Near East University hosts the Russian rival for the last game of FIBA EuroLeague Women Group B

Regular Season Gameday 14 of FIBA EuroLeague Women will be the scene of a breathtaking game in Group B. Near East University is facing Russian Nadezhda Orenburg at Istanbul Caferağa Sport Saloon at 17:30 (Turkey local time 18:30) on Wednesday 31 January 2018 for the last match of FIBA EuroLeague Women Group B. Near East University is currently leading Group B with 11 wins out of 13 games while Nadezhda is ranking the 6th place with 4 wins and 9 defeats. Although Near East University has qualified for the Quarter-Final Play-Offs, the game is of great importance for them to secure their leadership. On the other hand, the game is important for Nadezhda to secure the 6th place and qualify for FIBA EuroCup Women. According to the info released by the Near East University Sports Club, Near East University Women’s Basketball Team faced Russian Nadezhda for the first match on Wednesday 06 December 2017 and defeated the Russian rival 76-81. Basketball enthusiast can watch this thrilling game live on BRT HD 1 or on www.fiba.com. Zafer Kalaycıoğlu: “We have prepared mentally for the tough fight……” Evaluating the game that they would play versus Russian rival, the Head Coach Zafer Kalaycıoğlu stated that they wanted to win the last game of the group on their ground. “We have played very challenging games since the beginning of the regular season of FIBA EuroLeague Women. We have made it 11-2 in 13 matches. With 24 points, we lead the Group B. We are in the straight final stretch of the competition. This is a match to win and receive the recompense of our efforts. Our rival will fight to win the match and secure their 6th place because the 5th and 6th placed teams in the group will qualify for EuroCup Women. With this fact, the game is promising to be a tough and challenging one. Being aware of this, we have prepared our players mentally for a tough fight” said he. Zafer Kalaycıoğlu: “Our aim is to win and not to allow Ekaterinburg to take over the leadership…” Reminding that they completed the group matches in EuroCup as leader and won the FIBA EuroCup Women 2017, the Head Coach Kalaycıoğlu expressed his views: “It is important for us to be able to sustain these achievements. You are considered really successful when you sustain these achievements. We want to complete the group as a leader. If we complete the Group B as leader, we will face the 4th placed team in Group A at Final Play-Offs. If we finish the Group B in the second place, we will face the third placed team in Group A. Our priority goal is to win the game and secure our leadership. Then we will continue fighting for the Final-Four” noted he.

Near East Institute of Near East University Publishes Report on “Manageable Partition in Syria and Israel”

The analysis report prepared by the Director of Near East Institute and Israeli expert Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş explores the effectiveness and future of Israel’s security policies in the reconstructed Syria from the Israeli perspective. According to a statement made by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, Near East University Publications published a new report as part of the Near East Institute Reports Series, edited by the Director of Near East Institute Assoc. Dr. Umut Koldaş, Near East Institute Advisor Ercan Çitlioğlu and Near East Institute Scientific Publications Coordinator, Dr. Mustafa Çıraklı. The report focuses on Israel’s security interests, priorities and concerns in the context of the crisis in Syria, and local, regional and international dynamics are evaluated with reference to the historical background of Israeli Syrian relations in the context of the Syrian Crisis. Israel’s security interests in the context of the Syrian Crisis, the historical background of Israel’s Syrian relations in the context of the Syrian Crisis, and the historical background of Israel’s foreign policy in the context of the Syrian Crisis are also reviewed. Israel’s relations with Iran, USA, Russia, and China in the context of the Syrian Crisis, Israel’s possible role in the Syrian crisis and security priorities in the context of Syria and Israel the subject of future scenario in Syria is examined. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Koldaş: A Manageable Partition in Syria presents Great Opportunities for Israel’s Security. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş, the Director of the Near East Institute and the writer of the report pointed out that the recent developments and conflicts in the Arab world triggered the socio-economic, political and cultural restructuring process in the region. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Umut Koldaş underlined that the structural and intra-structural transformations that took place in the region have had profound effects that would lead to a kind of rebuilding of countries like the coasts of the Mediterranean like Syria. As discussed in detail in the report, Koldaş emphasized that these developments, which could cause extreme changes in the context of Syria’s future, are of great importance to this country in terms of foreign policy priorities and security concerns for the whole region. Regarding the current phase of the Syrian crisis, Koldaş said “In the Israeli security structure, the best case scenario for Israeli security interests appears to be the continuation of the “manageable partition” of the power centers in the Syrian conflict, despite the enthusiastic appeals of the circumstances. Israel is analyzing the power, interests and security matrices between these centers in a very good way and trying to ensure that these centers do not focus on their own struggles and not attack Israel. Because these groups are not an existential threat to Israel insofar as they are engaged in a continuing power struggle within Syria. In this sense, Israel is supporting the division of radical groups and preventing the emergence of a radical anti-Israeli bloc. ” Koldaş: Chaotic Decentralization of Syria’s Difficulties Difficult to Manage Crisis in Israeli Security Interests. Koldaş pointed out that Israel played a role in this structure as an important actor in a period when a significant rebuilding and transformation process was taking place in Syria and emphasized that the fact that the partition in Syria becoming uncontrollable would affect Israel as well as every country that has security interests in the region. “Even though the division among radical groups seems beneficial in short and medium term for Israel, chaotic decentralization of these groups and their continued existence as self-organized, violent cell-structured organizations can make it difficult for them to manage the crisis in the direction of Israeli security interests. For this reason, Israel will prefer to maintain its existence as one of the balance elements of the manageable division of the country until the formation of an alternative administrative structure that can be implemented in Syria in the context of its own security interests and priorities. In the process of restructuring the Middle East, one of the main priorities of Israel, especially in the short term, will try to make a manageable partition in Syria permanent. “

