Alumni Testimonials

Training Location

The weekday classes(Wednesday - Friday) are conducted between 07:00pm-10:00pm,

The weekend (Saturday) classes are conducted between 09:00am-04:00pm at Karaköy Minerva Palas.

2016


Tümay Solak - R&D Assistant Specialist - Borusan Teknoloji Geliştirme ve ArGe A.Ş.

As one of the few “new graduates” accepted to the program, my only work experience was that of student assistant at the university. I had to get to work as soon as I was accepted to the program so that I could develop myself, because I knew that other students who were also accepted had work experience and industry-specific knowledge. This program met and exceeded my expectations in getting to know the industry and enrich my industry knowledge. I had the chance to learn about all technologies concerning the energy industry with all technical details, which was also what the program was about, while familiarizing with the persons who are experts in their fields. My aim is to use what I have learned from the program in R&D projects and carry out innovative research for the Turkish energy industry through a newly-gained vision and a broad perspective.

 
Mustafa ÖĞÜT  Sanko Holding Energy & Wind Power Plants Operations Manager 

 

My primary goal to enroll in the Master of Energy Technologies and Management Program was to have full command of the market processes from different perspectives such as finance, legal system, politics and technological developments rather than restricting myself to a particular dimension of my career choice in the energy market. Thanks to high-quality education, excellent professors and special appearances by executives and subject matter experts in the industry, the program was very useful and broadened my horizons.

Meanwhile, our classroom environment was composed of students from different disciplines and specialties who were just part of the whole complementing each other with a passion to teach and learn. We had the chance to network in a positive and future-oriented environment. I want to state that this academic knowledge atmosphere satisfied my needs. I would like to thank our professors, participants, program director and administrators. 
 

 

Didem ARSLAN   EnerjiSA Damage & Project Approval & Facility Transfer Team Leader

Energy Technologies and Management is a graduate program that suits everyone who desires to see the big picture in the rapidly-growing energy industry in Turkey and the world. It crosses many disciplines including energy policies, the structure and management of energy systems, energy markets, generation, transmission and distribution methods, energy financing, innovation and more. My primary motivation to choose this program was the specialists sharing their expertise, experience and the latest developments in the energy industry unlike those graduate programs that only focus on theoretical lectures. In addition to the professors and visiting lecturers, the high-profile class environment consisting of attendees from different disciplines helped us learn a lot from each other. The networking opportunity provided by the program is unmatched. I recommend this program for professionals who want to follow a career in the energy industry or improve what they already have.

 

 


Mehmet ÖRGEN  Erciyas Holding Strategy & Corporate Development Manager

After 30 years of professional maritime service, I picked energy industry as my second career.

We are going through a period where concerns like energy efficiency, carbon management and climate change shape the future of our children, our country grows into a strategic partner to various projects that will make us an energy corridor for natural gas, and many military-political developments in the region are based on access to energy.

When I was assigned to my current company that manufactures natural gas pipes for the TANAP project and makes investments in wind and solar energy as an executive, I thought it would be essential and beneficial for me to receive an education on these disciplines in terms of my professional career and my future plans.

When I heard about this program in Sabancı University, I attended one of the lectures last year. The CEO of GE Turkey was also a participant of the program, and she and other students advised me to join the program. 

A full-time job in a new sector, my wife who also works, my son in high school and daughter in primary, the dog, kids’ dance and basketball lessons, my social life, my friends... This ETM program for two nights a week and one day in the weekend, readings, exams and assignments... this all flashed before my eyes. It would not be easy.

One week later, the Chairman of Board of Directors of Sabancı Holding gave a speech during the IICEC Energy Forum underlining the importance of the ETM program in front of me. I made up my mind and told her in person that I decided to join the program. 

Program directors, instructors, guest executives from private sector enriched this program by presenting their knowledge and providing endless assistance. We socialized with each other in a short time and created a warm learning environment.  Thanks to this program, I had a great chance to network with a lot of people from the energy industry. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It is an intense, exhausting but instructive, enjoyable and fun program. I want to thank everyone for their contributions.

2015


Canan ÖZSOY  General Electric, Turkey President & CEO

"52 and a student"
Years after I left Turkey to work in the medical industry, I returned for a new job that spans the transportation, aviation, medical and energy industries.  Energy is a strategic area for both my company and country. The industry is changing and evolving on a global level: oil prices, resource diversification, resource transmission, new and renewable sources...
I felt that I needed training to gain a better grasp of the subject, be comfortable with  change and evolution, utilize an analytical approach  to delve deeper when relearning the industry, and to make connections. My research led me to this new and innovative program at Sabancı University.  At first I hesitated because I was not sure if my age and busy life as an executive would permit me to complete this training. Program coordinators and professors were of great help. My classmates fostered a natural and warm environment instilling me with encouragement and dedication.
Thanks  to  the diversity of students, expertise  of professors, and lectures by subject matter experts right in the heart of the industry, I had access to 360-degree knowledge, and  a rich,  sustainable communication network. They were of great help. 

 
Hakan TİMUR  EnerjiSA Chief Officer, HR & Corporate Capabilities (CHRO) 

 

I believe  that  the Sabancı University  program  on Energy  Technologies  and Management  is critical for Turkey as well as the world in general. Choice of subjects,  course content, knowledgeable  trainers/ academics and guest lecturers that are executives in the industry provide an enriching environment not found easily in alternative programs. The balanced and harmonious inclusion of administrative subjects in addition to technical information makes this master's program worthwhile in management as well. Another notable aspect is class dynamics and the opportunity to learn from each other. Participants at different levels of knowledge, experience and expertise –who are always hand-picked  for quality nevertheless– boost the richness and benefit of the program. Well- educated,  well-rounded  individuals  are critical to making a difference in Energy Management,  and I am glad to observe that Sabancı University undertook a pioneering mission and carried it out successfully

 

Selin SADIKOĞLU   Project Manager

I have been working in the automotive industry since graduation, and I applied to the graduate program in the energy sector, which I  have always been interested in, to find out more about who does what in this business. I was encouraged by the lack of an engineering degree prerequisite,  and courses in the program booklet such as energy markets and energy financing. Looking back, I believe it was a privilege to be a part of this program. Valuable academics give theoretical  courses while the leading names in the industry  join as guest lecturers, reinforcing theoretical knowledge with  real-life  examples. Participants are carefully selected to contribute to the learning environment with their knowledge and experience at all levels; innovation and entrepreneurship  courses encourage us to make investment  plans as a class; and we are invited to  meetings and networking platforms organized by IICEC and the International Energy Agency. Being classmates  with GE Turkey's CEO this year was a factor that raised the bar and boosted personal motivation.  As someone who had no experience in the manufacturing  aspect of the business, field visits to power plants was one of the greatest advantages of the program to me. I believe everything I learned here will benefit me in my future career, and I'd like to thank everyone involved  in making this program, and my classmates, for their efforts.

 

 


Erhan AYDIN  SGS Business Development Manager (Industrial Division)

ETM  is a gathering of the most experienced  and competent names in the energy industry if you want to specialize in this business.  By taking part, you will learn that energy isn't limited to production and transmission; you will understand how energy policies in different  geographical regions have implications  for the whole world. ETM is different from conventional master's programs because its curriculum is always up to date, innovative and designed with the requests of its participants in mind. I'd sincerely recommend this program to anyone wishing to pursue a career in energy.

Serdar CEBECİ  Rönesans Real Estate Investment Electrical Works Manager

This is a visionary program that supports the energy industry as well as business, and is facilitated by expert trainers and representatives from the industry. I can also say that the program is different from others because it also discusses many subjects that will come handy in business.

