Arda Gitmez


I started my postgraduate program at Koç University’s Department of Economics because I did not feel ready to leave this beautiful campus in order to add some memorable innovations I have accumulated in Koç after five years of graduating from Electrical and Electronics Engineering department of Koç University in 2011. I graduated from the Master’s program in Economics in 2013 and then I accepted to the Department of Economics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for doctorate program; I still continue my studies at MIT. I think that the most important added value that the Faculty of Engineering has provided me is the ability to think multidirectionally. With the core program of Koç University, you can take courses in many disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, economics, and you get the opportunity to become more than just a qualified engineer. With the flexibility that Koç University has provided to the students, if you are inclined to one of these disciplines either then your major and wish to pursue a career in the related area, the doors are widely open to you; As a matter of fact, my experience in my undergraduate education has progressed in this direction. I can say that the ability to think analytically and the mathematical infrastructure that I have gained through engineering education have been extremely beneficial to me in the field of economics. Of course Koç University is an institution that stands out with both academic and social contributions to the students. During my time at Koç, I participated in the activities of many student clubs at KU Volunteers from the Debate Club, and I had great experiences and amused myself. My advice to young Koç Students is that they should try to improve themselves socially as much as academically, through club activities and the opportunities that Koç University will provide.