Near East University was represented at the 13th International Congress on Ecology and Environment that held in Edirne

Organized by Trakya University and Izmir Branch of the Association of Turkish Biologists, the 13th International Congress on Ecology and Environment was held at Balkan Congress Center on 12-15 September 2017. About 500 scientists from different countries including Germany, Bulgaria, Turkey and TRNC participated in the congress which provided an exceptional scientific platform where various ecological and environmental problems discussed, and possible solutions were proposed. Asst. Prof. Dr. Nazım Kaşot, lecturer of Environmental Education and Management course and Head of the Department of Classroom Teaching of Atatürk Faculty of Education of the Near East University, took active part the organizing committee of the congress. Near East University Represented TRNC successfully at the 13th International Congress on Ecology and Environment According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of the Near East University, Asst. Prof. Dr. Nazım Kaşot, lecturer of Environmental Education and Management course and Head of the Department of Classroom Teaching of Atatürk Faculty of Education of the Near East University, represented his faculty and TRNC successfully with his presentations. Three studies including ‘Environmental factors that have negative effects on the avifauna in Northern Cyprus’, conducted jointly with Expert Asuman Kuyucu, ‘Wildlife Rehabilitation Activities in Northern Cyprus’, conducted jointly with Expert Mert Beşiktaş, and ‘Important Biodiversity Regions in Northern Cyprus’ conducted jointly with Expert Türkay Öyken, were presented successfully by Asst. Prof. Dr. Nazım Kaşot.

Works towards producing technological tools that will facilitate cataract surgery are carried out at Near East University

It was stated that Near East University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Near East University 3D Laboratory is working cooperatively to produce technological tools to minimise the margin of error and speed up the procedure for cataract surgery. According to the press info release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, positive outcomes have been obtained from the initial tests of the device that produced for cataract, which is one of the most frequently occurring eye disorders. Works are being carried out to produce a more precise device to reduce margin of error… Taking into consideration the rapidly growing cataract incidences that correspond to 20 million across the world, Dr. Çağrı Gültekin from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the Near East University indicated that surgery is the only accurate treatment method for cataract in animals as well. He also stated that they initiated works towards producing a precise device to reduce margin of error and speed up the procedure of cataract surgery. Aging is the major factor of cataract… Also making a statement on the matter, Head of Department of Opthalmology of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Koray Karadayı stated that the cataract develops due to the degeneration of the lens. Tools printed by 3D Printer Laboratory are being tested… Ersin Aytaç, one of the 3D Printer Laboratory staff, stated that one of the tools that produced by the printer has been tested at the NEU Animal Hospital and added that R& D studies in this field was progressing rather fast. He further expressed that works on 3D printers conducted by the fields of engineering and medicine was rather significant and this was the reason why Near East University bodies; including NEU Hospital, Innovation and Information Technology Centre, and NEU Faculty of Veterinary were cooperatively working together.

Dr. Suat Günsel Cup International Basketball Tournament has been completed…CB Avenida is the Champion

Hosted by the Near East University, the Dr. Suat Günsel Cup International Basketball Tournament has come to an end. Highly esteemed basketball teams came to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus for this tournament. As a result of the four day lasting tournament, CB Avenida from Spain and the Near East University qualified for the final. At the final match on Sunday CB Avenida defeated the Near East University with a score of 61-56 and won the Dr. Suat Günsel Cup. With this outcome, the Near East University came the first runner up of the tournament. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the ranking of the participating teams is as follows: 1. CB Avenida (Champion) 2. Near East University 3. USK Prague 4. Hatay BŞB 5. Castors Braine 6. Galatasaray Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan Günsel presented the championship cup to CB Avenida whereas Vice Rector of the Near East University Prof. Dr. Fahreddin Sadıkoğlu presented the first runner cup to the NEU Women’s Basketball Team. The most valuable player of the tournament is from CB Avenida… Maria Asurmendi from CB Avenida has been promoted as the most valuable player of the tournament. The other standouts are as follows: NEU’s Quanitra Hollingsworth as the leading scorer; USK Prague’s Elena Hanusova as the highest rebound; NEU’s Olcay Çakır Turgut as the assist leader. The teams have been thanked… Upon the completion of the four day lasting tournament, the referees and the Chief Coaches of the participating teams of the tournament were presented plaques of appreciation. In recognition of their contribution to the tournament, a plaque was also presented to BRT. At the first match of the last day of the tournament, Castors Braine defeated Galatasaray 69 – 64… For the first match of the last day of the tournament, Castors Braine faced Galatasaray to be qualified for the fifth and the sixth places. Castors Braine won the match 69-64 and qualified the fifth rank. Standouts: Castors Braine- Jones 5 pts, Antonia 16 pts, Celeste 4 pts, Marsorie 4 pts, Merike 7 pts, Anete 15 pts, Manon 2 pts, Olesia 7 pts, Nikolina 9 pts. Galatasaray- Epoupa 10 pts, Özge 12 pts, Meltem 5 pts, İrem 3 pts, Işıl 10 pts, Dubljevic 4 pts, Gizem 14 pts, Merve 6 pts. The third and fourth places of the tournament, USK Prague defetaed Hatay BŞB 82-66… USK Prague faced Hatay BŞB to be qualified as the third or fourth of the tournament and consequently, USK Prague defeated Hatay BŞB 82-66 and has qualified as the third of the tournament. It was a very high tempo match and it was the scene of breath taking moments. Both teams fought toe to toe to be the winner of the match. However, the versatile players of the USK Prague such as Rezan, Katerina Elhatova and Sargay got inside the paint and drove the ball to basket. Throughout the periods, USK Prague kept dominating the match by exhibiting high performance and won the match with a score of 82-66. Standouts: USK Prag: Gonzalez 5 pts, Elhatova 3 pts, Hansova 14 pts, Vorackova 2 pts, Rezan 16 pts, Sargay 18 pts, Katerina Elhatova 19 pts, Kreyzova 5 pts. Hatay BŞB: Özge 10 pts, Sintina 12 pts, Hülya 4 pts, Bahar 11 pts, Merve 5 pts, Abdelkader 10 pts, Mirceva 14 pts. Near East University: Quanitra Hollingsworth 19 pts, Olcay Çakır Turgut 7 pts, Kim Mestdagh 3 pts, Elin Eldebrink 12 pts, Cansu Köksal 5 pts, Bahar Çağlar 2 pts, Ann Wauters 8 pts. CB Avenida: Adaore Elonu 6 pts, Laura Nicholls 6 pts, Silvia Dominguez 8 pts, Fahriya Abdi 6 pts, Laura Quevedo 5 pts, Maria Asurmendi 10 pts, Laura Gil 5 pts, Chrissy Givens 11 pts, D’Andra Moss 4 pts.

Near East University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine has been represented at an International Conference in Switezerland

Prof. Dr. Selim Aslan and Assist. Prof. Dr. Isfendiyar Darbaz,Faculty Members of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Near East University represented the University at the 21st Annual Conference of ESDAR (European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction) with their presentation on Early pregnancy diagnosis in dairy cows by ultrasound and determination of bovine pregnancy associated glycoproteins, bovine pregnancy specific protein B and progesterone. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Assist. Prof Dr. Isfendiyar Darbaz shared his views regarding his study on diagnosis of early pregnancy in animals, which holds great economical value and importance for the development of our country’s husbandry. Darbaz: “Having been the first and only Veterinary Faculty in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), NEU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will continue to contribute to the country’s husbandry!” Indicating that they are the first and only Veterinary Faculty and Animal Hospital in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), Darbaz underlined that the NEU Faculty of Veterinary Medicine is determined to keep working as a team to make further contributions to the field by realizing on site research required to take a leap forward in husbandry.

The Second Day of the International Dr. Suat Günsel Basketball Tournament was left behind … the First Finalist is the Near East University

The second day matches of Dr. Suat Günsel Cup International Basketball Tournament, which was the scene of breathtaking games between the elite teams of women’s basketball, was completed. For the second day games, in Group A Hatay BŞB defeated Galatasaray 80-63 and in Group B Near East University defeated the Belgian rival Castors Braine 79-70. Having been the winner of the first and second day’s games, the Near East University qualified as the first finalist of the tournament. Hatay BŞB Outscored…..Hatay BŞB: 80-Galatasaray: 63 For the first match of the second day of the tournament, Hatay BŞB faced Galatasaray in Group A and won the game 80-63. During the first half, the long range shooters and versatile players of Hatay BŞB drove to the basket with three and two point shots and won the first and second period by net scores of 25-19 and 41-29 respectively. During the third period, with its versatile players and long range shooters Hatay BŞB outscored up to 24 points and completed the third period by a net score of 6-39. Hatay BŞB kept dominating the match during the last period as well. With the final whistle and a net score of 80-63, Hatay BŞB left the court victoriously as the winner of the game. Standouts: Hatay BŞB:  Win Ben Abdelkader 20 pts, Merve Aydın 13 pts, Viktor Mircheva 11 pts, Katsiaryna Snytsina 13 pts, Seda Deniz 10 pts, Özge Yavaş 6 pts, Hülya Çoklar 3 pts, Bahar Öztürk 4 pts. Galatasaray: Jelena Dubljevic 18 pts, Gizem Başaran 13 pts, İrem Naz Topuz 9 pts,  Işıl Alben 4 pts, Merve Uygül 7 pts, Olivia Epoupa 8 pts, Özge Kavurmacıoğlu 2 pts, Meltem Yıldızhan 2 pts. Defeating its rival Castors Braine, Near East University qualified for the Final…. In the second game of the day, the tough fight between the Near East University and Belgian Castors Braine was the scene of breathtaking moments. Throughout the game, both teams kept their defenses tight and fought toe to toe to dominate the match. Tough zone defenses and rebound challenges were very striking. Near East University didn’t give way to its rival and left the basketball court victoriously by a net score of 78-70. The Near East University started the game with a very high tempo and NEU’s versatile players Mestdagh and Eldebrink began to get inside the paint and drive to the basket. NEU outscored 15-9 in the first minutes of the first period and forced its rival for a time-out. Following the time-out, NEU’s guards and pivots continued to be effective in all zones and outscored its rival 27-19 with the baskets achieved by Wauters and Hollingsworth. The first period of the match ended with this score. The Belgian Castors Braine started the second period with an effective defensive and offensive high tempo game and closed the gap and brought the score to 32-31 with the three point shots scored by the team’s long range shooters Merike and Olesia. The second period in which both teams experienced too many turnovers ended with the win of Castors Braine 41-42. Both team started the third period with mutual baskets. This period was the scene of tough and toe to toe fights. Braine shooters Olesia and Marjorie were very effective and continued to score and brought the score to 49-53. NEU’s versatile players picked themselves up and began to fight back with tough defense and domination in rebounds. The team pointers such as Hollingsworth and Eldebrink began to get inside the paint and drive to the basket. Through a serial lead, the Near East University tied the score to 58-58 in the very last seconds of the third period. However, in the last attack, Merike got inside the paint and drove to basket and the third period ended with 58-60. Near East University started the last period very effective. Through a serial lead, Hollingsworth and Wauters made the score 70-64 and forced the Belgian team for a time-out. Following the time out, the Near East University continued to play effectively and won the game 79-70. With 22 points and 10 rebounds, NEU’s Quanitra Hollingsworth was the most scorer name of the game. With 5 assists, Olcay Çakır was another striking player of the Near East University. Standouts: Near East University: Quanitra Hollingsworth 22 pts, Ann  Wauters 15 pts, Elin Eldebrink 12 pts, Cansu Köksal 12 pts, Kim Mestdagh 10  pts, Olcay Çakır Turgut pts, Bahar Çağlar 2 pts. Castors Braine: Celeste Trahan-Davis 13 pts, Marjorie Carpréaux 10 pts, Merike Anderson 13 pts, Maxuella Lisowa 4 pts, Olesia Malashenko 18 pts, Nikolina Milic 5 pts, Britney Jones 7 pts. Third Day Program…. CB Avenida, Hatay BSB, ZWZ USK Prague and Castors Braine will fight on the third day of the tournament, which basketball fans follow closely. The first game on the third day will be played between CB Avenida and Hatay BSB at 17:15. For the second game of the day ZWZ USK Prague will face Castors Braine at 19:30. Video

Near East University, Faculty of Pharmacy has been successfully represented at the World Congress organized by the International Pharmacists’ Organization (FIB) in the capital of South Korea, Seoul

The Near East University School of Pharmacy, which is a member of the ACPE (Accreditation Association for Pharmacy Education), was successfully represented at the 77th FIB World Congress held in Seoul with 2603 participants from 94 countries, in the capital of South Korea. According to the press information given by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, the joint research titled “The Approach of TRNC Pharmacists to Children with Fictional Pneumonia” and conducted by the Turkish Cypriot Pharmacists’ Association and Near East University under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bilgen Başkut, the Head of Clinical Pharmacy Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy, were presented at the 77th FIB World Congress. The research team involving Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy Teaching Staff, Dr. Laika Gökçekuş, Pharmacist Abdikarim Abdi, Specialist Pharmacist. Dr. Sarah Khamis and Specialist Pharmacist Onur Gültekin’s took part in the research team of the Turkish Cypriot Pharmacists Association which represented TRNC and NEU in South Korea. The research results was successfully presented by the pharmacist Laika Gökçekuş at the FIB World Congress. International Pharmacy Organization (FIB): The FIB headquarters is a global organization founded in Holland in 1992, representing non-govermental pharmacy professionals. Today, in addition to 139 National Organization and Academic Institute memberships, it also hosts the scientists, personal memberships and involves with more than three million pharmacists and pharmacy professions around the world.