Next Generation ReLEx SMILE Technology Era in Laser Eye Treatments

Equipped with the high-end ophthalmic instruments that produced by the latest technologies, Near East university Hospital is proud of being the only and first hospital in Cyprus to offer ReLEx SMILE, world class laser eye surgery technology. Based on thoroughly comprehensive screening processes, Near East University Hospital offers individual eye treatment plans tailored precisely for each patient. After the procedure, the need for wearing eyeglasses or lenses has been eliminated in 100% patients admitted to Near East University Hospital….. Touching upon the continuous developments of laser eye treatments since the beginning of 90s, Professor Koray Karadayı, Head of the Department of Eye Diseases of Near East University underlines that ReLEx SMILE, which is a next generation laser eye surgery, represents the beginning of a new era in refractive laser eye surgery as it allows correction of even higher myopia and astigmatism. Professor Karadayı also draws attention to the significant advantages of ReLEx SMILE in the patient’s comfort and safety. Prof. Dr. Koray Karadayı: “ReLEx Smile Surgery technology allows correction of eye defects such as myopia and astigmatism” Stating that ReLEx SMILE laser surgery was a technic that developed in 2000s, Professor Karadayı highlighted that ReLEx is a bladeless, flapless and painless refractive procedure, which provides more accurate and safer laser eye treatments and allows treating even higher myopia and astigmatism and those with dry eyes. Professor Karadayı also underlines that Near East University Hospital offers ReLEx SMILE, World Class Eye Surgery Technology and individual eye treatment plans that tailored precisely for each patient. “ReLEx SMILE is a keyhole procedure which eliminates the need for corneal flap as in LASIK and also eliminates the prolonged healing time associated LASEK / PRK. He also notes that the whole procedure is performed in one step by ReLEx SMILE. “With ReLEx SMILE, no flap is needed and the healing period is faster than conventional LASIK. Only one femtosecond laser is used for the entire procedure. A 2-4 mm incision is made along with the creation of a pre-calculated mini lens tissue or lenticule inside the cornea. The lens tissue or lenticule is then removed through the tiny incision. Once removed the shape of the cornea is changed which results in the correct refractive outcome. The vision is corrected. The patients that admitted to Near East University with refractive eye defects were treated successfully and their visions were corrected 100% by using the next generation ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery technology” said he. Prof. Dr. Koray Karadayı:”The third generation ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery technology, which removes all problems associated with PRK and LASIK treatments since the beginning of 2000s, has been developed” Underlining that surgical procedures improve in the line with the developments in medicine, Professor Karadayı stated that this fact was valid for surgical procedures associated with visual defects.” First eyeglasses and then the miniature models of the same glasses; contact lenses designed to fit over the cornea began to be used to correct vision defects. Many patients with myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism, who don’t like wearing glasses, began to wear contact lenses. However, contact lenses had risks and caused side effects such as eye infections, scratches, eye dryness, and changes in vision over the course of the day. In the 80’s, first-generation laser surgery “PRK Excimer Laser” was emerged as a technology to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. During PRK procedure, a particular kind of laser called an excimer laser removes corneal tissue by vaporizing it away. The resulting new corneal shape allows clear focus without glasses or contacts. As PRK laser treatment reshapes the top layers of the cornea, it causes discomfort, severe pain during the initial days of healing and often takes a week or more to achieve functional vision.  