Farewell to 2020 with Art

The academics and artists of the Faculty of Fine Arts, who came together at the exhibition hosted by Dr. Suat Günsel and held at the Near East University Rectorate Exhibition Hall, emphasized that they will continue to produce with the same productivity and love in 2021 as they say goodbye to 2020 with the exhibition consisting of 31 pieces. The opening ceremony of the exhibition, which includes 31 works consisting of painting, sculpture, ceramic and print paintings, was realized by the Founding Rector of Near East University Dr. Suat İrfan Günsel who hosted the exhibition. At the opening of the exhibition, where the works of 26 artists were exhibited, the strong and unifying aspect of art under pandemic conditions was emphasized. Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul: “As long as humanity exists, art production will continue to add value to humanity by opening its own way without interruption.” Head of Near East Enterprises Museums Department Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul said that the exhibition, which opened on the last day of the year, stands out as an indication that the artists continue to produce and struggle despite all difficulties. Prof. Dr. Özkul, “The phrase “Art is the Definition of Humanity” expressed by Dr. Suat Günsel, guides us in our works. As long as humanity exists, art production will continue to add value to humanity by opening its own way without being interrupted.” In the exhibition, which was opened at the Near East University Rectorate Exhibition Hall and will be open to visitors free of charge until January 15, valuable works produced in various subjects and techniques in many fields of plastic arts are exhibited. Art lovers will have the opportunity to see the works of award-winning academics and artists together in the same place at the exhibition, which is the 367th exhibition held exclusively for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.

The rupture that occurred in the heart of the patient who had a heart attack was treated by the umbrella method applied for the first time in Cyprus

It was found that the heart muscle of the 82-year-old patient, who was diagnosed with heart attack when he was brought to the Near East University Hospital, was found to be torn due to the attack at the examinations carried out by the Department of Cardiology. Due to the high risk of surgery, the patient was treated with the umbrella method without surgery. Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu: “Heart muscle rupture that develops with a heart attack is a fatal condition.” Stating that the development of a rupture in the heart muscle after a heart attack is extremely fatal, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said that this very rare situation usually stems from late admission to the hospital. Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu noted that heart muscle rupture is more common in older female patients and patients with high blood pressure. Patients’ lives can be saved with early and correct intervention Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu stated that almost all of the patients in this situation, who did not receive the necessary intervention, were lost. Prof. Dr. Duygu said, “Such patients are brought to the hospital with a picture of shock and in a situation where blood pressure cannot be taken. Patients who cannot be diagnosed early and do not receive the necessary intervention usually die within a week.” There are two methods of treating heart muscle rupture. The operation, which can be carried out as an open-heart surgery, can also be performed with the non-surgical umbrella method if the patient cannot receive general anesthesia. Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said, “In such patients, the option of surgery is extremely difficult due to the fact that the heart muscle and surrounding tissue are extremely fragile due to the recent heart attack. The retention of stitches also becomes problematic.” How is the non-surgical Umbrella Method applied? In the non-surgical umbrella method, the patient’s chest is penetrated through the inguinal artery through an angiographic procedure without opening the chest, and the rupture in the heart muscle is closed with a 14 mm umbrella-shaped device. The advantage of this method is that the patient does not need to undergo full anesthesia. The patient can stand up after a few hours. After the procedure, the patient can leave the shock table immediately and leave the heart pump to which he is connected within a few hours. Heart imaging with three-dimensional methods is also very important in this process. Stating that such procedures should only be implemented in centers with an experienced team and technical infrastructure in this field, Prof. Dr. Hamza Duygu said “Otherwise, fatal complications may occur during the procedure.”

