Near East University: There is no Delta variant in the TRNC!

Near East University announced that Delta (India) variant was not found among 686 cases diagnosed with COVID-19 in the February-June period. The Alpha (UK) variant remains dominant in the range of 60 to 80 percent on a monthly basis. The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, first detected in India in February, continues to spread globally. Fears are also spreading that the Delta variant could lead to a new wave of COVID-19 that could undermine health systems, reverse plans to lift restrictions, and potentially even reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. The variant analyzes performed by Near East University in patients diagnosed with COVID-19 PCR positive in the February-June period reveal that the Delta Variant was not seen in the TRNC. Alpha remains dominant in the TRNC, Delta is not diagnosed! Near East University announced that the Delta variant was not found among the variant analyzes performed in 686 cases that were diagnosed with COVID-19 PCR positive in the February-June period in the TRNC. In the study conducted by Near East University, it was determined that the Alpha variant maintains its dominance at a rate of 60 to 80 percent on a monthly basis in positive cases diagnosed in the February-June period. Threatening variants On May 10, the World Health Organization identified subsequences of the B. 1.617 mutation, including the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.617.2), as “variants of concern/threatening variants”. This classification indicates that a variant is more contagious, causes a more severe course of the disease, does not respond to treatment, and is difficult to diagnose with standard tests. The Delta Variant was registered as the fourth variant to be announced a “threatening variant of concern” by the WHO. Other “threatening variants” are Alpha variant (B.1.1.7) first diagnosed in the UK, Beta (B.1.351) first diagnosed in South Africa and Gamma (P.1) first diagnosed in Brazil. Delta variant is moderately resistant to vaccine The Delta Variant is considered to be moderately resistant to vaccines, especially in individuals receiving a single dose. A single dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine can only reduce a person’s risk of developing COVID-19 symptoms caused by the Delta variant by 33 percent, according to results from a Public Health England study published on May 22. This rate is 50 percent for the Alpha variant. With the second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine, the protection rate against Delta increases to 60 percent. This rate is measured as 66 percent in Alpha. Two doses of Pfizer vaccine provide 88 percent protection against Delta and 93 percent protection against Alpha. Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ: “Special measures should be taken to prevent the delta variant from entering the country” Near East University Acting Rector Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlıdağ stated that the global spread of the Delta variant, which is moderately resistant to COVID-19 vaccines, is worrisome in terms of the course of the pandemic, and said, “During the period from February to June, we diagnosed as Delta, Beta and Gamma in 686 cases at the Near East University Hospital that we diagnosed as COVID-19. We have not diagnosed any other variants.” Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said, “The fact that the Delta variant has not been seen in the TRNC allow us to have great hope in terms of pandemic management. It is of great importance to take special measures to prevent this variant from entering the country. Emphasizing the importance of determining which variant is infected the patients diagnosed with COVID-19, Prof. Dr. Şanlıdağ said, “The ability of the SARS-CoV-2 PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, which we have developed at Near East University is of great importance in the management of the epidemic process and in detecting the Delta variant, as well as the Alpha, Beta and Gamma variants classified as threatening variants by the World Health Organization.”

III. Mediterranean Scientific Research Congress was hosted by Near East University

Hosted by Near East University, the “III. Mediterranean Scientific Research Congress” was held with wide participation. Organized to create a platform where ideas and experiences are shared to offer solutions by addressing current problems, the main title of the III. International Mediterranean Scientific Research Congress this year was “Covid 19 and the Pandemic Process”. The congress, which was planned to be held face-to-face at Near East University in Nicosia, was held online due to pandemic conditions. In addition to the papers prepared within the framework of the main title of “Covid 19 and the Pandemic Process”, many scientific papers were presented in the fields of social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and educational sciences. 75 papers, 30 of which were in the field of medicine, were presented at the congress The III. Mediterranean Scientific Research Congress where 11 different sessions were held, hosted presentations of the scientific studies of 105 scientists in the fields of health, medicine, social sciences and natural sciences. In the congress where 147 papers were sent, 75 papers were presented. Taking part in the organizing committee on behalf of Near East University, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap said that they were pleased to host such a successful congress in which many subjects were discussed in a very broad framework, with the opportunity to participate from different disciplines. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kasap stated that they will continue to contribute to the Mediterranean Scientific Research Congress, to which 20 faculty members from Near East University participated this year.

