A year ago, Turkcell (NYSE:TKC) (BIST:TCELL) had relaunched its Academy as a digital, public learning platform. On its first-year anniversary, Turkcell Academy cooperates with the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Office of Digital Learning to launch a multi-modular MOOC that focuses on entrepreneurship and that is designed specifically for an online audience. "Innovators MBA" - as the program is officially called - will be available on edX in English and in Turkish.

"Innovators' MBA" consists of 4 modules. The first courses under the first two modules - Entrepreneurship 101 and Entrepreneurship 102 - are already shared on the edX website. The final two modules - User Entrepreneurship and Big Data for Entrepreneurs - will be available in the coming months.

The videos are free for everyone who wishes to follow the program. The participants will receive MITx certificates upon successful completion of each module.

This is the first corporate collaboration for MITx, the MOOC program under MIT's Office of Digital Learning, and the first time that a MOOC in Turkish language appears on the edX platform.

Cutting-edge knowledge at the service of thousands with online education

Speaking to a group of journalists at the launching press conference held at the MIT, Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv underlined the transformative power of technology. "For millions of people, mobile and online education opens up new lanes of accessing global knowledge. With this program, cutting-edge thinking on innovation and entrepreneurship will reach thousands of people all around the world, including in our home country, Turkey" said Ciliv. "We are proud to carry our strategic collaboration with MIT to a new level with this program which focuses on two issues that are so central to Turkcell's identity - innovation and entrepreneurship."

"One of the biggest transformations in education came about as a result of the ubiquity of internet in our lives. Online education allows us to bring together the material and the student regardless of time and space. It also help us benefit from the latest advances in technology to maximize the learning experience. We have been following Turkcell's work in this field with a lot of interest and we believe that it is important to make the most of this opportunity which brings together an education institution with a connectivity company." said Sanjay Sarma, MIT's Director of Online Learning.

Turkcell Academy was relaunched as a public, digital platform on January 14th, 2014. Over the course of its first year, the website has received 5 million visits from 1.5 million visitors. More than 2000 videos currently available on the website are prepared with the cooperation of leading Turkish and international content providers.

In order to access the first two modules of "Innovators MBA", please visit edX website or follow this link through Turkcell Academy.

ABOUT TURKCELL: Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, with 34.7 million subscribers as of September 30, 2014. Turkcell is a leading regional player with its approximately 71.1 million subscribers in nine countries as of September 30, 2014. It was one of the first among global operators to have implemented HSPA+. It has achieved up to 43.2 Mbps speed using Dual Carrier technology, and is continuously working to provide the latest technology to its customers. Turkcell Superonline, a wholly owned subsidiary of Turkcell, is the first telecom operator to offer households fiber broadband connection at speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps in Turkey. As of September 2014, Turkcell's population coverage is at 99.62% in 2G and 88.09% in 3G. Turkcell reported TRY3.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in revenue with total assets of TRY22.7 billion (US$10.0 billion) as of September 30, 2014. It has been listed on the NYSE and the BIST since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey. Read more at www.turkcell.com.tr

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