12th International Students’ Gathering Held in Aydin
12th International Students’ Gathering, under the auspices of the Presidency of Republic of Turkey, which is being held in 91 cities of 51 different countries, was held in Aydin. The event was organized by Aydin International Student Association; an UDEF affiliate.
UDEF Vice President Fatih Evran, AK Party Tekirdag MP Ziaeddin Akbulat, Governor of Aydin Selim Kosger, President of Aydin International Students Association Ali Aktas, Head of Yerli & Milli Irade Platform Mehmet Sirinkaya, Director of Aydin Immigration Department Soner Koc, Director of Aydin Tourism and Culture Mural Yilmaz, ADU International Student Union Advisor Assoc. Prof. Serhat Yetimova, ADU Communication Faculty Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Aslan, President of Aydin Ilim Yayma Society Haci Recep Yavuz, Principal of Gaziosmanpasa Primary School Nadir Coskun and international students attended the event. The event was held Endulus Book Cafe, where international students opened their country stands. Through these stands, international students introduced their cultures to the attendees.
150 thousand students from 203 different countries are studying in Turkey.
Fatih Evran while addressing the event said, “Today, we are holding the 12th International Students’ Gathering in Aydin, which this year is being held in 91 cities of 51 different countries. The event of Aydin is being held with the cooperation of Aydin International Student Association and ADU. These student gatherings are being held for 12 years now. In addition, the main objective of these gatherings is to bring everyone’s attention to international students. Eight years ago the number of international students in Turkey was just 25 thousand, which today has increased to 150 thousand and this number is expected to be around 250-300 thousand within a few years.”
Governor Yavuz Selim Kosger said, “Turkey stands by the side of the oppressed as a hope, do not give up, open your heart, strengthen the bond. Let us stand firm in a row. Without any conflict amongst ourselves, let us strive for a better world together with honesty, purity and courage.”
President of Aydin International Student Association, Ali Aktas presenting his speech said, “Under the roof of UDEF, Aydin International Student Association takes it as his personal duty to help international students with all sorts of issues related to education, accommodation, health and resident permit.”
With country introductory presentations and musical performances the event seemed a festival, where later the participants savored traditional delicacies of different countries.