NeuIslanders Robotic Soccer Team promoted to a higher tour in the world cup

Following the second day games, the artificial intelligence Robotic soccer team of the Near East University promoted to a higher tour in RoboCup, also known as Robot Soccer World Cup. Taking the pitch twice on 29 July, NEUIslanders faced the Chinese ZJUNlict for the first game and lost the game 10-0. For the second game of the day, NEUISlanders faced with Japanese MCT Susano Logics and won the game 1-0. Thus, with two defeats and two wins in total, NEUIslanders promoted to the higher tour in RoboCup 2017 held in Nagoya-Japan. Unable to pass the Chinese rival ZJUNlict robotic soccer team of the Zhejiang University of China is the 2013 and 2014 champion of RoboCup. The team ranked the third place in RoboCup 2016 where NEUIslanders qualified as the third most improved team. Considering the strength of the rival, NEUIslanders took the pitch with a more offensive tactic. From the very first minute to the last minute of the game both teams shot dozens of shots reciprocatively many times. Being unable to pass its strong Chinese rival, NEUIslanders lost the game 10-0. NEUIslanders outmanoeuvred the most advanced artificial intelligence robots of Japan For the second game of the day, NEUIslanders faced MCT Susano Logics, robotic soccer team of Japan National Technology University. Since both team had the same pts and average, the game was very important in terms of being among the top three in Group B. NEUIslanders won this challenging game 2-1 and promoted to the upper tour. Games are broadcasted live on social media Instant information regarding NEUIslanders’ challenge in Robot Soccer World Cup (RoboCup 2017) is available on all social media platforms under the name “NEURoboticsLab”. NEUIslanders can also be tracked on the web robotics.neu.edu.tr.

NeuIslanders completes Robotic Soccer World Cup First Day Matches

Near East University Robotic Soccer Team NeuIslanders got a win and a defeat in the opening matches of the Robotic Soccer World Cup (RoboCup) in Japan. Facing the Iranian robotic soccer champion team Parsian for the first game of Group B, NEUIslanders lost the game 2-0. They lost the game versus a champion….. Parsian, the robotic soccer team of Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic) is a contender team with Iran championships and it ranked the 5th place in RoboCup 2016. Parsian scored its first goal at the 8th minute of the first half. On the 5th minute of the second half, Parsian scored again and won the game by a net score of 2-0. NEUIslanders defeated its Canadian rival…. For the second game of the tournament, NEUIslanders took the pitch versus ULtron, the robotic soccer team of Laval University-Canada, and defeated its rival 1-0. On Thursday, 28 July 2017, NEUIslanders will face first with ZJUNlict, RoboCup champion team of Chinese Zhejiang University, and then with MCT Susano Logics from Japan National Technology University.

Near East University Member of the Managing Board of DESAM and NEU-BAP Coordinator Prof Dr Seda Vatansever receives project fund from TUBİTAK

Member of the Managing Board of the Near East University Experimental Health Sciences Research Centre (DESAM) and Near East University (NEU) Scientific Research Projects (BAP) Coordinator Prof Dr Seda Vatansever has just been awarded project support from the 2017 1st Period 1001 Project fund of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK). According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, founding member of the Near East University Experimental Health Sciences Research Centre (DESAM) Prof Dr Seda Vatansever is currently a researcher of a project titled as “Developing multi-functional self-assembled peptide hydrogel for the purpose of speeding up osseointegration process of dental implants and the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of its effectiveness”. For this project, Prof Dr Seda Vatansever has been awarded a project fund as part of the 2017 2.st period TUBİTAK projects. Prof. Dr. Seda Vatansever: “Our research has been honoured with the TÜBİTAK support” Making a statement regarding the matter, Prof Dr Seda Vatansever, expressed that she had 2 projects in 2017 which was currently supported by TÜBİTAK 1001 projects. She also pointed out that very recently two of her projects (1002 projects) were completed in July, 2017. She emphasised her belief that the current project which has just been awarded the TÜBİTAK 1001 fund has honoured the project.

