60 little students from Gönyeli Fazıl Plümer Preschool visited Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts

Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which is located opposite of the Cyprus Museum of Classic and Sports Car in the Museums Zone of Near East University Campus, hosted 60 little students along with 5 teachers from Gönyeli Fazıl Plümer Preschool. According to the info delivered by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, Şerife Alkan, one of the guides of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, welcomed the visiting students and their teachers and provided them with information about the museum and the artworks exhibited in the museum. Neyire Bürüncük: “Such museum visits can help to raise art awareness in children…” Highlighting the crucial role of extra-scholastic social activities in the development of children, the preschool teacher Neyire Bürüncük expressed her views: “After learning about the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, as a child development expert, I thought that a visit to such a museum would definitely help our students to learn a lot about art and our artistic values, so we have organized this visit” noted she. Highlighting that such visits could help to raise art awareness in children, Bürüncük stated that it was possible that the children were not aware of the value of those artworks adding that such awareness could only be raised with such visits. “I am really proud of it. Believe me; I was affected while I was touring the museum. We did not have such possibilities when we were children. They will understand in future how lucky they are. I would like to extend my appreciations to mainly the Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel for esteeming art and artists this much, and I also thank to everyone who provided contribution” said she.

The owner of the TRNC Records Doğukan Ulaç in Turkey’s Qualification Process

Doğukan Ulaç, a swimmer from the Near East University (NEU) who won the International Istanbul Swimming Marathon in July, added more to his successes. Doğukan Ulaç becomes the Owner of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus Record Doğukan Ulaç broke the record in 200 meters freestyle swimming and Near East University Young Women and Men teams also won the championships at the Republic Cup organized by the North Cyprus Water Sports Federation. Doğukan Ulaç broke the record with a time of 01.53.81 and the NEU Young Women Team broke the record in 4×50 meters relay race with a time of 01.53.57. Ulaç in Turkey’s National Team Qualification Process Near East University swimmer Doğukan Ulaç will compete in the qualification races held by Turkey Turkcell Open Age Short Course National Team elections and on the first day will compete in 800 meters free style, on the second day in 1500 freestyle and on the third day in 400 meters freestyle races that will take place between 15-18 November 2018. Ulaç, who will represent the Near East University abroad, expressed his desire to repeat his success. Near East University broke the records as well as having the championships Near East University teenager and young women and men swimming teams received double championships at the swimming races held by the North Cyprus Water Sports Federation on November 10-11, 2018. Near East University swimmers, in addition to having the championships, broke the TRNC records. Near East University (NEU) Young Women Team broke the record at 4×50 meters freestyle race with time of 01.53.57, Near East University (NEU) swimmer Doğukan Ulaç broke the record in 200 meters freestyle race with time of 01.53.81 and Near East University (NEU) swimmer Buğra Buba broke the record in 200 meters breaststroke category with a time of 02.27.94, Emre Ersoy broke the 50 meters and 100 meters backstroke category records with a time of 00.28.66 and 01.02.56. Near East University (NEU) athletes stated that their achievements depend on the endless support provided them by the Near East Family and their trainers, and their trainers congratulated them for their outstanding achievements and expressed their belief that the athletes will achieve much greater success.

