The Aladdin Project is an international organization based in Paris and created in 2009 under the auspices of UNESCO to promote intercultural dialogue, to prevent conflicts through a better knowledge of History and its teachings, to bring together world leaders and international institutions against Holocaust denial, anti-Semitism and all forms of exclusion and racism, and to enhance mutual knowledge through the production, translation – into the languages of the relevant people – and propagation of books, films, documentaries, websites and other sources of information.
Bahçesehir University is a private university founded in Istanbul in 1997 to teach the future leaders of the country by training them to think critically, do research and by raising awareness of local and world-wide issues. The university fulfills international criteria and underlines the promotion of mutual respect, the appreciation of difference and a constructive way of expression. Currently, 15 000 students are enrolled, with 900 professors and 100 study programs on two campuses. The University also manages a unique network of primary and secondary schools in Turkey.
London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. Uniquely combining language scholarship, disciplinary expertise and regional focus, it has the largest concentration in Europe of academic staff concerned with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. On the one hand, this means that SOAS scholars grapple with pressing issues – democracy, development, human rights, identity, legal systems, poverty, religion, social change – confronting two-thirds of humankind while at the same time remaining guardians of specialised knowledge in languages and periods and regions not available anywhere else in the UK. This makes SOAS synonymous with intellectual enquiry and achievement. It is a global academic base and a crucial resource for London. We live in a world of shrinking borders and of economic and technological simultaneity. Yet it is also a world in which difference and regionalism present themselves acutely. It is a world that SOAS is distinctively positioned to analyse, understand and explain. SOAS’ academic focus on the languages, cultures and societies of Africa, Asia and the Middle East makes it an indispensable interpreter in a complex world.