PRK also has increased risks such as haze, inflammation, and post-surgery infection. Post-laser pain can be severe for several days and occasionally it is necessary to take strong painkillers. Another disadvantage is that this method can correct only moderate eye defects. In 90s, the second generation laser eye surgery LASIK emerged as a novel treatment option to correct eye defects. Contrary to PRK procedure, LASIK, gives almost instant visual results and discomfort during healing is rare. A femtosecond laser is used for creation the superficial clap of corneal tissue and then the excimer laser can reshape the underlying layers and bypass the superficial layers completely.  So, two different lasers are used during the procedure. However, a patient needs to have adequate corneal thickness to create the flap, and this makes LASIK unsuitable for some thinner corneas. Patients with thin cornea may be at an increased risk for ectasia following LASIK. Besides, LASIC have risk for developing dry eye syndrome. In 2000s, ReLEx SMILE Laser Eye Surgery has developed as a novel technology that removes all the disadvantages associated with PRK and LASIK. SMILE laser removes corneal tissue in a different way compared to LASIK and PRK. An excimer laser is not used at all during this procedure. A femtosecond laser is used to define a tiny lens-shaped disc of tissue from within the cornea and this lenticule is removed through a keyhole (2-4 mm) incision. The femtosecond laser is quiet, painless and there is no need to change from one laser to another during the procedure. SMILE laser gives excellent outcomes in correcting vision defects and has a very high safety profile. Currently, SMILE laser is the only available treatment technology for moderate to high levels of myopia and astigmatism as well as for dry eye syndrome” noted he. Three common refractive eye defects; myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism Stating that the first thing that comes to mind when describing refractive errors is the eye defects that can be corrected by prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, Professor Karadayı delivered brief information about the most common types of the refractive eye defects: “The most common types of refractive errors are myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition where objects up close appear clearly, while objects far away appear blurry. Hyperopia (farsightedness) is a common type of refractive error where distant objects may be seen more clearly than objects that are near. Astigmatism is a condition in which the eye does not focus light evenly onto the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. This can cause images to appear blurry and stretched out. For all three refractive eye defects, the eye vision can be corrected by using different shape lenses. However, SMILE laser eye surgery corrects myopia and astigmatism 100% in a matter of minutes and eliminates the need of using any kinds of lenses”. Advantages of ReLEx SMILE Laser Therapy; Bladeless laser technology Ability to treat in 22 sec (500 kHz fastest laser technology) Incision-free operation Superior protection in cornea biomechanics As there is no creation of corneal flap during the procedure, there is no risk for a flap dislocation. Comfort during and after treatment Quick and quiet treatment Fast and safe healing Treatment opportunity for a wider range of patients, including those with very high prescription, those with dry eyes, thin corneas, contact lens intolerance, and for those found unsuitable for standard Laser Eye Surgery The closest result to the natural structure of the eye   ReLEx SMILE Post-Surgery Considerations: Some discomforts such as watery eyes and a slight burning sensation can be experienced over the first few hours. This is normal and usually fades away by the end of the day. Wear good sunglasses. Antibiotic eye drops and lubricating eye drops should be used as prescribed by the doctor. Within the first 24 hours, you should avoid touching and rubbing your eyes vigorously and/or having bath. You must avoid swimming in pool or sea at least three days. You should keep strict to the typical post-operative follow-up schedule includes examinations and consultations with your doctor.

