The Maarif Agency, which is part of the Turkish Maarif Foundation, brings together Turkish universities with students abroad. The Turkish Universities Education Fair, which took place in Sudan, Mali, Iraq, Albania and Tunisia in the past, was held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital.
At the fair, where the universities of Sakarya, Karadeniz Tech, Anadolu, Üsküdar, Istanbul Medipol, Fırat, Kütahya Dumlupınar, Inönü and Kyrgyzstan-Türkiye Manas opened booths, officials told prospective students about the strengths of their respective institutions. Students were also presented promotional materials and various gifts.
The education fair was opened by Ahmet Sadık Doğan, Türkiye’s ambassador to Bishkek, Hüsnü Bircan, the TMF country representative in Kyrgyzstan, and Prof. Kazım Uysal, the rector of Kütahya Dumlupınar University.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Doğan told the prospective students from Kyrgyzstan that he supported their decision to go to Türkiye and study there.
Underscoring that they could return to Kyrgyzstan after completing their training and make major contributions to that country, Doğan said that it was up to those students to “strengthen the bonds between Kyrgyzstan and Türkiye. The future of Kyrgyzstan is in your hands. I wish you success.”
Dumlupınar University’s Uysal, in turn, added that the interest shown in the education fair gave him a lot of hope for the future: “I pray that our fraternal bonds will be consolidated through such services. Our unity and solidarity shall further strengthen. We will look at the future with greater hope.”
Hasan Pehlivan, the Maarif Agency representative, recalled that the fair hosted nine universities and noted that there was a lot of interest in the event.