The Grand Opening of the NEI Security Academy will be realised by Cemil Çiçek

The grand opening of the Near East University Near East Institute “Security Academy”, which will be initiated on 5th March, is to be realised by former Head of Parliament of Turkey, Former Minister of Justice and Ankara Congressman Cemil Çiçek. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the opening ceremony of the Security Academy Certificate Program, which is organised by the Near East University Near East Institute, will be actualised by the former Head of Parliament of Turkey, Former Minister of Justice and Ankara Congressman Cemil Çiçek and the program is said to take place over 12 weeks. Head of Near East Institute, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş and Near East Institute Consultant, Ercan Çitlioğlu will be running the certificate program titled as “Security Academy” which will be realised every Saturday between dates 5th March-28th May 2016; at Hall 4 of Near East University Grand Library, at 10:00-13:30. Specialists from Cyprus and Turkey, senior bureaucrats, diplomats, and politicians will be participating in the program as spokespersons. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş: Security Academy certificate program will be a program where we will be scrutinising different areas and dimensions of safety under the light shed by specialist spokespersons. The program will also include contemporary approaches in he field of security and participants will have the opportunity to share, discuss and be aware of experiences and current statuses related to security due to the information and experiences shared provided by highly esteemed academicians, politicians, diplomats and bureaucrats. Ercan Çitlioğlu: We are creating an opportunity to scrutinise a very important issue via the support and information facilitated by significant figures relative to the field!/str Former Head of Parliament of Turkey, Former Minister of Justice and Ankara Congressman Cemil Çiçek will be honouring us by opening the certificate program, which will surely have very significant figures that will make their contributions by offering their thoughts, experiences and knowledge relative to the field of security. I would also like to emphasise the correct timing of the program, starting on the 5th March, as we believe that many are interested and should be equipped with sufficient knowledge regarding security. Ercan Çitlioğlu ended his words by expressing how excited and honoured they were since they were organising a program that will be beneficial to everyone. For further information on the certificate program “Security Academy” which will be starting on 05 March 2016, or for other short-term programs facilitated by the Near East Institute, please refer to www.neu.edu.tr, yde.neu.edu.tr , or by sending an email to: [email protected] or by visiting the facebook page of Near East Institute (facebook:yakindoguenstitusu). You may also call 223 64 64 (extension 532) and/or 0533 829 97 36.

4th issue of “Nearest Medical” magazine published by Near East University Hospital

The 4th issue of Nearest Medical Magazine, which aims to deliver information on current illnesses and treatment issues as well as the developments in medical sector and medical sciences both in our country and in the world, and at the Hospital of Near East University, prepared by the specialist and experienced doctors of the Hospital of Near East University and published. Nearest Medical is a periodical published every six months and each issue of the magazine attracts great attention as it reviews many important and daily health issues. The issue of Autumn/Winter is no different and includes many important and daily issues related to health and medical sciences. Support to social developments in education and health sectors will continue Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Near East University, stated in the opening speech of the Nearest Medicine Magazine that the Hospital of Near East University is continuously developing itself in order to bring in the best possible medical services to our people and aiming to increase the living standards in our island. Besides, NEU Hospital strictly follows the developments in health technologies and enlarges the experienced and specialist staff capacity, and in many respects, became one of the most preferred hospitals of the overseas patients. Assoc. Prof. Dr. also said that both the Hospital of Near East University and other foundations and institutions of Near East Family will continue to support the developments in education and health sectors in benefit of the public. Content of 4th Issue of Nearest Medical Magazine The Neareast Medicine Magazine published and distributed free-of-charge, includes in this issue many important subjects related to public health. In the magazine, experiences and knowledge of the subject specialist doctors are shared and the issue of “infertility in modern medicine” has been reviewed as the special subject. The magazine includes subjects as follows; in Children’s Health; vaccination, urinary incontinence, speech delays, dyslexia, congenital heart disease, developmental dysplasia of the hip, hearing screening in newborns and food allergies, in Medical Genetics; brain tumors, in Eye Health; Presbyopia eye with macular degeneration and cataracts, in Radiation Oncology; Early protection from the side effects of radiotherapy. In addition, immune strengthening proposals, headache and swelling in the neck region, Alzheimer’s disease, fibromyalgia, neck stiffness, carpal tunnel syndrome, Hepatitis E, arteriosclerosis, the importance of early diagnosis of breast cancer, skin diseases, pre-diabetes (hidden sugar), beauty and aesthetics clinical psychology news are also included in the 4th issue of Nearest Medicine Magazine.