Near East University hosted the Turkish World Documentary Film Festival

Near East University hosted the gala night of the documentary film titled “Turkish Mother (Türk Ana)” that shot within the scope of the 3rd Turkish World Documentary Film Festival which was commenced under the slogan “8 Countries, 8 Cities, 1 Festival”. Turkish World Documentary Film Festival is an annual event that organized by the Turkish World Journalists Federation to bring Turkish documentary filmmakers together to exchange ideas and promote Turkish culture through their documentaries. This year, the 3rd Turkish World Documentary Film Festival was realized with the participation of universities and cinema television organizations from Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Near East University, which has participated in all Turkish World Documentary Film Festivals held so far, feels the right proud of hosting the gala night as a partner of this significant event. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the screening of “Turkish Mother” documentary film was realized at the Faculty of Communication of Near East University. The event was participated by Menderes Demir, President of the Journalists Association of the Turkish World, Professor Nedime Serakıncı, Head of Center of Excellence, Head of the Department of Medical Genetics of the Faculty of Medicine, Head of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, on behalf of Acting Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Asst. Prof. Dr. Nuran Öze, Head of the Department of Public Relations and Publicity, Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, the Head of NEU Department of Radio Cinema and TV, faculty members, festival team, Zarif Köse, who portrayed Turkish Cypriot mother in the film, and her daughter Selen Köse Esenel. Türk Ana (Turkish Mother), which was designed within the framework of the 3rd Turkish World Documentary Film Festival, was created by combining mother-themed scenes shot in eight Turkic countries. The documentary features scenes describing Turkish mothers from eight different countries with the point of views of eight different filmmakers. This significant documentary film was produced under the helm of Menderes Demir, the President of the Turkish World Journalists Association. The scenes regarding Turkish Cypriot mother in the film were shot under the consultancy of Associate Professor Fevzi Kasap, the Head of NEU Department of Radio Cinema and TV, and directed by Zeyde Yalıner Örek, Faculty Member at the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema of NEU Faculty of Communication, and NEU graduate Ömer Evre. Thanks for the Project-Partnership of Near East University… Underlining that Near East University had been the project partner for two years, the President of Turkic World Journalists Association, Menderes Demir stated that they had been carrying out the project on Turkic World Documentary film Festival and Competition for three years. “As known, Turkic world has a wide geography spreading from East Turkestan to Europe. The Turkic world family that spreads over a wide geography, has a vast culture.To convey this culture to our own relatives with the help of documentaries and to present the values to the world is our main goal in this project. During the 3rd Turkic Documentary Film Festival that commenced under the slogan “8 countries, 8 cities”, we aimed to convey these cultural values through the joint documentary “Turkish Mother”, in which mothers from Turkey, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina portrayed Turkish mothers featuring their own cultures. Mainly the General Directorate of Cinema of Turkey and almost all General Cinema Directorates in Turkic Republics, state institutions and organizations as well as the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) supported the project” said he. He concluded his remarks by extending his appreciations to Near East University and Turkish mothers in recognition of their contributions to the project. To introduce Our Common Cultural Values to our young people has importance… Underlining the significant role of the project in introducing our cultural heritage that first taught in the social sciences and life sciences courses in elementary schools, Professor Serakıncı stated that there wouldn’t be a better project to promote our common cultural values by bringing the unity and solidarity to forefront. “Promoting our own common cultural values with such activities to today’s children, young people and every individual is emotionally more effective and has more permanent effect. I would like to take this opportunity and extend my cordial appreciations to mainly the Turkish World Journalists Association President Menderes Demir for producing such a project with such an idea. Besides, I would like to thank to the project team, to those portrayed Turkish mothers and everyone who contributed and exerted effort to ensure this togetherness, to uncover some of our facts and introduce our cultural heritage and past” said she.

Near East University Faculty of Arts and Sciences commemorated Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

The Founder of the Republic of Turkey, Great Leader Mustafa Kemal Atatürk was commemorated on his 80th death anniversary by the participation of students from departments of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the commemoration ceremony was held at Hall 3 of the NEU Grand Library which began with a minute’s silence, in memory of all those who sacrificed their lives for this country, followed by the national anthem. Then the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul made a speech regarding the significance of the day. It was pointed out that during his speech, Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul expressed his thoughts and feelings on how Atatürk made his mark in history as a great leader and added that it was everyone’s duty to work hard by internalising Atatürk’s principles. Furthermore, he emphasised that as long as we continued to walk along the path he created better days were to be reached by the people of both the Republic of turkey and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Atatürk was commemorated with poems… Subsequent to the speech made by the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul, a student from the Department of Turkish Language Teaching İsmail Tamer screened his slideshow themed on Atatürk. Later, Academic Member of Department of Turkish Language and Literature Assist Prof Dr. Erdoğan Saracoğlu made a speech titled as “Atatürk and his work on language”. In his speech, Assist Prof Dr. Saracoğlu placed emphasis on the value Ataürk gave to Turkish Language and explained that the Turkish Language Society was previously established as the Language Council. Following the above mentioned speech, a students from the Department of Turkish Language: Ayşenur Özbent read poems titled as “Mustafa Kemal`i Düşünüyorum”, Alev Demir read “Kıbrıs’ta Atatürk” and Aysel Akkuş read “Mustafa Kemal’in Kağnısı”. Moreover, Fatma Betül Kulular read a poem titled as “Ben Mustafa Kemal’im”; Mustafa Aktan read a poem titled as “Atatürk” ; and Hasan Altunbağ read “Ağıt-Destan”. It was stated that the commemoration ceremony ended upon the completion of poem reading.

Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı provided information regarding her work on Genetics of Aging and Telomere Therapy at the Bioscience Conference

