KUASIA Visiting Researchers Program

2 September 2020

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.

Research affiliates should indicate KUASIA as their host institution in their published works during the affiliation period and acknowledge KUASIA’s contribution in their works submitted during the affiliation period but published after its termination. Research affiliates are also expected to make at least one presentation in KUASIA seminars and webinars.

Applicants should submit a proposal (up to 1000 words) explaining their research plans (papers, grant applications, etc.) during their affiliation at KUASIA and a C.V. to kuasia@ku.edu.tr by October 5, 2020.

Note: Office space may be subjected to pandemic-related restrictions on campus in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Contraceptive Democracy

Co-Director Receives Book Award

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. You can see her interview with AAS about her book here: https://www.asianstudies.org/asianow-speaks-with-aiko-takeuchi-demirci/?fbclid=IwAR2qnn7M9qmA-gWkXmk_ixq9WqBD-XLRF5JlrrtJnORSapMEWVl50hsMhLI


Consul-General China Scholarship

Two of our students, Ozge Usta (Industrial Engineering and Psychology Junior) and Omer Aydin Guner (Economy Junior) were awarded the prestigious Chinese Consul-General’s scholarship for their hard work in Mandarin classes. Thank you (Xiexie) and congratulations (gong hsi).

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Consul-General of People’s Republic of China in Istanbul

Consul-General of People’s Republic of China in Istanbul, Honorable Cui Wei visited Koc University on May 14, 2018. He talked about Middle East and Chinese Middle East Policy. The event was held at 5:30 pm at Founders’ Hall.


Third NASK Meeting

Asian students at Koc University got together for the third NASK (Network of Asian Students at Koc) meeting. A diverse cohort of students from India, Singapore, Indonesia, China, and Pakistan planned exciting events for the Spring 2019 term and learned about KUASIA over delicious snacks.


KUASIA Spring 2019 Events

KUASIA is arranging three exciting events for the 22nd of April, 2019.

-Bollywood Workshop with KUDance at 4 pm at the Student Center (-1 floor)

-Sufi night in collaboration with Indian Embassy at 7 pm at SGKM

Stay tuned!


Second NASK Meeting

The Network of Asian Students at Koc University (NASK) got together for the first time during the 2018-2019 Fall Semester. We welcomed our new students coming from India, China, Singapore, Pakistan.


Turkish Ambassador to Beijing, H.E. A. Emin Onen, visited KUASIA on June 2018

Turkish Ambassador to Beijing, H.E. A. Emin Onen, visited KUASIA on June 2018. He met with KU President, Prof. Umran Inan, and scholars working on China. Ambassador Onen underlined historical connections and deep-rooted cultural relations between Asian countries and Turkey. He further stated that China is one of the major economic powers in the world today and therefore, it would be impossible to comprehend the global dynamics shaping the next decades to come without understanding China. Ambassador also stressed the need for close collaboration among Turkish and Chinese academia in the field of education in terms of exchange of students and scholars. He added that since Turkey was chosen as the destination country in China in 2018, it would provide a unique opportunity to bring about many similarities between our two countries.



KUASIA Director’s comments on Turkish refugee policy

KUASIA Director’s comments on Turkish refugee policy and 3.5 million Syrians under temporary protection living mostly in urban centers in Turkey



KUASIA’s contribution in China Daily

KUASIA’s contribution in China Daily: “Shared future emphasized by Xi has global implications”


Recent graduate of MAVA and ARHA received Yenching Scholarship

İpek Onmuş earned her bachelor’s degree from Koç University in Istanbul, double majoring in Media and Visual Arts along with Archaeology and History of Art. In 2013, she spent 6 weeks volunteering in Suzhou, China, which inspired her interest in Chinese culture. The following year, she participated in exchange programs at National Taiwan University and the University of Hong Kong, where she had the opportunity to learn more about Chinese arts and languages. Following her graduation in 2017, she was awarded Taiwan’s Ministry of Education’s Huayu Enrichment scholarship and went to Kaohsiung, Taiwan to study Mandarin Chinese at National Sun Yat Sen University for 9 months. Most recently, she has been named a Yenching Scholar and will pursue a master’s degree in Chinese Studies with History and Archaeology concentration at the Yenching Academy of Peking University. In Beijing, she aims to explore the historical exchange between Chinese and Turkish arts, as well as to look at the ways contemporary artists of these countries draw inspiration from traditional arts. She hopes this research can expand the scope of cultural communication between Turkey and China. http://en.yenchingacademy.org/Scholars-2-0-2018-2-.html


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KU students awarded Chinese Consul General’s award

Four KU students received Chinese Consul General’s award for Chinese (Mandarin) learners. We congratulate our students – Nezir Kalkan, MAVA (Senior Student), Abdullah Coşgun (Computer Engineering, Sophomore), Berkay Kullukçu (Mechanical Engineering, Junior Student) and Sümeyye Akgül (Psychology, Sophomore) – wholeheartedly and their instructor, Ms. Mehtap Atalı Dağtekin. We extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. Cui Wei and all officials of the Chinese Consulate General in İstanbul for their continuing support.



