Koç University’s strengths in gender equality include a founding principle and strong focus on the issue, an active ecosystem with various gender-related projects, and efficient data infrastructure. However, gender equality has not been explicitly integrated into the university’s strategy or mission documents. The lack of central coordination on gender equality issues and initiatives across different units or stakeholder groups also limits the effective diffusion of strategic initiatives and leadership endorsement throughout the organization.

To address these challenges, Koç University’s KUGEP proposes several action items, including building a sustainable and dynamic data collection and reporting structure for gender equality monitoring, producing a comprehensive gender equality status report every year, allocating necessary resources to Gender Equality Coordinatorship, consolidating all gender equality efforts in the institution under Gender Equality Coordinatorship, integrating Gender Equality Coordinator into organizational structures, processes and committees, and appointing Gender Equality Ambassadors in all academic and administrative units.

Other proposed actions include effective transition to gender budgeting, starting an awareness-raising campaign promoting the usage of gender-sensitive language in all internal and external communication of the institution, constant benchmarking of good practices for gender equality, and integrating gender equality initiatives into larger Koç University SDG framework.