Three Solo Painting Exhibitions consisting of 86 Artworks exclusively made for Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Three Kazakh Artists opened by Minister of Tourism and Environment Dt. Ünal Üstel

The solo exhibition of Umirbek Tleuliyev titled “The Bulls” and consisting of 36 artworks, solo exhibition of Pyotr Kishkis titled “Chronicles of feelings” and consisting of 18 artworks, and the solo exhibition of Guldana Zhurkabayeva titled “Eclectic Me” and consisting of 32 artworks, in total 86 artworks, were opened by the Minister of Tourism and Environment Dt. Ünal Üstel. According to the information provided by the Near East University Directorate of Press and Public Relations, the opening ceremony was attended by the Minister of Tourism and Environment Dt. Ünal Üstel, Founding Rector of Near East University Dr. Suat İrfan Günsel, Rector of Özay Günsel Children’s University Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli, Prime Minister’s Chief Advisor Dr. Ahmet Savaşan, Minister of Tourism and Environment Director of Private Office Batu Beyit, vice-rectors, deans, institute directors, lecturers, and artists. At the opening respectively, Vice-Rector of the Near East University Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Kazakh artists Umirbek Tleuliyev, Pyotr Kishkis, and Guldana Zhurkabayeva and Minister of Tourism and Environment Dt. Ünal Üstel made a speech each. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “The Cyprus Museum of Modern Art’s collection consists of works that will best represent their country in the context of art history.” Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ pointed out that museums are foundations, which contain traces of the past, certain national and cultural values, etiquette and instances of social engineering tools that contribute to the developments of society, and the places to collect, protect, share information and research results, and maintain continuity in all these services. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ also said that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, bringing together artists from many countries, providing freedom in creativity and world art in this geography, is a unique foundation. He said, “The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, when the contemporary aesthetic values and insights are taken into consideration, is an important institution that is responsible for the selection, accumulation, protection and exhibition functions of important materials for our country. The Cyprus Museum of Modern Art’s collection consists of works that will best represent their country in the context of art history.” “We share the pain of our brothers due to the plane crash in Kazakhstan.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “Today we are together at the opening of the solo exhibition of three Kazakh artists. First of all, for those who lost their lives in a tragic plane crash in Kazakhstan, may the victims rest in eternal peace, and I wish a rapid recovery for the wounded.” Prof. Şanlıdağ finally said “Pyotr will be with us with his exhibition titled “Chronicles of Feelings”, Guldana with the exhibition titled “Eclectic me”, and Umirbek with his exhibition titled “The Bulls”. We would like to extend our congratulations to all three Kazakh artists who were awarded the Silver Key by our University. We sincerely thank all the members of the Günsel family, especially Suat Hoca, who is the mastermind of all, and all the artists who supported us in this important project with their participation and dedication. I wish you a new year full of happiness, peace, health and full of art.” Umirbek Tleuliyev; “I gained new abilities” At the beginning of his speech, Kazakh artist Umirbek Tleuliyev said, “I would like to thank the organizers and technical teams of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts with all my heartfelt feelings.” Stating that he participated in the symposiums of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts for the third time and that he gained new talents each time, he said; “I’m a book illustrator and I’ve always worked with A3 sizes. Here, I have also discovered cosmic dimensions and I think it is very organic. The main character of my works is Taurus, I tried to show it from different angles. Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is our Vernissage and we are now at the end of 2019. Founding Rector Suat Günsel, I especially wish you health, prosperity and the realization of your dreams in 2020.” Guldana Zhurkabayeva; “An atmosphere full of creativity, we had the opportunity to get to know ourselves and our talents again.” Guldana Zhurkabayeva said in her opening speech, “For 50 days, in an atmosphere full of creativity, at an incredible pace, we re-acquainted ourselves and our talents and had nice relations with our colleagues. I would like to thank Dr. Suat Günsel for providing us with such an opportunity. We are living today so that we can make it history tomorrow! I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Suat Günsel and the team members of taking part in the project of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Pyotr Kishkis; “Beauty is born through search and can only someone who is brave and thinker can be a seeker in the way of art” Pyotr Kishkis; “Many artists from this scene shared their thoughts and expressed their gratitude. I’d like to share my thoughts with you. Our workshops, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Near East University and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are such places that you trust and believe in your own strength. This museum is a constantly renewed water fountain. I lived a life full of light here again. I found myself among many people again. I have tried to find something of my own in other works, characters, colors and tried to find the right one. I am grateful to Suat Günsel and your welcoming land. Thank you everyone who has been with me throughout these days! Beauty arises from the search, and only a brave and thinker person can be the seeker in the way of art.” Minister Ünal Üstel; “Near East University brings together artists from various countries and unites many works from different cultures to be exhibited in our country” Minister of Tourism and Environment Dt. Ünal Üstel before starting his speech, wished mercy on those who lost their lives in the tragic plane disaster in Kazakhstan, and a quick recovery to the wounded, “Our hearts are always with them, thanks to our brother country Kazakhstan,” Minister Üstel said that Near East University brought together artists from different countries and united many works from different cultures to be exhibited in our country. He said; “Today we are together with the exhibitions of Kazakh artists, Guldana Zhurkabayeva, Pyotr Kıshkıs and Umırbek Tleulıyev, whose artworks have exclusively been made for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. I would like to thank Near East University and our artists for providing these valuable gains to our country. Near East Family continues to add unique values to our country by adopting the principle that “supporting museums is supporting the future ”. The activities carried out, on the one hand, promote the country, while creating important points of attraction for tourists coming to our country. I would like to thank the Near East Family and the Kazakh artists who have brought together different cultures and arts in our country on behalf of the Ministry and the Government, and I promise to support the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project as much as we can” ULUG BEG and Silver Key honor awards were presented to the artists and exhibition ribbons were cut… Following the speeches, Minister Ünal Üstel presented the ULUG BEG Award to Umirbek Tleuliyev within the scope of the Alasia Awards given to internationally recognized painting masters, and the Silver Key Honor Award to Pyotr Kishkis and Guldana Zhurkabayeva. The exhibitions can be visited in the exhibition hall of the Near East University İrfan Günsel Congress Center between 08.00-16.00 on weekdays until 10 January 2020.

Near East FM is 20 Years Old

Established under the body of Near East University, Near East FM started broadcasting in 2007 and recently the 20th Founding Anniversary was celebrated at the Faculty of Communication with a cocktail reception. It was stated that the Dean of Faculty of Communication Prof. Dr. Ayhan Biber, Chairman of the Near East FM, Heads of Departments, academic members and students attended the cocktail reception held to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the foundation of Near East FM. At the event, Dean of Faculty of Communication Prof. Dr. Ayhan Biber made a speech and expressed his belief that as an education and training radio, it is sure to accomplish much greater successes. He ended his words by congratulating the 20th anniversary of the foundation of the Near East FM. Continuing to broadcast with innovate understanding Also making a speech, Chairman of the Near east FM Assist. Prof. Dr. Sinem Kasımoğlu stated that Near East FM was brought to life with the visionary of the Founding Rector of Near East University Dr. Suat Günsel. Furthermore, she stated that Near East FM not only embraced the students of the Faculty of Communication but also the students of the university as a whole. She stressed that the Near East FM had completed 20 years with the same innovative understanding and is to continue to broadcast in the same way. Assist. Prof. Dr. Sinem Kasımoğlu reminded everyone that the Near East FM began broadcasting in a small room under the bridge located on Near East University campus. She said that since 2007, Near East FM is continuing to broadcast at the Near East University Faculty of Communication Complex, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on 88.00 FM frequency. Assist. Prof. Dr. Sinem Kasımoğlu: “With the aim of capturing the important and indispensable points of professional broadcasting, Near East FM both improves the learning process in a natural environment and acts as an application laboratory for broadcasting. In other words, Near East FM makes a significant contribution to the education and application areas of the students through the opportunities it provides to students.” 20th Anniversary Cake was cut Subsequent to the speeches, the 20th anniversary cake was cut and a guitar performance was enjoyed.

Seminars on Ethical Values and Gender Roles in Educational Sciences attracted Interest

Within the scope of monthly seminars held by the Near East University Applied Linguistics Research Center (UDAM), two different seminars were held on “Ethical Research in Educational Sciences” and “Gender in Discourse and Teacher Training.” According to the press information released by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çise Çavuşoğlu held the seminar titled “Ethical Research in Educational Sciences” and lecturer Yağmur Raman Erkunt held the seminar titled “Gender in Discourse and Teacher Education”. Academicians, undergraduate, graduate and PhD students showed great interest in the seminars. Attention called to Ethical Values… Assoc. Prof. Dr. Çise Çavuşoğlu gave detailed information about research ethics and discussions raised on ethical issues as well as ethical applications and scientific studies with current examples in the seminar titled Ethical Research in Educational Sciences. Gender Roles in Education discussed… In the seminar titled Gender in Discourse and Teacher Training, which was held by lecturer Yağmur Raman Erkunt under the umbrella of UDAM, various terminologies related to gender, gender roles in culture and the importance of gender in discourse and in teacher education were shared with the participants through giving examples from scientific data.

The Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy opened Group Exhibition consisting of 35 Artworks of Four Kazakh Artists, and Four Solo Exhibitions consisting of 91 Artworks of Four Kazakh Artists

