Pendik Municipality operates at anatolian side of world famous city Istanbul. According to Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), it serves 681.736 citizens in its borders with more than 2.000 employees. Municipal budget for the 2014 is 405 million TL in parallel with its scope of work and population. Scope of the work and legal responsibilities of the municipality is very broad and diverse which requires specialization. Therefore it has 24 directorates with more than 100 units. These directorates are;
– People Relations Department: Works for publicity, visibility of activities which departments of municipality implement. It has graphic designers, social media workers, cameramen, photographers, reporters. It publishes a local newspaper in every 15 days.
– IT Department: provides IT support to directorates and it also follows up online e-municipal applications. It has 10 software developers and 30 technical personnel for hardware issues.
– Environment Protection and Control: provides parks and recreation services and organizes awareness raising activities about environment.
– Procurement and Purchasing Department: organizes call for tenders and purchases which directorates request.
– Foreign Affairs Department: prepares, implements and follows up project proposals for EU and other funds; manages foreign relations with sister cities and other local, national and international organizations.
– Housing Department: is responsible for accepting/declining the construction of new houses.
– Infrastructure Department: is reponsible of providing infrastructure to new housing areas where it is necessary. It is also responsible for responding disasters quickly.
– Department of Legal Affairs: provides legal assistance to directorates and Mayor when it is necessary. It takes legal action when it is necessary and pursues and defends the legal rights of municipality.
– Internal Inspection Department: ensures the quality and effectiveness of directorates. It is an relatively impartial body. Directly reports to Mayor.
– Constructions Department: is responsible for planning and building new municipal complexes.
– Constructions Control Department: is responsible for inspecting new constructions made by companies and third parties to ensure that the buildings are met with the criteria determined by law.
– Human Resources Department: is responsible hiring, termination of contracts and education of staff.
– Cultural and Social Affairs: is responsible for organizing all kinds of social events, hobby courses, education etc.
– Finance Department: provides financement to actions taking by directorates, it also generates income by collecting taxes.
– General Secreteriat of Mayor: is reponsible for designing and following up Mayor’s daily programme and activities.
– Urban Design Department: is responsible for design of city plans and their approval.
– Commercial License and Inspections Department: is responsible for giving licenses for various commercial firms.
– Social Relief Department: provides assistance (such as food, shelter, monetary aid etc.) to citizens with low income.
– Strategy Department: designs municipal strategy in parallel with feedbacks from directorates and surveys conducted to citizens with objective, statistical evaluation.
– Cleaning Services Department: provides cleaning services to whole city (garbage collection, cleaning streets etc.) and encourages recycling.
– Facilities Department: is responsible of well functioning (cleaning, procurements etc.) of municipal facilities.
– Editorial Department: organizes incoming and outgoing of official letters in parallel with regulations.
– Municipal Police Department: is responsible for inspections of commercial activities and takes action when it is necessary. It provides supporting legal force.
All these departments have experts in their areas. Staff performance in every six month and performance of directorates in every quarter are calculated and reported to Mayor. Performance programme is presented by Mayor to municipal council once a year.
Foreign Affairs Department is specialized for preparation for EU projects and other local, regional, national funded projects since 2005. It also designed this project proposal. It has 10 expert personnel who can actively participate different phases of the project.
Okan Social Entrepreneurship Center has started its operation upon the foundation of the Muhammad Yunus International Centre for Microfinance and Social Business on December 15, 2011 as the first centre of its kind in Turkey. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, and, the President of Board of Trustees and the founder of Okan University Mr. Bekir Okan, Turkish Minister of European Union Affairs Egemen Bağış, representing the President of Turkey, and the Minister of Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Şahin, representing the Prime minister of Turkey signed a charter on this occasion in a formal ceremony.
As of 25th September 2013, the center has gained the Research and Application Center title that is recognized by YÖK (Higher Education Council of Turkey) and stated as “Okan University Social Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility Application and Research Centre”
Okan University is a part of Yunus Academia Network of over 20 universities worldwide. Apart from Yunus Academia and Grameen Social Business Networks, Okan University Social Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility Application and Research Centre is also in contact with pioneer foundations of the social entrepreneurship such as Ashoka, Social Innovation Center, Entrepreneurs Organization, UNDP International Entrepreneurship Center, Social Entrepreneurs Young Leaders Academy and many other third sector organizations and NGOs. In that context, Okan University Social Entrepreneurship and Social Responsibility Application and Research Centre can be considered as a hub and center of excellence for research and practical applications as well as hands-on training for academics and researchers in a framework of activities such as:
- Conducting and directing national and international academic researches in the area of social entrepreneurship and social responsibility.