Near East University Graduation Ceremony of Vocational School of Health Services Performed

Near East University Health Services Vocational School 2017 – 2018 Fall Semester Graduation Ceremony was held in Hall 101 of the Near East University Hospital. According to the information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, the Vice Rector of the Near East University, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Director of Vocational School of Health Services, Prof. Dr. Murat Kocaoglu, Institute Directors, Deans, Faculty members, students and their families participated. The ceremony with one minute silence in memory of Veteran Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Independence Leader of Turkish Cypriots, Dr. Fazıl Küçük, ex TRNC President Rauf Denktaş and all martyrs, and reading of National Anthem. Near East University Vocational School of Health Services graduated 32 students in the Fall Term of 2017 – 2018 in branches of Child Development Technician, First And Emergency Aid Technician, Elderly Care Technician, Electro Nero Physiology, Medical Documentation and Secretary, Operating Room Services Technician, Oral And Dental Health Support Personnel and Medical Imaging. Professor Dr. Murat Kocaoglu; “No Matter How Much Advanced and Well-Equipped Devices You Do Have, If Your Experience Is Not Sufficient Or If You Are Not Well-Trained, The Result You Will Obtain Will Not Be Satisfactory Most of the time” Director of Vocational School of Health Services, Prof. Dr. Murat Kocaoglu; “I would like to thank you all for sharing the joy of graduation with us today. Our esteemed guests, the presence of a well-equipped hospital and qualified physician staff with the provision of contemporary and high quality healthcare services is a must, and one of the sine qua non of training qualified assistants and health personnel. No matter how advanced and well-equipped your devices are, if you are inexperienced or not well trained, the result you get is often unsatisfactory. Today, both the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and in Turkey is there is a huge need for well-trained technicians and qualified health personnel, there is a huge gap in this specific field”, he said. Professor Dr. Kocaoglu; “17,500 Hours Theoretical And 4000 Hours Practical Application” “Graduated students have practiced an average of 17,500 hours of theoretical and 4,000 hours of practical training in these two years of education and also practiced their vocational internship in the summer term. On this issue, our students have been able to develop their professional experiences by working with different brand and model devices in different places and conditions. You have been separated from your children whom you have sent with great devotion and care, trusting us in this whole process, you have supported them materially and spiritually. I would like to express to you with open heartedness that during these short training periods we have given them a solid professional foundation and have made their knowledge to be empowered with experience and in the future they will go through professional development in the right way as aimed. I hope that this training course will guide you and you will be standing out individuals to honor us. ” Professor Dr. Kocaoglu lastly addressed to the students and said, “You have finished your professionally oriented education period successfully and you are ready for the working life which will become the actual examination. I have faith that you will fill up the personnel vacancies in the health sector qualitatively. Today and you will become health workers with the diplomas you will be conferred upon. Your profession’s center of interest is human beings, do not ever take it out of your mind. ” Professor Dr. Şanlıdağ; “We have made them to consolidate their knowledge with experience, and go through the right way and the target for their professional development.” Vice Rector of the Near East University Dr. Tamer Sanlıdağ said; “Established in 1988, the Near East University is a higher education institution that is a member of 118 national and international organizations that demonstrate high levels of educational opportunities and has an international identity with distinguished faculties. The aim of the Near East University is to educate individuals within the best possible education and training and research environment, andn make them individuals who are confident in their basic aim, who hold their responsibility above all, who respect social and historical values and who are rational, creative and free-minded.” Professor Dr. Şanlıdağ; “TRNC is among the first 5 countries that are safe among the countries in the world” Prof. Şanlıdağ said, “16 universities are currently operating in the TRNC. There are over 100 thousand students from abroad. The students are about 3/1 of the whole population, and this is a significant amount of the overall population. This is placing TRNC in the first place of the world in this field. Beyond this, the TRNC is among the top five safest countries in the world, and according to the newly announced America-based freedom house data, it is also a free country in the classification of freedom or free countries. Dr. Şanlıdağ ended his words by wishing graduated students every success in their future lives. Arzu Sarp gave a speech on behalf of the graduates of Near East University Vocational School of Health Services after the speeches.The ceremony came to an end after the diplomas presented to the students and their hats thrown up.

