We established in January 2014, the Center of Occidental Studies in order to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the intellectual and cultural practices and traditions in world civilizations, with an emphasis on the engagement of Occidental Civilization in the history of ideas and with other cultures. The principle objective of the Center is to develop knowledge through scientific research on the western civilisation as well as on their own political processes, in order to replace the reactive behaviour by a proactive attitude by becoming an International research hub for the Occidental Studies and Cultural Diplomacy.
The dialogue of cultures raises vital questions for peace and sustainable development today and in the century ahead. The universities have a role major to play in fostering the culture of dialogue and understanding.
President,İstanbul Aydın University