Robots kick off in Japan….NEUIslanders is on the soccer pitch

NEUIslanders, the robotic soccer team of the Near East University that gone to Nagoya-Japan for Robot Soccer World Cup (RoboCup) 2017, has completed its preparations. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of the Near East University, the team took the pitch at Nagoya International Exhibition Hall (Portmesse Nagoya) and performed a two-hour-training in competition condition. During the training, the acceleration, deceleration and kicking velocities of the robots have been optimized according to the competition requirements. It was stated that the team was not able to perform its final training matches due to the field network system failure. NEUIslanders will play the opening match with its Iranian opponent On Wednesday, 26 July 2017, NEUIslanders will take the pitch versus Parsian, the Iranian champion soccer team, for the opening match of the Group B. On the same day, the team will face ULtron, the robotic soccer team of Laval University-Canada. On Thursday, NEUIslanders will take the pitch again to face first with ZJUNlict, RoboCup champion team of Chinese Zhejiang University, and then with MCT Susano Logics from Japan National Technology University. NEUIslanders has taken its place in RoboCup for six times successively Meeting the RobuCupSoccer requirements, NEUIslanders deemed eligible to compete in the Robot Soccer World Cup (RoboCup) for the sixth time. Although some electronic devices were damaged in the cargo during the flight, all damaged ones were renewed with electronic devices obtained from Nagoya in order not to face any problem during the RoboCup 2017. Up to now, NEUIslanders has waved the flag of TRNC proudly in Mexico, Brazil, China, the Netherlands and Germany. This time, NEUIslanders will wave the flag of TRNC in Japan and represent our country proudly.

Near East University’s “Designing Online Education Materials Certificate Program” organised for primary and secondary education has been successfully completed

At the helm of the Chairman of the Distance Education Centre of Near East University, Assoc. Prof Dr Hüseyin Bicen, and conducted by Ahmet Arnavut, the certificate program titled as “Designing Online Education Material” has been successfully completed and has recently ended with a certificate ceremony. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Dean of Atatürk Faculty of Education Hüseyin Uzunboylu, Chairman of the Distance Education Centre Assoc. Prof Dr Hüseyin Bicen, Head of Department of Computer and Educational Technologies Assoc. Prof Dr Fezile Özdamlı alongside other academic staff from the Near East University attended the certificate ceremony of the aforementioned program. There was a high number of participation from the teachers working under the arch of primary and secondary education of the Ministry of National education… According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the aforementioned program began on 18th April, 2017 and was run for 7 weeks. It was pointed out that there was a high number of participation by teachers working in various schools around northern Cyprus; who work under the arch of primary and secondary education of the Ministry of National Education of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Throughout the program, which was recently successfully completed, the teachers were provided information on designing online educational materials. Making a speech at the certificate ceremony of the program, Dean of Atatürk Faculty of Education Hüseyin Uzunboylu, expressed that they had realised the current program after examining the most develop education systems of the most developed countries around the world.

Registration to the Short-Term Education and Certificate Programs on Dental Health of Near East University, which will make a difference and raise awareness, has begun…

Near East University Lifelong Education Centre and Faculty of Dentistry is jointly organising short term education and certificate programs which will be running throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Term. These programs are designed in such a way that they will make a difference in those who participate with regards to their careers and raise awareness on communal health. Near East University Lifelong Education Centre (YABEM) and Near East University Faculty of Dentistry is jointly organising short-term education programs which will be running throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Term for the benefit of current dentists and dentists of the future. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the short-term education and certificate programs will be given by specialists and academic staff of the Near East University. The programs are to start on 25th September, 2017 and will be conducted on Near East University campus. Lifelong Education and Learning Centre programs which will be offered are the following: orthodontics; .hygiene for the people who use prosthesis; aesthetics and tooth whitening; geriatric dentistry; minor operations at the examination venues; the effects of radiation on human body; risk factors and protection from radiation; imaging techniques used in dentistry; dental cone-beam CT; significance and preservation of mother, baby and child mouth health; and false facts about oral hygiene.

Doğukan Ulaç, swimmer of the Near East University, has had his name written in Istanbul Bosphorus Strait by ranking the top in his age-group and the second place in 2017 Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim

Near East University’s long distance swimmer Doğukan Ulaç has achieved an outstanding success by ranking the top in 18-24 age-groups and the second place in the general classification of the 2017 Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim which is considered as the world’s best open water swimming event. According to the info released by the Near East University Sports Club, more than 2,200 swimmers participated in the Samsung Cross-Continental Swimming Race from Asia to Europe across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul. On 23 July, 2017, 2,277 swimmers from 49 countries took over the 6.5 km course, which started at Kanlica pier on the Asian side and ended at Kurucesme on the European side. The ranking of swimmers were determined by chips connected to their feet. NEU’s swimmer Doğukan Ulaç completed the 6.5 km course in 52:21 seconds and ranked the second place in men’s category. He also ranked the top in 18-24 age category among Turkish swimmers. Success coming with self-discipline…. Sharing his feelings after his outstanding achievement, Doğukan Ulaç expressed his pride and happiness by underlining the crucial role of self discipline: “There are many factors that can contribute to achievement but self-discipline is the only one that begets sustainable and long term success. I have prepared by working hard through a well disciplined program. As a part of the Near East family, I am very happy for myself, for my family and for my country for realizing such a success. I thank everyone who has contributed to my achievement. My next goal is the Turkish National Team and the Olympics” said he.

