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Near East University announced results of SARS-Cov-2 Genome Project: UK variant dominates local contagion!

Near East University researchers have completed the last phase of the project they have been conducting to investigate the viral strains of SARS-CoV-2 that cause COVID-19 in TRNC. The new variants formed by the mutations of SARS-CoV-2, which caused a pandemic affecting all over the world, stand out with their different features. One of the most important examples of this is the transformation of the UK variant (B.1.17), which has 70 percent more contagiousness and turned into the dominant variant that causes contamination in the TRNC and Turkey in the last few months. British variant remains dominant As a result of the genome sequence analysis carried out with samples taken from 34 cases detected between 5 September 2020 and 1 March 2021 in a joint study with Erasmus University in the Netherlands, it was determined that the structural diversity of these variants originating from different countries show that there are at least eight different SARS-CoV-2 variants in the TRNC. Near East University explained that the variants B.1.1.209 (Netherlands), B.1.1 (USA), B.1.1.82 (Wales), B.1.1.162 (Australia) and B. 1 (Italy) do not cause local contamination in the country. As of mid-December, it was determined that three different variants (B.1.1.29, B.1.258 and B.1.1.7) originating from the United Kingdom were effective in local contagion. It was announced that the B.1.1.7 variant, known as the British variant, still maintains its dominance at 60-70 percent since February, and that the British variant was detected in all 18 cases that were positive and serial analysis was performed in February. Variants of South Africa, Brazil and India were not seen in our country New SARS-CoV-2 variants, which have been a concern in recent months, continue to spread around the world. The most prominent feature of these variants, which are called South Africa, Brazil and India variants, is that they are resistant to some vaccines and their transmission rate is high. The results of the SARS-Cov-2 Genome Project announced by the Near East University also revealed that these variants were not detected in the TRNC. Genome analysis results are in the GISAID database under the name of Near East University Genome analysis results were recorded under the name of Near East University in the SARS-CoV-2 fast data sharing network, which causes COVID-19 disease known as the GISAID initiative, and shared in the international arena. There are approximately 1.6 million SARS-CoV-2 data in the GISAID database. The results obtained show that the variant determination studies carried out by the Near East University COVID-19 PCR Diagnosis Laboratory revealed results with 100 percent sensitivity and the results of the viruses with mutation detection were confirmed by sequence analysis method. At the same time, it is aimed that the Near East University Genome Laboratory will be operational as of next month and the sequence analysis, which is a huge deficit in the country, will be conducted in Northern Cyprus.

Registration for Occupational Health and Safety Expertise 2021 Certificate Programs Continues

The deadline for enrollment in the Occupational Health and Safety Expertise 2021 Certificate Program of Near East University approved by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security is May 31st. 2021 programs for the “Occupational Health and Safety Expertise” trainings, which were initiated by the Near East University last year, is continuing. Ministry of Labor and Social Security approved trainings, duties, powers, responsibilities, rights and obligations of employers and employees include health surveillance at workplaces, health and safety rules, and occupational health and safety management and organization. Those who complete the program will have the right to take the Occupational Health and Safety Expertise exam. The deadline for registration for the program to begin on June 1 is May 31 Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) trainings to be given by Near East University, authorized and certified by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, will start on June 1, 2021. The trainings will be carried out face-to-face or online, if the decisions of the Contagious Diseases Supreme Council allow by taking all measures determined by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Applications for the training program, which will start on June 1, will be accepted until the end of work on Monday, May 31, 2021. Trainings on four basic subjects, theoretical and practical… “Occupational Health and Safety Training of Trainers” programs will be organized in four main subjects including “Basic Occupational Health and Safety Training”, “General Occupational Health and Safety Expertise Training”, “Construction Occupational Health and Safety Expertise Training”, as in 2020, will be given by the Near East University Institute of Occupational Health and Safety within the scope of Occupational Health and Safety trainings. Occupational Health and Safety Trainings, which include important issues such as creating healthy and safe working environments and risk assessments, will be carried out by the expert training staff of Near East University. Online Registration Opportunity Online applications and registrations to Occupational Health and Safety programs can be made on the web page yabem.neu.edu.tr For detailed information about registration, application and training, you can send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +90 (392) 2236464-5611, +90 (392) 223 2000-5611. Applications will be accepted until the end of business Monday, May 31, 2021.

Near East Investments Museums build an unwavering bridge between past and future

Near East Investments is building an unwavering bridge between past and the future with Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Walled City Museum, Cyprus Car Museum, Herbarium and Natural History Museum, Günsel Art Museum, Günsel Office Museum, Cyprus Art Museum, Cyprus Turkish National History Museum, Maritime History Museum, Knife and Sword Museum. Near East Investments museums continue to enrich their collections although they keep away from the visitors due to the pandemic during the International Museum Week which is celebrated between May 18-24 every year. Near East University, which initiated a great momentum in the culture and art lif of the TRNC with the establishment of Cyprus Modern Arts Museum in 2018, aims to make history, art, technology, science and culture an indispensable part of social life with Cyprus Car Museum, Günsel Office Museum, Walled City Museum, Günsel Art Museum, Herbarium and Natural History Museum, Maritime History Museum, Knife and Sword Museum and Cyprus Turkish National History Museum. Near East Enterprises museums is forming an important cultural accumulation that will shape the future with their works from all areas of contemporary art. On the other hand, classic cars, historical artifacts that reflect the national culture of the TRNC, thousands of species of plants and living things, fossils and remains that shed light on the geology of Cyprus, bring the history of Cyprus and the world to this day and strengthen the ties of society with the past. Near East University Campus resembles open-air museum The Near East University campus continues to integrate with art with the newly opened sculptures. Following the recently opened Liberty Monument, Heralds Monument and Technology Hunter Monument, 30 bronze statues symbolizing 14 Turkic republics and their communities were placed in a special area. Thus, the number of monumental sculptures, which were completed at the Near East University Sculpture Workshop and exhibited on the campus, approached 200. When the sculptures adorning the streets of TRNC outside the campus and the monumental sculptures exhibited in museums are added to this number, the number of sculptures completed by the Near East University Sculpture Workshop exceeds 500. Sculptures that appear in different fields make art a part of daily life in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heart of Contemporary Art The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is the largest contemporary art museum not only in Cyprus, but also in the region, with over 30 thousand artworks reached today. The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts has a rich collection of paintings and sculptures consisting of the works of artists from 14 Turkic republics and their communities. In this respect, the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is a center where the Turkish culture meets the world. The Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts is currently serving in its building located opposite the Cyprus Car Museum. The new museum building, built with an original and modern architecture and rising like a work of art, reflects the founding philosophy of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts. The new building of the museum is being built in the form of a hand surrounding the historical Rectorate building of Near East University. While the building itself symbolizes the present and the future, the rectorate building in its center symbolizes respect for the past. Past and present of the automobile The Cyprus Car Museum, the only classic automobile museum in the country, is one of the most interesting museums on the Near East University Campus. With its rich collection, it reveals the development and history of the modern world through the transformation of automobiles. The oldest vehicle of the museum, where over 100 cars are exhibited, is the 1899 model Crest Mobile. In addition to this vehicle, which is the only one in the world, automobiles from every period of 100 years of history from the early 1900s to the 2000s take the visitors into a time tunnel. The natural history of the island with more than 20 thousand plant and living specimens The Herbarium and Natural History Museum, which are open to visitors on the Near East University Campus, embody the natural history of Cyprus and make it visible to everyone. In the museum, which is also a reflection of the 42 years of scientific experience of Near East University, 11 thousand different kinds of plant specimens from nearly 600 plant species available in Cyprus, fungi, insect species, various reptile species, marine creatures and Cyprus geology, fossils and rocks are exhibited. In the Herbarium and Natural History Museum located in the Faculty of Pharmacy building of Near East University, there are 140 species of plants unique to Cyprus and 19 species of plants that grow in the Beşparmak Mountains specific to Northern Cyprus. There are 106 types of mushrooms belonging to three different groups, 250 algae, 23 reptile species, insect collections belonging to different taxonomic orders, and examples of 250 million-year-old limestones and 220 million fossilized trees of the Beşparmak mountain range. The museum also provides new opportunities and perspectives for scientific studies in the fields of biology, pharmacy, medicine, pharmacology, forestry, and nutritional engineering. Herbarium and Natural History Museum researchers are also studying hard to include the species unique to Cyprus in the world literature. In October 2020, a new spider species was discovered in the Beşparmak Mountains and named “Lachesanabayramgocmeni”. A spider unique to Cyprus was previously discovered in 2018, and named “Gunselorum” in dedication to the founding Rector of Near East University, Dr. Suat Günsel and his family. Art is in the city! The Walled City Museum has brought art to the center of Nicosia. The “Walled City Museum”, which serves in the old building of Ziraat Bank at the Kyrenia Gate, which was restored with the initiative of Günsel Family, was opened to visitors on the week of 15 November Republic Day. The Walled City Museum is the second museum opened in the center of Nicosia, after the Near East University’s “Gunsel Art Museum” on Dereboyu Street, which opened its doors in February 2020. The art and cultural environment created by the Walled City Museum in the capital will help the cultural identity of Cyprus meet with the national and international art environment. The artworks to be exhibited in the Walled City Museum offer a wide range that covers all branches of visual arts. In addition, many materials belonging to the social, cultural and political past of Nicosia are also exhibited in the museum.

