Founded in 2009 to promote Turkish language, cultural heritage and arts and to serve those who aspire to study in these fields abroad, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü currently continues its efforts in the field of public diplomacy in 61 countries, in 54 Enstitü centres and 139 contact points. Yunus Emre Enstitüsü also carries out operations to promote opportunities and capacity of Turkey in scientific, academic and technological fields next to cultural diplomacy activities, and to consequently generate Turkey’s scientific and academic interaction strategies. In this context, it has presented a strategy document with “the Scientific and Academic Cooperation of Turkey Project (TABIP)” initiated under the auspices of Turkish Presidency.
Scientific and Academic Cooperation of Turkey Project (TABIP) Science Committee is formed by Prof. Dr. Bilge Demirköz, Prof. Dr. Musa Yıldız, Prof. Dr. Yusuf Baran, and Prof. Dr. Ziya Selçuk. In the Scientific Committee Meeting held in September 2017 within the framework of TABIP, Japan, France, Malaysia, UK, USA, Qatar, Canada, Pakistan, Germany, Russia, Poland, and South Africa were determined as pilot countries for implementation.
TARGET IS TO CREATE SCIENCE DIPLOMACY
With the network to be established within the framework of Academic and Scientific Cooperation of Turkey Project, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü primarily aims to create a “science diplomacy” by correctly explaining Turkey’s studies in all science branches. With the project, Turkey will gain a scientific and academic interaction basin and will be able to closely follow the scientific, academic and technological developments around the world. Through Yunus Emre Enstitüsü’s international networks and experience in the field of diplomacy, Turkey’s strengths in science and technology and opportunities offered will be introduced to the world public. Turkey will also become a science centre of attraction for students who aspire to study in Turkey and scientists who want to continue their scientific studies. Thus Turkey will gain new scientists. With TABIP, it is projected for Turkey to become more competent in science, technology and innovation, and to take steps towards increasing high-quality production in line with Turkey’s 2023 vision and goals.
INSTITUTIONS IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCE
Institutions and organizations like Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, active in the fields of culture and public diplomacy around the world, have expanded their fields of activity and has been working on science diplomacy. Some institutions that work in the field of science diplomacy are Science and Innovation Network SIN in England, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) in Germany, and Confucius Institute HANBAN in China. The British Council, a well-established and successful British cultural institution, carries out scientific studies under the auspices of the UK. In this context, the Academic and Scientific Cooperation of Turkey is carried out under the auspices of Turkish Presidency for the project to become effective and efficient, and for it to be taken more seriously by the interlocutors abroad.
Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş (Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President)
Our Primary Goal is to Promote Turkey’s Scientific Activities to the World
“By the end of 2017, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü has reached a total of 139 contact points in the world; 54 “Culture Centres” in 43 countries and more than 60 countries under the “Turcology” Project. Our primary goal is to utilize these international networks and the cooperation agreements we have made all across the world, for Turkey to establish collaborations in scientific and academic fields and to further its industrial and technological capacity. In addition, we also aim to maintain the cultural affiliation of Turkish scientists abroad as a natural partnership, to plan activities with them to ensure Turkey’s scientific and technological development, to introduce scientists in Turkey, scientific studies and collaborations to the world to improve the visibility, activity and reputation of Turkey. Transforming the information and analyses we will obtain through this network established, into a policy document regarding science and technology, and to increase the production capacity of Turkey, are among our goals.”