|STAKEHOLDERS:||Office of International Programs (OIP), International Community Office, Registrar’s Office, Dean of Students|
|TARGET AUDIENCE||University Students, specifically international full-time students and exchange students|
|PROJECT PERIOD:||Summer 2019 – Spring 2020|
|OBJECTIVE:||Determining the needs of the international students in Koc University and creating unique and entertaining solutions designed to foster their social inclusion.|
|Late July and Early August||Talking to international students, Talking to a Professor in Communication from another university, Creating Qualtrics survey to determine the needs|
|Mid-August||Consulting with OIP for the feedback of the exchange-international students, prioritizing the needs, creating the feasible solutions based on the prioritized needs|
|Searching for technical support for film-making|
|19-22 August||Finding the first 5 video tips and writing the scripts|
|19-22 August||Determining the video specifications such as length, camera type and music|
|26-30 August||Finding entertaining ideas to combine solutions with the videos|
|9-13 September||Pilot film-shooting|
|9-13 September||Pilot film-editing|
|Late September||Publishing the first outputs|
|Regularly Every Week||Publishing one video and two informational posts|
– 12 videos created
– KUTipical Instagram account created
– 6 informational posts are created
– 5 volunteering students involved in creating videos
|DISSEMINATION CHANNELS:||Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/kutipical/ ),
Newsletter of KU’s Office of International Programs
Facebook group of Koc University students.
Aiming to raise awareness on hostility towards migrants and foster social inclusion of native and international people of Koç University, KU Peace Envoys made a project plan to achieve this objective via developing an entertaining, interactive and creative tool that includes shortcuts on how to make life a bit easier for international students on the campus, and hence fosters their social inclusion. In order to first determine the needs of the international students studying at Koç University, they started off by asking the students, by conducting an online survey, about the struggles they have faced since their arrival in the university.
Once the difficulties faced by international students the most were determined, the Peace Envoys shot short guiding videos to overcome those difficulties and shared them on the social media platform “Instagram” in an account specifically created for this purpose and named “KUTipical”. In this Instagram account, they share videos giving tips to the international community at Koç University to help foster their inclusion in the campus life, as well as small charts containing useful information. KUTipical is also planned to be added as a tool in the KU’s Office of International Programs’ orientation pack for international newcomers.