“ Favour that does not expect any benefit, brings the biggest and the best of the gains…”
Perhaps the most important characteristic of Kadir Has University graduates that distinguish them from others is that they complete their education as individuals who have got a social consciousness, and who take responsibility for creating a better world.
In memory of the lifelong efforts of our founder, the late Kadir Has, towards the progress of our nation, in particular through the areas of health care and education, all students at our university will be involved in our Corporate Social Responsibility projects. Throughout their education, our students will actively participate for 6 semesters in social responsibility projects, at the end of which time they will prepare a report on their experience and thereby enter their professional lives already having made a concrete contribution in this most important field.
Kadir Has University’s students, in the first year of their education, gain a theoretical background in the area of Social Responsibility by the courses they take online in the first term and in the second term they focus on a social responsibility project that they choose, making use of the knowledge that they’ve received on project management.
In the second year students choose either ENVIRONMENT or EDUCATION as their focus area and gain knowledge & follow the developments in this area throughout the year, as well as participating in related seminars and ground trips.
In 2010-2011, the third year students will choose one of the areas among HEALTH, CULTURE&ARTS, ECONOMY&POLITICS and gain knowledge in the area, participate in related seminars and work on a related social responsibility project:
How do you get support?
Students can ask for assistance from the Corporate Social Responsibility Office throughout the year.
We Support the Global Compact
Kadir Has University has signed The United Nations Global Compact in July 2009. The Compact is a “strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.” * By signing the Compact our university officially declared its support to the principles in the Compact and underscored its mentality of social responsibility.
The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact
1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of
internationally proclaimed human rights; and
2. make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining;
4. the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour;
5. the effective abolition of child labour; and
6. the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
7. Businesses are asked to support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges;
8. undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and
9. encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms,
including extortion and bribery.
* All data on the Compact is taken from, www.unglobalcompact.org, the official website of the UN Global Compact Office.
2009 Has Social Responsibility Award Nominees
66 social responsibility projects have been completed in the 2008-2009 school year, when the students have started, for the first time, to get the KH 100-02 Social Responsibility Course.
Below is a list of 10 projects that have been shortlisted for the Social Responsibility Award: