Dr. Suat Günsel Scholarships to be awarded to Postgraduate Programs of Near East University

To help promote Academic Members, Near East University is offering 42 Dr. Suat Günsel Scholarships to its masters and doctorate programs all which are approved by both the Higher Education Board of Turkey (YÖK) and Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (YÖDAK); alongside offering other various scholarships for all other degree programs as 100%, 75% and 50%. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, masters and doctorate programs are essential part of one’s academic, career and personal development and with this in mind, Near East University is currently offering programs taught by a total of 1518 academic members at Faculties of Social Sciences, Sciences, Educational Sciences and Health Sciences Institutes. It was stated that over the past few years, pursing a postgraduate study has become more and more important as people individuals prioritised academic improvement, as well as professional and personal development; becoming a significant phase in many people’s lives to continue their higher education and get their master’s and/or doctorate degrees. Aiming to meet this requirement conscientiously, Near East University is running various degree programs to provide the best possible education and training to open new and successful paths to each profession. Those granted a Dr. Suat Günsel Scholarship are also guaranteed a salary and position at the NEU… It was pointed out that the Near East University will be offering scholarships in 42 different fields aiming to raise academic members. Furthermore, it was added that those who will be granted a scholarship will also be given a salary in addition to a guaranteed position at the Near East University while they continue to conduct their research. As research and practice is conducted together, postgraduate students will be provided the opportunity to make use of the faculty laboratories alongside advanced research laboratories, Near East University Hospital, NEU Dentistry Hospital and NEU Animal Hospital available on campus. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Günsel: “Research is one of our most significant aims to be achieved and we fully support this by supporting academicians…” Making a statement regarding the matter, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel expressed that Near East University postgraduate students, including masters and doctorate students, were being provided goal-oriented education. He added that postgraduate education was a blend of theoretical and applied knowledge and information; making it more efficient and relevant to contemporary needs. Moreover, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel stated that postgraduate students were offered the opportunity to carry out research any field they desired and specialize. In addition to the above, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel emphasised that thy had started to achieve positive results such that they had started to manufacture electric powered car, organ producing bio-printer, a robotic football team which recently achieved to be a world champion, and many other projects which were all devised via the programs offered at the Near East University. He stressed that the Dr. Suat Günsel Scholarships were offered and those who miss their chances had a second chance of being awarded a scholarship as 100%, 75% and 50%. Registry had begun on 9th July 2018… Currently, there were a total of 218 masters and doctorate programs offered by the Institutes of Sciences, Social Sciences Educational Sciences and Health Sciences of Near East University and students are eligible to make their registries start on 9th July 2018-29 August. Those who wish to get further information are advised to visit www.neu.edu.tr.

Conducted by Near East University, the Study on “The Contribution of Arts Educational Programs to Culture of Peace: Views of Teachers working in Northern and Southern Cyprus” has been presented at the InSEA – Seminar 2018

