International Turkic Academy marks 10 years since its foundation

International Turkic Academy marks 10 years since its foundation

On this day, May 25, exactly 10 years ago the International Turkic Academy (ITA) was founded.  The main aim of the Academy is the revival of knowledge about the history of the Turkic world from ancient times to the present day, the study of the Turkic language, literature and culture, the research of the entire Turkic world based on the unique discoveries, the identification of the role and place of the Turkic states in the world and their contribution in the development of the world civilization.

“The proposal of First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev on the creation of the international research center to study the Turkic world which was announced at the ninth summit of the Heads of the Turkic-speaking states held on October 3, 2009 in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan was supported unanimously. On May 25, 2010, the Turkic Academy was founded in the Kazakh capital based on the Nakhchivan Agreement,” said Darkhan Kydyrali, President of the Turkic World Educational and Scientific Cooperation Organization (TWESCO).

The unique center coordinating the scientific research on the Turkic world immediately received great support in the world. Four years after its establishment, on August 28, 2014, the ITA received the international status. The number of the works that have been conducted by the researchers increased accordingly.

“In 2018, Hungary was admitted to the Academy as an observer state. Last year, at the Seventh Summit of the Turkic Council held in Azerbaijan, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev stated that his country also intends on becoming a member of the ITA. Today the Academy is the institutional and integrational organization that coordinates the fields of science and education of the fraternal Turkic-speaking countries. We cooperate with the leading international organizations, including the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, as well as the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture and the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and implement many large-scale projects,” Kydyrali emphasized.

Within 10 years, the ITA managed to establish strong ties with all fraternal countries and conduct more than 120 researches with the participation of scientists from Eurasia and America. In addition, more than 170 new scientific papers were published in various languages.

“The International Turkic Academy fulfills the tasks set by the heads of state at the Summit of the Turkic Council. A number of important documents for cooperation were developed. In particular, the concept of the integration of the Turkic world was approved at the Summit by the heads of the Turkic-speaking states and the general textbooks prepared by the ITA were included in school programs,” Kydyrali said.

In particular, the textbook on common Turkic history was included in the curriculum of the schools in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The schoolbooks “Ortak Turki Adebiety’ (Common Turkic Literature) and ‘The Geography of the Turkic world’ became indispensable for the scientists who are willing to study the common heritage. In addition, the Academy presented an educational project on the subject of ‘Dombyra’.

The Turkic Academy published a book “Great Ulus – Golden Horde” dedicated to the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde. The academy became a research center for this strong state. At international forums, scientists of Turkic-speaking countries systematized the historical heritage of the Golden Horde and all discovered artifacts as well as organized several international expeditions.

“The International Turkic Academy has begun holding various events to the 750th anniversary of the Golden Horde since 2017, when we organized a big scientific expedition to the Burkhan Khaldun Mountain. We started archaeological excavations and then organized an international expedition “From Kentai to Ulytau: Revival of Historical Memory”. Scientists from 15 countries visited Zhoshy Khan’s burial and other monuments of the Golden Horde and developed specific offers,” said Darkhan Kydyrali.

As part of UNESCO, international conferences to the Golden Horde’s 750th anniversary took place in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Turkey and France in 2019. Nearly 20 new books were published as a result of these events.

“In addition to historical books, such as the four-volume “Historical Comparative Dictionary of the Golden Horde Period”, five volumes of “Jami al-Tawarikh” by Rashid ad-Din and “The Secret History of the Mongols”, new research works on the heritage of the Golden Horde were systematized. Materials related to Zhoshy Khan and the last ruler of the Golden Horde, Yedyge, were prepared. This is a huge scientific and analytical work that was carried out together with scientists from Mongolia, Hungary and many other countries,” commented TWESCO president.

To date, a Turkic library at the ITA stores about 70,000 books. Museum of Turkic history collected rich heritage of peoples.