Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investments

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Facility of the week

Ankara Fen Lisesi (Ankara Science High School), Balgat, Çankaya, Ankara, Turkey

The objective of the renovation project, which started in 2001, was to provide quality facilities to support and inspire the next generation of scientists and researchers, and to provide spaces where students, graduates of the school and the community could meet and interact.

As part of the project, which started in 2001, state-of-the-art equipment was installed in the laboratories, which were renovated to accommodate students working around the clock on intensive research projects, for example scientific Olympics. The library was restored and equipped with computers and the Internet, and computers were placed in classrooms with projectors to facilitate learning with audio and visual aids. The newly renovated conference hall, which is an extension of the main school building, was constructed as a meeting place for students, alumni (a vast majority of whom hold important positions at public and private sectors), and academics with expertise in mathematical methods for physics, chemistry and biology. At graduation, deans of engineering and medical faculties address students in the hall, which is also used to host cultural, social and academic gatherings. The conference hall is enhanced with excellent acoustic details and lighting systems that provide effective interaction between the audience and the speaker. The multi-purpose cafeteria complex, inaugurated in the beginning of 2010, provides another setting for students to meet with those who graduated from the school to discuss possible career paths and the latest issues in the field of science and technology.

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About this database

The OECD Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) launched the “Database of Best Practices in Educational Facilities Investment” on 29 September 2011. It seeks to inform the planning, design, construction, management and evaluation of educational spaces, combining resources for strategic investment in educational infrastructure, with exemplary school and university facilities from all over the world.

Drawing on the output of a joint CELE/European Investment Bank project on “Strategic Investment Planning for Educational Infrastructure” and more than 60 exemplary schools and universities featured in CELE’s flagship publication, “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011”, this database is a unique international resource for educators, designers, policymakers and researchers alike.

Users of the database are encouraged to add their own resource material, or submit new completed university or school projects for publication on the database. OECD and EIB welcome your input to our project!

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