On Wednesday, 12th November 2014, the International Balkan University organized the Traditional Rice and Aşure Day. The event was held in the yard of the IBU premises in Avtokomanda building. The event was attended by the representative of the Turkish Embassy in Skopje, Mr. Yusuf Ziya Kenar, former State Minister, Mr. Hadi Nezir, Attache for Religious Affairs in the Turkish Embassy, Mr. Seyfettin Ersoy, Chief Executive Director of Halkbank Macedonia, Mr. Necdet Palakçi, President of MATÜSİTEB, Mr. Tahsin Ibrahim, representatives of the ‘ÜSKÜP’ Foundation, academic staff and students.
In his welcoming speech, the Rector of IBU, Prof. Dr. Şinasi Gündüz thanked the attendants for their presence and extended the greetings of the President of the Executive Board, Mr. Hüseyin Bürge, who could not participate at the event due to his heavy agenda in Turkey. Rector Gündüz spoke on the importance of celebrating this day at IBU, in the direction of cultivating the multiculturalism present in the Balkans region for centuries. He emphasized the importance of spreading this spirit also among the IBU students, bearing in mind that our university gathers students from all countries of the Balkan region and Turkey. In the end, he thanked the sponsors and NGOs who contributed to the successful realization of this event.