Organized by the International Society for Education Through Art (InSEA), the official partner of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization UNESCO), InSEA – Seminar 2018 was held in Thessaloniki, Greece on 16-18 July. Many artists, artist educators, arts educators, academics and practitioners from Greece, Cyprus, Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, England, the United States, Brazil, Japan and Macao attended the event. Through round tables, plenary sessions and workshops, the seminar provided an outstanding forum for fruitful presentations and debates about contemporary social concerns in arts education praxis and research. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that Asst. Prof. Dr. Fatma Miralay from the Department of Arts Teaching of Atatürk Faculty of Education attended the InSEA – Seminar 2018 and presented her study on “The Contribution of Arts Educational Programs to Culture of Peace: Views of Teachers working in Northern and Southern Cyprus”. In order to promote creative education and international understanding in all countries, InSEA – Seminar is held in a different country every year. At the seminar that themed on “Social Engaged Forms of Arts in Education in Southern Europe, Balkan Peninsula and Mediterranean Countries”, Fatma Miralay shared the results of her study and underlined the vital role of disseminating the culture of peace in societies through arts education. The articles presented at the symposium will be published in InSEA ART Education VISUAL Journal IMAG. The Vital Effect of Culture of Peace via Arts Education in Societies is important… The study, which Asst. Prof. Dr. Fatma Miralay conducted within the scope of her doctoral dissertation, discusses the crucial role of arts education in disseminating culture of peace in Northern and Southern Cyprus. Based on the views of arts teachers that participated in the study voluntarily, the study underlines the importance of determining the most appropriate course contents and practices in the line with the requirements of establishing culture of peace in Northern and Southern Cypriot communities. The study also draws attention to the importance of the identification of the problems that the teachers encounter within the process. Contribution of Arts Educational programs that implemented in Northern and Southern Cyprus to Culture of Peace In order to determine the contribution of arts educational programs that implemented in Northern and Southern Cyprus to culture of peace, the sample group and open-ended questions for interview has been selected with the utmost care. Asst. Prof. Dr. Fatma Miralay states that the study that designed on qualitative research method presents data that collected through focus group interviews with a total of 10 arts education teachers from Turkish Cypriot Community and Greek Cypriot Community. Based on the data obtained from the interviews with Turkish and Cypriot arts teachers, the study highlights that art education in culture of peace is an important factor that brings individual and social peace along with it. Besides, the crucial role of students, parents, school administrations and respective ministry in ensuring a sustainable culture of peace over the island of Cyprus is underlined. Based on the teachers’ views, the study deduces that educational institutions in both societies fail to do their part for the culture of peace because of the classical approach-oriented education system and concludes that current arts educational programs and state policies fall short to address the requirements of the culture of peace.

Near East University was represented at the 4th International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All, held in Poland

Near East University was successfully represented at the 4th International Conference on Lifelong Education and Leadership for All (ICLEL 2018) held in Poland. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, many academicians and scientists attended the ICLEL 2018 and Assist. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Yeniasır, from Department of Turkish Language Teaching of Atatürk Faculty of Education alongside Assist. Prof. Dr. Burak Gökbulut from the Department of Turkish Language and Literature of Faculty of Arts and Sciences successfully represented the Near East University with their studies on “The evaluation of metaphorical perceptions of teacher candidates of the concept of lifelong learning” and “The Opinions and Expectations of Turkish and foreign students pursing their higher education in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on Multicultural Education”. It was also pointed out that the English presentations made at the conference will be published by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. It is highly necessary for teachers to have awareness on the importance of the concept of lifelong learning as this has a big influence on enhancing continuation in education… Assist. Prof. Dr Mustafa Yeniasır and Assist. Prof. Dr Burak Gökbulut asserted that as individuals who give direction to community life perceptions of teachers on the concept of lifelong learning is highly significant on enhancing continuation in education and therefore as part of their careers, all teachers should internalise lifelong learning themselves as well as promoting this need on others. It was pointed out that a total of 73 metaphors, of 54 which were different from one another, were put forward by teacher candidates indicating that their perceptions on lifelong learning were positive. According to the study conducted, only 5 of the participating teacher candidates expressed a negative attitude towards the concept of lifelong learning. There is a need to establish intercultural respect and equal opportunities in education… The study titled as The Opinions and Expectations of Turkish and foreign students pursuing their higher education at universities in Turkish Republic of Norther Cyprus the fact that there was a need to establish intercultural respect and interaction among students. Additionally, a few Turkish students also indicated that each individual should be provided the opportunity to live freely whereas the foreign students expressed the need for equal opportunities in education. Students coming from different countries have the chance to easily pursue higher education at universities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus… As part of the study carried out when the participating students were asked whether they could easily come and pursue their higher educations in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and whether they could make use of classrooms, library, cafeterias, dormitories etc. the students’ responses showed variance such that a high number of Turkish students expressed that foreign students had the opportunity to pursue their higher education easily. On the other hand, foreign students’ answers did not agree with the responses of the Turkish students. While both groups of students did not show utter negative, it was concluded that foreign students could actually find the chance to get their higher education at universities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus without obstacles.

