Izmir University of Economics (IUE) Faculty of Business made a move in “applied education” to help students apply the theoretical knowledge into real world, and get them acquainted with the business world as they are still studying. IUE Faculty of Business, which collaborates with companies that are recognized in Turkey as well as in many other countries worldwide, is getting ready to offer its students “Applied Business Skills Development” course for the first time which allows them to work 3 days a week at a company of their choice. Prof. Burcu Güneri Çangarlı, Acting Dean of IUE Faculty of Business, said, “By initiating this new course being offered by a limited number of universities nationwide, we will ensure that our students establish a business network and improve themselves.”
“Applied Business Skills Development” course will be offered at Departments of Business, Accounting and Auditing, and International Trade and Finance initially. As part of the collaboration with companies such as Hugo Boss, Delphi Technologies, Dr. Oetker, KPMG, Inci Holding, Adresgezgini, and KFC, as well as with Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO) and Aegean Exporters' Association (EIB), students will be able to work at partner companies. After participating actively in projects that are accordant with their majors, students will be presenting in front of a jury which consists of academics and business professionals at the end of the semester. As the students come up with new ideas for the companies, they will be setting an example to the university-industry collaboration being brought into action. The content of the course and partner companies were introduced at a meeting that took place at IUE Conference Hall, where HR managers delivered presentations about their companies, and students’ questions on education and career planning were answered.
“OUR STUDENTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US”
At the meeting, Prof. Burcu Güneri Çangarlı, Acting Dean of IUE Faculty of Business, stated that the course, which is going to be offered as a result of collaboration with select companies and professional organizations from Izmir, was of vital importance for the development of students. Prof. Çangarlı said, “This new practice will strengthen the ties between the university and the industry. Our students will develop solutions to problems of the businesses, and get a chance to gain a quality work experience before they graduate. Third and fourth year students will be able to take the “Applied Business Skills Development” course in spring semester which we believe will accelerate students’ transition to the business world. Students, who are taking this course, will spend three days at the company and two days at school throughout the semester. It is equally important to provide students theoretical knowledge as well as a platform to transfer that knowledge. Gathering major and qualified companies as part of the course is very valuable. We will continue to come up with different projects for our students.”