“The First Event Of “Türkiye Talks” Series Held With Guest Speaker Presidential Spokesperson, Ibrahim KALIN.”
The first of the series of “Türkiye Talks” of the International Student Academy was organized by Türkiye Scholarships in Ankara with its first speaker Associate Professor İbrahim KALIN, Presidential Spokesperson to the Turkish President.
KALIN pointed out to the fact that there are students from more than 100 different countries among his audience, which he stated is a great riches and diversity.
“Everyone's culture, language and history is valuable in the name of humanity. From a Eurocentric perspective, all non-European cultures are treated as second class. However, we know that human civilization and the march of humanity can become meaningful only when we embrace all cultures, languages, and histories. With this vision and view, there are 125 thousand international students in Turkey and our target for 2023 is 200 thousand international students”, KALIN added.
KALIN went on to speak about the importance of being an international student in Turkey and of the significance of being a graduate of Turkey. “After graduation, you must continue further strengthening ties between Turkey and your country. After 10 to 20 years, there will be prime ministers, businessmen, business women, and scientists among you and you will reminisce the past and say, I was a student in Turkey.”
KALIN lastly offered valuable advice to students for their future career endeavors, stating “Be good at what you do!
THE FIRST AFRICA MEDIA RESPRESENTATIVES TRAINING PROGRAM HAS BEEN HOLD IN TURKEY BY YTB 2019
President of YTB, Eren, commenting on the African Media Representatives Training Program, stated that “20 media representatives will be informed regarding the Operation Peace Spring and Turkey’s foreign policy to spread the information in their respective countries.”
The opening ceremony of the African Media Representatives Training Program organized through collaboration between the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB), Anadolu Agency (AA), African Studies Association (AFAM) and Africa Coordination and Training Center (AKEM) was held at Esenler Kadir Topbaş Center for Culture and Arts.
VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IRAQI TURKMEN TEACHERS FROM YTB
The closing meeting of the “Training Program for Iraqi Turkmen Teachers” was organized in cooperation with the Directorate General for Teacher Training and Development of the Ministry of National Education and the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB). Abdullah Eren, President of YTB, Deputy Governor of Eskisehir Dr. Erdinç Yılmaz, Director General of Teacher Training and Development Assoc. Prof. Adnan Boyacı and trainees from Mosul, Kirkuk, Tel Afar, Baghdad and other parts of Iraq attended the meeting.
Delivering a speech in the event, YTB President Abdullah Eren pointed out that one of the main tasks of YTB is to preserve the Turkish language and Turkish culture. In this context, mentioning the continuing activities for Turkish-speaking communities and the related nations that sustain their relations with Turkey, Eren said: "YTB is an institution which was founded in 2010 with a purpose of providing service for all kindred and related communities, and especially our citizens abroad. We are the sons of a great civilization. Although we have an area of 784 thousand km in our homeland today, we have the term 'geography of hearts' in mind. You came from Mosul, Kirkuk, Tel Afar, Baghdad, Tooz and Iraq. One of the main purposes of YTB is to produce projects aimed at maintaining our relations with kindred communities, who speak Turkish wherever in the world, and who continue to have ties with Turkey. Language is the memory, identity, and culture of a nation. Turkish is the element that brings us together wherever we are in the world and brings us together in the same world of meaning. You are performing an important task.
There is a history of this geography spent with grief, with tears. You're taking care of your country. You teach Turkish to children who want to learn it. You are in our minds and hearts. It is our primary duty to preserve the Turkish language and culture.”
“MIDDLE-EAST AND NORTH AFRICA THINK TANKS MEETINGS” HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY YTB
“WE ARE INVITING THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY TO A FAIR SHARING OF BURDEN AND RESPONSIBILITY”
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kıran, in his opening speech stated that the issue of immigration is an extremely deep issue with various dimensions, and highlighted that historically Turkey has been both a source country of immigrants and a hosting country. Kıran, declaring that more than 3.5 million citizens of Turkey that are in Germany is alone making a critical contribution to the employment of Europe, underscored that Turkish citizens in this country is employing hundreds of thousands of European people in the business they have established there.
Underlining the critical position of the phenomenon of immigration and moving from immigration to diaspora, Kıran noted that Islamophobia, xenophobia and anti-immigrant policies in the West are now at peak. Kıran pointed out that unless a measure is taken against these threats and provocations today, we will have to face bigger issues tomorrow. Stating that it is apparent that the instabilities, wars and conflicts in the Middle East and Northern Africa geographies are sentencing the people there to forced migration, Kıran highlighted that while handling the issues of immigration and diaspora, the reasons that forced people to migrate must be understood.
Declaring that it is out of the question for Turkey to ignore the events going on in Syria for which Turkey has lifted the border barbed wires in the past, or to ignore the cries for help of Syrian people with whom Turkish people share a line of descent, Kıran said “Since the beginning of the war, maintaining our open door policy, we opened both our doors and hearts to our Syrian brothers.”