New Academic Publications from the Faculty of Communication of Near East University

The articles, Which were authored by the Head of the Department of Radio TV and Cinema of NEU Faculty of Communication Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, faculty member Ayhan Dolunay and PhD student Ali Murat Mırçık, were published in the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) which is a database containing almost 6000 journals within Thomson Reuters Web of Science. According to the press statement released by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) within Thomson Reuters Web of Science published three articles authored by Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, faculty member Ayhan Dolunay and PhD student Ali Murat Mırçık. These articles respectively address the violence news taking coverage in Turkish main news bulletin and discuss the media-violence relationship, probe into the impacts of globalization on media and assess the settlement of disputes arising public service concession agreements through arbitration. Violence stands forefront in the emerging new media concept… The study on Media-Violence Relationship evaluates the emerging new media concept as a tool that guides the everyday life and affects the society from all aspects. The study draws attention to the significant role of economic and political concerns on media and claims that the broadcastings are closely linked to these concerns. The study presents data that the respective concerns stem from ideology, and in this context, violence comes forefront as one of the reproduced concepts during the reproducing process. Pointing to the great power of television channels in influencing large populations, the study underlines that television channels re-produce violent incidents in the line of their own ideological structures and present them to their target groups. By analyzing the violence news broadcasted by Turkish main news bulletin by using discourse analysis method, the study presents data showing how violence incidents are dealt with and reproduced. Globalization leads to alteration-transformation in media and news cycle The study on the effects of globalization on media highlights that globalization shows itself in many areas and affects the lives of individuals. The study provides data regarding the impacts of globalization on economy, politics and culture and underlines that globalization with its significant effects leads changing and transforming in media and news cycle. Arbitration for disputes arising public service concession agreements… Authored by Ahmet Dolunay, lecturer at Near East University Faculty of Communication, the article on “the settlement of disputes arising public service concession agreements through arbitration” presents a study on the public concession contracts concluded between natural and legal persons within the frame of administrative law and private law. The study highlights that such contracts aim to ensure services without bringing high financial “loads” on the administration in terms of technology and labor force and discusses the settlement of disputes arising from these contracts through arbitration. Our goal is to provide contribution to science in general and to social sciences in particular Underlining their commitment to continuing to conduct scholar studies and present articles in order to provide contribution to science in general and to social sciences in particular, Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, faculty members Dolunay and Mırçık expresses their pride of the current respectable position of Near East University in the international arena.

Near East University has been represented at the BRISMES Conference 2018 which is considered as a reference point for Middle Eastern Studies

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Köprülü: “In the Arab world of today, it is no longer possible to evaluate political and social movements as a unified structure” Head of Department of Political Sciences of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü has represented the Near East University at BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) Conference; at one of the most rooted establishments in the United Kingdom, King’s College. She presented a paper giving examples from Tunisia and Jordon. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the main theme of this year’s conference was ‘New Approaches to Studying the Middle East’ and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü attended the BRISMES Conference 2018 with her study on Re-considering the hypothesis of Inclusion subsequent to the Arab Riots: Islamic movements in Jordan and Tunisia. Through her work, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Köprülü pointed out that since the Arab Riots which started in 2011 and the Islamic movements are inseparable parts of permeable borders and complex structure of the geography of the middle east and northern Africa. She added that due to increasing islamic activism and islamic movement in the region, and Society of the Muslim brothers, the individuals there could not be perceived in unity. Political transition processes of Islamic groups subsequent to the Arab Spring… Assoc. Prof. Dr. Köprülü stated that even though Islamic political parties began to gain strength during elections held after the Arab uprisings, and after the overthrow of the Ikhwan in Egypt in 2013, there tendency which was to the advantage of Islamic movements until that day has actually took a turn and now the tendencies are for the disadvantage of them. She added that the processes of communal movements involved after the Arab Spring embraced a wholistic approach was taken to analyse the political demands and expectations of Islamic groups; alongside the significance of consideration of the differences between countries. Furthermore, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Köprülü expressed that one of the most important issues encountered subsequent to the riots was whether the authoritative structures should be replaced by political pluralism or not. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Köprülü “On the one hand, while we can see Tunisia as an example country where significant steps are taken to be democratic and embrace political pluralism, the same developments cannot be observed in Egypt, Syria and Jordan. Therefore, the political practices conducted by Muslim brotherhood (Ikhwan) in Egypt and Tunisia is much different from each other.” She further pointed out that the practise in Jordan are sort of a reflection of what is being carried out in Egypt and Tunisia; almost a ‘hybrid’ structure. The different policies and approaches in Muslim brotherhood (Ikhwan) has brought the need to re-consider the hypothesis of inclusion It was stated that Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü presented her fieldwork on two political parties, Ennahda in Tunisia and IHC in Jordan, and answered the questions directed at her after the panel.

