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Beyond the Vessel
Sept.13-Dec.22 2019
Harmony of Line and Colour
Sadberk Hanım Museum
April 25-Dec.22, 2019
Josephine Powell Exhibition
Vehbi Koç Evi
Sept.6, 2018-indefinite
The Charm of the Market: Shopping in the Mediterranean World throughout History
Dec.1,2018-Agu.31, 2019

Projects Supported

We aim to draw an enlightened roadmap for the future of Turkey.

Since its establishment, Vehbi Koç Foundation has been supporting many education projects.

Projects supported:

Whole School Support Project (2016-ongoing): The Project aims to facilitate the integration of refugees into the hosting communities through education.  The Association for Positive Behavior Development (ODGEDER) will assume executive management of the pilot project. Counseling and guidance support will be provided with a model that structures and reinforces student, teacher, parent, administrator and guidance services.


Social Entrepreneurship Development Program (2016-ongoing): The “Change with Business”, a social entrepreneurship development program has been launched by Koç University Social Impact Forum (KUSIF), in partnership with the Vehbi Koç Foundation and UniCredit Foundation, to help with the sustainability of social entrepreneurs.


Mirekoç Fellowship Program (2016-ongoing): Mirekoç Fellowship provides support for research on irregular migration activities, borders, migrant movements and service providers, collecting and mapping all relevant data. A new online database, Forced Migration Resource Center (FMRC), launched by MiReKoc with the support of Vehbi Koç Foundation, is now available. The FMRC search engine allows users to browse through the complete content of the database that is divided into four broad categories; academic publications, reports and assessments published by local and international civil society organizations, reports published by intergovernmental organizations and government institutions, and documents on legislation.            


UNHCR Syrian Refugee Educational Program (2015): The Vehbi Koç Foundation, as part of a protocol signed with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2014, donated educational materials in Turkish and Arabic, as well as supplies to refugee camps in Turkey. Educational materials for children that include alphabets, maps, anatomy images, abacus, cell diagrams, periodic tables, etc., are now being used in the temporary facilities, where 8 to 10 thousand refugee children receive education.


Vocational Education: A Crucial Matter for the Nation Project-Vocational High Schools Coaching Program (2006-ongoing): The Vocational High Schools Coaching Program (MLK), recognized as one of the best examples of volunteering in passing on the private sector’s experiences, was transferred to the Association of Private Sector Volunteers (ÖSGD) in 2012 to expand the reach of the program with the participation of volunteers from all member organizations. The program had previously reached 8,000 students at 264 schools in 81 provinces through the ‘Vocational Education: A Crucial Matter for the Nation’ project and the voluntary efforts of 600 employees from 20 Koç Group companies. Since 2013, nearly 1,100 volunteers from 53 ÖSGD member companies have reached almost 8,000 students at 96 schools in 14 cities. 


Fisherwomen of the Aegean (2013-ongoing): The Fisherwomen of the Aegean Project, launched in 2013 with the objectives of identifying the needs of fisherwomen in Turkey, ensuring sustainability of both fisherwomen and fishing families, and raising awareness of fisherwomen, continued in 2016 with the support of UNDP Turkey, GEF-SGP Comdex Program, and the Vehbi Koç Foundation.


The Model School (2012-ongoing):  The Vehbi Koç Foundation Model School is a Middle School Project (5-8th grades-second level of primary education) inspired by the questions “What do learning environments provide?” and “How can we transform current learning environments?”, and attempts to question the elements of the learning environments where the skills needed in the 21st century can flourish. In addition to reimagining and redesigning the Ziya Ünsel Middle School in Beykoz, Istanbul, the project has also focused on building a school culture with the participation of students, teachers, school administration and parents since February 2014. This model school, which will be transferred to the Ministry of National Education once its re-construction is completed, is envisioned to set an example for the education system and donors.


Science Academy’s Young Scientist Awards Program (BAGEP) (2013-ongoing): BAGEP Award Program organized by The Science Academy that aims at identifying and recognizing the best young scholars, and encouraging them for new research, is regularly supported by the Vehbi Koç Foundation since the program’s inception.


Ford Otosan - Van Teachers’ Housing Complex (2012): Following the earthquake disaster that hit Van in 2011, Vehbi Koç Foundation, supported by Ford Otosan, moved into action to help heal the wounds of educators serving in Van and built a modern housing complex that can accommodate 128 teachers with their families.   


Anatolia is Reading (2011-ongoing): Within the scope of the project, 20 books are selected from a list of top 100 recommended classics based on the level of the school each year, and donated to the libraries of all the elementary and middle schools in that particular province.

Vocational Education: A Crucial Matter for the Nation (2006-2013): The Project, launched by the joint efforts of the Ministry of Education, Koç Group and Vehbi Koç Foundation, became an exemplary model in the field of vocational education, backed by 20 Koç Group Companies and the voluntary contributions of 579 Koç Group employees. Within the scope of the project, 8,000 students from 264 vocational colleges benefited from scholarships.    


Adıyaman University Education Faculty Vehbi Koç Building (2006): The Vehbi Koç Vakfı Foundation assumed the construction of the Adıyaman University’s Faculty of Education, the foundations of which were laid in 2005. The 260-people school building is a 3-floor structure spread on a land of 2,000 square meters. The late Mustafa V. Koç had led the efforts for the construction and support of the building.    


Arçelik - Standing United for Education Project (2004-2012): The "Standing United for Education Project" is carried out with the help of a fund established under the roof of the Vehbi Koç Foundation. The ultimate goal of the project is to improve the education and development standards of 200 thousand children, who study at 300 regional primary boarding schools, as well as to ensure that these children become exemplary members of society.    


TEGV Educational Parks (2001-ongoing): The Vehbi Koç Foundation continues to fund the start-up and administrative costs of the Turkish Education Volunteers Foundation’s Educational Parks in Ankara, Antalya and Şanlıurfa.           


Galatasaray University Suna Kıraç Library (1999): Galatasaray University Suna Kıraç Library was built with the contributions of the Vehbi Koç Foundation.      

Harvard University Vehbi Koç Chair of Turkish Studies (1997-ongoing): The Vehbi Koç professorship of Turkish Studies was created in the Department of History at Harvard University, and history professor Cemal Kafadar was appointed as the first “Vehbi Koç Professor”. 

Boğaziçi University Superdorm Student Dormitory (1995): Boğaziçi University Superdorm Student Dormitory’s construction was completed with the contributions of the Vehbi Koç Foundation.        


Robert College Suna Kıraç Hall (1989): Construction costs of the additional laboratory and multi-purpose hall at Robert College were funded on condition that "at least two students with lesser financial means will be given the opportunity to study without paying the tuition”. One of these new buildings was named the "Suna Kıraç Hall".

Sarıyer Vehbi Koç Foundation High School (1976): The high school building of the school was built with the support of Vehbi Koç.

METU Vehbi Koç Student Dormitory (1968): Construction of the 3rd dormitory building at the Middle East Technical University was funded by Vehbi Koç, and donated to the university.   

Ankara University Vehbi Koç Student Dormitory (1951): The construction of the Koç Student Dormitory at the Ankara University was Vehbi Koç’s first major social charitable giving. The dormitory building, which is renovated at regular intervals, houses 240 students.