Mihmandar held 12th International Students’ Gathering
This year’s 12th International Students’ Gathering, organized by UDEF under the auspices of Presidency of Republic of Turkey, which is being held in 91 cities of 51 countries, completed its events in Istanbul’s Anatolian side.
The unison of all the colors of the world; 12th International Students’ Gathering, began with Quran recitation from Hamza Ba, Senegal and Mehter performance from Umraniye Municipal Mehter Group. The event gather a lot of crowd with the poem “Birlik Sevdasi” (Passion of Union) from Nigerian student, Adem Abubakar. The event later continued with speeches from delegates with inaugural speech from Mehmet Evran, President of Mihmandar International Student Association.
The speeches from delegates began with the addressing of UDEF Vice-President, Musab Yildirim and ended with that of Uskudar Municipality Youth and Sports Director Kerem Kilic.
The event attended by international students from all over the world began with ribbon cutting ceremony from delegates from various NGOs and Municipal office. On the first day of the event, which owned the theme of “For a Just World, From East to West”, students introduced their and countries and cultures to the visitors. Visitors from all over Istanbul, who came to learn about various cultures of the world, had the chance to enjoy cultural performances from the students as well. The festival that conveyed the message of “We Are One Nation” marked introduction of 34 different countries. There were dance performances from countries like Azerbaijan, Somali, Chad, and Tanzania, as well as well as cultural performances from the students of Nigeria, Indonesia, Ahiska, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, etc.
The program, which was a unison of dozens of colors and cultures, was attended by UDEF President Dr. Mehmet Ali Bolat, President of Mihmandar International Student Association Mehmet Evran, UDEF Vice-President Musab Yildirim, Mihrimah International Student Association Vildan Demir, Director of Istanbul Immigration Department Recep Batu, Executive Chairperson of Sadaktas Association Kemal Ozdal, Uskudar Municipality Youth and Sports Deputy Director Kerem Kilic, President of Turkuaz International Student Association Abdullah Mesud Surucu, TUMED President Ergash Jumaev, several NGO representatives and local public.