Near East University Department of Mechanical Engineering was in the limelight with two articles that they presented in Belgium

The 7th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear (FFW 2018) was held on 9-10 July 2018, at Ghent University, Belgium. FFW 2018 brought together many academics, researchers, scientists from all around the world to exchange and share their experiences, studies, new ideas, research findings and results about all aspects of Fracture Mechanics, Fatigue of Materials, Tribology and Wear of Materials. The conference covered industrial engineering applications of the above topics including theoretical and analytical methods, numerical simulations and experimental techniques. Professor Yusuf Şahin along with PhD students and faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of Near East University attended the 7th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear (FFW 2018) and presented two articles that conducted collectively with Ghent University, Belgium within the scope of a project supported by TUBITAK. According to the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Professor Yusuf Şahin along with PhD students Murat Yankaş, Anıl S. Tokdede and Certified Engineer Fatih Şahin attended FFW 2018 and presented two articles that conducted jointly with Professor P. De Baet, the Head of the Department Mechanical, Energy and Automation Engineering of Ghent University. During the session held on Tuesday 10 July 2018, Professor Yusuf Şahin along with the engineer Fatih Şahin presented the article titled as “Dry wear behavior of basalt/carbon-reinforced epoxy composite by Taguchi method”. Following this presentation, Professor Yusuf Şahin along with Professor P. De Baet, M. Yankaş, and A.M. Tokdede presented their study on “Wear property of epoxy reinforced with carbon using a response surface methodology”. Both presentations attracted great interest of the attending body. The articles that presented at FFW 2018 Conference were published in “Conference proceedings book” which will be sent to be indexed in Science Citation Index (SCI) and other international citation indexes. Study on the improvement of the abrasive wear behavior of epoxy based basalt/carbon fabric-reinforced composites received great interest… The study that presented by Professor Yusuf Şahin and his fellows probes into the dry abrasive wear behavior of epoxy based basalt/carbon fabric-reinforced composites and presents experimental data regarding the improvement of the dry abrasive wear by using surface response methodology. The experimental results show that the abrasive wear has been significantly reduced and there is almost no significant difference between the experimental results and the predicted results. The results show that the estimated result with the least abrasive wear has been achieved with 2.32% margin of error. It is underlined that surface-response methodology (SRM), which is an important design and analysis technique, is very useful for developing technological fields and can reduce the cost about 4-5 times compared to traditional experimental methods. Developing self-repairing epoxy composites can be formed by fiber/particle/dust… The article co-authored by Professor Y. Şahin and Engineer Fatih Şahin presents a study on the dry wear behavior of basalt/carbon-reinforced epoxy composite by using Taguchi method. The study attaches a special focus on developing self-repairing epoxy composites. As the load, speed and hardness of the samples have significant effect, Taguchi L18 design has been adopted to find out the effects. The experimental results show that the wear resistance decreased with increasing load and speed, but increased with increasing hardness of the composites. Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) is also decreased with increasing load and speed while it rises with increasing hardness. Besides, analysis of variance shows that the wear resistance is significantly affected by load, followed by speed and hardness, respectively. The self-repairing epoxy system introduced by the study has also attracted great interest.

Near East University Swimmer Doğukan Ulaç marked his name as the “General Class Champion” in Bosphorus, Istanbul

