The MPD Program at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism wishes to thank the Yunus Emre Enstitüsü in Washington DC, and in particular its Director, Gökhan Coşkun, for initiating this invaluable public diplomacy learning opportunity. Trip participants would also like to thank our gracious hosts and photographers for their invaluable input during our week-long adventure and for answering all our questions. Teşekkürler to Serdar Yörüsün, Sahar, Emre, Hakan, and Khan, for making this such a memorable experience.
Yunus Emre Institute
The Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, named after the famous 14th century poet Yunus Emre, is a global nonprofit created by the Turkish government in 2009. Its main mission is to enhance Türkiye's recognition, credibility and prestige in the international arena. They do this by promoting Türkiye, the Turkish language, literature, history, culture and arts, and by reinforcing the friendship and cultural ties between Türkiye and other nations through its 62 cultural centers in 52 countries. The Institute, which is Türkiye's cultural diplomacy arm, places an emphasis on collaboration with various organizations to support scientific and cultural projects. Project results are shared through worldwide publications to help further establish cultural bridges between world cultures.
USC Annenberg's MPD Program
The University of Southern California is one of the world's leading private research universities. The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism was founded in 1971 through the support of Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg. Today, Annenberg is a global leader in communications and media research, teaching and publication. The Master of Public Diplomacy (MPD) program was established in 2005 as the first graduate-level teaching program in the world devoted exclusively to public diplomacy. Its location in Los Angeles, home to more than 100 foreign consulates, populations from all over the world, and creative industries with unprecedented international reach and influence, provides students a strategic network of government agencies in the national and supra-national foreign affairs system as well as non-state organizations with growing international consequence, including cities, companies and civil society. The MPD program also places an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, with over 30 countries represented by the graduate student body. Students hail from a diverse array of countries, including China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Morocco, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and Uganda. USC Annenberg is also home to MPD’s partner organization, the Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), which has long been recognized as the definitive go-to destination for research, analysis and professional education that furthers the study and practice of global public engagement and cultural relations.