“Panoramic Alasia” will be the largest linoleum print exhibited in a museum completed with 526 hours of work, at the Walled City Museum as of January

The Walled City Museum, which is a living city museum, continues to strengthen its inventory with new works it offers to art lovers. The “Panoramic Alasia”, made by Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın and stands out as the largest piece of work produced with the “linoleum printing technique” in the museum collection, and printed from a single piece of stencil, will be exhibited at the Walled City Museum as of January. A new important piece of art or a collection will be presented to art lovers every month at the Walled City Museum. Thus, as a living museum, the Walled City Museum will constantly update its inventory and present new works to its visitors. Completed with 526 Hours of Work Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın decided to make his “Panoramic Alasia” work, which is approximately 1 by 3 meters in size, when he received the Alasia award given in 2019 by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts in the name of one of the greatest scholars of history, Harizmi. “After receiving this award, I thought that I should develop a project worthy of both Alasia and scientist Harizmî”, said Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, and stated that he completed the work alone with 526 hours of work. The selection of the visuals used in the work took 6 hours, 10 hours to transform them into a panoramic image, 35 hours to process the first sample with black felt pens on 35×50 cm paper, and 140 hours to process it with black felt pens on 100×280 cm paper. It took 70 hours to transfer the work to the template. The painting, transferred on linoleum with fixed felt pens, was revealed as an expression of foggy Kyrenia mountains and clouds as a result of a total of 257 hours of scraping with linoleum scraping knives in various forms and rim width. During the scraping process, using the different shapes and widths of the blades and the variable of the direction of scraping, the traces of the complex life in ancient settlements and the gliding of the clouds descending into the Meseria plain were depicted by wind blowing over the mountains of Kyrenia. With the completion of the engraving process, the printing process was completed in 8 hours using traditional methods. So, Assist. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın completed his work “Panoramic Alasia” with a total of 526 hours of work.

Near East University DESAM Institute Director Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: “The coronavirus can be mutated thousands of times due to its nature”

The news that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has mutated in Europe, especially in England, caused concern all over the world. Scientists’ evaluations about the mutated coronavirus revealed that the virus could be 70 percent more contagious. Although it was warned that the new strain was spreading much faster, there was no evidence that it caused a more severe disease or had a higher mortality rate. How the virus will affect the effectiveness of developed vaccines has started a new discussion. Making evaluations about the coronavirus mutation emerging in the UK, Near East University DESAM Institute Director Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said, “Viruses mutate over time. This is a natural and expected process. The coronavirus can mutate thousands of times due to its nature. Among these, some mutations are important. Some mutations can affect the binding of the virus to the cell, increasing its infectiousness. More data are needed to evaluate the probability that these mutations have a negative impact on the efficacy of RNA vaccines.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ also said, “We cannot say anything clear until there is definitive data that the new types, which has become 70 percent more contagious, will render vaccines ineffective.” Stating that he named the mutated new coronavirus variant as VUI – 202012/01, Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ also pointed out that important mutations are encoded as N501Y, Y145, P681H and 69-70. Apart from the UK, the new virus was also seen in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Italy and Africa. What should we do? Noting that the new mutation created a worldwide panic wave, Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ emphasized that the mask and social distance rule should be considered in order to prevent the spread of the virus, regardless of variant or old virus. Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said, “We must continue to comply with social isolation, use our masks and pay attention to distance.”

‘COVID-19’ inspired artworks made for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts received award in South Korea

Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Graphic Design Department lecturer Dr. Gökhan Okur’s works on COVID-19, which he made for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts during the pandemic period, received award at the “Bio-Art Competition” held in South Korea. At the 8th contest organized by Medicinal Bioconvergence Research Center (Biocon) and Seoulin BioScience with the theme “Virus and Human”, Dr. Gökhan Okur’s print painting named “Corona Fish” was deemed worthy of the jury special award, and his digital illustration named “Covid-19 Jail” was deemed worthy of exhibition. Collaboration of Art and Science Bio-Art Competition, a cultural event that aims to combine art with science, takes place in four categories: digital photography, microscope photography, computer graphics and video clips. The organization, which advocates that the international community should cooperate more than ever before against the COVID-19 that surrounds the whole world, determined the theme of the 8th Bio-Art Competition as “Virus and Human”. Dr. Gökhan Okur: “In my works, I explained that people should live in harmony with all other beings.” Receiving an award at the “Bio-Art Contest” held in South Korea with his two works, Dr. Gökhan Okur emphasized that the Near East University continued its artistic studies during the pandemic period, and said that COVID-19 themed exhibitions were offered to art lovers during this period. Dr. Okur said that he was pleased that the works he produced for the exhibitions with the theme of “COVID-19” held by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts were awarded by an organization combining science and art and shared with large masses. Dr. Gökhan Okur said, “In my works, I explained that people should live in harmony with all other beings as a part of life”.

The 16-Piece collection of original artifacts registered in the inventory of the TRNC National Archive and Research Department will meet the public for the first time at the Walled City Museum. The works will be open to visitors for 3 months from December 29th

The 16-Piece collection of original artifacts registered in the inventory of the TRNC National Archive and Research Department will meet the public for the first time at the Walled City Museum. The works will be open to visitors for 3 months from December 29th. With the cooperation protocol signed by the Near East Enterprises Museums Department with the TRNC National Archives and Research Department under the Presidency of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on December 23, 2020, many original historical artifacts and artworks that shed light on the history of Cyprus will meet with the public for the first time at the Walled City Museum. The first collection, which includes very special works on the history and culture of Cyprus and Nicosia, was delivered to be exhibited at the Walled City Museum for 3 months from December 29th. Among the original works that will come to light for the first time are gold leaf manuscripts, edicts up to 1.5 meters in length, and the 387-year-old Ottoman Mülkname (Land Registry) signed by IV. Murat, photos, birth registers, maps and court records. The works, which will be exhibited at the Walled City Museum for 3 months, will be open to visitors until the end of March. The works will then be delivered to the TRNC National Archives and Research Department and a new collection will be received to be exhibited. The Walled City Museum added a new one to the cooperation protocol signed with the Cyprus Foundations Administration about a month ago, and a new protocol was signed with the TRNC National Archives and Research Department. Thus, the inventory of the Walled City Museum will continue to bring our cultural and historical values to the public for the first time. Unique original artifacts to be exhibited at Walled City Museum for 3 months With the cooperation protocol signed between the Near East Enterprises Museums Department and the TRNC National Archive and Research Department, which is affiliated to the TRNC Presidency, the works to be exhibited at the first stage consist of handwritten gold leaf, illuminated Arabic tafsir and philosophy books from the 17th and 18th centuries, court records from the early 20th century, the birth register of Turkish Cypriots living in the Kukla District in 1877-78, the photo of the teachers and students of the school for the hearing impaired from the early 20th century, and the photograph of the students and teachers of the Nicosia High School, the notebooks showing the Evkaf correspondence in Nicosia, the hand drawn plan of the Famagusta train station and the oceanographic map dated 1917 by the hydrographer Admiral Sir Wharton showing the depths in the sea for submarines in the Eastern Mediterranean. Among the certificates to be exhibited, the certificate of appointment of Yovakim (Joakim), one of the Archbishops of Cyprus, dated 16 August 1821, is also important in terms of content. The relevant appointment letter also includes the justification for the execution of Archbishop Konomo Kibriyanos (Kyprianos) and three metropolitans, who were executed on charges of being the planner of the planned rebellion attempt on the island to support the Greek revolt that took place in the Peloponnese in 1821. The length of the said appointment certificate exceeds 1.5 meters. Another certificate to be exhibited is written with the Celi Divani calligraphy, a work belonging to the IV. Murat’s term. The most striking aspect of this 387-year-old document is the magnificence of its signature. In addition, the aforementioned Mülkname (Land Registry) is among the oldest Ottoman-era certificates that have survived in Cyprus. Dr. Ejdan Sadrazam: “Thanks to the protocol we signed with the Near East University, we have had the opportunity to share our archival material with our people in a contemporary environment.” Emphasizing that the TRNC National Archive and Research Department attaches importance to sharing historical values with the Turkish people of Cyprus in line with the mission of “accumulating our past for the future”, the TRNC Presidency National Archive and Research Department Director Dr. Ejdan Sadrazam said, “Thanks to the protocol we signed with Near East University today, we have had the opportunity to share our archival material with our people in a contemporary environment. We are waiting for all our people to our exhibition, which we believe will be proud and happy with our history”. Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul: “The Walled City Museum will continue to bring the Turkish Cypriot history to light” Head of Near East Enterprises Museums Department Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul underlined that they will continue to bring the Turkish Cypriot history into the attention of the public with the protocols they signed with the TRNC National Archives and Research Department and the Cyprus Foundations Administration and said, “The Walled City Museum will continue to bring the Turkish Cypriot history to light.” Reminding that the exhibition to be opened will not be permanent, Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul invited the people of TRNC to the Walled City Museum so that they would not miss the opportunity to see the works that will be exhibited for the first time. The exhibition will be open to visitors for three months.