Near East University Faculty of Medicine is now included in the World Directory of Medical Schools

-Near East University Faculty of Medicine is now included within the world directory of medical schools… -Students of Near East University Faculty of Medicine will be able to be doctors in any country around the world, including the USA. Near East University Faculty of Medicine is now included in he World Directory of Medical Schools and graduates from schools included in this directory have the opportunity to take their specialisation exams in the United States of America and work as a doctor in any country around the world (including the USA) . The World Directory is a joint venture of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and the University of Copenhagen. It was revealed that this directorate aimed to list up to date and detailed information on medical schools around the world and that the World Directory defines “medical school” as an educational institution that provides a complete or full program of instruction leading to a basic medical qualification; that is, a qualification that permits the holder to obtain a license to practice as a medical doctor or physician. In this regard, faculties of education which provide medical education and training at high standards are included in the directorate and enables those interested to easily obtain detailed information on the medical schools. Furthermore, the graduates from the Faculties of Medicine listed in the directorate are provided the opportunity to be doctors in any country around the world and also continue their specialisation educations including in the United States. Prof. Dr. Gamze Mocan: “The accreditation of our Faculty of Medicine has been approved!” Making a statement on the matter, Dean of Faculty of Medicine of Near East University, Prof. Dr. Gamze Mocan expressed that the fact that the NEU Faculty of Medicine is now included in the World Directory of Medical Schools was due the outstanding achievements of the faculty to date. She further expressed how pleased they were to be approved by the World Directory of Medical Schools. Moreover, she pointed out that the NEU Faculty of Medicine the one and only faculty of the island who had been included in the directory and this made them rather proud. She stressed that this was a result of the work and efforts of the NEU family, due to establishing the first university hospital on the island, and due to the infrastructure and investments made by the Near East University. In addition to the above, Prof. Dr. Mocan said that the Near East University had the most equipped hospital in Cyprus and that currently, the NEU Faculty of Medicine had given its first two batches of graduates. She expressed that the graduates were provided their medical education with both English and Turkish as the languages of instruction and the faculty currently had more than a thousand students. Moreover, she said that the NEU Faculty of Medicine had a highly esteemed and competent academic staff, and had 131 physicians working as professors, associate and assistant professor doctors. She proudly stated that the NEU Faculty of Medicine had accreditations from various esteemed authorities and had received many awards. Furthermore, she added that they had many centres including a centre of: Cardiovascular Diseases, Oncology, Organ Transplantation, Genetics and Cancer Diagnosis, Dialysis, In vitro fertilisation, Smoking Cessation and Check-up Centres, and that these centres were a great opportunity to students of the NEU Faculty of Medicine to get a multidisciplinary education and training in the field.

Near East University Green Campus Project has been initiated via seminars

The Green Campus Project was initiated with the aim to create a healthy environment, a brighter future and a green campus and in this regard, the first of the seminars to follow, “Environment, the significance of the environment and Recycling” was given to teachers of Near East Junior College teachers by Head of Department of Landscape Architecture of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller. According to the press release by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden Fuller drew attention to the status of the environment and gave examples of how to overcome environmental problems. She emphasised that over time, the air, water and earth was getting more polluted and that in big cities the industry was making the situation worse. She added that the hole in the ozone layer, and an increase in global warming, cancer incidents and similar fatal and a decrease in natural resources all indicated that there was a need to take action to protect the environment. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller: “We must take all necessary actions to keep the environment clean, preserve it and cope with the rate of global warming!” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller expressed that everybody needed to take action to preserve the environment and for a cleaner and greener environment, there was a need to manage our wastes and recycle. She added that we should not waste electricity power and water in cases not needed, to prefer to use public transport or either to walk or cycle to our destinations, to share knowledge on environment and do anything possible to keep our environment “clean and green’. “It is highly significant NOT to pollute the environment and recycle our wastes!” In addition to the above, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Özge Fuller emphasised the significance of putting a stop to environmental pollution and to the need to recycle our wastes. She stressed that we could all begin this by providing recycling bins on the NEU campus, and help create awareness on recycling and promote environmental awareness and care in all age groups. She expressed thanks to Near East Junior College teachers for the support provided. Hasan Yükselen: “Through the Green Campus Project, we will raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment, in return, make a contribution to the environment and the economy via recycling!” It was revealed that the Headmaster of the Near East Junior College (NEJC) Hasan Yükselen made a short statement, assuring that they fully supported the project and that the teachers of the NEJC would be doing their parts to raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment. He emphasised that raising environmental awareness at young age groups was highly essential and significant as they were the ones to take care of the environment in the future. He ended his words by assuring that through the “Green Campus Project” they aimed to raise individuals who are aware and care for the environment, in return, making a contribution to the environment and the economy via recycling!”

An introduction day was held on the educational software “Concept World” developed particularly for the Mentally Disabled Students

As part of a doctorate thesis at the Department of Computer and Educational Technologies of Near East University, a software which aims to help and improve the understanding of concepts in mentally disabled students, developed by Emrah Soykan, and is designed to be used on tablets was itroduced. According to the press info release by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, as the result of eight months of effort to develop the software, the software which was particularly developed for the mentally disabled students “Concept World” was introduced at an introduction day. It was revealed that academic members, representatives from non-governmental institutions, teachers and students had attended the introduction day and that the opening speech of the event was made by Head of NEU Department of Computer and Educational Technologies, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fezile Özdamlı. In her speech, she expressed that this software had significance since it was exemplar both academically and in terms of usage in the field of educational technology. Furthermore, she expressed that this software was also important since it raised awareness regarding use in special education. She thanked everyone for attending the day and congratulated her student, Emrah Soykan, for successfully completing such an important and beneficial software. It was revealed that software developer Emrah Soykan made a presentation, expressing the phases of software development and its educational features. Then, a tablet was used to demonstrate educational uses which had been closely observed by the attendees of the introduction day. Subsequently, images of fruitful moments taken during the use of the software by teachers and students were shown. At the end of his presentation, Soykan expressed gratitude to special education centres and their teachers, thesis advisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fezile Özdamlı, Dean of Atatürk Faculty of Education Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Uzunboylu and to all authorities of Near East University for continuous support for actualising the development of the software.