2017-2018 Fall Semester Graduates of Faculty of Communication of the Near East University received their diplomas

Near East University Faculty of Communication 2017-18 Fall Term graduation ceremony was realized. Near East University, Faculty of Communication feels great honor and pride of producing graduates having the broad range of skills required to fulfill their professions. Students, who met the graduation requirements at the end of the fall semester of the academic year 2017-2018, received their diplomas with a glorious ceremony held at the Orange Hall. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the graduation ceremony was realized with the participation of Near East University vice Rector Prof. Dr. Şenol Bektaş, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökçe Keceçi, the Acting Dean of Faculty of Communication, the heads of departments, academics, the students and their parents. Graduates and their families experienced a great happiness and proud during the presentation of diplomas. The Graduation Ceremony began with stand in silence and followed by the National Anthem. Then, the participants experienced pleasant moments with the music recital performed by the Music Teaching Department student Begüm Tekpınar. Then, Anar Süleyman from the Department of Journalism delivered a speech in commemoration of the Faculty of Communication lecturer Associate Professor Atila Türk who passed away in 2016. Following the introductory video of the activities realized within the scope of the 6th media workshop held in the academic year 2017-2018, Near East University Faculty of Communication Acting Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökçe Keceçi delivered a speech. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keçeci: “As Faculty Members, We are Proud of You” In her opening remarks, the Acting Dean Assoc. Prof. Dr. Gökçe Keceçi addressed the faculty members and touched upon the significant role of academics in creating a more well-rounded education combining theory and practice through their well-equipped departments, research laboratories, studios, and basic design workshops. “Perhaps, you are having one of the most enjoyable moments of your profession which demands a great patience and dedication. Your students, whom you provided with professional knowledge and skills that cover all dimensions of communication processes, are here in front of you as graduates. No doubt that you are proud of them. Our students, each of who has a distinguished value for us, will step into their professional lives as a part of Near East Family. Our graduates received their education in the context of equality principle in a contemporary environment where they had the opportunity to combine practice with theoretical knowledge, have a say in academic debates, and participate in many activities. We know that the only treasure that cannot be taken from their hands, cannot be handed back and cannot be torn off from them is education. They now have it”. Touching upon their commitment to making a difference in education by providing all possibilities required competing with the most demanding faculties and producing well-equipped graduates who have awareness and sense of responsibility on social issues, nature and animal love and ethical values, Assoc. Prof. Dr Keçeci went on. “Faculty of Communication of NEU is uniquely positioned itself to stand out as a leading institution. I believe that we have achieved this goal. With this point of view and attitude, our graduates, who are equipped with adequate theoretical and technical knowledge acquired throughout four year undergraduate education, will always be a step ahead to analyze the issues and reach the right result through proper assessments. Knowing that we have achieved this goal fills us, as faculty members, with pride”. Addressing to the graduated students, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keçeci highlighted the importance of being a graduate of NEU and said: “Without ignoring the moral and material support of your parents as well as of your teachers, I congratulate you sincerely for graduating from our university with your own efforts and dedication. It is a privilege to be a graduate of the Near East University. I hope, this privilege will encourage you to be a good professional, and your behaviors will always reflect the values and principles that you believe”. “Dear Parents, You are here today with high feelings. You feel the excitement of seeing off your beloved children, whom you brought up with care and caution, to struggle for life. Don’t have any doubt, Near East University with its academic and administrative staff has trained these young people well. Be sure of their future success and trust them, be proud of them. As courteous, self-restrained, and modern minded young people, they are ready to adopt the modern world and build up their careers as well-rounded professionals with responsibility for social and ethical values and keep up with the fast changing needs of the media sector and search information by questioning with a never-ending enthusiasm. They always have the key with them to be enquirer on the global issues” said she. Prof. Dr. Bektaş: Whenever you look at the diploma hanged on your wall, you will miss your teachers and classmates longingly” Taking the stage after Assoc. Prof. Dr. Keçeci, vice Rector Professor Şenol Bektaş addressed the attending body. “We are here to present the diplomas to our graduates. I congratulate all of them. The faculty members of the Faculty of Communication have done their parts and they have raised you as well-equipped professionals. Your parents also completely fulfilling what is expected from them and provided you with moral and financial support for your education” noted he. Professor Bektaş ended his remarks by wishing success for graduates. “Dear students, you are closing a page of your life today, and you are starting a new page with a new energy, with high skills and knowledge that you have acquired throughout your education process. I wish you success in your new route. Your continuous success in your career is the greatest wish of your parents and your teachers. I wish all of you good luck and continuous success on this long and challenging way” Kemal Bağban: “In fact, this is not an end; it is the point to get a brand new start” Addressing his fellow graduates, Bağban voiced his feelings. “This will be a brand new start rather than an end. During the time that flowed away so rapidly, we felt the warmth of a family within the friendly environment of NEU Faculty of Communication. We really call it a family when we consider the strong ties established between our term fellows and faculty members. We always felt the warmth of a family based on mutual love and respect” said he. Then, Bağban took the communication oath. Following the oath, the graduates of undergraduate and post-graduate programs were presented their diplomas. Upon receiving their diplomas, the graduates experienced the joy of the graduation by throwing their caps…

