A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development



Turkey's Istanbul Gedik University joined the Virtual Institute January 9, becoming the Vi's 55th affiliate institutional member. The second university from Turkey in the network, was founded in 2010 by Turkey’s Gedik Holding, the university cooperates with industry to provide students theoretical knowledge coupled with hands-on training to equip them with the necessary qualifications and skills in demand inthe national and international competitive industrial and business environment.

Education and training at Gedik University are provided throughfive faculties (Faculties of Engineering; Fine Arts and Architecture; Sports Science; Faculty of Health Sciences; and Economics, Administration and Social Sciences), a school of foreign languages, a vocational school, and four research and application centers (Asian Studies; European Union Studies; Robotics Technology; Lifelong Education). Also graduate studies are provided in three institutes: Institutes of Physical Sciences, Health Sciences and Social Sciences.

Upon graduation, students also have the opportunityto undertake internationaleducation programs, and special themes, and through the Erasmus Charter, Gedik University students are able toparticipate in academic programs abroad.

Vi member coordinator, Vice Rector, Şaduman Okumuş, holds PhD and Master’s degrees in Banking and Finance, as well as a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. She teaches courses on International trade and finance and her research interests focus on finance and the banking industry. Also involved in the Vi partnership is Burcu Yavuz Tiftikçigil, Vice-chair of the International Trade and Finance Department; Assistant professors, Merve Yanar Gürce and Ümit Bozoklu; and Research assistants Serkan Soyak and Tolga Sezdi.

Gedik University aims to contribute to information and knowledge focused on social and technological development by providing the services of Lıfelong Educationand its Application and Research Center, and has rich employment opportunities for its graduates.

The university hopes to enhance the capacity of its staff and doctoral students through Vi workshops, online courses and teaching materials. It also offers to host training events through exchange programmes with developing country members of the network and toprovide support to UNCTAD reports.

For more information, take a look at the university profile on the Vi website.