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YEE Turkish Summer School Ended with a Closing Ceremony at Presidential Complex

15.08.2017 4873 Okunma Sayısı

"Turkish Summer School" organized by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü for the 8th time this year, ended with a solemn closing ceremony. 700 students from 57 countries who participated in the program hosted by 23 universities in 22 different cities of Turkey, blended their knowledge of Turkish with the ancient Anatolian culture for 4 weeks. In the farewell event held in Presidential Complex, students said farewell to Turkey in Yunus Emre's language “Turkish”.

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü introducing tens of thousands of people to Turkish every years in five continents of the world, hosted young people from 57 world countries in 22 cities in Turkey within the scope of the "Turkish Summer School" program organized for the 8th time. 4-week training program took start on July 24th; and the young people who learned Turkish and about Turkey, Turkish culture and traditions, said farewell to Turkey in Yunus Emre's language Turkish in Presidential Complex on August 15th. The closing ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım, Minister of Culture and Tourism Prof. Dr. Numan Kurtulmuş and Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş.

The program was also attended many guests, including Yunus Emre Foundation administration, ambassadors, mayors, foreign missions representatives,  chairmen, heads of partnering institutions, governors and rectors, artists, writers, foreign students studying in Turkey and managers of public institutions and organizations.

Thank you message from President Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who was expected to attend the program but could not due to last minute changes in his schedule, stated the following in the message he sent for the ceremony: "I wish the Turkish Summer School program, organized by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü for the 8th time this year, to be beneficial. I hope that the students who have been in Turkey for nearly a month will leave our country with beautiful memories. I regard everyone who participated in the program as a voluntary envoy of our country and nation. Language, especially foreign language, requires care and labour. Learning the language is as difficult as preserving it. Our students need to use what they have learnt here and improve their Turkish skills. I congratulate the esteemed president and staff of the Enstitü for making such a contribution, and I offer my gratitude to everyone involved.”

Prime Minister Yıldırım: YEE raises Turkey's voluntary envoys

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım stated that they established Yunus Emre Enstitü to carry out operations to promote Turkish culture, language and art to the world, and said that Yunus Emre Enstitüsü carries out operations in 60 countries at 5 continents, provides 10 thousand students with Turkish instruction and also reaches 20 thousand students through distance learning method. Pointing out that today diplomacy is not a task carried out solely through official contacts between countries, Yıldırım stated that the young people now have a big share in diplomacy. Yıldırım marked that the young people will become voluntary envoys of Turkey in their home countries and explained that throughout the program, the young students visited many cities in eastern and western Turkey, meeting with people and visiting natural beauties.

Meaningful gift from Somalian children

Following Prime Minister Yıldırım's speech, Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş was presented by the Somalian students with "loh", a writing board students use instead of notebooks due to poverty, which features the quote “Do not be sad for Allah is with us” from the 40th verse of the Tevbe Surah.

Minister Kurtulmuş: "You have learned a language of heart"                                                                                                                                     
Minister of Culture and Tourism Numan Kurtulmuş thanked the young people who participated in the program expressing that Yunus Emre Enstitüsü has carried out very important operations for Turkish language to become widespread since its establishment. Kurtulmuş said that the letter written by Palestinian Mohammed Natse touched him deeply, and spoke as follows: "You have travelled in Turkey for a month and learned Turkish as a language of heart. We would like to thank you and Yunus Emre Enstitüsü both. We see each of you as young individuals who will be accomplish great things in 20 years. I will keep the letter  my brother Muhammad sent to me, until the end of my life. A large part of Muhammad's dreams are also the wishes of 80 million people who live in this country. We all dream about Palestine and Middle East living in peace as in the past."

Prof. Ateş: "There is room for every nation in the shade of this tree"

Yunus Emre Enstitüsü President Prof. Dr. Şeref Ateş marked that as Yunus Emre Enstitüsü they offer services at a total of 135 points in 60 countries, and continued his speech as follows: "The common point which has brought us together with hundreds of young people who came to Turkey to participate in this program, is our language Turkish. We see Turkish as a tree with fixed deep roots, and with branches reaching to the sky. There is room for every nation in the shade of this tree. We are the heirs of a civilization which regards the differences on the world as wealth. In our opinion, different cultures, different civilizations are means of getting together, meeting, and bonding.

“Yunus Emre Enstitüsü, conjured in 2009 and has reached 60 countries with centres and liaison offices on five continents of the world, makes the deep-rooted voice of ancient Anatolian culture heard around the world. But we are not satisfied with that, and we will not be. We will make Yunus Emre Enstitüsü a global brand with your support and patronage. Today, the young people have shared with and entrusted their dreams to us. With this responsibility in mind, we will work diligently for a future in which the reality will go beyond our dreams.”

Turkish letters written to future were touching

The program started after the screening of Yunus Emre Enstitüsü and Turkish Summer School promotional film, and students from Azerbaijan, Albania and Palestine read their letters with the theme "Letters to Future 2017" explaining how they imagined the world of 20 years later. The letter Palestinian Muhammad Natha wrote about his dreams concerning the future, moved the audience. Ema Pavlakyte from Lithuania, who took the stage with Yavuz Bingöl in the program where local folk dances were performed, sang the folk song "Burası Muş'tur". Later, Yavuz Bingöl made a solo performance with his baglama, performing the folk songs Sarı Gelin, Kara Tren, Yaylalar and Turnam. Many students in the hall accompanied the songs.

Countries that participated in the program 2017 Turkish Summer School

Countries that participated in 2017 Turkish Summer School are; Jordan (Amman), Netherlands (Amsterdam) Kazakhstan (Astana), Azerbaijan (Baku), Serbia (Belgrade), Lebanon (Beirut), Hungary (Budapest), Romania (Bucharest), Algeria, Qatar (Doha), Bosnia-Herzegovina (Sarajevo), (Fojnica) (Mostar), Sudan (Khartoum), Kosovo (Pec), (Pristina), (Prizren), Egypt (Alexandria), (Cairo) Albania (Tirana), (Shkoder) South Africa (Johannesburg), Afghanistan (Kabul), Ukraine (Kiev), Moldova (Komrat), Germany (Cologne), Romania (Constanta), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Palestine (Jerusalem), Republic of Cyprus (Nicosia), United Kingdom (London) , Manas (Kirgizia), USA (Maryland), Somalia (Mogadishu), Pakistan, France (Paris), Montenegro (Podgorica), Morocco (Rabat), Italy (Rome), Senegal, Seoul (South Korea), Iran (Tehran), Georgia (Tbilisi), Japan (Tokyo), Tunisia, Macedonia (Skopje), Poland (Warsaw), Austria (Vienna), Croatia (Zagreb).

Universities that hosted 2017 Turkish Summer School: Ege University, Hacettepe University, Atatürk University, Giresun University, Afyon Kocatepe University, On Sekiz Mart University, Sakarya University, Gazi University, Osmangazi University, Adnan Menderes University, Dumlupınar University, Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi , Süleyman Demirel University, Cumhuriyet University, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University, Selçuk University, Karamanoğlu Mehmet Bey University, Istanbul University, Balikesir University, Ankara University, On Dokuz Mayıs University, Karabük University