Get a coffee. Work hard. Say yes to everything. Get another coffee. Work harder. What, sleep? You’ll sleep when you die. Get one more coffee. Concentrate. But also multitask. But also concentrate.

I don’t know about you people but this sums up my university life. We are constantly being bombarded with things that we should do. We brag about how busy we are. How much time we don’t have for anything. I don’t know the average number of coffee that I drink every day. Probably more than the number of glasses of water I drink. …


As GLLS students, we are so lucky to find the most fruitful activities to spend our time during the lockdowns. Especially in curfews, it feels great to connect and interact with people, even through screens. No doubt that zoom meetings cannot substitute for real ones, but still, they can make us feel socialized, energized, inspired, and motivated. Talking of motivation, I must tell you about our last leadership seminar we had on 24th April Saturday. Personally, I was so thrilled to bring our lovely GLLS crew and my inspiring colleague together in our leadership session this month. We even couldn’t…


In April, Koç University Career Center and Royal Dutch Shell collaborated for a webinar series named “Alternative Energies and Energy Transition”. With the increasing interest towards sustainability, most of the companies from different industries have started to take action and try to decrease their carbon emission levels. Nevertheless, this trend has affected the energy sector as well. So what actions do energy companies take to decrease their carbon emission? Let’s find out how one of the biggest energy companies, Shell, sees energy and predict the future of energy.

As the human beings keep consuming, the waste has been increasing which…


Did you know that “Deep Democracy (DD)” tools are being used throughout the world to better interact with stakeholders, improve meetings, or to resolve any possible tension in group dynamics? We will take a closer look at DD which is nowadays used by Sweden for engaging with people living in its local municipalities.

In the first part of the workshop, we learned about the “Conscious and Unconscious” model in relation to decision making. We said that our group was the famous iceberg of Freud. The things above the iceberg were known by every group member. There were also many things…


On the day 27th of February we had a workshop with the psychologist, mental health counselor Rengin Işık Akın on Mindfulness. Mindfulness became such a popular subject and practice with the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. From corporate workers to athletes, senior citizens to young adults mindfulness is being practiced by many and it is a must life skill to deal with stress and everyday life. Mindfulness is scientifically proven and a non-religious practice therefore it is quite popular and practicable for everybody. But what is mindfulness anyway?

“Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, nonjudgmentally”…


Last month, we had a great workshop with Eğitmen Panda 🐼 on communication and the ways of giving effective feedbacks! We analyzed six useful feedback techniques during the workshop. Deniz Ekinci, one of our Fellow students, wrote her Learning experiences on these 6 Effective Feedback Techniques for your daily life use! Eğitmen Panda

1) Hamburger or sandwich is a technique which looks delicious but something we cannot eat! If you want to criticize someone, you should first pay a compliment to make the person happier with the positive sides of their actions. By doing that, you will encourage the person…


Hello and see you December! You came fast and went like a wind. However, that did not mean we were relaxing with a cup of coffee under a blanket. On the contrary, GLLS and its members were busy with assignments, evaluations of GLLS 8th Cohort applications and attending many several activities. Let’s look at them!

First, we started off with a leadership session with Ketrin Gülük, H&M’s Sustainability Manager and Counry Marketing Manager. She informed us about recycling problems in the fashion industry and H&M’s sustainability efforts. Researchs show that the textile industry and relatedly the fashion industry are one…


The Covid19 pandemic situation affected the entire world for sure. Even though the semester started already, we terribly miss our campus and each other! Despite all of it, GLLP community dedicated to stay positive, stay focused and stay motivated for life, academic accomplishments and career goals.

Transition to online education system was not easy, and time to time being still positive can be difficult. Nevertheless, the GLLP family has started the new semester with all motivation. “Nourish to flourish!” was a motto for us which inspired our first event, the retreat!

The retreat aims to make GLLP members get to…


GLLP is full of opportunities! The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) is a program of Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). It empowers students around the world to become agents of change in higher education. Since 2017, each year a cohort of students are selected among Global Learning and Leadership Program (GLLP) as Fellows at Koc University.

KULENDAR project is created by UIF 2020 Cohort as one of their Project proposals. 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…


Today, more than ever we are living in a society built upon consumption and pollution. We wanted to change this pessimistic outlook to the future, to do so we needed to make people adapt to sustainable lifestyles. In our research, we saw that people gain habits harder and harder when they have to go out of their comfort zones and most of the sustainability habits are out of their comfort zones. Therefore, we believed in design were, people will step by step change their habits and convert their world into a better place. …

Global Learning and Leadership for Sustainability

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