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Ege University, which was founded in 1955, is a state university that acts as a focal point for education, research, and cultural and social activities in the city of Izmir and the Aegean region.

Being a university with an international perspective, the educational system of Ege University is based on the principle of creative teaching and participatory learning. Ege University is a research-based, teaching-oriented institution, training students up to the Doctorate level. In total, 70,000 students are enrolled at Ege University and the number of the academic staff is approximately 3,500.



Özge ANDİÇ-ÇAKIR is a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees at Ege University and worked at TU Delft, Netherlands as a Turkish Council of Higher Education research fellow following her studies. She has participated in several collaborative projects as well as been a project manager. She has coordinated several projects funded under ERASMUS + and EU framework programs. She also has valuable experience in organizing and developing dissemination activities like conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. Prof.Dr. Özge ANDİÇ-ÇAKIR has been teaching testing and analysis techniques and characterization of construction materials. Until now, she has been actively involved in several projects and published papers, proceedings, and prepared book chapters/reports on construction materials and engineering education. She is a founder-member of the Biodesign Research Association which co-creates sustainable solutions by bio-collaboration.


Dr. Fırat SARSAR is an Associate Professor at Ege University, Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology in Turkey. He earned his BA and MS degrees in the Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technology in Turkey. Dr. Sarsar graduated from Georgia State University in USA with his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology as a Fulbright scholar in 2014. He was in many project-related to technology integration and teacher education. Currently, He teaches “Social Media and Web2.0 tools in Education”, “Internet for Educator”, Technology Integration in Education” and “e-Learning Design” courses in undergrad and graduate levels in Ege University. He is currently the Director of Distance Learning Application and Research Center and Coordinator of Instructional Technologies of Ege University.


Elif TUNALI-ÇALIŞKAN is an Associate Professor at Ege University, Department of Economics in Turkey. She earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Ege University and study at Christian Albrechts Universitat zu Kiel Economic Geography Group for 3 months in Germany. Her main research areas are economic geography, innovation policies, smart specialization, agriculture 4.0 and entrepreneurship. She has participated many projects related to regional development, innovation and agriculture. She is also one of the academic advisors of The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Türkiye for 3 years. Currently, she teaches “International Economics”, “Future Design”, “Entrepreneurhip and Innovation” and “The Art of Creative Thinking” courses in undergrad and graduate levels in Ege University.

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