The '103rd Anniversary of the Inauguration of the Turkish Grand National Assembly' Program, organized by the Marmara University Rectorate, was held on April 25, 2023, at the İbrahim Üzümcü Conference Hall, Göztepe Campus, Marmara University.
Speaking after the concert presented by Ümraniye Municipality Mehter Team, Marmara University Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt said, “Today, it has been exactly 103 years since our assembly opened its doors to the representatives of our nation. The sovereignty of our nation, which has not found any decline in this time period of more than a century, is entrusted to our future, our children. The primary duty of all of us in raising generations who realize that sovereignty is sacred is to do our best so that they can be free individuals in their thoughts, conscience and wisdom.”
Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts Quartet team gave a concert to the participants in the ceremony. Prof. Dr. Vahdettin Engin from the Marmara University Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences explained the importance of April 23 in the historical process and evaluated the opening atmosphere of the parliament 103 years ago. In his speech, stating that the Turks have been on the stage of history for almost 7 thousand years, Engin added that this is not the case for every nation. He said, “From a historical point of view, the story begins when the Seljuks dominated Anatolia for a while, and since the 11th century, this geography was called Turkey by the Europeans and the name of our country was Turkey. It was Turkey in the Ottoman period, and it is Türkiye today. In fact, rather than destroying a state and establishing a new one, Turkey has only made a really important regime change by keeping up with the changing era". In his speech, Engin gave information about Atatürk's childhood and family life and then touched upon the structure of the first parliament and the characteristics of the deputies.
After his speech, Prof. Dr. Vahdettin Engin was presented with a gift by the Rector of Marmara University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt.
The program ended with the concert given by the Marmara University Turkish Music Ensemble, conducted by Prof. Dr. Mustafa Uslu.