A group exhibitions consisting of a total of 35 artworks made by four Kazakh artists; Abduakhat Muratbayev, Kanat Bukezhanov, Baktygerey Teleubay and Ilsuyar Kazakova, and four solo exhibitions consisting of 91 artworks of Kazakh artists Muldir Sagyndykova, Nurbek Zhardemov, Oralbek Kaboke and Salimgali Myrzashev was opened by the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy at the exhibition hall of the Near East University Hospital. According to the information provided by the Near East University Directorate of Press and Public Relations, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, Founding Rector Dr. Suat İ.Günsel, vice-rectors, institute directors, deans, lecturers, artists and invited guests attended to the ceremony. In the opening ceremony, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Kanat Bukezhanov on behalf of the Kazakh artists, Muldir Sagyndykova, Oralbek Kaboke, Nurbek Zhardemov, and Salimgali Myrzashev gave speeches. “Societies that develop their imagination with art produce more beauty and happiness” Near East University Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ in his opening remarks stated that art puts the creative talents and works of artists into the service of society, develops the understanding of freedom and beauty, reflects the aesthetic aspects of economic, social, political and cultural developments of society throughout history, and that the societies developing their imagination through art produce more beauties and happiness, and share them freely. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “Museums, standing out as a social engineering tool that embodies traces of the past and instills certain values, are institutions that collect, protect, share information and maintain continuity of values, and serve the society and the people living in and around with the materials that witness to the history. Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is a unique foundation that brings together artists from many countries, provides freedom in creativity and unites world art in this geography. 1500 artists from abroad have become part of this project. So many artists are also looking forward to taking part in the project.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ, “Everybody agrees about the importance of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts project and a new trend in the world has begun, where the project will evolve and how it will be named over time will be determined later.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said, “The perception of the size of the canvases has changed. In such an atmosphere full of creativity, the emergence of new ideas is very exciting.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ continued his speech as follows; “To define it with the expressions of the artists; brush masters make this atmosphere a fairy tale or paradise. They also perceive this as a challenge and ask themselves if they can be better? With the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art Project, all clichés began to be demolished. Previously unknown or unused techniques have been introduced. Artists started to discover themselves again. Size perception of the canvases changed. In such an atmosphere full of creativity, the emergence of new ideas is very exciting and motivating new discoveries.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ, at the end of his speech, emphasized that today four solo and one group exhibitions would be opened and congratulated all the artists for putting a brick to the foundation of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts and expressed his gratitude to the architect of this project, Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel. Bukezhanov; “This project stimulated our creativity and talents and pushed us to new ideas and experiences” Speaking on behalf of Kazakh artists Kanat Bukezhanov; “On behalf of all Kazakh artists, I would like to thank Suat Günsel, the Founding Rector of Near East University, and your blessed land in general. This project stimulated our creativity and talents and pushed us to discover new ideas and experiences. In addition, being in the same environment and working with artists representing other Turkish peoples has awakened the feeling of our fraternity, friendship bonds, and common roots. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the growth of this project. We will never forget these days.” Sagyndykov to; “This temple of art waits for an extraordinary future” Kazakh artist Muldir Sagyndykova whose solo exhibition would be opened; “We are pleased to see you all at the opening of our exhibition. First of all, we would like to thank Founding Rector Suat Günsel for inviting us to be a part of this unique and spectacular project on a global scale, not regionally. We hope that after the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts opened, it will exist forever and this temple of art will have an extraordinary future. I wish success to my colleagues and health and happiness to everyone.” Kaboke; “If you’re afraid – don’t start, if you’ve started – don’t be afraid” Oralbek Kaboke in his speech said, “I would like to start my speech with the words of Cengiz Khan: If you are afraid – don’t start, if you have started – don’t be afraid ’. These words have become our kind of slogan. Every day we went to our workshops without wasting time so that we could touch the canvases again and again, and pour the secrets of the paints on them. By attending this symposium, I have crossed the boundaries within me and realized that there is no such thing as impossible. I am sure that the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art will not only be the art center of the Cypriot community or the Turkish world, but its voice will also be heard throughout the world. Everyone knows how a butterfly or bird flies. You can see my flight at this exhibition. Dear Dr. Suat Günsel, once again, thank you very much for your hospitality.” Zhardemov; “Life is short, art is endless” Another Kazakh artist Nurbek Zhardemov, whose solo exhibition would be opened, started his speech by greeting the Protocol and the guests; “Culture provides the spiritual nutrition of people. Years and centuries will pass, but then the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts will continue to be a family home that preserves culture and art for future generations. The works we have created are not only our contributions to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, but also to the culture of our children and grandchildren and to the world art. The land of Cyprus united us, provided us with an atmosphere full of creativity, brought together new friends and offered such an opportunity to contribute to the art world. We are grateful to Suat Günsel. I would like to conclude my speech with the words of a famous philosopher: ’Life is short, art is endless.” Myrzashev; “Let’s fly high and shake the world with our creative ideas like the huge nomads of this world.” Kazakh artist Salimgali Myrzashev said, “When we first arrived, Mr. Günsel told us to fly high and the more we would fly high the more he would help us. And I flew. The modern language of my paintings on the canvas is 2D graphics. I come from the animation field, my size is 3D. I’d like to fly in 3D. In this context, I would like to remind Gumilev’s work on passion, nomads and the world. Yeah, I’m a nomad! Gagarin was also a nomad, from Baikonur to distant worlds, searching for new living spaces for all mankind, out of the steppes, and he became a nomad of the modern world …Great Cengiz Khan! Only his name would shake the world. The Great Silk Road and through it the development and spread of culture were provided. Dear colleagues! Let’s fly high and shake the world with our creative ideas such as the huge nomads of this world. I can’t say goodbye. I mean, see you soon. Thanks for everything.” Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy; ”Art is more powerful than anything. Continue with the power of art … ” Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy said that the exhibition to be opened today is different; “Everyone has outdone themselves, and everyone’s words are important and beautiful enough to be a story and a book. Everyone came here prepared and the reason for this preparation is, of course, the beauties we see around us. I just found an article in front of me. I read the article, and I took something from him. An article written by one of our artists is really emotional and will surely direct our perspective towards art. He is saying “in this world, we come as guests”. I’m not an artist, I can’t take the brush in my hand and create such a beauty, maybe I can go on the way to create something in the laws that may put our heads in trouble in my own field from time to time. But we all want to be proud and proud of what we have left behind in this world we are visiting. Today there is actually a picture of pride here. This picture is perhaps an exhibition, but it will evolve into a different place and become a museum. When we think about the museums in many countries of the world, we will see a museum that everyone would like to see once in his life. How to carry such a great wealth of the Near East University to the future and how useful work is done to the country is not a matter of question, but a matter of appreciation. I am sure that many people remember you with the richness you have put forward, with the thought of what Near East University has done for the TRNC, perhaps not only with the Museum of Modern Arts, even more museums will be transformed into the idea of creating all these beauties. Everyone has a life story, I see here that every artist and every thinker really has a life story. I believe that there will be a life story at the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. Maybe ten years from now, we will see the days that we can enjoy together. Art is more powerful than anything. Continue with the power of art …” The artists were presented with awards and certificates of appreciation, and the ribbons of the exhibition were cut. Following the speeches, the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy presented certificates of appreciation to Abduakhat Muratbayev, Kanat Bukezhanov, Baktygerey Teleubay and İlsuyar Kazakova. The DOGDURBEK NURGAZİEV given to the promising young artists in memory of Kyrgyzstan State Artist Dogdurbek Nurgaziev was given to Kazakh artists Muldir Sagyndykova and Oralbek Kaboke. The exhibitions can be visited at the exhibition hall of the Near East University Hospital between 08.00-16.00 on weekdays until 10 January 2020.