Doğukan Ulaç ranked 1st in the 30. Bosphorus Intercontinental Swimming Race in men’s class. Near East University long-distance swimmer Dogukan Ulaç completed the 6.5 km parade first in the Bosphorus Intercontinental Swimming Race, which is also considered the “World’s Best Open Water Swimming Organization”, in 46 minutes 58 seconds in the General Class. Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate released a press statement stating that Doğukan Ulaç became the 1st of the 30th Bosphorus Intercontinental Swimming Race organized by Turkey’s National Olympic Committee from Europe to Asia on a 6.5 kilometer route, where 2400 swimmers from 52 countries participated. Doğukan Ulaç completed the route in 46 minutes 58 seconds and ranked 1st in the Men’s General Class. Starting from the Anatolian side Kanlıca pier, the race ended on the European side Kuruçeşme, and the ranking process were determined by the chips connected to the athletes’ feet. Triumphant swimmer Doğukan Ulaç, who have completed the Intercontinental Bosphorus Swimming Race with the 2nd degree in general class with 52 minutes 21 seconds, also become the first in the 18-24 age category last year. “I dedicate my championship to my coach and my family” Doğukan Ulaç who got the first place in the general class of men said that he dedicated his championship to his coach Mehmet Gürcenk and his family. Ulaç, who stated that swimming through the Bosphorus is the dream of many people but it is not an easy job at all, also added; “It is a difficult and dangerous race. The waves and currents in the Bosphorus make swimming very difficult, but I succeded to get to the end. It is proud to take part in the most challenging race of the world as a Turkish Cypriot and achieve such success in the event, which has been shown as the best open water swimming organization in the world and where thousands of swimmers have been involved. I did swimming exercises in the sea before the race. I would like to thank the Near East University, my family, and to my coach for their support. My next target is Turkey Championship which will be held in December in Turkey. I will continue my efforts to make new achievements. ” Hakan Atamtürk: “The Near East University marked a significant success at marathon branch… Near East University Head of Department of Health, Culture and Sports, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hakan Atamtürk stating that this success was not a coincidence, also thanked those who supported this achievement. One of the most challenging aspects of swimming sport is the marathon races, said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atamtürk, and that the most challenging of the marathon races is the “Bosphorus Intercontinental Swimming Race”. Near East University has achieved an important result in marathon branch depending on its experience, said Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atamtürk and added “Mr. Caner Aspava, who made our swimmers like marathon races, became the first Turkish Cypriot who passed through the English Channel, Osman Akkuş who participated in this race 26 times with Mustafa Yeşilada, and Mehmet Gürcenk who is the coach of Doğukan Ulaç are remarkable swimmers of our country. I congratulate these champions for training swimmers. We are proud to demonstrate once again that Doğukan’s success is not a coincidence”.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü attended the 6th International Migration Conference and presented her study on the Syrian Migrants in Jordan and Lebanon

The 6th Migration Conference (TMC 2018) was held at the University of Lisbon, Portugal from 26 to 28 June 2018. TMC 2018 hosted over 100 parallel sessions and plenary sessions with several keynote speakers. The conference provided forum for more than 500 participants including scholars, experts, young researchers, practitioners and policy makers across the globe to exchange their knowledge and experiences in a friendly and frank environment. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of the Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü, Head of the Department of Political Science of the Near East University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, attended TMC 2018 and presented her study on the Syrian migrants in Lebanon and Jordan and discussed the issue within the frame of the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean. In her presentation, Associate Professor Nur Köprülü underlined that the climate of uncertainty, created in the country and in the region by the internal conflicts that started in Syria after Arab uprising in 2011, confronted both the Mediterranean geography and the European Union with the biggest refugee problem that they could ever witness. Köprülü also expressed that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported that a great number of Syrian refugees were hosted mainly by Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. The Number of Migrants is rising gradually… In her study, Associate Professor Nur Köprülü draws attention to the migrant crisis caused by the rising number of people migrating from Syria to the neighboring countries or to the EU countries by crossing the overland or the Mediterranean Sea. UNHCR reports that more than 9 million people left their homes following the outbreak of Syrian War in 2011. According to the report, 6.5 million of people displaced in Syria while approximately 2.5 million of people migrated to the closest neighboring countries, namely to Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. In her presentation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü also highlighted that Jordan was one of the countries most affected by the refugee crisis, with the second highest share of refugees compared to its population. Köprülü reminded that Jordan provided shelter for Palestinians emigrated to Jordan following the Arab-Israeli war and then opened its door to Iraqi people migrated to Jordan following the US operation to Iraq in 2003. “This time, the country, which copes with unemployment and economic problems, has opened its doors to Syrian refugees. In countries like Jordan and Lebanon, which host the highest share of refugees compared to their populations, issues like the current discussions on identity, economic and financial problems, political instability particularly in Lebanon are deepening with the ever rising number of refugees. Lebanon’s open door policy towards refugees has become a constantly debated issue, with the model of political power sharing based on denominational identities in the country. The changing population structure in the country has come to a point where it can be linked to political stability” noted she.