Near East University Faculty of Architecture was accredited by ARCON…

Near East University Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture implemented in English, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Departments were accredited by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). The ARCON accreditation of the Faculty of Architecture’s undergraduate and graduate programs means that Nigerian students can start their profession directly in Nigeria after completing their education. With the accreditation agreement, graduates of the Faculty of Architecture of Near East University will be able to work as architects, interior architects and landscape architects in Nigeria and establish a company without any additional exams. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt: “This decision taken by the ARCON Board of Directors is a result of the world-class education given by Near East University” Making a statement regarding the accreditation of the departments of the Faculty of Architecture, Near East University Vice-Rector Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt said that the ARCON Board of Directors made this decision by making evaluations on the education and research activities of the Faculty of Architecture of Near East University. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Kurt said, “As a result of the evaluations carried out, the departments of architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture within our university were deemed suitable for accreditation by the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Members of the Board of Directors of Near East College visited the Mayor of Lapta Mustafa Aktuğ and exchange views on Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College that will start the education in February 2021…

The delegation consisting of Vice-Rector for Near East Primary and Secondary Education Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tüzünkan, Head of Near East Secondary Education Asım İdris, Near East Primary Education Head Ertan Aligüllü, Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College Director Sermin Mine Haydar and Primary School Director İzzet Yılmaz visited Lapta Mayor Mustafa Aktuğ and gave information about the educational activities of Kyrenia College. Mustafa Aktuğ: “The population of foreign nationals living in Lapta is increasing day by day. Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College will meet an important need in our region, especially with its competence in foreign language education” Lapta Mayor Mustafa Aktuğ, in a statement after the visit, expressed his wish that Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College will be beneficial to the people and students of Kyrenia. Emphasizing that Lapta is a rapidly growing district, Mustafa Aktuğ said that the population of foreign nationals living in the region is increasing day by day. Aktuğ, “The existence of a school, such as Suat Günsel Kyrenia College, which is experienced and knowledgeable in foreign language education, will meet an important need of Lapta ”. Stating that they have cooperated with the Near East Enterprises in many projects so far, Mustafa Aktuğ added that this cooperation will continue in the future. Mustafa Aktuğ said, “We are very pleased that the Kyrenia region will bring students of different age groups together in laboratories, workshops and various learning areas to bring an education brand that allows them to learn together. Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College will raise the generations of today and the future”. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tüzünkan: “We will bring together educators, families and students under the roof of qualified education …” Vice-Rector for Near East Primary and Secondary Education Assoc. Prof. Dr. Murat Tüzünkan said that Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College which will bring vitality and employment to the region, will make a difference in education with both its physical infrastructure and education curriculum. Expressing that they are very honored to bring the Near East tradition, which has become a brand in education with the education curriculum covering foreign language education from preschool to university, to the children of Kyrenia, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tüzünkan stated that they will raise individuals who will make a difference in the future of the country with an education that makes a difference. Asım İdris: “Our students will graduate from Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College as world citizens who are proficient in more than one language” Head of Near East Secondary Education Asım İdris said that they will take the student-centered education approach, which is one of the most important parts of the Near East education tradition, to Kyrenia with Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College. Emphasizing the importance they attach to foreign language education, İdris said, “In our school, Cambridge and Pearson Edexcel curriculum will be applied. German and French will be offered as a second foreign language option. We will raise our children as versatile individuals who are beneficial to the society they live in, by producing information through individual studies, school reinforcement studies, IGCSE and GCE exam preparations as well as sports, social and cultural activities in accordance with student levels.” Ertan Aligüllü: “At Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College, we will prepare our students for their future lives with English and bilingual education, French, mindfulness and values education, art, science and music workshops” Near East Primary Education Head Ertan Aligüllü said that they will start kindergarten and preschool education in February 2021. Reminding that foreign language education starts before school at Suat Günsel Kyrenia College, he said, “We are starting foreign language education from the ground up.” Ertan Aligüllü said that by conducting English and bilingual education, French, mindfulness and values education, art, science and music workshops, they will ensure that every student has in-depth knowledge and skills in at least one art and one sports field.
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