A New Hope for Cancer Treatment…Near East University and University of Kyrenia Researchers are to Investigate Anti Cancer and Analgesic Properties of Pufferfish Toxin

A team of researchers from Near East University and University of Kyrenia will be examining the tetrodotoxin found in the skin of pufferfish located in Northern Cyprus coasts in order to utilize tetrodotoxin as pharmaceutical raw material for the treatment of cancer. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the established research team will first determine the presence of tetrodotoxin in pufferfish collected from the coast of Northern Cyprus. They, the team will conduct toxin isolation, purification and activity studies from the species of fish contain the toxin. The research team plan to conduct studies on tetrodotoxin found in the skin of pufferfish, which is thought to prevent metastasis in cancer cells. Furthermore, the team drew attention to the fact that if the active substances are obtained from pufferfish that damage the ecosystem and be exported as pharmaceutical raw materials this would make a contribution to our country’s economy. The research studies are to initiate in 2020 It was pointed out that the study is to be funded by the Near East University and is to commence in 2020. The research team which was established under the body of Near East University also includes members such as Prof. Dr. İlkay Salihoğlu from University of Kyrenia, Prof. Dr. Bilal Cem Liman from Faculty of Veterinary of Near East University Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ and Dr. Buket Baddal from Faculty of Medicine and Centre of Experimental Health Sciences (DESAM), and Assist Prof Dr. Usama Alshana and Assist Prof Dr Güner Ekiz from Faculty of Pharmacy. The studies will focus on Cancer Drug Production and Pain Relief The researchers pointed out that the balloon fish that crossed the Mediterranean ecosystem through the Red Sea increased. Additionally, the researchers stated that drug active substance which can be used in cancer treatment and has high value in the pharmaceutical industry can be isolated can be obtained from pufferfish; a fish type which threatens the extinction of native fish and is not edible due to its toxin. In addition to the above, it was stated that due to its neurotoxin properties, tetrodotoxin (a substance found intensively in internal organs, reproductive organs, subcutaneous and muscle structures of pufferfish) can damage the nervous system in the human body when exposed to high doses. However, it is stated that it can be used in the medical field as an analgesic in the production of cancer medicines and in the treatment of cancer pains in very small amounts and in a controlled manner.

Two Solo Exhibitions consisting of 43 Artworks exclusively made by Kazakh Artist Daurenbek Beknazarov and Tajikistan Artist Bahrom Ismatov for Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts opened by Hasan Taçoy, Minister of Economy and Energy