Applications for the TRNC Student Placement and Scholarship Ranking Exam to be held by Near East University on June 12 continue

Near East University will hold the “TRNC Student Placement and Scholarship Ranking Exam” for the 2021-2022 academic year on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at 10:00. Applications for the exam, which will be held in a single session on the Near East University campus and examination centers in Famagusta, Kyrenia, Güzelyurt and Iskele, continue. TRNC citizen students and Turkish citizen students who have completed the last four years of their education in the TRNC will also be able to participate in the exam. Students who take the Student Placement and Scholarship Ranking Exam will have the right to choose and place 225 undergraduate and associate degree programs in 20 faculties, 3 colleges and 2 vocational schools at Near East University. Deadline for the Application is June 11, 2021… Students who will take the exam must register by June 11, 2021, at the latest. Candidates will be able to prefer three departments at the exam. Placement will be made from the departments preferred depending on the student’s exam result and the number of quotas. Students who graduate or will graduate from colleges will also be able to enroll in all departments of Near East University with GCE A’Level, GCE AS Level, IGCSE-GCSE O’Level, SAT, ACT, exam results documents within limitations of quotas. Documents required for the exam TRNC students can register at the Near East University Registrar’s Office by submitting a copy of the TRNC ID card and a passport photo, along with the exam application form. Students who are citizens of Turkey can enroll with a photocopy of their identity card, a photo and a document proving that they have completed their high school education in any educational institution in the TRNC for 4 years without interruption, along with the exam application form. Candidates who will apply for the Near East University Student Placement and Scholarship Ranking Exam can get detailed information from the phone number 2236464 (ext: 5367-5774-5408) or from the website www.neu.edu.tr. Applications can be carried out online via kktcsinav.neu.edu.tr.

Near East University: A pet cat got caught COVID-19 from its owner in the TRNC!