 

 


Mert Anıl ERKAL  APLUS Energy Investment Consultancy

When I applied to the program, I had been working for a year and was employed  outside the energy sector, but I had a growing interest in energy. The program  exceeded my expectations, which meant that my plans for my own development  began to advance rapidly, and I started working in the energy sector shortly after joining the program. Subjects in the program are current and directly applicable to professional practice;  they equip the student with knowledge of the technical and managerial aspects of the energy business,  helping you gain global, local and systemic insight into energy. What makes this program superior  to  others is how it  brings professionals and students together on a number of platforms.  We had CEOs and department directors of large energy companies –people shaping the energy sector in Turkey– visiting us almost every week, speaking about the energy market and its potential, issues, how these are resolved or being worked on, and what prospects the sector has for the future, all in a casual lecture style. If you are into surprises, sharing a dinner table with Güler Sabancı and US Secretary of Energy Ernst Moniz is about as great a surprise as any graduate program may offer you. Lecturers and administrators in the program are in close and candid communication with the students to further improve what they offer - I must admit I'm a little jealous of students in later years as they will be enjoying an even better program. I'd like to thank everyone involved in bringing the Energy Technologies and Management program to life.

 

 


Zeynep KIRÇUVAL  Shell & Turcas Turkey Trade & Supply Finance Advisor

This  is  an  unparalleled program for  talented individuals seeking to understand a changing world and international politics through the perspective of energy, environment  and climate, and comprehend the decision-making  and strategy development projects of companies to become a part of current or future energy investments.
It is a rare opportunity to attend lectures by subject matter experts in energy. I took part in a vast variety of panels, seminars, field visits and meetings with industry  professionals, which I believe have carried me forward in leaps and bounds. The program  will enable persons working  in the energy sector to see the big picture, and understand how deep the energy industry is and how quickly it changes and develops. I also think this is the best place for individuals who are currently not in the energy sector but intend a change of careers. 

 

Esin Ceren AHISKA  EnerjiSA Product Manager

 

Working in the electricity retail business, I already had an understanding of the energy industry, but this program introduced me to the actors in the backstage, opening a new world before my eyes. As someone working in the electricity sale business and marketing energy as a service, the program enabled me to view energy from a wider perspective and learn more about its aspects. Field visits and guest lecturers helped us to consider the energy sector from different regards, and projects enabled us to put out learnings into practice. The greatest contribution of the program was the opportunity to meet people from a vast variety of backgrounds, experiences and areas of interest. The program may have lasted one year, but its effects will be profound throughout my life.

 

 

Abdullah OCAK (Energy Planning  and Sales Manager,  Aksa  Akrilik Kimya Sanayi)

This program is ideal for professionals who are new to the energy industry or are working in one aspect of it and want to see the entire sector. Instead of a regular lecture, courses are more in the way of knowledge sharing by and between professors, specialists from the public and private players in the industry, and most importantly, participants.  The class environment  is so pleasant and productive that even guest speakers leave having acquired  new knowledge  about the industry. Keeping up with the reading list and looking into subjects discussed maximize the benefits of the program. Field visits are expertly planned to cover the entire range of subjects. What mattered to me the most was being part of a close circle of friends all working in the energy industry.

 


Mehmet İrfan EVİRGEN  SGS Project Manager

Say "energy" and most of us will think of electricity. But that is the tip of the iceberg. The Energy Technologies and Management graduate program at Sabancı University lets you in on the world of energy and gives you a complete understanding of the types of energy and energy generation.  Discussion on the international aspect of the issue shows  you how decisive energy is on current  issues and interactions across the globe. I'd like to thank Sabancı University for creating this program.


Alican TAYLAN  Kent Kurumsal Gayrimenkul Değerleme ve Danışmanlık A.Ş Managing Partner

The structure and content of the Energy Technologies and Management graduate program is designed to meet the needs and dynamics of the energy industry. The program is not limited to technical aspects of energy and discusses issues such as financial analysis,  management,  politics, environment and innovation on a multidisciplinary basis, giving you a global perspective. Academics are supported by professionals  to create a panel discussion-like medium where current issues and developments in the sector are discussed. ETM provides value to all professionals in the energy sector or thinking about being a part of it.

2014

Ersin ŞEKERCİ  PAKMEM Commercial Manager

This program is the place to be for anyone in the energy industry who wishes to specialize in a given field while gaining a holistic perspective of the industry. Participants will find the opportunity to develop new points of view and make a difference in what they do. Taken as a whole, the courses in the program enable participants to see the energy industry complete with its techniques and technologies,  economics, social and environmental impact, and most importantly, political implications and international strategies. Graduates of this program will have the command of their careers in their hands.