- Giving lectures, seminars, classes and laboratory experiments to students for initiating the comprehension of social entrepreneurship and social responsibility concepts and providing physical space as well as assistance to students, allowing them to work on and develop social entrepreneurship and social responsibility ideas on practical applications.
- Developing, proposing and organizing projects –in the form of social responsibility, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship – with an inclusion of third sector organizations, for-profit organizations, all academic units of university and students.
Zirve Eğitim LTD.
Zirve Egitim LTD. was established in 2007 in Istanbul, Sultanbeyli. It has over 200 employees specialized on education and training of children and young people especially with disadvantages. Zirve Egitim LTD. cooperates with local municipalities in local projects in disadvantageous areas and provides training and education after determining needs of trainees and developing tailor made strategies to have maximum positive impact on them. Zirve Egitim LTD. differs from other training organizations with its specialization on developing, preparing and integrating e-learning and blended learning methodologies with tailor made approaches and solutions to trainings and courses. Zirve Egitim LTD. also operates several youth centers in various districts with different municipalities. In these youth centers Zirve Egitim LTD. provides:
– Non formal education and training for inclusion of disadvantaged children and youth.
– Basic and advanced science, social studies, literature, math, geography and history lessons to support the secondary and higher school education.
– Music, theatre, sports, arts classes to support and foster their skills and ensure the inclusion of disadvantaged young people.
– Basic and advanced computer trainings, technical trainings with computer such as 3d design, office programmes, industrial design, accounting, web design, photoshop etc.
– Entrepreneurship trainings, trainings for enhancing management skills (soft skills) and project cycle management.
In order to manage these various training courses, youth centers and other activities, a management and tracking system similar to project management methodology is established with experienced staff. All activities are planned, prepared, implemented, evaluated during and after the completion of activity by the experts in their field. In parallel with feedbacks and evaluations, a continuous improvement in quality of education and trainings is ensured.
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAT ERLANGEN NURNBERG
INSTITUT FÜR LERN – INNOVATION
The Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg is the second largest Bavarian university, currently with 38.000 students and 3000 lectures and staff members.
As a central research institute at the University of Erlangen in the context of learning, lifelong learning and technology supported learning the Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) has been widely involved since 1986 in European R&D Projects in the field of innovative learning technologies for supporting learning processes in different settings for different target groups. ILI has a powerful learning technology development centre which develops and adapts flexible and mobile learning systems for optimizing the learning process, open source learning environments and authoring systems, communication and cooperation systems.
Since 1993 ILI has been developing, implementing and evaluating integrated pedagogical and technological concepts for promoting technology enhanced learning adapted to the needs of different target groups like pupils, students, student-teachers teachers, seniors, handicapped etc.
As one of the first organizations in Germany working in the field of technology-supported learning, ILI as early started with research in the field of simulation environments and serious games.
ILI runs the university eLearning and assessment environment with about 60.000 active users and about 30.000 visits per day.
At present, about 30 people work at ILI in an interdisciplinary team of cognitive and social scientists and technology and multimedia experts. ILI has coordinated and participated in more than 300 European projects for more than 25 years under a variety of European programmes.
GLAFKA s.r.o. is Czech based institution located in Prague focusing on knowledge and innovation transfer in a field of a) lifelong learning and further education; b) labour market and entrepreneurship; c) teaching and training methods and technologies.
GLAFKA centers the interest in subjects as empower initiatives supporting disadvantaged (mainly 50+ and lost generation and handicapped) people on labour market and bring them new perspective, strengthen the cooperation between schools and companies as potential employees, bridging the gaps between generations, genders and nations as well participate in activities friendly to environment and sustainable development.
E-Juniors is a non-profit organization based in Paris, France.
The objective of the organization is to offer juniors, particularly those who are e-excluded, opportunities to learn new technologies (electronic, computer and multimedia) by proposing activities in addition to formal scholastic offerings, in order to:
– Profit from free time in a constructive and educational manner
– Study new applicable areas of interest
– Inspire creativity and enhance vocational skills.
E-Juniors has been involved in several LLP (ERASMUS+) projects, leading different tasks, such as the collection of best practices, researches and studies on the specific issues of projects. Moreover, thanks to a wide network, E-Juniors has been finding specific groups for the projects. The association is also expert in leading the dissemination and evaluation practices.
In particular E-Juniors has been involved in the project Fostering Cooperation Intergeneretional Learning (FCIGL) supported by the LLP program. This project aims at encouraging intergenerational learning (IGL) by exploring cross cultural experiences, best practices and methodologies within Europe and the wider life-long learning community. The project introduces formal and informal practices of IGL that bring elders and youngsters closer.