冯氏研究生奖学金(FGF) 项目

在冯氏经纶慈善基金会的资助下,Koç大学(www.ku.edu.tr)正在为2018-19 学年甄选6名优秀的中国博士候选人 。冯氏经

Together with its partners the Victor and William Fung Foundation, Koç University is looking for 6 talented PhD candidates from China for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years.

The Victor and William Fung Foundation have established the Fung Graduate Fellowship Program for students from China (including Hong Kong) who are admitted by Koç University to pursue PhD degrees. The Program is designed to support PhD candidates to carry out scientific research at Koç University over a four-year period, during which they will write their doctoral thesis generating new scientific knowledge.


Chinese Fact Sheet

English FactSheet

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Lecture Series by Professor Faisal Devji (Oxford University)

We welcome Prof. Faisal Devji as Visiting Professor at KUASIA. He will be giving lectures in conjuction with KOÇKAM, International Relations and History Departments.

Please find details and save the dates:

17th May – KUASIA and HISTORY Department Seminar

17th May – KUASIA and KOÇKAM Seminar

14th May – KUASIA and IR Seminar

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New Book on Turkey and India

New Perspectives on India and Turkey: Connections and Debates (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series) 1st Edition

This book places the Indian subcontinent side by side with the Turkic-speaking world, both past and present, in order to understand one geographical context in relation to the other. The juxtaposition of the two countries throws up some startling commonalities as well as considerable differences, and it is the variations as well as the similarities that allow for comparability. The first comparison of the Subcontinent and present-day Turkey, the book emphasizes the importance of cross-regional comparative analysis in order to overcome some of the pitfalls of area-focused analysis. Filling a gap in the existing literature, it will be of interest to scholars in various disciplines, including politics, religion, history, urbanization, and development in the Middle East and Asia.

Link to the book:


Second Term “Chinese Consul General Scholarship” Application

Applications are open for Turkish students, learning Chinese in universities offering Chinese education within the regions of Chinese Consulate General in Istanbul. The project aims to contribute to the friendly relations between the two nations with a healthy exchange of culture and language.

Link to the Webpage


KU Courses on Asia

Here is a list of all available courses so far on Asia at KU:
SOCI 350 (Fall): South Asia: Society, Culture and Change (Instructor: Şebnem Koser Akçapar)
SOCI 406/HIST 426 (Spring): Economy, Society, and Politics in Asia (Instructor: Burak Gürel)
INTL 451 (Fall): Selected Topics: Contemporary International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (Instructor: Altay Atlı)
INTL 451/MGMT 452 (Spring): Understanding China: Economics, Politics and Business (Instructor: Fatih Oktay)
INTL 380 (Fall): Comparative Political Economy of Emerging Powers (Instructor: Ziya Öniş)
MGMT 352 (Fall): Cross-Cultural Management (Instructor: Justin Marcus)

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Inaugural Meeting of NASK

The Network of Asian Students at Koc University (NASK) had its inaugural meeting on the November 23rd 2017. Celebrating the diversity at Koç University, NASK will serve as a platform to unify Asian students, studying at different departments and hailing from different countries.

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Work and Study at KUASIA

Come and join our team at KUASIA and help us organize our events and learn about Asia. Please contact Dr. Sebnem Koser Akcapar (email: sakcapar@ku.edu.tr) (office: SOS 266) if you want to sign up for certain events.


Graduate Programs at KU

Applications are now open for graduate programs at Koç University. Students from Asia are strongly encouraged to apply our competitive programs in English taught by highly competent faculty members. According to Times Higher Education, KU is ranked as the 11th in world’s best small universities, 15th in BRICS and Emerging Economies, 27th in overall Asia and 1st in Turkey. Currently, there are 29 master programs and 30 doctoral programs. Please check our website for eligibility criteria: https://graduate.ku.edu.tr


Collaboration between Taiwan and KU

Taipei Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Mr. Wen-Je KO and his delegation, met with the President of Koc University Prof. Umran Inan, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Prof. Baris Tan and the Director of KUASIA Prof. Sebnem Koser Akcapar, on the 5th of February 2018, to discuss cooperation and academic exchange between Taiwan and KU.  At present KU has partnerships with 6 universities in Taiwan, including National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University, National Chengchi University, National Chaio Tung University, National Cheng Kung University and the National Sun Yat-Sen University.


Chinese Classes

Chinese classes started in Fall 2017. Thanks for the interest. We will continue in the coming semesters. This is a great opportunity to learn the most widely spoken language in the world.


Workshop on Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)

KUASIA is organizing a one-day panel on Belt and Road Initiative with APAM (Center on Asia Pacific Ankara University) in May. Stay tuned for more details.