Faculty of Communication of Near East University was represented successfully at the International Congress

The 3rd International Scientific Research Congress on Humanities and Social Sciences (IBAD 2018) was held on July 9-11, 2018 in Skopje-Macedonia. The Head of the Department of Radio TV and Cinema of the Faculty of Communication of Near East University, Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap along with the faculty members Cüneyt Kurtulan, Pınar Gürçınar, Ayhan Dolunay and Çağdaş Öğüç participated in the congress and represented Near East University successfully with remarkable presentations. IBAD – 2018 Congress brought together many academics, researchers, scientists from all around the world to exchange and share their experiences, studies, new ideas, research findings and results about all aspects of topics related the congress. Congress also provided opportunities to participants to discuss the theoretical methods and practical solutions adopted about innovations and developments in the scientific environment. According to the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap and the faculty members of the Faculty of Communication made three presentations on “The Directing Effect of the Social Media on Young People’s Voting Decisions: TRNC Model”, “Communication Ethics and New Media Journalism: An Investigation on Presenting Judicial News on TRNC News Sites”, and “Violence Against the Handicapped and Presenting the News Concerning With the Handicapped on Internet Portals: TRNC Model”. These articles that presented at IBAD 2018 Congress will be published in “e-book of abstracts” and “proceedings e-book” which will be sent to be indexed in Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Presenting Judicial News on the News Sites in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was discussed… Radio TV and Cinema Department Chairman Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap and the faculty members Çağdaş Öğüç and Ayhan Dolunay presented an article titled Communication Ethics and New Media Journalism. The article presents a study on the presentation of the juridical news on the news sites broadcasting in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. The study probes into the issue and puts forward suggestions for solution. The study discusses the presentation of the juridical news on the news sites broadcasting in TRNC and underlines the impropriety of publicizing particularly the names-surnames and images of those who are suspected but not convicted yet. Within the scope of the study, the juridical news reported during the period of November-December 2017 in the web portals of the local newspapers of our country have been reviewed, evaluated and concrete solution proposals to the problems identified have been presented. The Effect of Web-portals on Young People’s Voting Decisions has been discussed… Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap also presented another article with Dr. Cüneyt Kurtulan and Instructor Ayhan Dolunay. The article titled as “The Directing Effect of the Social Media on Young People’s Voting Decisions: TRNC Model” presents a study on the significant attempts of social media to affect the voting decisions of the young people. The study underlines the significant role of young people, who are the most important building blocks of the social structure, in determining the result of elections especially in societies with a young population. Within this frame, the study draws attention to the efforts exerted by social media and web portals during elections to direct the decisions of young people. The study probes into the issue with a special focus on showing how important and preliminary the activities conducted on the internet and social media in affecting young people’s voting decision. The study is also of importance in demonstrating the tendency of young people in voting. In order to obtain the most reliable and accurate data, face-to-face interviews were conducted with the sample selected randomly from voters aging 18-25 and residing in 6 provinces of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Presentation of News concerning with the disabled on web sites has been discussed… The third article titled as “Violence against the Handicapped and Presenting the News Concerning with the Handicapped on Internet Portals: TRNC Model” was presented by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap, Dr. Pınar Gürçınar and instructor Ayhan Dolunay. The article presents a study on types of violence imposed on the handicapped and discusses how these cases take coverage on internet portals. The study reviews the internet news concerning violence against the handicapped between September 2016 and September 2017 and provides concrete solutions for the problems identified. “Our Academic Studies will continue with the same determination” Expressing their pride of representing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Near East University at international scientific platform, Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, Dr. Cüneyt Kurtulan, Dr. Pınar Gürçınar, faculty members Ayhan Dolunay and Çağdaş Öğüç highlighted that their scholar studies would continue with the same determination.
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