Two separate solo art exhibitions consisting of 21 artworks of Kazakh artist Daurenbek Beknazarov and 22 artworks of Bahrom Ismatov were opened by Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy. According to the information provided by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, the Founding Rector of the Near East University. Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, vice-rectors, institute directors, deans, lecturers, artists, and invited guests attended the opening ceremony. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “Bahrom Ismatov from Tajikistan, the country at the feet of the sun” At the opening of the exhibitions, Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ gave information about the artists in his opening remarks; “Bahrom Ismatov is from Tajikistan, the country at the feet of the sun. Although the Tajiks show linguistic differences with other Turkic peoples of Central Asia, they have great cultural similarities with the other nations sharing kinship and cultural roots. We have important common values such as Abu Reyhan Biruni, Firdevsi, İbn-i Sina, Nasır-ı Hüsrev and Ömer Hayyam who are world-renowned in the field of science, philosophy and literature.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “Daurenbek Beknazarov comes from Kazakhstan, from a civilization born in the steppe” “Daurenbek Beknazarov is coming from Kazakhstan, a civilization born in the steppe. Kazakhstan is a country that has taken great strides in literature, music, cinema, theater, painting, architecture, museology and in other branches of art. The oldest form of being of the Kazakh people began to turn into folkloric elements in time and has reached to contemporary Kazakh art with various stages. Since the traces of the Kazakh legends of existence, the aesthetic quests extending to contemporary Kazakh art and the reflection of this development on the styles of Kazakh painting art, have constituted an important field of art. From a cosmic painting design to more concrete figurative insights, from there to the insights of changes in every context of abstract painting, Kazakhstan’s painting extends from epic motifs to the most contemporary geometric projections. The common ideal of both artists is undoubtedly to support the efforts of the unification of the Turkic world through art in our country and to elevate Turkish Art and therefore world art in our geography. Of course, this supreme aim will be realized through the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; ’Nearly 1500 artists, 224 exhibitions and more than 20 thousand works in one year” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ, pointing out the developments since the beginning of the project, said; “Cyprus Museum of Modern Art Project so far has engaged over 1500 artists from abroad, the number of works produced exceeds 20 thousand, the number of materials accumulated for all museums to operate on campus have reached 100 thousand materials, in the last 2 weeks of December, between 17-30 December, 29 exhibitions of which 21 of them are solo, dozens of artists and countless works are meeting art lovers.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ; “Together with today’s exhibitions, we will reach 224 exhibitions in a year and end 2019 with 228 exhibitions in total. Taking this opportunity I would kindly like to express my deepest gratitude to the architect of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art Project, our Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, to Günsel family, to Minister Taçoy who always with us despite his busy agenda, and to you and all our artists, and I wish you pleasant moments in Beknazarov and Ismatov’s solo exhibitions.” Bahrom Ismatov; “Every moment I spend in this atmosphere full of friendship and inspiration is priceless for me ” Tajikistan artist Bahrom Ismatov, whose solo exhibition was opened, in his opening speech started by greeting the protocol and the guests and expressed that he accepted the invitation with great enthusiasm to participate in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project and that he was proud to be a part of such a project. Ismatov continued as follows; “It is an honor for me to be here with artists from all over the world. Every moment I spend on the territory of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in this atmosphere full of friendship and inspiration, is invaluable to me and I will never forget everyone who was with me at this time. I am grateful for offering me such an opportunity. I wish everyone success and prosperity.” Daurenbek Beknazarov; “I am happy to be in this project ” Kazakh artist Daurenbek Beknazarov, whose solo exhibition was also opened, started his speech by saying good morning to all Cyprus as well as the protocol and guests. He expressed his gratitude to Suat Günsel for providing him with the chance to be there today. Daurenbek Beknazarov expressed his happiness for taking part in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project, saying “I wish you the most precious thing in life, a healthy and long life. I am so glad we have you! I would also like to thank our curators Sembigali Smagulova and Orazbek Esenbayeva. Welcome to the opening of my exhibition.” Minister Taçoy; “With these works of art, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Art has exceeded the peak” Economy and Energy Minister Hasan Taçoy; “In this exhibition, we have faced a different philosophy, from the moment I entered the hall I have seen different works and I tried to revive.” Minister Tacoy; “I have seen and felt a lot of things in the painting I have looked at from where I sat. I have seen a different philosophy, a different event, maybe a conspiracy, and I have seen a figure coming out of the figure in this painting. It is a different event and a going towards somewhere. As soon as you enter the door, when you look at the paintings in front of you, you feel different things and you want to keep what you see inside. With these works of art, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has surpassed the summit. It is a new area that the Turkish Cypriot people really need. I would like to thank everyone who contributed.” The artists were presented with the Dogdurbek award and the exhibition ribbons were cut Following the speeches, Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy gave the Dogdubek Nurgaziev Award”, in memory of Kyrgyz State Artist Dogdurbek Nurgaziev as part of the Alasia Awards given to promising young artists, to Tajik artist Bahrom İsmatov and Kazakh artist Daurenbek Beknazarov. The exhibitions can be visited at the exhibition hall of the Faculty of Dentistry of Near East University between 08.00-16.00 on weekdays until 03 January 2020.

Three Separate Solo Painting Exhibitions, which feature artworks exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts by Turkish Artist E. Yıldız Doğan and Two Kazakh Artists Tileuzhan Batanov and Muthit Murzaliyev, were opened by Olgun Amcaoğlu, TRNC Minister of Finance