 

 Müge ÖZERTEN, ABB Development Manager

 

Here is what this program gave me:
• Thanks to guest lecturers and my classmates, I had the opportunity to establish rapport and build a network with professionals in the energy sector. 
• I benefited from wider horizons not just on energy policies and markets, but innovation as well. 
• Renewable  energy projects helped me better understand the  specifications for  renewable energy transformer stations. 
• The field visit was very informative.

 

Müge GÜNER, Shell & Turcas Turkey Retail Customer Operations Team Lead

This program expands your vision in energy as well as many other aspects of professional life. Visiting lecturers were very knowledgeable  and eager to share what they knew; it was great to meet these people and I'm certain our paths will cross in the future. Another great benefit was the environment of mutual sharing with participants from all aspects of the energy sector.

 

 

Yiğit TEKŞEN, STFA Holding A.Ş.Researcher and Innovation Specialist

The program  is designed with consideration for the ramifications of developments in energy technologies on policies and investments. Program content is based on adapting you to all energy policies and innovations while enabling personal development in managerial skills through creative and new techniques. Lecturers are valuable members of Sabancı University  faculty and key names in the sector. The views of lecturers on current and forward-looking issues are supported by sessions. Panels and seminars comprise a rich and varied program starting with the World Energy Outlook presentation. Another advantage of the program for participants who have not had the opportunity to witness the production phase of energy before is the field visit to power plants. I am sure that my learnings from the program and the people I met will point at many new business opportunities  in the future. The great advantage of the ETM graduate  program is the ability to prepare  projects on these opportunities and work with advisors. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.

 

 

Müren GÜLER, SkyPower Global Regional Manager

The program  is much different from conventional master's programs with its structure and content. This is where you feel practical and current information is  just  as  important  as  theoretical knowledge. The program  brings together people  interested in various aspects of energy,  discusses current issues led by lecturers  who have business  experience  or visiting professionals, and works as a collaboration platform that enables participants to keep abreast of developments in the sector. I believe this program will expand the horizon and knowledge base of individuals who are interested  in or are moving through the sector.

 

 

Fazilet KARAKUŞ, EnerjiSA Information Systems Manager )

This is a master's program that enables students from all walks of life to discuss the latest issues in energy with scholars and lecturers from business - and the best thing is, you don't need to have an engineering degree in energy. Thanks to the knowledge I gained from experienced participants who have been involved in the business for a long time, my perspective of energy changed even as a person working in the IT sector. The program is even more valuable because it offers each participant  a different area to specialize in depending  on their academic  and professional backgrounds, and is an opportunity  for networking.

 

 

Avni TAN, Emerson Process Management

The  ETM  program helped me expand my vision beyond what was required for my specific area of business, and I gained a deeper perspective  thanks to very experienced professors and guest lecturers. My background and experience in engineering was augmented with courses in finance and management. Thanks to the IICEC sessions by Sabancı University, I  made maximum use of  the  university's great accumulation  of knowledge  and wide network of professionals,  gaining more knowledge  about the global energy market as well as the local, and learned about trends in energy. This program  is perfect for professionals who work, want to work and/or expand their vision in the energy business.

 

 

Volkan AKTÜRK  Doğuş Enerji Energy Projects Specialist

As an engineer employed in the energy industry since graduation, I felt the need for an academic program on the funding and management of energy projects. Looking through the program booklet, I realized that all my interests were included in the curriculum, so I applied straight away. At first, I thought that the greatest benefit of the program were the electives which allowed us to focus on our closest interests. But as the program progressed, it dawned on me that mandatory courses like “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” have just as much to offer since they inspire and motivate us, create awareness, expand our vision and teach us to think outside the box. The contributions of guest lecturers who were experts in their respective fields, and my classmates who held positions all across the energy industry proved to be invaluable. I am grateful to everyone who played a part in designing this program and delivering its lectures.