Given the infancy of research and education on Asia in Türkiye, Koç University’s Center for Asian Studies (KUASIA) will fill an important gap by carrying out research and promoting young scholars and students to study various topics of relevance to Asia and Türkiye in the 21st Century. Koç University is endowed with unique characteristics to further scholarship and expertise on Asia thanks to its international connections, solid multidisciplinary teaching and research capabilities, English language medium of operation and instruction, as well as its adaptive and pioneering leadership.
First and foremost, the mission of the Koç University Center for Asian Studies (KUASIA) is to produce and disseminate high quality comparative and interdisciplinary academic and policy-relevant research on Asia. Other main objectives are providing government and business circles with policy relevant analysis on the region and working closely with national and international academic institutions both in the region and beyond. We accomplish these goals by organizing public lectures, seminars, and conferences on various social, cultural, economic, security and political issues.
Koç University has already an impressive number of partner universities in Asia. KUASIA recently signed MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with University of Sussex and Beijing Foreign Studies University in order to establish an institutional framework for research collaboration, policy elaboration and knowledge exchange on Asia.
In the 20th century, the focus of Turkey’s foreign policy orientation was the Western world, and non-Western regions such as Asia did not occupy an important place in Turkey’s foreign policy agenda. By the 21st century, Turkey, under the Justice and Development Party (Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi, AK Party), has adopted a multidimensional foreign polGo to news
Starting with the Fall 2020 semester, KUASIA will admit up to three research affiliates in each academic year. Both current PhD candidates and scholars with a PhD can apply for research affiliation. Research affiliates will be provided with office space and access to library resources at Koç University.Go to news
KUASIA's Co-Director, Dr. Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci's book, "Contraceptive Diplomacy: Reproductive Politics and Imperial Ambitions in the United States and Japan" has won the 2020 John Whitney Hall Book Prize sponsored by the Association for Asian Studies.Go to news
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