Exclusively prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, three solo painting exhibitions were opened by Olgun Amcaoğlu, TRNC Minister of Finance. The exhibitions feature a total of 57 paintings reflecting the extraordinary art vision of the artists. 10 artworks of the Turkish artist E. Yıldız Doğan, 22 works of Kazakh artist Tileuzhan Batanov and 25 works of Kazakh artist Muthit Murzaliyev stand out as master pieces addressing the taste and soul of the art lovers. The opening ceremony of the exhibitions were realized with the attendance of TRNC Finance Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu, UBP Güzelyurt MP Menteş Gündüz, NEU Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel, vice vectors, directors of the graduate schools, deans, faculty members, artists and guests. The opening remarks of the exhibitions were delivered respectively by NEU vice Rector Professor Tamer Şanlıdağ, Turkish artist E. Yıldız Doğan, Kazakh artists Tileuzhan Batanov and Muthit Murzaliyev, Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu. Near East University vice Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ began his speech by delivering examples from world art. “The Scream, which depicts the existential agony of the mankind, is a popular artwork created by Norwegian Expressionist artist Edvard Munch. The painting “Scream” is the second most famous work of art history after Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. In the painting, in the foreground, in the middle of a bridge, there is someone whose gender can’t be distinguished. His/her eyes are opened widely and she/he screams as if it were coming from the depth of her/his soul. However, other than that, every detail in the painting seems normal. In his diary, Munch noted that he had been out for a walk at sunset when suddenly the setting sunlight turned the clouds a blood red. He sensed an infinite scream passing through nature. “I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature”. Prof. Dr. Tamer Sanlidag: “The scream rising from the artists will surely resonate all over the world”. Prof: Dr. Şanlıdağ stated that almost 1500 artists had participated in the activities held within the scope of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Project. “: “Within the scope of this great project, many art workshops were realized and 222 exhibitions including the present ones were opened within the last year. The number of artworks that created by the talented artists for Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has exceeded 20,000, which is a significant number relative to such short time” noted he. Expressing that the number of materials accumulated for all the museums that will operate on the campus had reached 100 thousand, Professor Şanlıdağ said: “In the last two weeks of this year, between December 17 and 30, 29 exhibitions, tens of artists and countless works will come together with the art lovers. The screaming rising from the artists through the created atmosphere will surely resonate all across the world. Today, we are realizing the opening of three distinguished solo painting exhibitions revealing the extra ordinary vision of three talented artists consisting of the Turkish artist Yıldız Doyran and Kazakh artists Tileuzhan Batanov and Mukhit Murzaliyev. I would like to take this opportunity and express my gratitude to all of our artists and especially to each individual member of Günsel family for pioneering the realization of world-embracing artistic and cultural projects”. Expressing that he had been at the campus for four times within the scope of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Turkish artist E. Yıldız Doyran stated that he had created 34 works for the museum so far added that he desired to complete this number to 50 within the process. Doyran: “Researchers and prospective artists and young people from all around the world will be able to come to this museum and observe the Turkic art very easily”. Highlighting the crucial role of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts in reflecting all aspects of Turkic art and culture, Doyran expressed her views: “Some people have utopian dreams. However, some scientists have very good ideas not only concerning science but also concerning art. Probably, our Suat Hoca (NEU Founding Rector Dr. Suat Günsel) stands forefront of all those; because we witness that many of these scientists in our surroundings are making progress in their own lanes. However, the atmosphere created at Near East University with Suat Günsel’s forward looking vision is definitely a dream that many people cannot achieve, not only in the name of science, but also in the name of art. One lives to realize his/her dreams. So does the artist. We are here for our dreams and I will be grateful if we contribute a little to this museum. As my other fellow artists mentioned, this museum will be a museum that brings together all Turkic art and culture as well as the artists of the Turkic world. This is a contribution to the new educational approach that Günsel has created by exerting devoted efforts for years. Researchers and prospective artists and young people from all around the world will be able to come to this museum and observe the Turkic art very comfortably. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to me and who supported me” said he. Murzaliyev: “I am proud of contributing to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which will unite the Turkic world” Beginning his remarks by greeting the protocol and the guests, Kazakh artist Muthit Murzaliyev expressed his views: “I’m personally, and I’m sure all my colleagues have the same feelings. I would like to state that I am very proud of contributing to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which will unite the Turkish world and thus the world art. Besides, this matter constitutes an important point in terms of ensuring cooperation and friendship among Turkic peoples. Each artist has his/her own life experiences, which are not always positive, of course. However, we forget everything in this inspiring and friendship-filled, peaceful atmosphere, and we just create our works and get real pleasure from what we do. I live with art, I have the ability to create, I help with my creativity and this is my real happiness. It is a distinguished pride for me to open my first solo exhibition in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Today I would like to express my gratitude to everyone, because this is our joint effort and our common success” noted he. Batanov: “This is our joint efforts, our common victory” Underlining the significance of working together towards realizing the same goal, Kazakh artist Batanov expressed his views: “Today, we are experiencing the happiness of opening the solo exhibitions in this hall. This is a little contribution to the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the museum of Turkic people. We are grateful for your providing us with the opportunity to be on your beautiful and hospitable land, meet and work with other artists. We are witnessing the harmonization of the cultures of Turkic peoples. Dear Founding Rector, I hope that your efforts and sacrifices will return with the prosperity of your business. I wish you a long healthy life, happiness and unfading energy. This is our joint efforts, our common victory” said he. Minister Amcaoğlu: “Adopting it as her task, Near East University has pioneered for steps to be taken” The rising of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts as the center of Turkic art on these lands, the expanding of its collection reflecting master pieces created by talented Turkic artists really makes me very happy. By appreciating and following developments regarding the issue, we are all together setting a foot on a beautiful route that we can’t possibly predict the results. In fact, politics prefers to take steps to deal with the facts. However, art constitutes an important step here, especially with the synergy that it captured within the body of this significant art center. I would like to emphasize that Near East University has pioneered for the steps to be taken on this route by adopting it as her task. I personally and on behalf of the party that I represent thank them” noted he. Awards were presented, exhibition ribbons were cut… Following the speeches, DOGDURBEK NURGAZIEV Award, which is an award that presented to the future promising young artists in honor of the decedent Kyrgyz state artist Dogdurbek Nurgaziev, was presented to Kazakh artist Muhit Murzaliyev, and Silver Key Honor Award was presented to Kazakh artist Tileuzhan Batanov and Turkish artist E. Yıldız Doyran by Finance Minister Olgun Amcaoğlu. The exhibitions will be open to visits at the Exhibition Hall of the Faculty of Communication of Near East University between 08:00-16:00 hours on weekdays until 07 January 2020.

The exhibition titled “Artistic Traces of the Turkish Cypriots’ Existence Struggle” held on the occasion of 21-25 December National Struggle and Martyrs Week with the cooperation of Near East University and Gazi University was opened by Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy

The exhibition titled “The Artistic Traces of the Turkish Cypriots’ Existence Struggle” held in cooperation with the Near East University and Gazi University for the 21-25 December National Struggle and Martyrs Week, was opened at the Irfan Günsel Congress Center by the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy. According to the press information released by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, Economy and Energy Minister Hassan Taçoy, representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Nicosia, Near East University Rector Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan, Rector of Özay Günsel Children’s University Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli, Rector of Gazi University Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir, Kyrenia District Governor, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Ahmet Savaşan, Founding Chairman of Cyprus Turkish National History Museum Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul, deans, department heads, lecturers, artists, relatives of martyrs, guests and students attended to the opening ceremony. At the exhibition titled “Artistic Traces of the Turkish Cypriots’ Existence Struggle”, following the reading of the National Anthem and the screening of the documentary film The Cypriot Heroes of Gazi realized. Later, the Near East University Rector Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan, Gazi University Head of the Department of Painting Education Prof. Dr. Alev Çakmakoğlu Kuru, Acting Rector of Gazi University Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir and Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy made a speech each. Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan; “Our artists have left their marks for tomorrow” Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan said in his opening remarks that by linking the intersection and overlap of the two educational and cultural paths of the unity between Gazi University and Near East University, standing out for its pioneering role in quality and courage in education, have made two important attempts. The first one is that Gazi University eternalized its Turkish Cypriot sons in the struggle of existence. And the second one is that it has carried all the human values, cultural and spiritual dimensions of the Turkish Cypriots to the future, whereas the Near East University has dedicated all its facilities to Fine Arts and brought new dimensions in the art world. He also underlined that it is the establishment of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, designed and developed by Suat Günsel himself. Prof. Dr. Hassan; “With the sensitivity of Gazi University, Prof. Dr. İbrahim Uslan, Prof. Dr. Alev Çakmakoğlu Kuru, who is the first authority in the design and realization of this exhibition under the guidance of Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir, the very esteemed Vice-Rector who is with us now, Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul, who is responsible for every meaning and scope of this project, left a mark for tomorrow by providing the environment to our artists who actually are the main owners of the day.” Prof. Dr. Hassan also said; “When we talk about martyrs, it is not possible not to bring Mehmet Akif to the agenda in terms of cultural belief, faith, and of course, refer to him through our literary intellection. Akif had an impact on the history of the country and Turkish history with his outstanding willpower based on a solid poetic faith as reflected in the poem of Çanakkale Martyrs.” Prof. Dr. Alev Çakmakoğlu Kuru; “The historical events of the Turkish Cypriots have been expressed in the language of art” Gazi University, Head of the Department of Art Teaching Prof. Dr. Alev Çakmakoğlu Kuru in her speech said; “Turkish leaders Rauf Denktaş, Dr. Fazil Küçük, Dr. Burhan Nalbantoglu the founder of TMT, Colonel Riza Vuruşkan, Vehbi Mahmutoğlu who first delivered the arms to Erenköy from Turkey, Asaf Elmas, Cevdet Remzi, Major Nihat Ilhan’s brutally slaughtered wife and three little innocent babies… All these heroes of the Turkish Cypriots’ struggle for existence, martyrs….Do you feel that we are in their spiritual presence? Yes, they are here … ” Prof. Dr. Kuru mentioned that there were many Turkish Cypriots among the graduates of Gazi University, which started education in 1926, and the Turkish Cypriot martyrs who gave their lives for the unity and existence of the Turkish nation were among the graduates. Prof. Dr. Kuru; “The respect, love, and devotion we have for our martyrs brought us together in a joint project with the Near East University, which is in an attempt to establish the Turkish Cypriot National History Museum. We have realized this project with the cooperation of Gazi University and the Near East University. The Turkish Cypriots who paid the price of reunification with their martyrs, veterans, casualties and heroes expressed their historical events with the language of art.” Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir; “Today, as a nation, we are standing upright as a result of the efforts made for the sake of homeland on the way to freedom.” Gazi University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir said, “Having a homeland requires a price. If we are meeting today in this beautiful hall of the Near East University in Cyprus, we owe it to the people who martyred for a crescent. In the case of Cyprus, we have seen how a nation that puts the same ideal in the face of all difficulties has succeeded by confronting all kinds of difficulties in our recent history, for example, on July 15, in Afrin and today in Tel-Abyad within the scope of the Peace Spring operation. Today, as a nation standing upright, this freedom is the result of efforts made for the sake of homeland sacrifices. As the grandchildren of a great heritage, we have to analyze what we experienced yesterday, the situations we are in today, and learn from history. A moment of blunder we had, and the cost of losing has been quite expensive for us.” Prof. Dr. Aydemir; “Either the state has an authority, or the raven gets on the corps… We have to keep our unity, our dignity, and keep our differences in order to increase our common points. As the deceased Âkif said: “Without first putting a conspiracy into the nation, no enemy can enter; The more the hearts beat together, no cannons can overcome them.” “The Turkish Cypriot who survived many challenges and faced many difficulties in the struggle for existence is a source of pride with his acumen” Prof. Dr. Aydemir in his speech referred to a saying of German philosopher George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel; “When we tie a knot on a rope, that tie is the most solid part of the rope, but every time you touch the rope, it is the part that hurts us most. In our history, we have strengthened our ties, but we also had knots that hurt us. The Turkish Cypriots’ struggle of existence is one of these knots. Therefore, each time we remember this, one side of us is thankful and proud, and one side of us is proud and grateful for our brothers and their legacy they left for us. Some of the Turkish Cypriots have been killed in Cyprus for the sake of homeland in this national struggle.” Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir; “Turkish Cypriot is a source of pride for he has survived many challenges and faced many difficulties in the struggle of existence. The Turkish Cypriot people continue to struggle for peace, security, and prosperity in order to exist and live as honorable people in the world. In order to explain this struggle and make it public, our artists transformed their emotions into works of art in the light of information and documents about the events and heroes constituting the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. These works are the monuments of those who marched to the way of God in this honorable struggle. We are very pleased to explain the historical events experienced by the Turkish Cypriots who paid the price of independence through their martyrs and veterans in establishing the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. I believe that this project will play a big role in raising the awareness of future generations and not forgetting the dark events, I congratulate those who contributed, and I salute you all.” Minister Tacoy; “They sacrificed their lives without thinking anything so we could live these days today” Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy, referring to the documentary film, said, “A very beautiful thing that can leave a mark in history and that enable us to move forward this very emotional day, and can leave a very literally trail to the future, a documentary to be taken to the future” he said. Minister Tacoy; “We have many young people who have lost their lives by freezing from the cold in Sarıkamış years ago, and then the War of Independence … Thousands of people lost their lives and we are still struggling for years on this tiny island for independence. We are a nation that sacrificed many people from our families in order to have a homeland. We have always faced a feeling, a phenomenon, a struggle for life to be carried forward with these feelings and thoughts which have always been felt. The martyrs may not know what these days will be like when they were the path of God, but they sacrificed their lives without thinking anything for us to live these days with confidence. We are now living with the feelings that a Mujahideen gave to us, a Turkish soldier Mehmet gave to us. In this environment we are in today, we are thankful for the blessing that we have already found, and sometimes this is regarded as a crime to talk about this emotion for some people, but for others, it is to express fatigue, to look cute and to express feelings of gratitude. We acted without knowing that this region would come to this day, but we established a second Turkish state and its name became the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Everybody, from the veteran, the little baby to the oldest person, worked hard to keep this feeling alive, and as the owner of this phenomenon, they gave us this responsibility to plan our future. This beauty established by Near East University, which tries to contribute to this responsibility, has a great meaning in myself and in my country. It will have a tremendous impact on those who will see, live and listen to those who will follow these documentaries you have left.” Certificates of Appreciation presented, the exhibition ribbon cut… After the speeches, Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Ümit Hassan and Vice-Rector of Gazi University Prof. Dr. Yaşar Aydemir mutually presented remembrances. Subsequently, the Minister of Economy and Energy Hasan Taçoy presented the certificates of appreciation to the artists who contributed to the group exhibition. Then the exhibition ribbon was cut. The exhibition will be open until January 10, 2020, in the exhibition hall of İrfan Günsel Congress Center.

