This time they beautified the teachers and staff

The faculty members and students of the Department of Hair Care and Beauty Services of the Near East University organized a special event for the faculty members and staff on the occasion of 24 November Teachers’ Day. According to the press info released by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, within the scope of the ” Internship ” course, in the event held by the first and second year students at the hair care and beauty workshop, lecturers and university staff received various makeup applications. Head of the Department of Hair Care and Beauty Services, Dr. Yeşim Üstün Aksoy who was in charge of the organization of the event., emphasized that the teaching profession is a very important profession and that teachers have a great share in making the society advance. Thanks to the teachers, honest, successful, beneficial and hard working people have been educated and the society owes its developments to these teachers.

Near East University Lecturer Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın represents Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus at Artist 2018 International Istanbul Art Fair

Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, lecturer of Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Department of Plastic Arts, participated in ARTIST 2018 International Istanbul Art Fair with five print works and represented the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. According to the press information provided by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, Lecturer Yücel Yazgın was one of the artists sent to TUYAP International Art Fair held in Istanbul by the Ministry of Education in order to represent our country. Yazgın participated in the event with five print works with the theme “Art Converts”, through which he dealt with the concept of “Experience” which is a challenging and rich concept. In the event of ARTIST 2018 the participants discussed the concepts of experience on aesthetics, ethics, labor, science, technology, history, multi-perspective. Yücel Yazgın stated that the International Art Fair attracted great attention of Istanbul residents and that the exhibition area of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was in a very good position in the fair and that he experienced great happiness in this sense. Supporting Youth for 14 Years… The ARTIST events, which has opened its doors to young artists, groups, initiatives and students of fine arts faculties of universities for 14 years, allows young artists and fine arts students to establish close relations with the galleries, participate in projects and produce joint projects.

Communication Doyen Hıfzı Topuz gives Communication Education Panel at Near East University

Near East University Faculty of Communication hosted communication doyen Hıfzı Topuz, who pioneered the establishment of the first communication faculties in Turkey as well as the establishment of UNESCO MacBride Commission which represents a turning point in the world communication history, and took up an important role in the publication of the New World Information and Communication scheme. According to the information provided by the Eastern University Press and Public Relations Directorate, participating in the panel titled “Communication Education from Past to Present” organized by the Faculty of Communication, made a presentation on the development of communication education from the very beginning up to the present day in Turkey and in the world. Füsun Özbilgen, the Secretary General of the Communication Research Association (İLAD) and Sami Özuslu, the President of the Cyprus Turkish Journalists Association, also commented the current state of communication education and their reflections in the profession and press freedom. Lecturers, journalists and students from the faculties of Communication, Science and Art showed great interest toAt the panel held at the Near East University Irfan Günsel Congress Center and moderated by Assist. Prof. Dr. Ayça Demet Atay. He told the historical adventure of the first journalism schools The 95-year-od journalist, author and communication trainer Hıfzı Topuz, recognized as the father of the communication education, delivered a speech on the history of journalism and on the development of communication education in Turkey with the establishment of the first communication faculties in Turkey. Turkey’s First Journalism School established in Ankara Hıfzı Topuz stating that the first journalism vocational school was established in Ankara, and then turned into a communication faculty due to the innovations and developments in the sector. Media does not open its doors to students for internship Medya Commenting on the current status of communication Hıfzı Topuz claimed that the students are not well educated, no sufficient amount of practice is carried out, no sufficient training facilities are conducted and the media does not open its doors to students. Being a Communicator and being a Communication Instructor are too different things… The General Secretary of İLAD, Füsun Özbilgen, who took word at the panel, also made comments about the current state of communication education. Özbilgen explained that he was a communication educator who came from journalism profession and then moved to the field of education after working in journalism for thirty years. She said that she has made out the difference between being a communicator and being a communication educator. Sami Özuslu, President of the Turkish Cypriot Journalists Association, commented on the reflections of communication education in the sector. Özuslu also touched on freedom of the press and democracy issues in press and media. Mr. Özuslu said that freedom of the press and democracy are the sine qua non of media. The freedom of press and democracy in the TRNC is yet relatively good. On the other hand, unfair competition and deterioration of economic conditions threatens the sustainability of the press sector, he said. Hıfzı Topuz signed his books at the end of the panel, he signed many research and review books in the field of communication which contain memoirs, novels and stories.

Near East University Students evaluated the Cyprus Conflict and the Negotiation Processes at a Round table meeting

Department of International Relations and Political Sciences of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University students organised a round-table meeting as part of their module titled as International Relations Theory, in cooperation with Yurdakul Cafer Bayrak; Editor of Foreign Languages Unit of Radio and Television (BRTK), and discussed the Cyprus issue along with the related negotiations. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, as part of the module taught by Head of Department of Political Sciences, Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü, a round table meeting was held so as to enable students a platform to discuss the Cyprus issue and the negotiation processes involved under six main headings; Management and Power Sharing, Security and Guarantees, Economy, EU issues, Land and Ownership. Foreign stakeholders involved in the Cyprus issue and the hydrocarbon issue was taken in hand… BRTK Foreign Languages Editor, Yurdakul Cafer, made a speech to the students and expressed that and informed them initially regarding the conflict dating back to the 1950’s. He provided a historical perspective to the matter and focused on the ongoing negotiations for around 50 years. Furthermore, the students scrutinised the results of the Cyprus talks held in Mont Pelerin, Geneva and Crans-Montana with Yurdakul Cafer. 1Moreover, the roles of United Nations (UN), United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), United Kingdom and European Union (EU) and their effects as international systems were reviewed. They also analysed hydrocarbon reserves that have been found and issues related to how the reserves will be shared. They discussed the crises developed on hydrocarbon and how international relations have shifted to a more complex status which required a multi-dimensional perspective. Students are improving their conflict resolution skills… Prof. Dr. Şerife Z. Eyüpoğlu, from the NEU Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, pointed out that meetings such as the one held were a great opportunity for students to improve their conflict resolution skills and get to know in detail the negotiation techniques utilized, ass they are at the heart of diplomacy. Additionally, they had the chance to focus on how negotiation processes are run during the attempts to solve the Cyprus issue. Students fount the opportunity to discuss how the Cyprus issue was shaping over the years… Emphasising the significance of the round-table meeting held by the students, Assoc Prof Dr. Köprülü, stated that this was a great chance for students to move from theory to practice regrading everything they have been taught in the field of international relations, and how things were brought to life. She added that the students gained experience and that they were equipped with the knowledge on diplomacy and journalism which play a key role in resolving intersocietal conflicts.

The exhibition in Memory of Dr. Fazıl Küçük will be held on January 15

-Cyprus National History Exhibition -National History Museum to be opened in 2020 -Our Artists will depict our national struggle via their artworks On the 35th anniversary of his death, Dr. Fazıl Küçük, Leader of Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom, will be commemorated with an exhibition themed “Dr. Fazıl Küçük and National Struggle”. The exhibition, which is dedicated to Dr. Fazıl Küçük, will be organized collaboratively by Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and National History Museum. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the exhibition, which would be realized with the contributions of our country’s artists, was dedicated to Dr. Fazıl Küçük, one of the leaders of Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom. It was underlined that the exhibition would be held to commemorate Dr. Fazıl Küçük on the 15th January 2019 on his 35th death anniversary. The exhibition that themed as “Dr. Fazıl Küçük and National Struggle” would be opened at Cyprus Arts Center, which is affiliated to Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts situated at the Museums Zone on Near East University Campus. The press statement also underlines that the exhibition will play a crucial role in making Turkish Cypriots’ existence known widely across the globe as well as enriching the inventory of the National History Museum. Call for Our Country’s Artists to participate in “Dr. Fazıl Küçük and National History Exhibition” with their artworks… Expressing that Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom was of great importance, Founding Rector Günsel’s Art Counselor and Director of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Assistant Professor Mustafa Hastürk stated that Dr. Fazıl Küçük and National History Exhibition would be held on the 15th January adding that the exhibition had great importance in terms of reflecting the years of our national struggle. In this regard, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hastürk invites all artists to contribute to the exhibition with their artworks including paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs reflecting the years of national struggle, or with objects specific to those years. Underlining the significant role of art exhibitions and museums in promoting and conveying our artistic and cultural values as well as historical heritage to new generations, Asst. Prof. Dr. Hastürk stated that the artists willing to participate in the exhibition could get the necessary information from the specified communication addresses adding that the artworks to be displayed at the exhibition and other donated documents, photographic materials and memorabilia related to the Turkish Cypriot people’s freedom struggle and national history would be taken under record in the inventory of the Museum of National History to be opened in 2020. Professor Ali Efdal Özkul: “Near East University considers it as a duty of loyalty to own the heritage of national struggle by rooting on these lands… Underlining NEU’s commitment to continuing to open new horizons for our people and conveying our historical heritage, cultural values and artistic accumulations to next generations, Professor Ali Efdal Ozkul stated that Turkish Cypriot people had come to these days by preserving and conveying their cultural values and historical heritage from one generation to the other. “Turkish Cypriot People shed their sweat and tears to give life to these lands on which they had been struggling for existence for 445 years. Near East University is also a product of this struggle heritage lasting for centuries. As Near East University, we are wholeheartedly bound up with these lands with great love. Near East University considers it as a duty of loyalty to lay a claim on the heritage of national struggle by rooting on these lands. Expressing that the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel attached a great importance on rooting on these lands to which we had been giving life for long years, Professor Özkul stated that Founding Rector Günsel with his farsighted vision mobilized all possibilities in all domains to pave the way for our people to root and bind up with these lands in such a way that no earthly force would be able to root us out from the lands on which we had been struggling for existence and freedom. Professor Ali Efdal Ozkul underlined that this basic philosophy constituted the basis of each investment made by Near East University in the fields of education, science, innovation, arts, culture and health. Expressing that Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which is an important cornerstone registering the existence of Turkish Cypriot people, had been brought into a being via Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel’s foresight and vision, Professor Özkul indicated that works were initiated in 2016 to establish the Museum of National History in order to better express ourselves to future generations and to provide ground for them to better understand themselves. The National History Museum, where Turkish Cypriot People’s National Struggle will be animated with visuals, will open its doors in 2020… The Dean of NEU Faculty of Sciences and Arts and the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of National History Museum, Professor Ali Efdal Özkul delivered further information about the National History Museum, which will be opened in 2020. “National History Museum, which will be established within the body of Near East University, is the first of its kind and aims to shed light on Cyprus Turkish History covering years from 1570/71 to present day. The museum will have a crucial task in shedding light on the past and history of Turkish Cypriots and providing information concerning our struggle to exist and to take roots on the island. To establish a museum is an extremely strenuous process. To reflect a great history to new generations is an arduous task. We have been carrying out works regarding the project for almost two years. Our aim is to create a museum which will be a learning place for our young people. The young generation needs to know their past and history well before setting out to explore the future. We want to take roots on our island so deeply that no one can remove us. The National History Museum, which will be a place where the history of Turkish Cypriots comes alive, will be consisted of three chronological sections; Ottoman Period starting with the Conquest of Cyprus in 1571 to British Colonial Period, British Colonial Period and the Establishment of the Republic of Cyprus, National Struggle Period starting from 1955 till today. The National History Museum will also be a dynamic and interactive facility where all the knowledge acquired by the project is thematically classified and made available room by room through presentations and animations. To reflect Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom by using the most contemporary audio-visual devices will be the main theme of the museum. Within the structure of the museum, all tools, materials, documents, traditional clothes and social surroundings reflecting the characteristics of their time will be exhibited thematically and chronologically. We aim to launch a museum that will exploit its potential as a learning place and play an active role with regard to lifelong learning with a human centered concept. In this context, our young people as well as visitors will have the opportunity to experience and figure out the past as if they were living in that period of history. It will be a living museum, which will continuously enhance its core collection and provide all information regarding the history of Turkish Cypriots through presentations and animations in an interactive, digital and audio-visual environment. In this regard, we are open to all sorts of contributions and invite those, who have any documents, materials and anything that reflect the history of Turkish Cypriots, to contribute to the project. The National History Museum will open its door to the visitors in 2020” said he. Contact for participation to exhibition and further information… Artists willing to contribute to “Dr. Fazıl Küçük and National Struggle” exhibition, of which preparations are ongoing, can contact with Professor Ali Efdal Özkul, the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of National History Museum, and Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Director Asst. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Hastürk by calling 0392 2236464 (extension: 5251), or through email addresses aliefdal.ozkul@neu.edu.tr and mustafa.hasturk@neu.edu.tr.

Prepared by Near East University Faculty of Communication the screening of the documentary “Söz’ün Son Kadını: Bedia Hanım” was realized in Macedonia

Prepared by the Near East University Faculty of Communication Department of Radio, TV and Cinema, the documentary titled as “Sözün Son Kadını-Bedia Hanım”, which is based on the first woman journalist of Cyprus, Bedia Okan Göreli revealing her journey into journalism, was screened at Macedonia FON University. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the screening was realized in Macedonia FON University, as part of the Turkic World Documentary Film Festival. Furthermore, it was stated that General Manager of Federation of Turkic World Journalists, Menderes Demir, and the committee; alongside the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mayors of Municipalities, artists, academicians and students attended the event. In addition to the above, it was pointed out that the documentary titled as “Sözün Son Kadını: Bedia Hanım” was prepared by the Department of Radio, TV and Cinema of Faculty of Communication of Near East University as a result of tedious research into the matter and that the films was prepared by that Ömer Evre and Zeyde Yalıner Örek, and Directed by Assoc Prof Dr Fevzi Kasap. The Film received international invitations… In addition to the above, it was stated that the General Director of the documentary was Head of Department of Radio-T and Cinema of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap and the documentary was based on the first Turkish woman journalist of Cyprus, Bedia Okan Göreli. Furthermore, the Drama Manager of the film was Ömer Evre and the Director of Cinematography was Zeyde Yalıner Örek; and the documentary film was initially screened in Turkey. Subsequently, the documentary received international invitations to be screened abroad. Moreover, Assoc Prof Dr. Fevzi Kasap stated that there was a plan to screen the documentary in several countries with Russian and English subtitles. Thus, it was emphasized that this was a great opportunity to promote Bedia Okan Göreli’s career life as the first woman journalist in many different countries.

Near East University Department of Computer and Educational Technologies Students participated in the “15th International Project Management Day”

Functioning under the body of Atatürk Faculty of Education of Near East University, Department of Computer and Educational Technologies final year students participated in the event titled as “15th International Project Management Day” that was organised by the Union of the Chambers of Cyprus Turkish Engineers and Architects. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the event was held at Conference Hall of Gönyeli Municipality and with this event, specialists shared their success stories with the participants. In addition to the above, it was stated that Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Prime Ministry YAGA Director, Ebru Kaptan Sertoğlu, European Commission Programme Manager Berna Berberoğlu and Physiotherapist Musa Kocatepe who have experience in business management, project management, project consultancy, personal development coaching and instructing shared their success stories with the attendants. It was expressed that the international project management day (IPM day) is always celebrated on the first Thursday of November and this year, the 15th Project Management Day was simultaneously celebrated in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, Turkey and in capital city of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Nicosia. At the end of the event, the students were awarded with certificate of participation. Quality Education is being aimed… Academic Member of Department of Computer and Educational Technologies, Prof. Dr. Zehra Altınay Gazi, stated that each year the department students get involved in similar events and find the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with project management professionals, managers, academicians and everyone else involved in the field of project management; alongside getting to know other students interested in the field, therefore improving occupational connections and enabling future cooperation possible. Dean of Atatürk Faculty of Education Prof. Dr. İsmail Hakkı Mirici also made a statement regarding the matter and expressed that they aimed to provide the students with education at global standards and with the support of their highly competent academic staff, educate students with quality education, satisfied with the opportunities provided in the department.

Wedding Anniversary Trip that turned into a Nightmare due to Stroke Reached a Happy Ending

The patient, who was on the island as a tourist a short while ago, was sent to Near East University Hospital because of stroke symptoms; the blood flow in one of the main blood vessels of the brain was cut off. Due to the immediate medical intervention and treatment applied at the Near East University Hospital, the patient recovered and was able to return back to her home country. Upon her return, the patient wrote a letter of appreciation to the Near East University Hospital thanking everyone for all that they have done. It was expressed that Çağla Sayın arrived to the island with her partner to celebrate their wedding anniversary. During their stay at the holiday resort one morning, she noticed that she had an empurpling in her left arm and she felt dizzy. Later, she was brought to Near East University Hospital with her left eye displaced and could not walk. First of all, Çağla Sayın was examined by the Neurology Department and once her brain and brain blood vessels were evaluated, she was diagnosed with stroke. In fact, one of the main blood vessels in her brain was seen to be blocked. Therefore, the Departments of Interventional Radiology and Neurology authorities conducted a brain angiography on the patient. Once the blockage was opened via angiography, the blood vessels of her arm was imaged. Department of Cardio Vascular Surgery Physicians evaluated her arm angiography and immediately operated on her arm. Subsequent to the surgery, the blood vessels were unclogged. As a result, the patient’s serious condition was improved and after the interventions made at the NEU Hospital, her neurological condition was fully improved. Following her operation, the patient was moved to the Near East University Hospital intensive care unit where specialist doctors, Neurology and Cardio-Vascular Surgery specialists continued to make multidisciplinary consultations and kept a close eye on the patient. She was put on a preventative treatment. On the 10th day of her arrival to the NEU Hospital, the patient reached her full health and was discharged; later to be checked on as an outpatient. The first 4.5 Hours of stroke are vital… Near East University Hospital Department of Neurology Physician Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bahar Kaymakamzade Çulhaoğlu made a statement on the matter and said: `If you or someone close to you has a speech disorder which happens suddenly, when his/her arm and/or leg weakens, feels numb or the position of the mouth is changed, what do you do?` She explained that at least once in a lifetime, one in every six people encounter a health condition as stated above himself/herself directly or have someone who encounters this next to him/her. She stated that in circumstances like this, it was highly essential to be calm and act wisely. She added that it as important for the patient to be taken to the right location and acted upon immediately. The first 4.5 hours of the stroke was expressed to be very significant and that the patient is applied the treatment during this period as it had vital consequences.