NEUIslanders, robotic soccer team of the Near East University, is waving the flag of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus proudly in Japan

NEUIslanders, the robotic soccer team of the Near East University, has gone to Japan to participate in RoboCup (Robot Soccer World Cup) that is an annual robotic competition organized by FIFA. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of the Near East University, the team consisting of Nurullah AKKAYA, Berk YILMAZ, Ersin AYTAÇ, Görkem SAY and Mustafa ARICI left the island to participate in RoboCup to be held on 25 – 31 July 2017 in Nagoya, Japan. After taking the pitch on 23 July for the final training, on Wednesday and Thursday NEUIslanders will take the pitch to face its opponents in Group B. In accordance with the ranking in the group, the qualified teams will compete in the quarter final matches on Friday. On Wednesday, NEUIslanders will face first Parsian, the Iranian champion soccer team, and then ULtron, the robotic soccer team of Laval University-Canada. On Thursday, NEUIslanders will take the pitch again to face first with ZJUNlict, RoboCup champion team of Chinese Zhejiang University, and then with MCT Susano Logics from Japan National Technology University. Team Captain Ersin AYTAÇ, made a brief assessment regarding the RoboCup 2017 before leaving the island and said that they were proud of participating in Robot Soccer World Cup (RoboCup) for the sixth time on behalf of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. He also added that they would return to the island with a successful result.

The Academic Rise of Near East University: 1st in TRNC, 13th amongst Turkish Universities, 4th amongst the private universities

According to the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities that based on the Google Scholar citation profiles of more than 12,000 universities across the globe, the Near East University continues to rank the top in TRNC while it ranks the 13th place among Turkish universities and the 1099th place in the world ranking. In Webometrics ranking of private universities affiliated to the Turkish Higher Education Council, the Near East University has taken the 4th place following Koç, Bilkent and Sabancı universities. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of NEU, Google Scholar is a web search engine that indexes metadata of scholarly literature and includes the most peer reviewed online scholarly articles. The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is a system that ranking universities according to their Google Scholar citations profiles. The rankings are updated in January and July each year. Near East University ranks the top in TRNC…. The webometrics ranking of July 2017 has been released. Top 2000 universities from all over the world and two universities from TRNC have been ranked in the list of Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in the line with their Google Scholar citation profiles. According to Webometrics ranking of July 2017, Near East University ranks the top in TRNC and 1099th across the globe with 38,601 citations from its online scholarly publications. The Near East University ranked the top in TRNC in January 2017 as well. Both its citations and ranking has risen… The Webometrics is a ranking system that ranks the world universities by taking into account the Google Scholar profile of universities as a composite indicator that shows both the volume of the Web contents and the visibility and impact of these web publications according to the number of site citations. In Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in January 2017, the Near East University ranked the 1321st place among the top 2000 universities with 16,714 citations from its scholar publications. In the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities in July 2017, the Near East University ranked the 1,099th place with 38,601 citations. The Near East University, which ranked the 19th place amongst Turkish universities in January 2017, has risen to the 13th place in the Webometrics ranking list that released in July 2017. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan S. GUNSEL:”This achievement is an outcome of the Near East University’s fundamental objectives encompassing research tradition, support for scientific projects and academic incentives that based on long years…” Voicing his pride and happiness, the Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan S. GUNSEL delivered information regarding the issue by highlighting that the result was not coincidental. “It is our 39th year in education. As Near East University, we set a foot on this road 39 years ago and set it as our mission to achieve the highest quality in education and generate innovative, permanent and scientific information to shed light on future. Since our establishment, we have been exerting effort without pause to actualize our goals. As the Near East University, we always move forward by believing that educational institutions have a significant role not only in providing knowledge but also generating new information. Today, Near East University ranks the 1099th place amongst the top 2000 universities across the globe according to its Google Scholar citations profile. The importance that we attach on generating information with an innovative perspective and the support that we provide for our academicians have a significant role in achieving such a result. Center of Excellence with its affiliated research centers and DESAM (Experimental Health Sciences Research Center) are also important centers established within the body of Near East University to ensure all contributions, support and possibilities for research studies. All these facilities are solid indicators that demonstrate our commitment in generating information through innovative projects to shed light to future”. Assoc. Prof. Dr. GUNSEL: “We have provided support for 168 scientific research project”…. Underlining that they provided the academicians with significant supports for research and developing scientific projects, Assoc. Prof. Dr. GUNSEL delivered further information: “The Scientific Research Projects Coordination Unit that we established to support the scientific studies of our faculty members calls for projects twice a year. 168 projects with a total budget of 2,542,000 TL have been supported by our SRP Coordination Unit so far. The number of our publications has increased 50% compared to the previous year. Since research studies and applications are integral parts of a whole, all applications and research studies relevant to innovative scientific projects are conducted in an interactive and interrelated manner. In order to ensure a creative environment for research, we spare no sacrifices to equip our infrastructure with the latest and most advanced technology required for scientific studies. All our units have access to their own laboratories that equipped with the cutting edge latest technology. We have strong determination in supporting new generations to generate new ideas and actualize various discoveries by benefiting from the scientific knowledge accumulation of their teaching staff. Within this scope, we offer goal-oriented and high quality programs to accommodate the demands of master’s and doctoral degree students in pursuit of their advanced academic and professional careers under the umbrella of the Near East University. We have launched Teaching Staff Training Program and thus we provide scholarship education opportunities for those who are ambitious to build up a good career and gain qualifications to establish a competitive edge over the others. We think that we will contribute to the lives of our students involved in these programs as well as to the field of science they are dealing with by evaluating the submitted applications in the best way” said he.