Near East University scientists determined for the first time in Northern Cyprus that COVID-19 was transmitted from human to pet. The investigations revealed that the domestic cat of the family found to be infected with the British Variant of SARS-CoV-2 in TRNC was also infected with the same variant. Results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ, Prof. Dr. Eser Özgencil, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serkan Sayıner, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ege İnce and Research Assistant Veterinarian Ali Çürükoğlu yielded important results. Studies conducted around the world to date have suggested that pets can become infected three to six weeks after staying with COVID-19 patients. Research conducted by Near East University researchers revealed that the cat was infected at the same time as its family members in the TRNC. Thus, it was detected for the first time in the world where human-to-pet transmission occurred within the first 10 days. This result also showed that the SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7 British variant was capable of being transmitted from human to human as well as from human to domestic cat. Near East University Animal Hospital veterinarians explained that British variant infection causes a variety of clinical symptoms in the cat, including cardiac and ocular abnormalities. Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: “We are also following people who come into contact with the cat infected with the British variant” Another interesting point of the case is that the family, unaware that they also infect their cats, was quarantined with the diagnosis of COVID-19 and entrusted their pet cats to another family. Near East University, while monitoring the symptoms of the cat infected with the British variant, has also monitored whether there is a cat-to-human SARS-CoV-2 transmission. Near East University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ said, “We are also following people who come into contact with the cat infected with the British variant. Thus, we will reveal whether the virus, transmitted from person to cat, is transmitted from cat to humans again.” Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören: “The British variant has a high transition capacity from human to pet” Near East University COVID-19 PCR Diagnostic Laboratory member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mahmut Çerkez Ergören, on the other hand, pointed out that “This result showed that the SARS-CoV-2 British variant can be transmitted from human to human as well as from person to pet.” Prof. Dr. Mahmut Ergören said, “It is an important finding to be considered in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.”

30 bronze sculptures symbolizing 14 Turkic countries to be exhibited on Near East University Campus…

The monument consisting of bronze sculptures symbolizing 14 Turkic countries took their place in front of the Near East University Rectorate and the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, which is under construction. Independent or autonomous Turkic republics and communities are symbolized in the monument. There are a total of 30 bronze sculptures in the monument. The magnificence of the sculptures completed at the Near East University Sculpture Workshop will increase once more with the opening of the new building of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts! The Near East University campus continues to integrate with art with the newly exhibited sculptures. Following the Liberty Monument, the Heraldists Monument and the Technology Hunter Monument, which was opened last week, 30 bronze statues symbolizing 14 Turkic countries were erected in a special area. So far, the number of monumental sculptures that were made at the Near East University Sculpture Workshop and exhibited on the campus approached 200. When the sculptures decorating the streets of the TRNC outside the campus and the monumental sculptures exhibited at museums are added to this number, the number of sculptures made by the Near East University Sculpture Workshop exceeds 500. Sculptures that appear in different fields make art a part of daily life in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The results of the “Marine Waste Scientific Research Project” completed in two years by Near East University are frightening: TRNC beaches are under threat from the wastes originating from Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt!

