Kocabıyık Foundation

We create value for our country and contribute to society.

We create value for Türkiye!

One of the leading industrial companies of Türkiye, Borusan operates on the principle of giving back to the community. Borusan focuses its corporate social responsibility projects on education, culture and arts with the aim of contributing to the community in areas particularly where public resources fall short. Asım Kocabıyık, founder and honorary chairperson of Borusan Group always underlined the importance of education for Türkiye’s level of development to match those of modern civilizations. He made significant contributions to cultural and educational life in our country, utilizing both financial means of Borusan Group companies and his personal initiatives.

Asım Kocabıyık, his wife Z. Nurhan Kocabıyık, and children founded Asım Kocabıyık Culture and Education Foundation in 1992 to engage in education and cultural activities as well as making contributions to the national culture in this respect. The Foundation continues its activities with the awareness that education and arts are indispensable elements of a developed society and with the mission of repaying the "debt of gratitude to the country" of Asım Kocabıyık.

Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation prioritises educational projects and scholarship programmes for social and individual development, with a focus on young people and children, and contributes to social and individual development by providing permanent works such as schools, dormitories, libraries and kindergartens to our country with the awareness that Türkiye's attainment of the level of modern civilization and believes that economic, social and cultural development can be achieved through education.

It carries out its activities in the field of education under the categories of support for educational projects, scholarship and support programmes. Among the components of the foundation's activities since its establishment are meeting the computer, laboratory, and library needs of the schools that complement the education and teaching activities, supporting robotic teams that ensure the development of students, and improving the physical education conditions.

Founded in 1997 in line with its mission of contributing to culture and arts, which is seen as one of the most important elements in the modernization of our country, Borusan Culture and Arts Centre has been working in the field of culture and arts, especially classical music, for many years. Borusan Sanat, which continues its activities through Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Borusan Quartet, Borusan Music House, Borusan Children's Choir, Radio Borusan Klasik, and Ertuğ & Kocabıyık Publications, has been maintianing its activities as the economic enterprise of the Foundation since May 2009 in line with the decision to gather all activities under the roof of Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation.

Borusan Holding, which has the most comprehensive media art collection in Türkiye, decided to institutionalize its activities in the field of visual arts with Borusan Contemporary. Borusan Contemporary opened its doors to the public in the Haunted Mansion which also serves as the Borusan Group’s headquarters. Borusan Contemporary, continues to fill an important gap in the field of art exhibitions to date.

Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation has launched an initiative called Istanbul Book Binding Institute, in cooperation with internationally renowned bookbinders who have international expertise in the field, in order to support the disappearing art of bookbinding. The aim of the Istanbul Book Binding Institute is to contribute to the support of traditional bookbinding art by organizing trainings for students who want to have professional experience in this field, training bookbinders, producing both traditional and innovative works, and restoration of old books.

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Support for Education

Support for education, contribution to future generations

Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation continues its activities in education, culture, music and visual arts with the awareness that education and arts are indispensable elements of a developed society and with the mission of paying the "debt of gratitude to the country" of Asım Kocabıyık, the founder and honorary chairman of Borusan Holding. In the field of education, the Foundation offers schools, dormitories, libraries, teacher's lodges and similar donations to the service of the society, and carries out its activities by prioritizing scholarship and project programs aimed at providing social and individual development. The schools and faculties it has contributed to in various ways are as follows:

  • Borusan Asım Kocabıyık Anatolian Vocational High School (Beylikdüzü, Istanbul)
  • Borusan Otomotiv Zehra Nurhan Kocabıyık Primary School (Avcılar, Istanbul)
  • Asım Kocabıyık Technical Vocational College (Kocaeli University)
  • Asım Kocabıyık Technical Vocational College (Uludağ University)
  • Graduate School of Faculty of Law and Dean’s Office (Uludağ University)
  • Faculty of Law (Afyon Kocatepe University)
  • Istanbul University Faculty of Economics Library (Istanbul University)
  • Asım and Nurhan Kocabıyık Teacher's Lodge (Avcılar, Istanbul)
  • Student Center (Uludağ University Gemlik Sunğipek Asım Kocabıyık Campus)

The Foundation signed the Bursa Uludağ University Gemlik Sunğipek Asım Kocabıyık Campus Student Center project, the most significant project of 2022, with Gemlik Municipality and Bursa Uludağ University in August 2021.

