UDEF holds Press Conference of 12th International Student Meeting

Federation of International Student Associations (UDEF) held press conference regarding activities of 12th International Student Gathering at Sepetciler Kasri.


For last 15 years, Federation of International Student Associations (UDEF) has been working with its utmost effort to become a new hope to generations and countries in order to revive their rich cultural roots, which under the conditions of today’s world somehow seems to be blurred. This year, UDEF targets to organize the 12th International Students’ Gathering with a slogan of “For a Just World, From East to West” in 91 cities of 51 countries throughout the globe. The events, which started on March 1, will end with the final program to be held at Haliç Congress Center on 4 May with the auspicious participation of H.E. the President of Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

UDEF is the largest NGO in Turkey when it comes to international students and strives to bring the continents, cultures and different colors together under the same banner of International Students’ Gathering with its promising and outstanding events. The grand yearly event of UDEF, which now has turned to a trademark as in “International Students’ Gathering” will be the 12th one this year.

The press conference bore an overwhelming presence, which included UDEF Executive Board Members, international students, representatives from various NGOs and many celebrated press and media bodies. Mehmet Ali Bolat, President of UDEF talking of statistics mentioned about the presence of 150 thousand international students in Turkey and activities that UDEF coordinates and organizes with 45 thousand students under UDEF. President Bolat ascertained how the events and activities of UDEF related to international students have helped strengthening international relations as well as introducing Turkey to the world in a greater aspect. He further added, “We evaluate International Students’ Gathering as a scope to introduce and promote Turkiye internationally. And we consider getting introduced to the international students, their culture and countries as part of this scope only.”

We Bring Continents, Cultures and Colors Together

President Bolat, who mentioned that the 12th International Students’ Gathering as a unison of the continents, cultures and all of their colors. He further added, “This year once again we shall bring together the continents, cultures and their colors with these astounding events. 150 thousand international students from 203 countries will meet in Turkey this year. This means nothing but unison of hundreds of culture from hundreds of countries. We bring together a whole world of international student gatherings comprising of local games, local music, local flavors and different experiences. By the means of these events as media we offer the opportunity to the Turkish citizens, to witness the tens and hundreds of colors in this cultural fusion.”


A Festival of 51 Countries and 91 Cities 

President Bolat continued saying, “This year’s 12th International Students’ Meet shall be held 91 cities of throughout 51 different countries. Thousands of international students shall come together with the same slogan as For a Just World, From East to West. These events shall conclude with its final program at Halic Congress Centre on 4 May with the prestigious presence of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, The President of Republic of Turkey. Since 2004, we have been striving to support international students in terms guidance, accommodation, counselling in academic matters, and bridging hearts belonging to every corner of the world whether from Malaysia to Ecuador or England to South Africa.”


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