Exhibition of Republic Day consisting of 103 Artworks of 38 Artists was opened at Cyprus Arts Center

An exhibition will be opened at Cyprus Arts Center on the 15th January on the 35th anniversary of his death in memory of Dr. Fazıl Küçük, the leader of the Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom. Consisting of 103 artworks created by 38 talented artists by using different techniques, the “Exhibition of Republic Day”, which was organized in honor of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), was opened at Cyprus Arts Center that affiliated to Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by the Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman. According to the info delivered by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, TRNC Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, NEU Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Associate Professor İrfan S. Günsel, NEU Rector Professor Ümit Hassan, vice rectors, deans, artists, art-lovers and guests participated in the third exhibition of Cyprus Arts Center situated in Atatürk Culture and Congress Center. Curated by Associate Professor Erdoğan Ergün, the Exhibition of Republic Day features artworks such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs and printmaking created by using different techniques. The exhibition will be open to public till the 30th November, 2018. The opening speeches of the exhibition were delivered by TRNC Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman, NEU vice Rector Professor Fahrettin Sadıkoğlu and NEU Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Dean Professor Erdal Aygenç. Prof. Dr. Erdal Aygenç: “An Exhibition that brings together different personalities having different techniques…” In his opening remarks, Professor Aygenç stated that 38 different persons engaged in art at Near East University came together and created a group exhibition by using different techniques. “When we talk about art, first of all, we have to ask “what does art reflect?”. Art reflects reality. However, it is not a reality that we face every day and everyone perceives at once.The reality of art is to pursue and perceive reality beyond what is visible.“It is not possible to understand and explain arts with words; it is possible via emotions, let’s live our emotions in the exhibition” said he. Prof. Dr. Fahrettin Sadıkoğlu: “We will witness art Rrflecting different thoughts and emotions…” Highlighting that the Exhibition of Republic Day had been organized in honor of the foundation of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, NEU vice Rector Professor Fahrettin Sadıkoğlu said that the exhibition reflected the inner-world, thoughts and feelings of the talented artists. Expressing that the exhibition was an event realized within the scope of Cyprus Museum of Arts that established within the body of Near East University, Professor Sadıkoğlu underlined that all artworks at the exhibition were special works to be displayed for the first time. Indicating that art always had an important place in history of civilization, Professor Sadıkoğlu underlined that the great Turkish Leader, the Founder of the Republic of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk expressed the importance of art in his saying ” I would like to point out with special emphasis that one of the historical characteristics of the Turkish nation is to appreciate the fine arts and science and to advance in them as well. Therefore, it is our national ideal to support and develop the worthy and noble character of the Turkish nation through dedication to science and love of fine arts. The ability of a nation’s arts is measured by the value given to fine arts. If a nation does not engage in arts and science, that nation can’t advance towards the future”. “Near East University, which has left her mark over the world in education, science, research, innovation, technology and health, attaches great importance on arts and culture. Being aware that museums have a crucial role in preserving and reflecting the historical, cultural and artistic accumulation for all generations, Near East University attaches a special importance on museums in terms of adding vividness and color to social and cultural life. Aiming to add a new dimension to the culture and art life of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Near East University has established the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts within her body. All events held within the scope of Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts have a key role in promoting our country’s artistic creativity to wider populations as well as in sharing the cultural identity with national and international art environments and ensuring the recording and preservation of artworks” noted he. Exhibitions will be opened to commemorate the Leaders of the Turkish Cypriot People’s Struggle for Existence and Freedom. Expressing that exhibitions would be opened in memory of Dr. Fazıl Küçük and Rauf Raif Denktaş, the leaders of the Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence and freedom, vice Rector Fahrettin Sadıkoğlu stated that the first exhibition would be opened to commemorate Dr. Fazıl Küçük on 15 January on the 35th anniversary of his death. He said that the exhibition would be realized with the participation of national artists and those involved in arts at Near East University. Professor Sadıkoğlu ended his remarks by extending his appreciations to the Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ. Günsel and NEU Board of Trustees chairman Associate Professor İrfan S. Günsel in recognition of their vision in arts as well as for their moral and material support. Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman: We can document our existence with the things that we produce…” Underlining that the idea of opening “Exhibition of Republic Day” on the 35th anniversary of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) was very significant, Prime Minister Erhürman stated that peoples continued to exist as long as they produced. Indicating that art was one of the essential components of the Turkish Cypriot people’s struggle for existence, Prime Minister Tufan Erhürman expressed his views: “We can document our existence merely with the things that we produce. The existence of peoples is closely related with what they produce. Those, who are producers, never fade away. To produce means not only material production but also artistic and cultural production. Therefore, production in all domains of life is essential to sustain our existence. In order to say “I exist”, the Turkish Cypriot people are under the obligation to produce more in all fields, to produce better quality, and to share the things that they produce with the world” said he. Voicing that he had attended the fifth artistic event since they laid the foundations of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts almost four months ago, Prime Minister Erhürman congratulated Near East University for her vision in Arts and celebrated the NEU’s artists for their contribution to the “Exhibition of Republic Day”, where they would have opportunity to see their valuable artworks consisting of paintings, sculptures, printmaking and ceramics.

Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy of Near East University Prof. Dr. İhsan Çalış’s Name given to newly dicovered Geven Grass Species (Astragalus) in Erzurum

Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy of Near East University, who was shown amongs the “100 Turks Leading Science“, Prof. Dr. İhsan Çalış’s name was given to the newly discovered species of the plant, which is widely known as ”Geven Grass” and of which the scientific name is Astragalus. According to the press info given by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, Prof. Dr. Çalış’s name was given to the new species discovered in Erzurum by Professor Ali Dönmez who is a specialist on botanics and his assistant Zübeyde Uğurlu to honor the studies carried out for more than 30 years by Prof. Ihsan Çalış on the chemistry of Astragalus species and the new species will hereinafter be referred as “Astragalus İhsancalisii”. “Astragalus İhsancalisii” has taken its place in the world botanical literature under names of Dönmez & Uğurlu as a species peculiar to Erzurum region of Turkey. The article of Prof. Ali Dönmez and his assistant Zübeyde Uğurlu was published in the world-renowned Willdenovia journal, Berlin. Used in Pharmaceutical Industry The chemicals and compounds obtained from the Astragalus species are used as a medication for the immune system regulators, diuretic, energetic and anticancer effects. The plant having high antioxidant features is very reach in selenium. Astragalus membranaceus species are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine in the Far East and in Japan. Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria are the main production areas. Professor Dr. İhsan Çalış: I owe my thanks to my colleagues for giving my name to the newly discovered plant. Prof. İhsan Çalış stating that he was very pleased for his name given to the new species of Astragalus on which he has been studying for many years, said “The discovery of this species and giving it my name is due to my studies I have carried out on this species and the steps taken in enlightening the chemistry of this species. I am indepted to the authors of the study that gave my name to the plant, Prof. Ali Dönmez and Dr. Zübeyde Uğurlu from Haccettepe University, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Biology.” Prof. Çalış stating that he started his studies on Astragalus species in the 1990s, said that the first chemical studies started when Murat Zor, a doctoral student who served as a doctor at the Gülhane Military Medical Academy (GATA), came up one day with three root pieces of this plant at his hands and components of this plant was used on the blood table of a leukemia patient, revealing positive changes in the blood of the patient. Almost 100 species of Astragalus plant brought in to the world of science Prof. Çalış stated that they have extracted almost 100 chemical components from around 20 species of Astragalus and 74 of them were compound in the cycloartan structure and 36 were added to the science as a new compound. I have introduced these studies to more than 20 articles in scientific journals covered by SCI. In addition to phytochemical studies, many different bioactivity studies were examined by other researchers as well as their activity on the immune system. Chemical derivatization and biotransformation studies have been conducted to produce active molecules that enable the activation of the telomerase enzyme as well as derivatives having anticancer activity.
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