Near East University versus Canik Belediyespor

On gameday 16 of Turkish Women’s Basketball Super League, Near East University is hosting Samsun Canik Belediyespor. Near East University faced its opponent in Samsun on gameday 3 and completed the game with a resounding 47-65 win. In 15 weeks of the regular season, Near East University made it 14-1 and currently leads the league with 29 points while the opponent ranks the 9th place with 7-8 and 22 points. Near East University Sports Club released that the game will take place at Istanbul Caferağa Sport Saloon at 15:00 (Turkey local time 16:00) on Saturday 27 January 2018. Zafer Kalaycıoğlu: “Both teams will fight to win” Evaluating the game, the Head Coach of Near East University, Zafer Kalaycıoğlu stated that they aimed at leaving the court with a victory. Underlining that their opponent started the season well by strengthening their roster, Head Coach Kalaycıoğlu expressed his views: “Every match and every opponent is important for us. We respect all our opponents. By playing good basketball against well-organized Canik Belediyespor and reflecting our good play to the score, we will be on the court for victory as usual” said he.

Near East University Department of Civil Engineering 2017 – 2018 Fall Semester Graduation Ceremony was realized

2017-2018 Academic Year Fall Term graduates of Near East University Department of Civil Engineering received their diplomas with a glorious ceremony held at Atatürk Culture and Congress Center (AKKM). According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press & Public Relations Office of NEU, the graduation ceremony was realized with the participation of NEU vice Rector Prof. Dr. Fahreddin Sadıkoğlu, deans, faculty members, graduates and their parents. The graduation ceremony began with a commemorative stand in silence for Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Turkish Cypriot leader Dr. Fazıl Küçük, TRNC Founding President Rauf R. Denktaş and all martyrs and followed by national anthem. Then, the participants experienced pleasant moments with the music recital performed by Atakan Sarı, faculty member of the Music Teaching Department of Atatürk Faculty of Education. Following the video show, Acting Dean of the Department of Civil Engineering, Asst. Prof. Dr. Pınar Akpınar delivered her opening remarks: “Dear parents and graduates, we are proud of sharing this special day with you today. Dear students, you are graduating from a university reputable with quality and excellence in education. While we feel pride of you and your accomplishments, you will be proud of being a graduate of Near East University” said she. Then Asst. Prof. Dr. Pınar Akpınar read the message from the Faculty Dean Professor Hüseyin Gökçekuş who was abroad. In his message, Professor Gökçekuş wished good luck and success for the graduates. Asst. Prof. Dr. Akpınar: “The thing that honors us is to see that you are successful” Touching upon the devotion of the Department of Civil Engineering in raising engineers equipped with comprehensive knowledge as well as professional ethics and skills required to address the needs of the sector, Asst. Prof. Dr. Akpınar expressed her views. “With its dynamic structure and competent academic staff, the Department of Civil Engineering is a vibrant education center which is the training ground of many successful engineers working in different countries around the world. We firmly believe that we have raised you as first caliber engineers capable to address the changing needs of contemporary civil engineering. The thing that honors us is to see that you are successful. We will be happy if you keep your ties vibrant with us. We want to receive good news relevant to your accomplishments. I congratulate all of you and wish success. Do not forget that we are proud of you and will continue to be proud of you” noted she. Then, Palestinian Ali Zaidan, the top ranked graduate of the Department of Civil Engineering, made a speech on behalf of graduates. Zaidan: “We are at the point where words fail and action is required to gain success” “I would like to begin my remarks by extending my appreciations to my parents for encouraging me to start, supporting me and praying for me to finish this journey successfully. Besides, thanks God for helping me in succeeding and completing my undergraduate educating at civil engineering by ranking the first place. I pray God to bring health, happiness and success for everyone. It wasn’t easy at all to leave home for sake of education and come to a foreign country and start a new life. You should know that everything can be accomplished with determination and sacrifice. It is a good experience to start alone and succeed and it is the precusor of future accomplishments” said he. Underlining that they were at the point where words failed and action required for achieving success, Ali Zaidan ended his remarks by wishing success for his fellow graduates in their professional lives. Following the speeches, the graduates were presented their diplomas. Upon receiving their diplomas, the graduates experienced the joy of the graduation by throwing their caps…