Chairperson of Centre of Excellence of Near East University, Head of Department of Medical Genetics of Faculty of Medicine, and also Head of Department of Molecular Biology, and Head of Department of Genetics of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı participated in the 4th Bioscience and Industry Conference as a guest speaker. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, a conference was held by Chemical Technologies Club of Yildiz Technical University on Industry 4.0 to which Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı was invited to teleconference to provide information on her study in the field of “Genetics of Aging and Telomere Therapy”. She informed the audience on two different methods she developed to assess telomere lengths. As a keynote speaker of the conference, Prof. Dr. Serakıncı made a presentation on “The use of Telomere Biology in Industry and Reflections” and that around 350 participants listened to her. The possible benefits and disadvantages of Anti-Aging Medicine used as part of Telomere Therapy… Prof. Dr. Serakıncı explained that telomeres are the caps at the end of each strand of DNA that protect our chromosomes, like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces. Without the coating, shoelaces become frayed until they can no longer do their job, just as without telomeres, DNA strands become damaged and our cells can’t do their job. Furthermore, she explained that the DNA at the ends of chromosomes erode. More visible signs of thus include aging skins and greying hair. When telomeres become very short, cells can no longer divide and die. In human cells, shorter telomeres indicate a higher probability of risks of diseases of aging. Moreover, Prof. Dr. Serakıncı explained the relationship between telomere length and many diseases was clinically proven. She added that anti-aging drugs were used as part of telomere therapy and these had certain benefits as well as certain drawbacks. She provided details regarding risks involved in these treatments. She will be a Scientific Consultant of the National Medical Congress… In addition to the above it was stated that Prof. Dr. Nedime Serakıncı was invited to be the scientific consultant of the 13th National Congress of Medical Genetics with International Participation. It was explained that, organised by Medical Genetics Association, the aim of the congress was to bring scientists together to share latest developments and contemporary approaches to issues through multidisciplinary scientific meetings.

The Study that conducted by the Near East University Researchers on HIV/AIDS in Cyprus received the First Prize at the International Microbiology Congress

“Analysis of HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Cyprus by Using a Mathematical Model”; the study conducted by the research team consisting of microbiologists, mathematicians and infectious diseases specialists under the supervision of Professor Tamer Sanlıdag, Near East University Vice Rector and the Head of the Experimental Health Sciences Research Center (DESAM), deemed worthy for the best research award. The XXXVIII International Turkish Microbiology Congress was held on November 04-08, 2018, at Starlight Hotel, Antalya. Various sub-fields of microbiology as well as medical/clinical microbiology, fields such as food hygiene and microbiology, environmental microbiology were covered in the Congress program as panels or conferences with most recent subjects. Within the scope of the 5 day lasting Microbiology Congress with international participation, the Ankara Society of Microbiology held the 10th International Molecular and Diagnostic Microbiology Congress in one of the parallel halls, as a one-day program and the International Symposium on Migration, Travel & Infection organized by the Parasitology and Migration & Travel Infection Study Groups of Turkish Society of Microbiology in collaboration with the Turkish Society for Parasitology was held in another parallel hall, as a one-day program. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that Professor Tamer Şanlıdağ and his research team participated in the International Symposium on Migration, Travel & Infection with an oral presentation on “Analysis of HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Cyprus by Using a Mathematical Model”. The presentation attracted great interest and deemed worthy for the best award in oral presentation category. Near East University feels the right pride of receiving the first prize at an international platform once again. Based on the investigation results, the study presents data that there is currently no HIV/AIDS epidemic on the island of Cyprus. The study also predicts increase in AIDS virus in both Northern and Southern parts of the island approximately 10 years later if the measures are not taken. The study estimates that this increase will continue until 2055. Professor Şanlıdağ: “Rational Understanding and Production in All Fields of Science…” Underlining that rational understanding and production was one of the basic principles of Near East University, Professor Şanlıdağ stated that many researchers other than the research team represented Near East University in the best way and expressed the satisfaction of sharing a total of 15 research results at the Congress.

Former President of the Assembly Dr. Sibel Siber visits Retrospective Painting Exhibition of Mustafa Hastürk at Art Center

Retrospective Painting Exhibition of Mustafa Hastürk, artist and lecturer of Faculty of Fine Arts of NEU, was visited by the former President of the Assembly Dr. Sibel Siber at the Art Center of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Museum located on the campus of Near East University. According to the press information provided by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, the first woman prime minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) and the former President of the national Assembly, Dr. Sibel Siber was informed about the paintings and the scope of exhibition by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Hastürk during her visit to the museum. Sibel Siber; “We need art, artists for peace, for a better world, for a better environment” Dr. Sibel Siber in her statement at the end of the visit to the exhibition said that we need art and artists for peace, for a better world, a better environment the message for them could be seen in the exhibition. Sibel Siber stating that during the period of her service as the Speaker of the National Assembly, Mustafa Hastürk was her art consultant, said “I have seen the artworks and exhibitions of Hastürk. This exhibition of him is as impressive and thought-provoking as the others, we can see the reflection of thoughts and spirit of an artist With the motto of art heals, there are really optimist and hopeful perspectives that keep the existing hope even more vivid from the perspective of their world. And we are so glad we have the artists. We need art, artists for a more beautiful world for peace, for a better world. In this exhibition we see these messages being exhibited. I once again congratulate the artist Mustafa Hastürk and wish success in his future art life”. Dr. Siber also said “I congratulate the Near East University especially for hosting art and artist, and for the value that it gives to art and artists”. The exhibition can be visited until 12 November between 10:00 and 17:00 until 12 November at the Art Center.
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