in every year, the Selection Committee was composed of the foremost experts in the relevant fields. This year, the Committee was chaired by Prof. Şevket Pamuk, a faculty member at Boğaziçi University’s Institute for Modern Turkish History and Department of Economics and a member of the European Academy of Sciences. The other prestigious members of the 13th Vehbi Koç Selection Committee included Prof. Ethem Eldem, Prof. Eric J. Zürcher, Emeritus Prof. Fikret Adanır and Prof. Dr. Suraiya Faroqhi.

Under the project, ‘‘Let’s Go to the Museum,” the Sadberk Hanım Museum issued an education package for children.

Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Sadberk Hanım Museum published an education package for children

The Vehbi Koç Foundation’s Sadberk Hanım Museum is Turkey’s first private museum. It was opened in memory of Vehbi Koç’s wife, Sadberk Koç, on October 14, 1980 in a building named Azaryan Yalısı to exhibit her personal collection. Since its founding, the Sadberk Hanım Museum has presented exquisite displays of the best of Ottoman embroidery.

Under the project, ‘‘Let’s Go to the Museum,” the Sadberk Hanım Museum issued an education package for children. Drawing on the museum collection for educational purposes, the package includes two activity books that inform children on the daily lives and cultural heritage of Anatolian civilizations and visits to the museum, along with a guidebook for teachers, which provides recommendations for organizing a fun and informative visit to the museum.

The activity books, “Art History” and “Archaeology,” are designed to help children discover these subjects through fun engagement. Intended for children aged 8 and above, the books feature games of logic, matching, puzzles and painting, and begin with a story. The children are accompanied by Toros, a fictional character from the Roman era in “Archaeology,” and by the young Ottoman girl, Gülendam, from “Art History.” The books educate children in an entertaining manner, and turn the museum visit into an interactive exploration for curious students.

VEKAM becomes an academic research center

The Vehbi Koç and Ankara Research Center (VEKAM) conducts academic research on Ankara and collects and makes available to researchers all kinds of information and documents related to Ankara. The vineyard house, purchased in 1923 by Vehbi Koç and used by the Koç Family as their summer residence for many years, underwent restoration in 1992 and 1993. It was handed over to the Vehbi Koç Foundation in 1994, and has become the primary reference center for urban studies on Ankara. In 2014, VEKAM became affiliated with Koç University and obtained the status of an academic research center.

AKMED acquires another house in Kaleiçi

The Suna-İnan Kıraç Research Institute for Mediterranean Civilizations (AKMED) and the Kaleiçi Museum opened its doors in 1996 under the umbrella of the Vehbi Koç Foundation to support research on the archaeological, ethnographic and cultural heritage of Antalya and its environs.

To meet the requirements of the AKMED library, which is in expansion, an additional house in the Kaleiçi district was renovated, and inaugurated on June 3, 2014. This new building houses the library, as well as new study areas, the archive and a numismatic library, which plays a pioneering role in the national arena.