Turkish American Associations
Turkish-American Associations in Turkey
In alphabetical order:
American Business Forum in Turkey (ABFT)
ABFT serves as an American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey and represents approximately 60 prestigious U.S. firms operating in Turkey. ABFT was established in January 2004. Aiming to improve the business and investment environment for U.S. companies in Turkey, ABFT has remained focused on this objective through advocacy and business development initiatives. Since its establishment, ABFT has held a variety of events, hosted numerous U.S. and Turkish government officials, and conducted research on behalf of its members to develop the bilateral commercial relationship. As an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, ABFT is in a strong position to work with government and private sector leaders in both countries to represent U.S. businesses in Turkey.
American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)
Founded by a group of scholars representing American and Canadian universities In 1964, the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to promoting North American and Turkish research and exchanges related to Turkey in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. ARIT provides support for these scholarly endeavors by maintaining research centers in Istanbul and Ankara, and by administering programs of fellowships to support research in Turkey at doctoral and advanced research levels. ARIT programs enjoy financial support from U.S. agencies including the Department of State, Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Department of Education, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Turkish-American Association (TAA)
TAA is one of the oldest and most prestigious bi-national centers in Turkey. Over the past half century-plus, TAA has successfully carried out its purpose: "to promote understanding between Turks and Americans [and] to strengthen the friendship and cultural ties between the two countries." TAA organizes lectures, panel discussions and conferences with prominent speakers to enrich public understanding on a wide range of issues. Other activities include exhibits, concerts, dance nights, receptions, special activity groups (ballroom dancing, patchwork, textiles, painting) and, for children, art, guitar, pre-ballet and classical ballet lessons. TAA also provides English and Turkish language classes, as well as test preparation and teacher training courses, and administers international tests. As an official Educational Testing Service center, TAA administers computer-based tests, such as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), GRE (Graduate Record Exam), GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), GED (General Education Development) and the USMLE (U.S. Medical Licensing Exam), and the paper-based SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), PRAXIS (teacher certification), GRE Subject and TSE (Test of Spoken English).
Turkish-American Business Association (TABA)
TABA is a non-profit organization founded in 1986. TABA Amcham’s mission, with its American Chamber of Commerce in Turkey identity, is to enhance business relations between the U.S. and Turkey, encourage investments to Turkey from the U.S., create value for its members and initiate cultural and promotional activities. The headquarters of TABA Amcham is in Istanbul and it has 5 branches throughout Turkey - in Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Denizli and Izmir. TABA Amcham is a member of the European Council of American Chambers of Commerce (ECACC) and a member of the Chamber of Commerce of USA (COCUSA).
Turkish-American University Association (TAUA)
TAUA was founded in 1952 by a group of American visiting professors from Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, and New York universities and by their Turkish counterparts from Istanbul University, Department of Law, Economics and Business Administration. It aims to develop cultural, social, educational and intellectual relations between Turkish citizens and Americans/other nationalities residing in Turkey. TAUA organizes lectures panels, symposiums and seminars on national and/or international levels; develops Turkish and English teaching programs for young adult professionals; welcomes visitors from abroad for orientation programs on various aspects of Turkey including history, archeology, education, etc.; sponsors local or foreign cultural and artistic works on history, archeology, arts and education. To be able to materialize the above-mentioned objectives, TAUA has established an academically qualified Language Center in 1953, which runs three semesters including conversation classes and TOEFL prep courses.