Graduate Education Institute Online Graduation Ceremony

In our country, the decision by YÖK, YODAK, TRNC Ministry of National Education and Culture and TRNC Council of Ministers to suspend traditional education in the Spring Semester of the 2020-2021 Academic Year and to conduct it as distance / online education continues due to the New Type Coronavirus epidemic. According to the information provided by the Press and Public Relations Directorate of the Near East University, the Near East University will hold the Graduate Education Institute Graduation Ceremony online on July 1 between 9.00-12.00, taking into account the health safety for all students returning to their countries after the successful online education process. The online graduation ceremony, which will take place on YouTube, can be watched by all our people, students, families and relatives by clicking the link below: https://youtu.be/T1OkYdGDSBM

Near East Fine Arts Print Painting Exhibition will be opened by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Resmiye Eroğlu Canaltay, on July 1 at the Near East Yeniboğaziçi Campus Grand Library Fine Arts Gallery

Prepared by the contributions of Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design lecturers Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yücel Yazgın, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mine Okur, Dr. Gokhan Okur, Dr. Raif Kızıl and Selçuk Yalovalı, the “Near East Fine Arts Print Painting Exhibition” will be opened on Thursday, July 1, by the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Resmiye Eroğlu Canaltay. The 374th exhibition of the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts Near East Fine Arts Print Painting Exhibition, which is the 374th exhibition organized by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, consists of 20 artworks. The exhibition, which will open at 09:30 on Thursday, July 01, 2021 at the Near East Yeniboğaziçi Campus Grand Library Fine Arts Gallery, can be visited until Friday, July 16, 2021. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün: “Artists reveal their perspectives, methods, techniques and artistic views in their works” The curator of the Near East Fine Arts Print Painting Exhibition, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün said that the works that will be included in the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts collection are the product of tremendous effort and intense disciplined work stemming from the nature of printmaking. The works also reveal the perspectives, working methods and techniques of their artists. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Erdoğan Ergün said that the exhibition will include works reproduced with printing patterns prepared by artists using traditional printing techniques. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ergün said, “Our exhibition consists of periodic artistic works produced in large sizes by the faculty members of our faculty, whose working disciplines are traditional printing methods used at the printmaking workshops of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design. I think that art lovers will enjoy watching all the technical and creative processes related to printmaking in this exhibition.”

The PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit developed by Near East University is ready to use!

Developed by Near East University, the TRNC’s native PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit can simultaneously detect the UK, South Africa, Brazil and India variants of SARS-CoV-2 within 1 hour. The PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, designed and developed by Near East University scientists, successfully passed all tests and proved its reliability. The PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, developed to detect the COVID-19 disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, detects the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in less than an hour, while at the same time, the widely known Alpha (UK), Beta (South Africa) ), Gamma (Brazil) and Delta (India) variants can be detected separately. The SARS-CoV-2 PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, designed entirely by Near East University scientists, aims to create an alternative to the test kits imported by the TRNC from abroad . After obtaining the necessary approvals and permissions from the Ministry of Health of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the TRNC’s native PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, developed by Near East University, is expected to be put into use immediately. Achieved 100 percent success in comparative tests The R&D and design process of the PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, on which Near East University scientists have been working for a long time, was completed in February. Continuing optimization studies and safety and sensitivity tests of the kit were completed and it is now ready for mass production. The results of the TRNC’s native PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, which was subjected to many comparative tests to measure its reliability, sensitivity in the laboratories of Near East University, were also confirmed with the results of the commercial kits currently used in the market. As a result of the comparative analyzes made with different kits, it was determined that the developed kit works with 100 percent sensitivity and reliability. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel: “Our first priority is to create a strong and reliable domestic alternative to the kits our country imports from abroad” Near East Initiative Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said that the PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit they developed is currently the most comprehensive variant analysis kit among the kits used commercially around the world. Prof. Dr. Günsel said, “With the PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit, which we have designed in our own research laboratories, we can obtain fast, safe and 100 percent precise results in as short as 1 hour. It is a great honor for us to serve our country by producing the TRNC’s native PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit in the fight against COVID-19. Expressing that the Near East University PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit will start to be used as soon as obtaining the necessary approvals from the Ministry of Health, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said, “Our first priority is to create a strong and reliable domestic alternative to the kits our country imports from abroad. In the second step, we want to offer the PCR Diagnosis and Variant Analysis Kit that we developed for use abroad, especially in Turkey.”