The Near East University was represented at the conference titled “Remember for the Future – The Mediterranean as a Memory Space” that held in Crete

Organized by Maecenata Foundation in collaboration with Humboldt – Viadrina Governance Platform, the conference ‘Remember for the Future – The Mediterranean as a Memory Space’ was held in Crete. Near East Institute Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut KOLDAŞ represented the Near East University at the conference that participated by academics, researchers, historians, cultural activists and representatives of institutions and foundations from different countries including the United States of America, Germany, Morocco, France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Cyprus, Lebanon, Malta, Egypt, Turkey and Greece. Is Mediterranean a Common Memory Space…….? Through multidimensional and interdisciplinary approaches, the issues related to the collective and cultural memory associated with the Mediterranean were discussed in light of the economic, social and political backgrounds of the region. The conference also provided platform to raise issues such as the history of the Mediterranean as a common memory space, the cultural origins of the Mediterranean memory, the development of the commercial relations in the region from the past till now, relations between religion and politics in the Mediterranean, The dynamics that cause the destruction of the common memory ground, the meaning of the Mediterranean for the people of the region and the hopes and fears of the Mediterranean youth regarding the future of the region. Assoc. Prof. Dr. KOLDAŞ: “In order to form common values in the Mediterranean, first of all, the existential basic requirements need to be met”. Addressing to the participants at the panel titled ‘The obstacles in the Formation of the Common Ground’, the Near East Institute Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut KOLDAŞ underlined that the transformation of the Mediterranean into a common memory space was not an easy process. Drawing attention to the current transformations witnessed by the region, Assoc. Prof. Dr. KOLDAŞ highlighted the necessity of ensuring humanitarian security which is forefront of basic needs in the Mediterranean. “It is not possible to mention about common values and future unless this need is met. Current events have turned the Mediterranean Sea into a space for escaping and death. Security in the Mediterranean region tops the list for needs of communities living in this region. Today, neither the regional co-operation initiatives like the Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue nor the Arab Spring initiatives that considered as revolutionary transformations at the beginning can bring peace, stability and security to the region. While violence is emerging as the main determinant in the region, the region is witnessing some severe events such as the destruction of Syria, struggles for stabilization in reconstructing processes in North Africa, and spreading populist discriminatory statements in European countries having coasts on the Mediterranean. Considering the current situation, it is not easy to construct common values and talk about these values. Certain steps should be taken in order to make the Mediterranean a ground of common values. First of all, the basic needs of people in war-affected or conflict-affected areas should be met. Efforts must be exerted to produce sustainable solutions for migration problem. Common policies and programs should be launched to prevent discriminatory and marginalizing populism. In this regard, while we are solving these problems together, we need to create a Mediterranean awareness and empathy through synergy “said he.
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