Two of the 10th Golden Mortar Awards have been given to the Faculty of Pharmacy of Near East University

Prof. Dr. Hüsnü Can Başer and Prof. Dr. Nurettin Abacıoğlu from the Faculty of Pharmacy of Near East University deemed worthy for the Golden Mortar Award that presented by the Journal of Pharmacists since 2010 in order to bring the successful persons, institutions and organizations of the pharmacy sector to the forefront. Golden Mortar is an annual event that organized by Magazine Pharmacist since 2010 (Eczacı) in order to award the successful persons and institutions serving the sector. Golden Mortar presents awards in two categories; personal awards and institutional awards. This year, two faculty members of Near East University Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Hüsnü Can Başer and Professor Nurettin Abacıoğlu have been deemed worthy for the 10th Golden Mortar Award. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of the profession of pharmacy, Prof. Dr. Nurretin Abacıoğlu was deemed worthy to be awarded with Levent Kamacık Special Prize that presented in honor of the decedent pharmacist Levent Kamacı, one of the founders of the Magazine Pharmacist and the Izmir Chamber of Pharmacists. Professor Hüsnü can Başer was deemed worthy to be awarded with Service Award for his long-term devoted services in the pharmacy sector. Expressing his satisfaction with being awarded the Golden Mortar award, one of the most prestigious awards in the drug and pharmacy sector, Prof. Dr. K. Hüsnü Başer stated that he was pleased that his 47-year pharmacy profession had been honored with the Service Award.

Near East University was Represented at an International Conference (ICICKM) hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia

Head of Institute of Social Sciences of Near East University, Director of Department of Informatics Management Research Centre, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sağsan, and Academic Member of Department of Marketing Dr. Karen Howells made a presentation at the 16th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2019), which was hosted by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, more than 80 participants from 15 different countries attended the conference and academic member Dr. Karen Howells made a presentation titled as “Using Smart Technologies in Sustainable Entrepreneurship for Island Tourism”. On the other hand, Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sağsan, who chaired the special session titled as “Management of Information and Innovation in Smart Technologies”, made a presentation which he cooperatively prepared with the Research Assistant Sıla Gürler titled as “Universities as Smart Organizations and Green Innovation Strategy: A Theoretical Framework for Northern Cyprus”. Information, Technology and Change were at the core of discussions In the special session, there were four presentations from South Africa, Russia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Australia and the process of change and renewal, where knowledge and innovation are realized through the use of smart technologies, were discussed multidimensionally. Prof. Dr. Sağsan made the presentation titled as “Universities as Smart Organizations and Green Innovation Strategy: A Theoretical Framework for Northern Cyprus” drew attention to the issue of green renewal strategy, which is a new strategic environmental innovation. Shared TRNC’s Tourism Map Academic Member of Department of Marketing Dr. Karen Howells made a presentation titled as “Using Smart Technologies in Sustainable Entrepreneurship for Island Tourism” and by showing the circulation of island tourism on a map, shared tips for more entrepreneurs to invest in tourism on the island. Furthermore, Dr. Howells explained how to use a sustainable entrepreneur profile in smart technologies, especially for tourism on the island. Also, by giving statistics and examples, Dr. Howells introduced the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as it is not recognized internationally. Introducing the Scientific Capacity to the World in the Global Platform is quite significant Head of Institute of Social Sciences of Near East University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Sağsan emphasised that information is now more important than ever and for this reason, it is important to produce, change and use information, therefore manage it carefully. Moreover, the he stated that the information presented at conferences was very significant. Furthermore, Prof. Dr. Sağsan stressed that it is also important in terms of both the University and the promotion of our country, to share information by participating in international events; and creating the opportunity to scan conference information on Web of Science database. He proudly stated that the information prepared by the researchers of the Near East University, which produces publications in different research fields, is among the prestigious sources.
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