Kıran said that the whole world is witness to Turkey’s leading position in important policies, and that they appreciate Turkey, the host country with more than 4 million immigrants, in issues such as sheltering immigrants, their health rights, their employment and education. Kıran, pointing out to the immigrant agreement signed between European Union (EU) and Turkey on March 18, 2016, said that “The number of irregular immigrants, that was once daily over 7 thousand in the Aegean Sea in 2015 and prior years, is now below 80 a day, showing that an important threshold has been crossed. This has been achieved by Turkey’s sensitivity to the issue and the commitment of Turkey to this agreement.”
"THIS FORUM IS ALSO A CIVIL INITIATIVE"
Deputy President of YTB Abdulhadi Turus drew attention to various activities organized by YTB within the scope of the Cultural Cooperation and Mobility Program (İHP) towards think-tanks and research centers in order to achieve intellectual cooperation in sister geographies and to achieve a common agenda in regional matters.
Turus stated that for this forum, 700 academicians’ papers were gathered in Arabic, English and Turkish, and following the evaluations, authors of 60 papers were invited to the forum, and he expressed his gratitude to those who contributed to this forum. Pointing out that no country can turn a blind eye to the immigration mobility, Turus noted that Turkey was in the second half of the 20th Century heavily an “sending” country, whereas it was in the first quarter of the 21st century an “immigrant-receiving” country. Turus also said that through the experience it has gained in the field and with the altruism it has shown, Turkey has a word to say in the decisions on the matter and the works carried out.
Highlighting that the majority of the world’s immigrants are from Middle-East and North Africa, Turus said that “Migrations from Middle-East and North Africa that influence the countries of the region and all of the countries in the world in various manners and for long-term have importance because of the individual tragedies they cause and their challenging potential to the current manner of operation of our world.”
Turus drew attention to the fact that today’s forum shall enable the countries that actually suffer from the migration mobility to bring forth their academic and humanitarian perspective to this field and said “This forum organized in our country is also a civil initiative. Ideas brought together shall enable to form a common terminology regarding the human mobility for immigration purposes and the consequent diasporas and therefore would help to create a common attitude.”
"IMMIGRANTS FROM PALESTINE SUFFERED THE GREATEST TRAGEDY OF THE PAST CENTURY "
The Head of ORSAM, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uysal stated that they pursue the academic endeavors regarding the economic and social issues of the Middle-East and North Africa region and that ORSAM, with the research it produces, offers contributions for better understanding of the region. Uysal noted that Middle-East and North Africa were invaded a century ago and the region yet has to gain its independence and said that despite a century has passed, Arab people still cannot determine their own destiny in full.
Uysal pointed out that in the Cold War era that followed World War II, the issues of the Arab world were left in shadows to a great extent, and within this context, Israel appeared to hinder the unification and strengthening of the region. Uysal also pointed out that the migrants and refugees cannot achieve comfort easily in their host countries, noting that cultural differences, discrimination and the Islamophobia that reached a critical dimension in the last period are leaving the immigrants in the Western countries in a tight situation.
Uysal underlined that Palestinian immigrants who are left stateless since their lands are taken from them set the most striking example in this issue, and said that “The immigrants from Palestine suffered the greatest tragedy of the past century, with their numbers over 5 million world-wide.” Uysal stated that Palestinian immigrants suffer similar troubles with other immigrants in the Western countries to which they migrate, and expressed his view that Palestinians who escaped from the oppression of Israel in their own home cannot find peace even in the remote corners of the world. Uysal wished that today’s forum with the attendance of many experts would provide important contributions to the field of immigration and diaspora.
PRESENTATION OF THE “THE ANCIENT TURKISH PRESENCE AND THE RELATED COMMUNITIES IN JORDAN” REPORT
The report titled “The Ancient Turkish Presence and Related Communities in Jordan” prepared in cooperation with The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (ORSAM) was promoted at a meeting held in Ankara
In the meeting at YTB Conference Hall, the report that was prepared within the scope of the field study in Jordan was presented. The report provided information about the areas where Turks and Turkmen populations live in the country, their demographic distribution, state of education, political organization and sociocultural structure.
In his opening speech of the program, the President of YTB, Abdullah Eren provided information about their work in the organization and stated that “We carry the burden of living in a geography remnant of a great civilization. In our works we endeavor to carry out what is due responsibility.”
Pointing out that the concept “geography of heart” is at the center of Turkey’s foreign policy, Eren drew attention to works done in Middle East regarding the communities of common ancestry and the related communities.
Reminding of the necessity to preserve the Turkish presence in the region, Eren stated that in the future, further studies on Iraq Turkmens and Palestine Turkmens will be performed in collaboration with ORSAM.
The Director of Orsam, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Uysal claiming that the bonds between Turkish citizens and the communities of common ancestry and the related communities in the region were not forged properly in the past, they as an institution try to understand the region academically and to strengthen the bonds with the region.
Commenting that the region is not an alien geography for Turkey, Uysal stated “I believe the study done in Jordan will help explore the close ties we have.”
"5 people from the Royal Family of Jordan is learning Turkish”
Bilgay Duman, the Coordinator of the Iraq Studies in ORSAM who presented the report, said this study is extremely important since it is the first academic study done in the field.
Duman also recorded that in this report, they provide detailed analysis of Turkish presence in Jordan and also, they address the presence of related communities in the country and their interactions with one another.