Turkey International Relations Studies Association (TUIC) was established in 2008, and since 2011 it has been carrying out its activities in its Istanbul Office. The website of the TUIC Academy was also created in 2011, and it aims to support the academic writing skills of undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students. By the time, with the contributions of experts and academicians who carry out research in social science, the website became a leading reference resource.
The four institutional consultation workshops that had been carried out during the establishment process of the TUIC had contributed to its democratic institutionalization, and it has become an exemplary work. TUIC started its activities in 2009 after completing its establishment process by publishing the “Joint Declaration” signed by international relations clubs and committees from 18 different universities.
In the field of social sciences, TUIC organizes several congresses, symposiums, and workshops in various countries, cities, and universities, along with carrying out its academic studies with representatives from Turkey and all around the world. In 2012, the Journal of the TUIC Academy was established while having the “Academy on the Street” approach and offered young people an opportunity to publish their studies in an academic journal.
TUIC has been determined to support young people in their research, education, and academic studies as its fundamental mission. In that regard, it has organized a “Seminar and Workshop about Being an International Relations Expert in Turkey” at 34 different universities in Turkey. After considering highly positive feedbacks received over these seminars and workshops, the book “Being an International Relations Expert in Turkey” consisting of interviews with academicians and experts was published in 2013.
In 2016, TUIC started the Online Internship (O-Internship) program considering some logistical challenges that university students encounter to do internships and the lack of alternatives that they could access. Therefore, the O-Internship program operates an educational model that aims to promote self-confidence, personal development, network skills, civil initiatives, and responsibility for young people rather than following the classical methods such as relying on the logic of “photocopying.”
In 2017, access to Wikipedia was blocked in Turkey; consequently, TUIC decided to create alternative solutions for sharing and disseminating information in Turkey. In this direction, the International Relations Dictionary (UliWiki), which operates with the Wikimedia infrastructure, has become active in the field of social sciences.
TUIC has been defined itself as the third “Anatolian Movement” because it aims to ensure that academic studies in Turkey do not remain limited with few universities and there is the promotion of opportunity equality for many others. In that context, TUIC has been adopted TUIC adopted the “Democratic Transformation” model while carrying out the “Civil Initiative” approach to take a clear stance against and the oligarchic administration caused by bureaucratic tutelage. In order to appeal to the large masses and achieve democratic transformation, the most important value of the TUIC has become its “Non-Partisan” stance. TUIC prefers to act with the perspective of “Public Diplomacy” in its foreign relations as it believes that public diplomacy will open essential areas for civil initiatives in Turkish foreign policy and accelerate the democratic transformation. TUIC believes in the importance of the lifelong learning process; thereby, it adopts the principle of “Lifelong Learning and Transferring Knowledge” and as TUIC recognizes the necessity of digital tools in the learning process and transformation of knowledge, it has adopted the “Digital Transformation” model.