The establishment of the "Center for Intercultural Dialog" (CfID) in May 2015 under the leadership of Güven Günaltay is a further step to strengthen the decisive profile factors of interculturality, internationality and interdisciplinarity of Berlin International - University of Applied Sciences as well as to establish external cooperation partners. The main intention of the CfID is to offer an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, experts and professionals, where they can exchange their knowledge, expertise and experience. As a result, the CfID aims to promote the emergence of new ideas, projects and collaborations; assist projects in their planning and implementation and in particular, develop and implement its own projects.
In addition to cultural events, certificate programs, and publications, the CfID puts its emphasis on the (inter)cultural education of different target groups and social groups in Germany and abroad. The dialogue and mutual acceptance in a global world and in transcultural societies requires the openness, willingness and motivation of all parties.
For this reason, the CfID fosters long-term cooperation with major education, research and culture institutions, such as the Berlin State Museums and the Dresden State Art Collections, and conducts national and international educational projects which are dedicated to a wide range of target groups. The main focus of these cooperation projects is the improvement of intercultural competences and the understanding of target groups with the aid of new technologies and media, and to develop innovative educational formats for opening up art and culture historical accesses into the global world and transcultural society.
The ongoing projects of the CfID are supported by the Commissioner for Culture and Media of Federal German Republic (BKM), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with the funds of the Federal Foreign Office, the Presidency for Turks abroad of the Prime Ministry of Republic of Turkey and the Registered Society - Friends of the Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum.