The Conference themed “The 2nd Cyprus Issue: The Vision Regarding the Past, Present and Future of Cyprus” started at Near East University

Ambassador Çağatay Erciyes: ‘We are open to all kinds of new ideas as long as the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots is ensured”. Hosted by Near East University, the Conference with International Participation on “Cyprus Issue: “The Vision Regarding the Past, Present and Future of Cyprus” where alternative models for solution in Cyprus will be discussed in detail, made a start with great participation. The conference provides a 3 day lasting scientific platform for more than 50 scholars, diplomats, decision-makers, politicians, researchers and field experts from different countries to discuss many issues including the energy rivalry emerging recently due to potential hydrocarbon sources in the Eastern Mediterranean and the alternative solution models for Cyprus problem. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the opening ceremony of the conference was realized with the participation of Çağatay Erciyes, the Deputy Director General for Department of Bilateral Political Relations and Maritime Affairs, Aviation and Borders, Ambassador and permanent representative of Turkish Foreign Ministry to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Murat Başçeri, Turkish Ambassador to Nicosia, Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu, the Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, officials from Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Principal Consultant and Undersecretary of the Embassy of Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, commanders, NEU Board of Trustees President Associate Professor Irfan Günsel, Yusuf Güngörür, the vice President of the Civil defense Organization, vice rectors, deans, academicians and foreign diplomats. Prof. Dr. Gökçekuş: ’Alternative Solutions should be considered for the Future of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus…” Delivering the opening speech of the conference, the Conference Chairman Professor Hüseyin Gökçekuş reminded that the first conference on Cyprus Problem was held in 2001 adding that they had currently organized the second conference to provide a scientific platform to discuss the issue again in the light of important local and regional developments and to analyze how these affect the political solution process in Cyprus. Underlining that the negotiations on Cyprus problem that conducted under the guidance of the United Nations since 1977 to achieve a bi-communal and bi-zonal federal partnership based on the political equality of the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities had failed, Professor Gökçekuş expressed his views: “An agreement couldn’t be concluded in the last negotiations held in Crans-Montana, Switzerland in 2017 and the collapse of the Cyprus talks in Crans-Montana led to the entire collapse of political negotiations. After fifty years of failed negotiations, we believe it is time to think of alternative options for the future of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” said he. Expressing that the discovery of hydrocarbons in the Eastern Mediterranean added an additional international dimension to the Cyprus problem, to the requirements of stability and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Professor Gökçekuş underlined that the natural resources were the common wealth of both peoples adding that the resources need to be used in the most appropriate way in a stable environment. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel: “A Just, Lasting and Viable Reconciliation that Protects the rights of Both Sides in Cyprus should be produced…” In his opening remarks, the Honorary President of the Conference and the President of NEU Board of Trustees, Associate Professor Irfan Günsel stated that TRNC and Turkey were always in a sincere and constructive attitude for generating a just, lasting and viable reconciliation, which takes into account the legal rights of both parties in Cyprus. Highlighting that a lasting and fair solution couldn’t be achieved as long as only one of the parties had such an approach, Associate Professor Günsel stated that ignoring the rights of legitimate political equality of one of the parties wouldn’t provide contribution to the solution. Underlining the necessity of understanding and internalizing the fact that the Turkish Cypriot people would be the equal partner of any political, economic and social structure to be established in the future, Associate Professor Irfan Günsel stated that all institutions and organizations of the TRNC would continue to uphold this principle at all international platforms and would never allow the violation of the rights of the Turkish Cypriot community by anyone. Highlighting that education was a field that knew no boundaries, Associate Professor Günsel stated that any final solution to be achieved in Cyprus should consider the future of universities, higher education and international students. Ambassador Çağatay Erciyes: “We are open to all kinds of new ideas as long as the Political Equality of Turkish Cypriots is ensured…” The Deputy Director General for Department of Bilateral Political Relations and Maritime Affairs, Aviation and Borders, the Ambassador and permanent representative of Turkish Foreign Ministry to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Çağatay Erciyes stated that all negotiation processes that realized between the Turkish and Greek sides since 1968 and finally in 2017 in Crans-Montana had failed. “As long as the political equality and security needs of Turkish Cypriots are ensured, we are open to all kinds of new ideas,” said he. Underlining that the Greek side was in an uncompromising attitude despite the constructive attitude of Turkey and Turkish Cypriots, Erciyes expressed his views: “”The collapse of negotiations was inevitable as the solution expectations of the two parties in the island were different. The parties weren’t actually discussing the same thing” said he. “Negotiations will not be able to produce results as long as the Mentality of the Greeks does not change” Highlighting that the last negotiation process in Crans-Montana was a clear indicator that Greek Cypriots ignored the political equality of Turkish Cypriots, Erciyes said: “This was also the same mentality leading not only to the collapse of the Republic of Cyprus only three years after its establishment in 1960 but also to the rejection of the Annan Plan by Greek Cypriots in 2004”. Noting that the Greek side still refuses to recognize the political equality of the Turkish Cypriots, Erciyes stated that Greek Cypriot leader Nikos Anastasiadis still considered himself as the leader of a single state and qualified Turkish Cypriots as if they were minorities. Drawing attention to new concepts such as “loose federation” and “decentralization” proposed by Anastasiadis, Erciyes underlined that the Greek Leader hadn’t taken a concrete step within the frame of his suggestions, which require clear definition to put substance on what they mean. “As long as there is no change in this mentality, negotiations will not produce a result that will bring benefits for both sides. For this reason, Turkey argues that a negotiation process, which is not a result-oriented one and which has unclear parameters, is no longer possible” noted he. “We have been negotiating for a federation-based solution for almost half a century. We couldn’t achieve any conclusion. In this case, we need to reconsider our goals again. Under current conditions, we do not exclude the federation model and we do not insist on a particular model. In his latest report, UN Secretary General (Antonio) Guterres pointed to ‘new ideas’ for the solution of the Cyprus problem. In this context, we are open to all kinds of new ideas as long as the political equality and security needs of the Turkish Cypriots are ensured” noted he. “We have to agree on what and how to negotiate…” Underlining the key role of a healthy dialogue process in achieving a comprehensive result, Erciyes stated that they continued to non-official talks in this context and they also shared the vision of the Turkey and Turkish Cypriot side with Jane Holl Lute, Guterres’ Cyprus Envoy. Underlining that it was not possible to progress in negotiations without having a solid common ground, Erciyes continued his remarks: “Before starting a new negotiation process, we have to decide what principles the process will be built on. In other words, we have to agree exactly what and how to negotiate. Therefore, the new negotiation process needs to be well prepared before. We don’t want to start negotiations just for negotiations. We know that the UN Secretary General has the same view. None of us can tolerate another failure. ” “Turkey’s Guaranty is more vital than ever before” Drawing attention to the fact that the Greek side focused the negotiations on the guaranty and security issues, Erciyes stated that the Greek side acted as if the right of guaranty of Turkey was a factor preventing a solution for Cyprus problem. “This is entirely the distortion of the truth” said he. Highlighting that Turkey’s guaranty was more vital than ever before, Erciyes stated a negotiation process would not be gone into without ensuring the requirement of security and guarantee. Erciyes noted that Turkey would continue to demand her right of guaranty till she knows for sure that the political equality of Turkish Cypriots, who are the co-owners of the island, is ensured on a solid basis. “Hydrocarbon Issue is another example of the Narrow-Minded Approach…” Reminding that the Greek Cypriot side was carrying out unilateral exploration activities regarding the hydrocarbon reserves around Cyprus, Ambassador Erciyes stated that the hydrocarbon issue was another example of the narrow-minded approach that Greek Cypriots exhibited during the last 50 years in the negotiations. Underlining that the region fell into a further instability due to irresponsible activities of the Greek Cypriots, Erciyes expressed his views: “In fact, hydrocarbon reserves can easily be used as a stabilizer factor in the region. In this regard, at the very beginning, Turkey had warned the Greek Cypriots about sharing the natural resources of the island with Turkish Cypriots. However, Greek Cypriots preferred to carry out unilateral activities”. Erciyes stated that Turkish Cypriots need to be equally involved in political decision-making mechanisms concerning hydrocarbon issue. Highlighting that Turkey was determined to protect her interests and rights on Turkey’s continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean, Erciyes stated that Turkey would continue to provide support to Turkish Cypriots under all circumstances. He underlined that the rising tension in the Eastern Mediterranean was a clear indicator of the necessity of a sustainable solution in Cyprus.

Consisting of 100 Photo-Paintings Created by Ediz Tuncel, the Exhibition titled “Every Nook and Cranny of North Cyprus” was opened by Erkut Şahali, the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Having being pictured again with oil and watercolor paint effects, 100 artworks that selected from the photo archive that created by the NEU Lecturer Ediz Tuncel in 20 years met with the art-lovers at the Photo-Painting Exhibition titled “Every Nook and Cranny of North Cyprus”. The exhibition which reflects the natural, cultural and historical values of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and of the Turkish Cypriot community from Karpasia to Yesilirmak (Limnitis) was opened by Erkut Şahalı, the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University released that the opening ceremony of the exhibition was realized at the Exhibition Hall of Near East College with the participation of Erkut Şahali, Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Suat Günsel, the Founding Rector of Near East University, Associate Professor İrfan Günsel, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, vice rectors, deans, faculty members, guest artists from Ukraine and guests. The opening remarks of the exhibition were respectively delivered by vice Rector Professor Fahreddin Sadıkoğlu, Photography artist Ediz Tuncel and the Minister of Agriculture and Natural Resources Erkut Şahali. Having being organized by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts with the aim of bringing a different perspective to the visual arts by combining painting and photography arts, the exhibition reflects the natural, cultural and historical values of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Turkish Cypriot people from Karpasia to Yesilirmak (Limnitis). The Exhibition is of great importance for raising and training the Young Generation… Indicating that the artwork at the exhibition reflect the natural, cultural and historical values of North Cyprus through 100 photo-paintings created by the photography artist Ediz Tuncel, Professor Sadıkoğlu stated that the artwork were perceived as a photo when looked at from a distance and as a painting when looked at from a close distance. Stating that a society primarily needed to attach importance on its essence, Professor Sadıkoğlu underlined that the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, who is bound to his country with great devotion and deep love, had mobilized all possibilities to open new horizons for the country. “Through the Founding Rector Dr. Günsel’s initiative, Near East University continues to open new horizons for the country by achieving significant breakthroughs in the fields of education, science, innovation, health, sports, culture and arts. Worldwide events in the fields of education, science, health and sports have been realized and outstanding accomplishments achieved so far. Now, with the initiative of the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, Near East University has rolled up her sleeves for new breakthroughs in the field of culture and arts. In this sense, Near East University has taken concrete steps and brought the Cyprus Museums of Modern Arts into a being. The Museum has exhibited 6 thousand artworks so far. With a firm belief that the future of a society is closely associated with the level of education, the Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel has exerted great sacrifices and created outstanding works in the field of education, health, culture and science”. Dr. Suat Günsel boasts of the things that he hasn’t done rather than the things that he has done so far. Dr. Suat Günsel has saved all his might, ideas and energy to his country by rejecting all offers inviting him to open educational institution and hospital in Turkey and different countries of the world. He rejected to extend his power to any other country over the globe and this is a clear indicator of his great devotion and deep love for his country and its people” said he. Highlighting the importance and necessity of conveying the historical, cultural and artistic values of our country to the next generations, Professor Sadıkoğlu ended his remarks by stating that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts would be a learning center where our cultural and artistic heritage came alive. The works of Artists are presented to the Consideration of Art Lovers by Virtue of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts… Underlining that they prepared an exhibition aimed at combining two close branches of visual arts, painting and photograph, the photography artist Assistant Professor Ediz Tuncel state that “Every Nook and Cranny of North Cyprus Photo-Painting Exhibition” consisted of photographs selected from his photo archive. “100 photos reflecting the natural, cultural and historical values of North Cyprus and Turkish Cypriot people from Karpasia to Yesilirmak (Limnitis) were selected from my photo archive, which consisted photos taken within 20 years. Having been re-pictured with oil and watercolor paint effects, 100 photo-paintings, which are perceived as photos when looked at from a distance and as paintings when looked at closely. will be displayed at the exhibition for the art lovers” noted he. Drawing attention to the significant steps taken towards being an outstanding art center in the region, Ediz Tuncel stated that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts continued to carry out unique and unmatched cultural and artistic events that haven’t been witnessed throughout the 450 year-old history of Turkish Cypriots. “The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts continues to hold multidimensional art exhibitions to our country and to our people, aiming to draw attention to a very important social deficiency and to provide the country and society with an invaluable collection of artworks” noted he. Expressing that artists had carried out individual works on painting, sculpture and photography and solo or group exhibitions so far, Tuncel pointed out the crucial role of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts in turning these individual works into workshops. He underlined that Near East University had realized great breakthroughs concerning education, science, innovation, health, sports, culture and art and left its mark as a leading university on many accomplishments. Expressing that the artists created artworks and presented them to the taste of public, Tuncel stated that appreciation was the expectation of all artists. However, certain processes should be completed to be considered eligible for appreciation. Every artist experience a process of apprenticeship before having been qualified as a master artist. It is an important point to expect appreciation when (s)he begins to create his artworks. This hasn’t been realized in our society till the 21st century. However, this phenomenon began to develop with Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Thousands of artworks created by hundreds of artists have been presented to the appreciation of the art-lovers through exhibitions propelled by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts” said he. Expressing that his “Every Nook and Cranny of North Cyprus Photo-Painting Exhibition” was the first exhibition of its kind that exhibited by the Museum, Ediz Tuncel ended his remarks by saying that it was a great pride for him. Minister Erkut Şahali: “The Exhibition, which is the Event of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, will be an Inheritance for the Country’s History…” Stating that he was following the art activities carried out by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Erkut Şahali noted that the artworks at the exhibition that consisted of 100 pieces created by using a different technique would be inherited to the history and the future of the country. Expressing that the exhibition was a special one as it reflects photos taken by capturing moments that couldn’t be experienced and which couldn’t be seen again in many points of country, Minister Şahali stated that the exhibition would reflect all natural, historical and cultural characteristics of the geography in which we live in. Emphasizing the importance of the mission of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the Minister Şahali said that the exhibiting, explaining and making a story of the works created within the scope of museum discipline were the key factors giving the voice of the societies to the future and other societies. “I follow the efforts exerted by Near East University with appreciation and interest. The commitment to continuity is clearly visible. This needs to be embraced. I am happy to be a part of this stakeholder” said he and ended his remarks. Following the speeches, the Agriculture and Natural Resources Minister Erkut Şahali presented a certification of appreciation to the photograph artist Ediz Tuncel. Then, the ribbon was cut and the exhibition was opened. The exhibition, which features the natural, cultural and historical values of our country and of the Turkish Cypriot community through a different perspective, will be displayed from10.00 to 12.00 for two weeks at the Exhibition Hall of Near East College.

