It was Ibn Haldun who established a new science to study civilizations. This was six centuries ago. Strikingly, today also the term civilization has become one of the most popular units of analysis in social sciences and media. One can even claim that today’s civilizations define the new axis of social, cultural and political divisions in the world.
Furthermore, the matrix of relations among civilizations has undergone a radical change in our age due to the fast developing communication and transportation between peoples. Humanity is eager to understand this process. This growing interest in civilizations and the relations among them is what led to the establishment of the Alliance of Civilizations Institute (ACI).
ACI is part of Ibn Haldun University which is accredited by the High Council of Education in Turkey. It is also linked to the UN Alliance of Civilizations Initiative through the Office of the Turkish Prime Minister.
The Alliance of Civilizations Institute is a Graduate School specializing in Civilization Studies, offering MA and PhD degrees. The instruction and research in our institute is characterized by a global perspective which finds its expression in the multidisciplinary and multi-lingual approach adopted by the Institute. Turkish, English, Arabic and Spanish are among the languages which will be used in graduate education. Disciplinary perspectives from social and human sciences will be employed while studying a particular civilization.
As the Director General and Dean of Graduate Studies of ACI, I have no doubt that the Institute will soon take its place among the leading institutions of the world in the field of civilization studies with its diverse international faculty and student body as well as collaboration with similar institutions all over the world.
Prof.Dr. Recep ŞENTÜRK