Near East University Hospital Hosts “Retrospective Exhibition of Turkish Cypriot Painters”

The “Retrospective Exhibition of Turkish Cypriot Painters” organized by Dr. Suat Günsel, Founding Rector of NEU, and Near East Bank, including works of I and II generation Turkish Cypriot painters opened by the former president of the TRNC Parliament, Sibel Siber, at the exhibition hall of the Near East University Hospital. According to the information given by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, the opening ceremony of the exhibition where the the art lovers met at the Near East University Hospital Exhibition Hall, attended by the former President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Assembly, Dr. Sibel Siber, Near East University Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Near East Bank General Manager Selami Kacamak, Near East Bank Deputy General Manager, Enver Haskasap, vice rectors, deans, academicians, painters, art lovers and Near East University Hospital managers and staff members. The exhibition, which included painters were born between 1890 and 1950 and opened to the interest of art lovers, works of 18 artists from Ist and IInd generation are exhibited in different themes such as nature, naturmort, portrait, and nude. At the opening of the exhibition, the art director and curator of the exhibition Mustafa Hastürk and former President of the Assembly Sibel Siber made speeches. Dr. Mustafa Hastürk: “This exhibition is a milestone in terms of country art …” Exhibition’s art director and curator Mustafa Hastürk said in his speech that throughout the 80-year history of the Turkish Cypriot painting has created significant accumulation and development from the beginning of the I. and II. generations, and the exhibition, which consisted of works of painters from various generations, was an important milestone in terms of the art of the country. Thanked to those conributed to art… Dr. Mustafa Hastürk in the continuation of his speech, thanked to the Founder of the Near East University for his contributions to the exhibition. Hastürk stated that Günsel’s initiatives led to organization of the exhibition and thanked the organizers who contributed to the exhibition which included a significant part of the Turkish Cypriot painting art. Hastürk; “I deliver my deepest appreciation to our Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel who did his best to support and contribute to art. I would like to thank to Vice Rector Şenol Beşktaş, the President of the Parliament, who contributed the exhibiton with paintings in their collections, Ülgiye Ratip, Mehmet Parlan, and all those who contributed to the exhibition. Dr. Sibel Siber: I congratulate the Near Eastern University for supporting art … “ Former President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Parliament, Dr. Sibel Siber, expressed her satisfaction for opening the exhibition exhibiting the works of Ist and IInd generation Turkish Cypriot painters, and congratulated the Near East University for its support and importance given to the art. Emphasizing that one of the spiritual values that make society a society is art, Sibel Siber stated that it is necessary to appreciate the artists and their works of art should be moved to the present from past and to the future from the present day. Noting that the works in the exhibition desire to be presented not only to the Turkish Cypriot community but also to the world, Siber mentioned that they had started to work for the exhibition of art works in the virtual environment during her Presidency of the Assembly. “The Access to art works has the power to destroy the embagos” Sibel Siber, said “With the study started to record the art works, 800 works of art launched in the digital records. More than 230 of our country’s artists have shared their works and their information. Private collections, handwritings, ethnographic works will be transferred to this virtual venue as well. Accessibility to works of art is of a promotional value. With the development of the digital environment, we have reached the power to demolish many embargoes and will surely take bigger steps in this regard. ” At the end of his words, Sibel Siber expressed his wishes for the hope that the Turkish Cypriot Painters Retrospective Exhibition will be the hope of the future. Turkish Cypriot Painters Retrospective Exhibition Ribbon Cut … After the speeches, the former chairman of the parliament, Dr. Sibel Siber and Founding Rector of Near East University, Suat İ. Günsel cut opened the exhibition and a plaque of thanks was presented to Sibel Siber by Founding Rector Günsel. Following the presentation of the plaque, the Founding Rector of the Near East University, Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, the former president of the parliament, Sibel Siber, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, General Manager of Near East Bank Selami Kacamak and Near East Bank Deputy General Manager, Enver Haskasap, cut the ribbon of the exhibition and opened the exhibition. The event ended with a visit to the exhibition and a reception. The exhibition which includes the art works of Olga Rauf, İsmet Vahit Güney, Cevdet Çağdaş, Ayhan Menteş, Ali Atakan, Göral Özkan, İnci Kansu, Salih Oral, Günay Güzelgün, Gönen Atakol, Özden Selenge, İsmet Tatar, Emel Samioğlu, Emin Çizenel, Güner Pir, Türksal İnce, Feridun Işıman ve Hikmet Uluçam and gives hope to the future in terms of art, can be visited until February 23 …