Scholarship and Support Programs

Supporting students

The Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation has been expanding its efforts in education with its 'Infinite Debt of Gratitude' since the first day of its establishment. The Foundation provides scholarship support to talented young musicians for graduate studies abroad under the title Borusan Music Scholarship. In addition, since its foundation, it has been supporting young people throughout their education by awarding undergraduate student scholarships in Türkiye. HEP1İZ, a multi-layered support program that complements the financial scholarship contribution, was launched to help scholarship recipients prepare for their lives better. This program includes Berlitz cooperation for English language training, Mentorship Support with volunteer Borusan mentors, Storytel Audiobook Subscription and Avita Support, which provides access to experts in many fields such as psychological, legal and medical support.

To date, the program has provided 4,678 permanent scholarships and over 9,255 support scholarships to students in need. Support scholarships are for computers, tablets, food, housing and transportation.

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Supporting education with 'Infinite Debt of Gratitude'

Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation continues its activities in education in many areas such as support for endowed institutions, educational projects, scholarship and support programs, and support for robotic and technological teams that enable the development of students. The Foundation's current projects are as follows:

Borusan Story House

Borusan Story House is a Ministry of National Education protocoled educational project that focuses on out-of-school education, using story as a basis for understanding and expressing oneself, hearing the words, stories and voices of others, developing trust, and most importantly, a different understanding of education, in cooperation with Beyoğlu District Directorate of National Education. Education/play workshops are organized for children between the ages of 7 and 9, the period when curiosity about the world is at its most intense, primarily in all primary schools in the Beyoğlu region where we are based, with expert and experienced trainers.

After the February 6 earthquake, the project was also transformed into a psycho-social support program in the disaster area. Within the scope of this project, which is sustainable and dynamic, psycho-social support workshops are being organized by teams of trainers who are experts in their fields and have experience in disasters and trauma, with the facilitation of Support to Life Association. These workshops, which are held regularly in Hatay and Adıyaman to start with, support children's re-engagement with life and their well-being.

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English Language Support

Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation, in cooperation with Novakid, started a project called English Language Support with the aim of ensuring that the students studying in the schools under its foundation graduate with a good command of English. The program, which will be extended to all students at Borusan Otomotiv Zehra-Nurhan Kocabıyık Elementary School, which was selected as a pilot school, was implemented this year with 370 students in the fifth grade with a 93 percent satisfaction rate.

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Dream Partner Book Project

In 2016, the Foundation launched the "Dream Partner" book project to broaden students' horizons, increase their imagination and contribute to their educational lives through book donations. The books donated to educational institutions at different levels across the country include children's books, world classics, selected works by local and foreign authors, including fairy tales, novels, short stories, biographies and poetry. Since 2016, 240 thousand books have been donated to 1,305 schools in 73 provinces.

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Robotics Teams

Our robotics teams were established at Borusan Asım Kocabıyık Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School in Esenyurt, Istanbul. Our two Robotics teams, named 4972 Borusan and 7444 Ay Yıldız, were established to strengthen students' interest in science and technology and to contribute to their development in Robotics. Our teams, one of which started their current activities in 2013 and the other in 2018, continue their work in this field with great enthusiasm and diligence, participating in many national and international competitions and winning awards.

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BHS Eco Team

Our BHS Eco TEAM team was established in 2019 at Borusan Asım Kocabıyık Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School in Esenyurt, Istanbul, in order to ensure that students take part in projects, develop students through social projects, contribute to gender equality and participate in Shell Eco Marathon, an international event organized by Shell every year where university and high school teams compete together.
The team consists of students studying in the departments of motor vehicles technology, information technologies, machinery and design technology and electrical-electronic technologies. Students from different departments create works in fields such as software, mechanics, electronics, materials science with a multidisciplinary orientation.

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