Near East University researchers completed the “Marine Waste Scientific Research Project”, which they have been continuing for two years, and announced the results. The results of the project show that the coasts of Cyprus, located in the center of the Mediterranean, are at great risk from the waste coming from neighboring countries. Near East University Faculty of Architecture Head of Landscape Architecture Department Prof. Dr. Özge Özden, Instructor Sinem Yıldırım, Near East University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Assoc. Prof. Dr. Wayne Fuller and University of Exeter Department of Biological Sciences lecturer Prof. Dr. Brendan Godley carried out the project on the coastal marine waste accumulation in TRNC. The project was financed by the Near East University Scientific Research Projects fund. The results of the project, which lasted 2 years of fieldwork conducted by scientists from different specialties, were published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, one of the high circulation scientific journals. Karpasia beaches under threat of waste Ronnas Beach, located on the Karpasia Peninsula, which is one of the most important breeding centers of sea turtles and is the third largest breeding area of green sea turtles in the Mediterranean, is facing the danger of extinction. As a result of 2 years of research on Ronnas Beach, an average of 1,114 pieces and 11.9 kilograms of waste per month were collected from an area of 250 square meters. These wastes originating from Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt, which have the shores of the Mediterranean, pose a great threat to Ronnas Beach. Waste originating from Lebanon, Syria, Israel and Egypt In the project, where the source of the wastes was also investigated, it was determined that most of the wastes detected between January 2018 and January 2019 were from Lebanon, while the others were from Syria, Israel and Egypt. Near East University Faculty of Architecture Head of Landscape Architecture Department and TRNC Presidency Tourism and Environment Committee President Prof. Dr. Özge Özden informed that most of the waste reaching the shores of the TRNC from neighboring countries consists of plastic materials. Prof. Dr. Özden stated that they detected different wastes such as “detergent bottles, shampoo bottles, food and beverage containers”. All over the world, plastic waste reaching the sea threatens the ecosystem by endangering the life of sea creatures. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden says that plastic waste threatens the lives of many marine animals, especially whales, sea turtles, dolphins, fish species and water birds. Very urgent solid waste recycling projects should be developed in TRNC Head of the Near East University Department of Landscape Architecture and also the President of the TRNC Presidency Tourism and Environment Committee, Prof. Dr. Özge Özden said that the results of the project also reveal the importance of solid waste recycling projects. Stating that the most important environmental problems in the world and in our country are domestic wastes, Prof. Dr. Özden emphasized that the accumulation in nature should be reduced by developing recycling projects for many wastes containing plastic, metal and glass. Prof. Dr. Özge Özden: “96 percent of the waste polluting the beaches contains plastic.” Near East University Head of Landscape Architecture Department Prof. Dr. Özge Özden said that, within the scope of the project, they regularly collect all marine wastes less than 2.5 centimeters in diameter every month from an area of 250 square meters determined on eight different beaches of the TRNC. A total of 59,556 pieces of waste were collected within the scope of the project. Among the different types of waste, the rate of plastic-containing wastes was found to be 96 percent. During the project, plastic bags, plastic parts, food and beverage containers and bottle caps were the most common wastes in terms of both weight and quantity.

The Report “Cyber Attack in the Context of International Law and the Case of TRNC” Prepared by the Near East Institute was Published

The report titled “Cyber Attack in the Context of International Law and the case of TRNC” which examines the cybersecurity issue in the context of international law in the TRNC and prepared by Near East University Near East Institute Deputy Director and Faculty of Law Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Erdi Şafak, was published. The report published as one of the Near East Institute Reports Series was edited by the Director of Near East Institute Assist. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çıraklı and Near East Institute Senior Advisor Ercan Çitlioğlu and addressed the increasing cyber threats, cybersecurity and security concerns of states together with the current international legal regulations. Assist. Prof. Dr. Erdi Şafak: “Today’s wars have moved from the fronts to the cyber environment. For this reason, the information security and cyber defense policies of states are now much more important.” Saying that technological developments, vulnerabilities, threats, attacks and vulnerabilities encountered in cyberspace have become much more important for states, Deputy Director of Near East Institute and Faculty of Law Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Erdi Şafak stated that although international law grants some rights to the states against the existing problems and attacks, the discussions on the solution of the problems have been continuing. Şafak, on the other hand, underlined that the question of what kind of rights the unrecognized states in the international system have in terms of international law will have important reflections and contributions to the discussions. Emphasizing that today states have added cyber defense commands to their land, naval and air force commands and started to produce scenarios on concepts such as cyber warfare, Erdi Şafak said, “We know that states that are not recognized in the international system cannot be excluded from the current developments.” Şafak said that, with the report they prepared, they aimed to look for the answer to the question of where the unrecognized states, including the TRNC, are included in the discussions based on cybersecurity and international law. Şafak said, “The report we have prepared examines the status of the TRNC, which is an unrecognized state in the international system, and its existing rights in terms of international law, in a possible cyberwar scenario.” The report titled “Cyber Attack in the Context of International Law and the case of TRNC” and other reports prepared by the Near East Institute can be accessed online via yde.neu.edu.tr
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