A Fenerbahçe Classic from Near East University… Fenerbahçe: 65 – Near East University: 76

The 13th week of FIBA EuroLeague Women was the scene of a thrilling game between two contender Turkish teams; Fenerbahçe and Near East University. The derby between Near East University and Fenerbahçe was a breathtaking one and it lived up to the expectations when the two teams clashed at Istanbul, Metro Energy Sports Hall on Wednesday night.  It was a perfect night for Near East University as they clung on to 65-76 win on their rival floor. With this win, Near East University has made it 11-2 and continues to lead Group B with 24 points. Fenerbahçe currently ranks the second place with 22 points. After performing a memorable derby double over Fenerbahçe with a 65-76 victory, Near East University has secured its top position in FIBA EuroLeague Women Group B and captured home advantage for the Quarter-Finals. Under the helm of Coach Zafer Kalaycıoğlu, the versatile players of Near East University exhibited stunning performance with ‘team’s first’ mentality and propelled their team to a significant win versus Fenerbahçe. Kayla McBride netted 17 points while Elin Eldebrink added 14 points and Courtney Vandersloot weighted in with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Jantel Lavender, Quanitra Hollingsworth and Sandrine Gruda collectively shot more than 60 percent from the floor against their former club Fenerbahçe. They combined 28 points and 20 boards. According to the info released by the Near East University Sports Club, Near East University Women’s Basketball Team started the game with Quanitra Hollingsworth, Kayla McBride, Courtney Vandersloot, Jantel Lavender and Elin Eldebrink. The periods ended 15-21, 38-39, 53-62 and 65-76. Starting the game with a high tempo, Fenerbahçe tried to grasp and get the game. However, Near East University fought back with tough zone defense. Exhibiting high performance, the versatile players of Near East University began to get inside the paint and drive the ball to basket. They scored 21 points and completed this period victoriously 15-21. Both team started the second period with a very high tempo. The game was the scene of breathtaking moments. Towards the last minute of the quarter the score was almost tied to 38-37. In the last second of the quarter, Kayla McBride performed a slam dunk and Near East University led the first half by 38-39. Fenerbahçe’s Verameyeka netted 11 points in the first half while Jantel Lavender and Kayla McBride netted 10 points each. With a blistering start to the second half, Near East University achieved 10-0 lead in the first three minutes of the third quarter. Anastasiya Verayemenka netted their first points (40-51) after the 4th minute of the quarter. Dominating the game in the third period, Near East University scored 23 points and completed the period victoriously by 53-62. Without resting on its score advantage, and without compromising effective performance, the Near East University started the last period with a great team spirit based on ‘team first’ mentality. This period, Fenerbahçe tried to fight back but the versatile players of the Near East University gave them no way through tough zone defense. The Near East University dominated this period completely and left the basketball-court victoriously by 65-76. Standouts Fenerbahçe: Anastasiya Verameyenka 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, Ariel Powers 16 points, 8 rebounds, Ana Dabovic 11 points, 3 assists, Kia Vaughn 8 points, 3 rebounds. Near East University: Kayla McBride 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, Elin Eldebrink 14 points, 4 rebounds, Sandrine Gruda 12 points, 8 rebounds, Courtney Vandersloot 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, Jantel Lavender 10 points, 8 rebounds, Quanitra Hollingsvorth 6 points, 4 rebounds, Olcay Çakır 6 points.
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