Coşkunöz Education Foundation

M. Kemal Coşkunöz was known as “Teacher Kemal” in the sector because he was a technical teacher and he lead in many ways within the industry. He believed that every individual had a responsibility in the solution of social problems. In 1988, he established Bursa Coşkunöz Education Foundation so as to fill the deficiency in vocational education which he regarded as one of the biggest problems of Modern Turkey; to meet the qualified technical personnel requirement of the automotive industry and to provide unemployed youngsters with a job and occupation. Coşkunöz Education Foundation, which was one of the first social responsibility projects developed in Turkey, continues today, on the basis of his solid foundation, to support vocational education, all the while gaining strength in the manner that he desired.

Bursa Coşkunöz Education Foundation, with “Public Benefit Foundation” status, is financed by income from share bonuses of the Coşkunöz Holding companies and eighty percent of this is spent on technical education. The foundation provides annual vocational training programmes for high school graduates with no chance for further education, thus enabling them to receive an 18 month theoretical and practical education from the training and specialist staff and graduate as qualified personnel. All students completing the training in accordance with the protocol made with the National Education Board (MEB) receive a MEB Vocational High School Diploma. Additionally, the foundation provides in-service training for technical teachers aligned to MEB from various regions of Turkey.