Establishment of a strong and robust economy is possible with an industrial production supported by high-tech R&D and geared towards export. The sector most likely to realize such a production boost in Turkey is the automotive industry. The automotive sector holds a prominent position in the Turkish economy. According to the figures provided by the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD), in the year 2006 alone, more than 990,000 vehicles of all brands and models have been manufactured in Turkey. The total capacity for 2006 was announced to be slightly below 1.3 million vehicles. In the past decade, production has been at half its capacity on average. The export from the automotive sector has generated an income in excess of $5.7 billion in 2006. The total employment in the sector exceeds 50,000 [www.osd.org.tr]
On the other hand, the increasing demand for know-how of the automotive sector is largely supplied by research centers abroad. This is made all the easier by the fact that most companies in Turkey are affiliated with global automotive giants which have their own facilities in their home countries where research and development activities are carried out.
A functional cooperation between the automotive industry and the academia is vital for the development of technological expertise. Continuing education for professional engineers in the automotive industry is a key element in the transfer of formal knowledge to industrial practice. Istanbuls proximity to the major automobile factories is an advantage for Bogaziçi University (BU) in initiating such an interaction. In addition, BU is well-respected by the industrial community and is perfectly equipped with the educational infrastructure and qualified instructors.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering started Master of Science (MS) degree program in Automotive Engineering in 2003-2004 Academic Year. The program is organized as a Graduate Program of the Institute for Graduate Studies in Science and Engineering. Total number of students graduaded from the program until 2016 Spring is 136 and 40 students are currently enrolled.
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