Assoc. Prof Dr. Nur Köprülü made a speech at Bucharest University on “Nation and State formation in the Middle East”

Head of Department of Political Sciences of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nur Köprülü, made a speech regarding State Construction Processes and Identity Policies in the Middle East in the capital of Romania, Bucharest at a conference titled as From Polarization to Dialogue: Cultural, Religious and Political Discourse Formation in Europe and the Middle East. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü has been invited to the conference by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilisation Centre of Excellence of the World Academy of Art and Science where she provided details on her study on Nation-State Construction Processes and Identity Politics in the Middle East and in particular the study of the regimes governed by kingdom. It was stated that the conference was held at Faculty of Law of Bucharest University and Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü stated that the Emir of Jordan passed under British mandate management in 1921 and he was one of the most artificially organized in the Arab Middle East. Moreover, she stated that following Jordan’s independence, state and nation-building efforts were a painful process. Also, Hashemi family who established Jordan today not a native of Jordan and had migrated from Hejaz to Jordan. After the annexation of the Kingdom of Jordan in 1950 following the 1948-1949 Arab-Israeli War of the Palestinian Territories (the West-Bank), the two sides of the Jordan River (East and West) were united, then the country was named Jordan. She further stated that Jordan was the only Arab country to grant Palestinian immigrants citizenship when it was decided to include the West-Bank in the land after the war. Resultantly, the country began to host a large number of Palestinian refugees. Provided details about the political process in the Middle East after the Arab Spring … Although a new identity policy for the controlled integration of the Palestinians of Palestinian origin into the existing system was used, the relatively low representation of the Palestinians of Palestinian origin in the political arena would cause the Palestinian-Jordanians to call for-political reform in the future. The course of the nation and identity policies of the country since 1946 and the phases passed were discussed. Furthermore, after the Arab Spring, the process of political change in the region as well as the public uprisings faced by the countries and how the regimes responded were examined. Finally, a comparison of the acceleration of Tunisia in the process of democratization in the region with the examples of Egypt, Morocco and Jordan was made.

Near East University “2018 Science Awards” were presented via a Magnificent Ceremony

It was announced that Near East University annually organises this event to foster and honour academicians for their scientific studies and publications and recently, the 4th scientific awards ceremony was realised, 2018 Science Awards, via a magnificent ceremony. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the 2018 Science Awards were presented at a spectacular ceremony where a total of 132 researchers and academicians were presented awards under four main categories as “Young Researcher Award”, “Honourable Mention Award”, “Publication Award” and “Publication Honour Award”. In addition to the above, those who represented the Near East University and received awards at national and international conferences, symposiums and congresses were also honoured by being given thank you plaques; alongside the presentation of “The Best Academician of the Year”, “The Best Faculty of the Year” and “The Best Academic Unit of the Year” awards. Academic Member of the NEU Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Prof. Dr. Vahid Nourani received “Publication Honour Award” whereas as a result of the academic evaluations made by the Near East University Rectorate, “The Best Academician Performance” was given to Prof. Dr. Hüsnü Can Başer. Furthermore, “The Best Faculty of the Year” was chosen as the NEU Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and “The Best Academic Unit” was selected as the NEU Experimental Health Sciences Research Centre. Three people were presented Honourable Mention Awards… This year the Honourable Mention Awards were given to the fields of Educational Sciences, Health Sciences and Sciences such that Academic Member of Educational Sciences Şengül Başarı, Specialist in Health Sciences Emrah Güler and Dr. Shaban Ismael Albrka Ali from the filed of Sciences were presented awards. It was stated that during the presentation of the awards, the young researchers expressed their feelings and stated that they were very proud and excited to be working at a university which constantly improves itself. It was pointed out that the Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit, Chair of TRNC Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YÖDAK) Prof. Dr. Akile Büke, YÖDAK Members, Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan, Rector of University of Kyrenia Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Vice Rectors, Deans, Institute Heads and Academicians of Near East University and University of Kyrenia, and guests attended the 2018 Science Awards presentation ceremony that was realised at Hall 4 of Near East University Grand Library. The ceremony began with a minute’s silence, followed by the National Anthem. Subsequently, a speech was made by Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, and also by Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel, Head of TRNC Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YÖDAK) Prof. Dr. Akile Büke, and by Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit. Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ emphasised “Freedom in Science” Making the opening speech of the event, Vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said that scientific reasoning, scientific methodology and scientific ethics existed in all actions of the Near East University; based on the university’s continued accumulation and culture in higher education. Near East University has internalised the notion of being a 4th generation university model and the output of the academic studies, research and R & D activities were all offered to the benefit of the society. He added that one of the most important goals of the NEU was to be among the best universities in the world. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ expressed that freedom is the main precondition for scientific development, and for the researcher to find the conditions to do the research and to disseminate the information produced as a result of his research freely. Moreover, the young scientists and researchers were advised to question how to find out about their roots, to read a lot to be filled with creativity, to discuss them to see the limits of ethics, maintain the dignity of volunteers in their work, and always remember their responsibilities. Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ reminded everyone about the great Turkish Scholar Ibn-Sinai`s words, expressing that science and art will not stay where not appreciated and ended his words by congratulating those who were about to be presented 2018 Science Awards. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel: “We are turning into a 4th generation university model that produces information and transforms it into a product …” During his speech, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel expressed that the Science Awards were given as an Academic Encouragement to the studies that have proven to have the qualities that can make significant contributions to science at present and in the future. He added that these awards were an example of how NEU has pioneered the training of hundreds of scientists who have designed and built the future, and which have made innovative works. He stated that the Near East University had entered a phase which involved not only producing information, but also contributing to local development by creating commercial value and contributing to a rapid transformation process to carry the university to the future via the 4th Generation University Model. Furthermore, Assoc. Prof. .Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel stated that they developed their vision of education and research towards the cycle of research, patent, commercialization and branding of the new generation university approach. He stated that digital transformation is the first priority of the university and having knowledge in the global order is the most valuable power that could be owned. He also underlined the need for bold steps in science and technology in today’s world, stressing that progress in science and technology is, above all, a matter of national interest and is the most important condition for the development of a country. Three Patent Applications have been made in the Field of Pharmacy, Health and Medicine … Moreover, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel stated that as the Near East University, they will be using their accumulated academic knowledge to produce a commercial product. In this regard, he stated that by adopting the 4th Generation University model that works towards the needs of our society, they had implemented the Technology Transfer Company and have applied for 3 patents in the fields of pharmacy, medicine and engineering. Additionally, the NEU Project Coordinate of Scientific Research has supported 300 scientific research projects, which were financed with the resources of NEU, and currently 120 of these projects have been completed whereas 180 of them are continuing. Also, initiated in 2013, the number of students included in the raising academicians programme has reached 140. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Günsel also pointed out that the scientific studies and projects carried out at the university within the last year had increased significantly. In 2018, NEU academicians have published in more than 1200 scientific journals scanned in the international indexes such as Web of Science and Scopus. Resultantly, this has positioned the Near East University as the first university in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and among the first 10 universities in Turkey; also, among the first 5 based on the academic publication made by per academician. He made a promise that they will continue to support scientific research and increase their work to promote scientific performance and the rewarding system of success. Prof. Dr. Akile Büke: “Near East university is a significant example to the other universities in the country…” She stated that scientific research was an important aspect of universities and that one of the responsibilities of YÖDAK was to inspect these researches. In our audits conducted at the Graduate Schools and Research Centres of our universities, we see that our universities have made good progress at the point we have reached today and that Near East University set a good example. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Akile Büke, stressed that at Near East University, the number of scientific publications made in a short time by increasing the number of international indexes had increased. Prof. Dr. Akile Büke pointed out that a Scientific Research and Project Coordination Commission had been founded under the body of YÖDAK and that this commission was supporting the universities to establish ethical boards. By this way, they were hoping that just as the Near East University accomplished, other universities could increase the number of publications made in internationally indexed journals. Prof. Dr. Akile Büke ended her words by congratulated the Near East University for the achievements made, alongside those who were about to receive awards on that day. Minister of Education and Culture Özyiğit: “I am very proud to be at a university which highly values research which will shape the future…” Making a speech, the Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit stated that he was proud and honoured to be present at an award ceremony organized at a university which encourages academicians to conduct scientific studies and therefore contribute to shape the future. Furthermore, he stated that once considering the field of science, it is seen that scientists continue to shed light to mankind by working on research devotedly and that this was very significant since in the past, there were those who were tried in the inquisition courts, and those who lost their lives. He gave the example that while trying to prove something, Macellan lost his life and his friend completed what he started. After the Enlightenment period, we are making progress in science and technology at a dizzying pace, saying that technology and science have gained importance with the revolution of industry. He stated that Turkey made significant steps in the Turkic world. Producing Science and the Use of Technology were emphasised … Özyiğit emphasized that science and technology is not only taking and using, but also generating an understanding that grows and turns into a permanent structure and added that the value given to the scientist added a different meaning to everyone. He stressed that there was a need to progress forward without fear or otherwise the science of the West emphasized the importance of science and the use of technology in production by producing technology, expressing that we cannot go beyond consuming and dependent on them. He said that science shed light to us all and said that they foresaw an education on scientific and democratic foundations and gave unconditional support to the works that adopted this understanding. Minister of National Education and Culture Cemal Özyiğit, stated that the contribution of universities to the economy and socio-economic structure is unquestionable. Also, he stated that they wanted to have a structure where research and development activities are carried out in all areas of life and where data will be put forward as a guide to society; and that this was quality in education. At the end of his words, the Minister of Education and Culture congratulated both the Near East University for the opportunities presented and also the academicians for their achievements. The awards were given to their well-earned owners… Subsequent to the speeches made at the ceremony, the 2018 Science Awards were given to well-earned owners and the ceremony ended with a cocktail party.

Visited the Lapta Nursing Home in line with the motto “Make Happy Be Happy”

Near East University English Preparatory School Teachers and Students visited the Lapta Nursing Home in line with the motto ”Make Happy Be Happy”… According to the press information provided by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Department, within the framework of visiting the Lapta Nursing Home, the English Preparatory School lecturers’ message to their students was not only the duty of the state to protect the elderly and consider them as if they are our own family, but it was a social responsibility task of everyone to undertake responsibility in this regard. Emotional moments experienced during the visit to Lapta Nursing Home… While the students and teachers made donations on behalf of the English Preparatory School’s social responsibility coordinatorship of the Near East University English Preparatory School, they stated that they took into consideration the needs list of the Lapta Nursing Home and their assistance was made in this direction. Besides, the students had emotional moments by kissing the hands of the elderly and giving them flowers and the letters they had written. The English Preparatory School teachers and students who expressed their great pleasure in this visit stated that the elders living in the Nursing House had no other expectations except love, interest, understanding and remembering.

Photography and Painting Artist Gazi Yüksel’s Photography Exhibition “Local Arts” consisting of 100 photos to be opened by President Mustafa Akıncı at Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts

Lecturer of the Near East University Faculty of Communication, artist and photographer Gazi Yüksel’s solo exhibition titled “Local Arts”, consisting of 100 works, will be opened by President Mustafa Akıncı. According to the press information given by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, the opening of the photography exhibition titled “Local Arts” will be held on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 10:00 pm at the Near East Secondary School Exhibition Hall.The exhibition, which consists of frames which are carefully selected from the archives of Gazi Yüksel depicting scenes from the nature and environment, will be presented to art lovers between the hours of 10.00-12.00 during the week. Gazi Yüksel: “The exhibition will include the photographic testimony of the details of nature which I have deemed as a natural work of art…” Speaking of the photo exhibition “Local Arts” Gazi Yüksel said “If we compare the earth to a large canvas, the views that nature creates on this canvas with their own instruments are astonishing and admirable. It is possible to observe the details created by small touches, such as an installation work of nature when viewed from the height of a man. The exhibition includes photographic testimony of these details, which I describe as a work of art created by the nature itself…”

Delegates from Newroz University paid a visit to the Near East University

Near East University has welcomed the delegation from Newroz University in order to strengthening relations between the two universities, and called to further cooperation between two sides. During their visit, the delegation attended to the Workshop on Teaching Methods and Research Methodology held by Near East University as well as visited the Campus Facilities, Faculty deanships and International Student office.
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