Near East University- Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL) has initiated a New Project Titled as Building Bridges

Near East University Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics has initiated a project titled as “Building Bridges: Teaching English to Diverse Groups”. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics addressed to the increasing demand for learning English, whether at work and/or in academic environments, and use the language in daily lives. Moving on from this demand, CRAL has initiated a new project titled as “Building Bridges” so as to facilitate an opportunity for individuals under diverse environments to learn English. The project is said to offer the opportunity to people of different social and cultural groups to learn English free of charge and is aimed at working together with various non-governmental organisations in order to also nurture the notion of life-long-learning through language teaching to wide range of age groups. In accordance with these aims, the Centre has started cooperation with non-governmental organisations and currently the first phase of the project has been organised to provide the teaching of English to two different student groups. The first of these groups is being actualised through Preventing Social Risks Foundation and it involves providing English lessons, free of charge, to children under the body of the aforementioned Foundation. On the other hand, the second invovles providing English lessons, free of charge, to the members of the Cyprus Turkish Orthopaedic Disabled Association due to the cooperation between Near East University Communal Research and Development Centre, and the Association. The lessons will be available from February 2016 to May 2016, and the English lessons will be given by the students studying their last year in the Department of English Language Teaching. The executor of the project, Assist. Prof. Dr. Çise Çavuşoğlu, said that the project was a means to an end such that teaching English at diverse groups formed the basis of academic research, and that they were expecting this project to be a long-term and a successful research.

Examination Guide in Clinical Diagnosis was released as Near East University publication

Near East University Publications released the “Examination Guide on Clinical Diagnosis” book that prepared by Prof. Dr. F. Tümay Sözen with the contributions of the faculty members of NEU Faculty of Medicine. Near East University Publications continue to provide contribution to the world of science by new books. Near East University Publications released the book that prepared by Prof. Dr. F. Tümay Sözen, Head of the Department of Internal Medicine of NEU Faculty of Medicine. Since diagnosis is usually revealed in the patient’s history and physical examination is at the very core of clinical practice, Professor Sözen compiled the relevant lecture notes of the teaching staff at NEU Faculty of Medicine in her book. The book comprises the lecture notes prepared by the following lecturers: Dr.Deniz Granit, Dr. Kaya Süer, Dr. Ufuk Gençalp, Dr. Ümit Aykan, Dr. Tunis Özdoğanoğlu, Dr. Serap S. İnançlı, Dr. Finn Rasmussen, Dr. Fadime Tütüncü, Dr. Serhat Sığırcı, Dr. Ertuğrul Okuyan, Dr. Mehtap Tınazlı, Dr. Figen Batman, Dr. Senem Ertuğrul, Dr. Mehmet Özmenoğlu, Dr. Ali Ulvi Önder, Dr. Tekin Durukan, Dr. Didem Mullaaziz, Dr. Aslı Kaptanoğlu, Dr. Kamil Gülşen and Dr. Barış A guide to physical examination for healthcare professionals…. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the book that prepared by Professor Sözen with contributions of NEU Faculty of Medicine teaching staff, is a useful guide book for physical examination, history taking and health assessment with an emphasis on clinical medicine. The book conveys a patient-oriented approach to physical examination methods used in diagnosing disorders concerning with head and neck, ophthalmology, ear-nose-throat, lymph glands, thyroid gland, breast, abdomen, extremities, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurology, genitourinary, gynecology and dermatology. The book also provides information on Basic Electrocardiography. The book is basically a guide for all healthcare professionals. Prof. Dr. F. Tümay Sözen: “While listening to the patient’s history of presenting complaint or whilst examining him/her, even a facial expression can give the physicians very important clues that no diagnostic lab method can give. Therefore, history taking and physical examination processes are extremely important”. Delivering information regarding the book, Prof. Dr. Tümay Sözen, Head of Internal Medicine Department, stated that they prepared a general publication by gathering all examination and diagnostic methods together. “History taking and physical examination are two mutually complementary processes. History alone often reveals a diagnosis. Sometimes it is all that is required to make the diagnosis. During history taking, patient’s body language, facial expressions and other non-verbal expressions may give significant clues to the doctor to support the process of reaching a diagnosis. Following history taking, a good physical examination facilitates the diagnosis. The entire process provides an effective communication between the patient and the doctor and ensures patient’s trust in his/her doctor. Trust is one of the central features of patient-physician relationships in managing treatment procedures. In this context, this issue is extremely important for the success of the treatment. I am sure that the book will be useful particularly for medical students and healthcare staff. I would like to extend my appreciations to my colleagues for their unique contributions and to the respective units that published the book” said she.
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