International Dr. Suat Günsel Cup begins … Near East University and CB Avenida First Day Winners

International Suat Günsel Cup, the basketball tournament, hosted by the Near East University started with intense participation. According to the press statement made by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertugruloglu, Minister of National Education and Culture Özdemir Berova, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Günsel, Vice Chairman of Near East University Board of Trustees Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tüzünkan, members of parliament, Turkish Cypriot Basketball Federation President Ertuğ Nasıroğlu, Foundation of Turkish Cypriot Sports Writers Chairman Çelen Oben, Near East University Sports Club President Isik Eyigüngör, sports writers, and basketball fans attended to the opening ceremony of the tournament. Basketball fans showed great interest in the opening of the tournament, the National Education and Culture Minister Özdemir Berova started the tournament by shooting the ball in the air. Galatasaray defeated by Avenida … Galatasaray: 52 – CB Avenida: 65 Galatasaray and Spain’s CB Avenida team faced each other in tournament’s opening match. CB Avenida defeated Galatasaray 65-52. The periods ended with 23-15-43-31, 55-46 and 65-52 CB Avenida’s dominance. Champion won at home… Near East University: 60 – USK Prauge: 58 In tournament’s second match, the host Near East University Women’s Basketball Team faced the USK Prague team. Near East University defeated its opponent 60-58. On the second day of the tournament … On the second day of tournament the first match will be played between Hatay Metropolitan Municipality and Galatasaray at 17:15. In the second match of the day, the Near East University and Belgium’s Castors Braine Team will meet at 19:30. Video

Near East University Tourism and Hotel Management is raising individuals at world standard for an industry without chimney

Head of School of Tourism and Hotel Management of Near East University, Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner stated that they were providing contemporary educational programs, both in Turkish and English, in order to raise future managers and academicians at international standards; so as to meet the demands of the sector. Saner further explained that within the body of the School of Tourism and hotel Management, they had YÖK (higher education board of Turkey) and YÖDAK (higher education board of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programs running since the Fall Term of 215-2016 and that this had made a great contribution to the tourism sector. With regards to the above mentioned programs, Tülen Saner further asserted that they were raising individuals with competencies and skills (including analytical and objective thinking skills) required for the sector via the highly competent academic staff, alongside the managing authority of the School; working with a strong team spirit. Tourism education is being given at 3 different educational programs… According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, School of Tourism and Hotel Management of Near East University facilitates education at associate degree, undergraduate and postgraduate degree. Head of School of Tourism and Hotel Management Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner explained that they raised intermediate staff for the sector through the associate degree program whereas via the undergraduate program which includes both theoretical and practical modules they raised competent individuals suitable to meet the needs of the tourism sector. Moreover, she further explained that the postgraduate program they ran help to raise individuals that are to conduct academic research and thus carry out scientific research to meet the needs of the tourism sector. The language of instruction is available in English, Russian, German, Italian, French and in Arabic… In addition to the above, Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner stated that the students of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management of Near East University had the opportunity to undertake their studies in English, Russian, German, Italian, French and in Arabic. Furthermore, she stated that the School provided the chance for students to be equip themselves with the necessary skills and competencies at a fully equipped laboratory, and in contemporary accommodation and travelling conditions. She emphasized that the students had practical education and training to get experience in the NEU Hotel, Dorona Hotel, alongside M/Y Teal Vessel, at teaching staff’s restaurant and all other restaurants and cafeterias on Near East University campus. Besides, the NEU also owns a travel agency which is also used for the practical experience needs of the students. Over and above, these locations are also possible destinations for the School of Tourism and Hotel Management of NEU to pick up their careers.

Cooperation Protocol was Signed between the Near East University and Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent

The “Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment Program” protocol was signed between the Near University and the Turkish Red Crescent of Northern Cyprus. The protocol sets terms regarding the general and basic principles of the activities to be carried out under the “Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment Program”. Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan S. Günsel, NEU vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent Chairman Ahmet Ulubay, Turkish Red Crescent Representative Gamze Erestin, Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent Secretary the General Kemal Buba, Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent General Coordinator Begüm Karpazlı, and the Chairman Secretary Şerife Tutku attended the protocol signing ceremony. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan S. Günsel: “”The coexistence of the two institutions having the consciousness that we are on the same ship will add more power to the light of our future” In his remarks, NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. Irfan S. Günel expressed his feelings regarding the protocol: “We are in the excitement of having signed such a nice cooperation protocol. We are willing to do everything that we can do or even more for the Turkish Red Crescent of Northern Cyprus which is in a continuous effort to enliven our lives. We think that the coexistence of the two institutions having the consciousness that we are on the same ship will add more power and brightness to the light of our future. I wish this protocol will be beneficial both to our country and to our people”. Ahmet Ulubay: “The Cooperation of Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent and the Near East University will play a very crucial role in meeting the need for blood in our country” Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent Chairman Ahmet Ulubay also shared his feelings and views. “As the Northern Cyprus Turkish Crescent, we also feel the excitement and great happiness of realizing such a significant event here. Northern Cyprus Turkish Red Crescent has been continuously in collaboration and sharing information with the Near East University since the first day that we took the first step towards meeting the need of blood in our country. In the wake of these efforts, we have concluded that the cooperation between the Near East University and Turkish Red Crescent of Northern Cyprus will play a very crucial role in meeting the need for blood in our country. With this in mind, we have signed a cooperation protocol to organize our work together. We feel the excitement to work cooperatively to meet the need of blood for people that need it to survive. Thank you for helping us once again, thanks on behalf of all members of the Board and community of Turkish Red Crescent of Northern Cyprus”.

The cup excitement is about to begin…The press conference for the International Dr. Suat Günsel Tournament has been realized

A press conference regarding the International Dr. Suat Günsel Tournament, which is to be realized on 14-17 September 2017 and to which elite teams from Turkey and Europe will be competing in, has been realized. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the press release was realized in NEU RA25 Sports Hall and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel; Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof Dr. Murat Tüzünkan; Member of Managing Board of Elexus Hotel Baturalp Bozkurt; Head of Near East University Health, Culture and Sports Office Assist. Prof. Dr. Hakan Atamtürk; Head of Cyprus Turkish Basketball Federation Ertuğ Nasıroğlu; and Deputy General Coordinator of Near East University Basketball Team Erhan Ayaz were present at the press conference. This will be a milestone for the Cyprus Turkish Sports History… Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof Dr. Murat Tüzünkan made the opening speech of the press conference and said that this will be first time when Turkish basketball teams will play games with esteemed teams from Europe. He added that they were very pleased with the arrangements made and reminded that Castros Barine from Belgium; CB Avenida from Spain; ZVZ USK Prague from the Czechoslovakia Republic; Near East University from Northern Cyprus and Galatasaray and Hatay BŞB from Turkey will be competing in the tournament. Murat Tüzünkan further emphasized that this event will be a milestone in the Cyprus Turkish sports history. And added his belief that the fact that such esteemed basketball teams were coming to our island would draw much attention of the public; thus promoting our country to the world. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel: “Hosting the tournament games on the island will be a stepping stone for our country…” Also making a statement regarding the matter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel the Near East University Women’s Basketball Team was in its fourth year and that they were very excited to host an international tournament in their fourth year. Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel further added that they had been struggling and making efforts to get the games to be played in our country and therefore he believed this will be a stepping stone for the country. Moreover, he pointed out that getting the most esteemed basketball teams to play games in Northern Cyprus could be perceived as an indication that we are making progress in these terms. He emphasized that basketball authorities had already began to address the International Dr. Suat Günsel Tournament as a “mini Euro League”! Making this tournament a traditional event is being considered… Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel stated that they were considering making this tournament a traditional event and holding the tournament again, next year, with addition of new basketball teams to the event. He ended his remarks by stating how excited they were to host such an event. The preclusion efforts of the officials in southern Cyprus were overcome… Due to a question asked at the press conference Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel stated that they overcame the preclusion efforts of the officials in southern Cyprus and added that Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Southern Cyprus and embassies and Cyprus (Greek) Basketball Federation had sent letters to European teams to participate in the tournament that they would be entering “occupied territory”. Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel explained that they had to inform the teams to come from Europe that Northern Cyprus was not “occupied territory” and that there were students from 120 different countries undertaking their higher education here; and in fact Deep Purple had given a concert here. Furthermore, they informed the teams that Near East University was a member of Union of European Universities, Union of World Universities, the Confederation of Islam Universities and Unions of World Medicine. Günsel explained that they had assured the basketball teams that northern Cyprus was a safe and free country. Assoc. Prof Dr. Irfan S. Günsel stated that there could always be last minute incidents but they had belief that misleading theses (stating that northern Cyprus is isolated from the world) was changing over time; especially since they, as the EuroCup and Turkey Basketball Champion, made the invitation to the teams in Europe.
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