The third of the 6 Dr. Suat Günsel state schools that the Near East Enterprises will establish and deliver to the Ministry of National Education and Culture, was laid in Famagusta with the participation of Prime Minister Ersan Saner

Being the third of the 6 public primary schools that the Near East Enterprises will bring to the children of the country, with a capacity of 500 students each, the foundation of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School was laid with a magnificent ceremony held in Famagusta with the participation of Prime Minister Ersan Saner. With the decision of the Günsel Family Board, the foundation of the third of the 6 schools to be built by the Near East Enterprises in 6 districts of the TRNC and delivered to the Ministry of National Education and Culture, was laid with a magnificent ceremony. To be built on 18 acres of land, Dr. Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School will have a the capacity of 500 students. The fully-equipped school, of which the entire investment will be made by the Near East Enterprises, will be delivered to the TRNC Ministry of National Education and Culture Primary Education Department, after its completion. The foundation of the first public primary school built by the Near East Enterprises was laid on March 19 in Gönyeli Yenikent. In Gonyeli, Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School will be delivered to the Ministry of National Education and Culture Department of Primary Education by mid-August to start education in September 2021. Founded in Iskele on April 23, the construction of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School continues at full speed. The Dr. Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School, the foundation of which was laid in Famagusta, is also planned to be completed within a short time and made ready for education. After Nicosia, Iskele and Famagusta, investments in other public primary schools with a capacity of 500 students to be built in Kyrenia, Güzelyurt and Lefke regions will begin with the determination of their lands. The groundbreaking ceremony of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School was attended by Prime Minister Ersan Saner, Representative of the Security Forces Command, Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu, Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu, Minister of Finance Dursun Oğuz, Minister of Public Works and Transport Resmiye Eroğlu Canaltay, deputies , undersecretaries, district governors, mayors, ministerial directors and many guests. The groundbreaking ceremony of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School in Famagusta started with the speech of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East Enterprises, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel. After the speeches of the Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu and the Prime Minister Ersan Saner, The foundation of Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School was laid. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel: “While we are raising our children as well-equipped individuals to challenge the world, on the other hand; We continue to open new areas that will enable them to exist in their own lands without breaking with their roots, to establish a future and to carry our country further” Reminding that they decided to build 6 state primary schools in 6 districts of the TRNC 6 months ago at the Günsel Family Board and hand them over to the Directorate of Primary Education Department of the Ministry of National Education and Culture, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Near East Enterprises Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel said that they are proud to lay foundations of the third of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary Schools in Famagusta, following the ones in Nicosia and Iskele regions. He said that Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School, of which the foundation was laid on March 19 in Gonyeli, Nicosia, will be delivered fully equipped to the Ministry of National Education and Culture in mid-August. Prof. Dr. Günsel said, “We will come together again to lay the foundations of the remaining three state primary schools, as soon as the locations of the schools that our Enterprises will build in Kyrenia, Güzelyurt and Lefke regions are determined, and deliver them to the Ministry of National Education and Culture in the coming days.” “During this period, we have continued to expand our schools within the body of Near East Enterprises throughout the country,” saying Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, continued his speech as follows; “Our Yeniboğaziçi Campus, which started education last September, has entered the service of the children of the region right next to Famagusta. One of the most equipped and modern campuses in the world, which we opened 1 month ago, Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College will start education in September.” “On the one hand, while raising our children as well-equipped and qualified individuals to compete with the world, we are continuing to open new areas that will provide our children, who grow up in our educational institutions that we have laid the foundations of and opened, with opportunities in order to be able to exist in their own countries, in their own lands without breaking from their roots, to establish a future and to carry our country further” saying Prof. Dr. Günsel, also gave information about the ongoing investments of the Near East Enterprises. Saying “We put R&D and innovation at the center of our future strategy,” Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel continued as follows; “We carry out important studies in the fields of robot and information technologies and artificial intelligence. Because these areas continue to become the key to success and the future in many sectors, from automotive to health, from industry to informatics, with increasing momentum. Countries that do not invest in these technologies and do not raise their children and young people with this equipment are getting harder and harder times to find a place for themselves economically, culturally and therefore politically in the world. Therefore, we believe that existing, investing and growing in these areas will strengthen our country not only economically but also politically.” Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, regarding the investment process of GÜNSEL, the domestic and national car of the TRNC, of which production facilities continue to in the second phase, said, “Our GÜNSEL and the ecosystem it has created around it will lead our country to grow in new areas with high added value and technology. While our GÜNSEL will make our country one of the few countries producing its own automobile, on the other hand, from new automotive technologies to energy, it will shape the future of our formation, our country and our people with the initiatives it will trigger in many areas from fiber composite production to software. We will complete the second phase of investment of our GÜNSEL Production Facility next month. Our plastic injection factory, which will be a first in our country, will be operational with the completion of the 2nd phase construction of Günsel production facilities and the placement of our machinery park awaiting installation.” Stating that they will continue to produce for the people of the country from education to culture and art, from automotive to technology and informatics, and make investments to make solid roots that no storm can shake with the projects they have implemented in many fields from health to tourism and industry, Prof. Dr. Günsel said, “We see each project that we have laid the foundation, inaugurated and planned as a vein that carries lifeline to our roots. To strengthen the science, education, art and the technology of our country; We continue to work non-stop to make it a respected and influential country in this geographic region as well as in the world.” In his speech, he said, “To be whole, to stay whole, to walk into the future together and thus to stand strong is the basis on which the philosophy of the existence of the Near East Enterprises rises. We have always held the integrity of the family, the integrity of the country, the integrity of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Republic of Turkey, always at the top and considered it indispensable. In the light of this principle, we worked hard to be united as “we” as a whole in these lands, and we will never get tired of continuing to work.” Prof. Dr. Günsel wished that Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School be beneficial to Famagusta and the people of the region, and our country. Olgun Amcaoğlu: “The 10-decare land on which Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School will be built is also ready” Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School Famagusta, Minister of National Education and Culture Olgun Amcaoğlu said, “We have taken many decisions to take important steps to increase the quality of education as well as the quantity, that is, the number of schools. While making these decisions, the decision of the Near East Enterprises and the Günsel Family Board to build 6 public primary schools in 6 districts shed light on us.” Pointing out that only 1 public school was built in the country in the last 10 years, Minister Amcaoğlu said, “However, the number of public schools of which foundations were laid or agreements were made in just 6 months, has reached 15. Günsel Family will establish 6 of these schools.” Stating that the 10-decare land on which Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School will be built in Kyrenia is ready, Olgun Amcaoğlu said that the land delivery will be made very soon. Thanking the Günsel Family for their contribution to the education of the country, Amcaoğlu said, “I wish the foundation laid will be beneficial for the children of Famagusta, their families, our educators and our country” Prime Minister Ersan Saner: “Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary Schools will provide a modern education home with their facilities and equipment to a total of 3 thousand students.” Prime Minister Ersan Saner, who delivered a speech at the ceremony, started his speech by saying “I am very happy and proud as a native of Famagusta while laying this foundation”, reminding that in 1974 there were major clashes in this region. Prime Minister Saner said; “The Sakarya Primary School, which became the symbol of the history of the struggle of the Turkish Cypriot people in 1974, was destroyed and there was no school left in this region. The foundation laid today has a different meaning because the children who have been growing up there with the burning torches will continue to grow up with the torches that you will light here today.” Stating that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus has made serious breakthroughs with its own limited opportunities, Prime Minister Saner said, “We have come a long way since the day we had founded our Republic. I also know that we will reach a better future.” Prime Minister Ersan Saner said that especially during COVID-19, while the health system and economies of the whole world have hit bottom, the performance in the field of health and the developments they have made in the economy in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus will carry the country to a better point. Reminding that they laid the foundation of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School today in Famagusta, after Nicosia and Iskele, Prime Minister Saner also expressed his satisfaction that the foundation of the fourth school will be laid in Kyrenia soon. Prime Minister Saner said, “Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary Schools will provide a modern education home with their facilities and equipment to a total of 3 thousand students. Prime Minister Ersan Saner said, “The Günsel Family, who add value to the TRNC in many fields from education to health, from automotive to innovation, and from art to spirituality, always deserves special thanks. I would like to thank the Günsel Family for their contribution to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus”.

The foundation of the third of the 6 public primary schools that the Near East Enterprises will bring into education in the 6 districts of the TRNC will be laid in Famagusta on 25 June with the participation of Prime Minister Ersan Saner

It will be built on 18 decares of land with a capacity of 500 students. Dr. Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School will be the third public primary school, after Nicosia and Iskele, established by the Near East Enterprises for the state. Due to the decision taken by the Günsel Family Board, the third of the 6 primary schools to be built by the Near East Enterprises in 6 districts of the TRNC and transferred to the Directorate of Primary Education Department of the Ministry of National Education and Culture, the foundation of Dr. Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School will be laid with a ceremony to be held on June 25 with the participation of Prime Minister Ersan Saner. The fully-equipped public primary school, which will be built on 18 decares of land in Famagusta, will have a capacity of 500 students. The school consisting of classrooms, laboratories and exhibition halls as a complex, will be delivered to the Directorate of Primary Education Department of the Ministry of National Education and Culture, ready for education. Dr. Suat Günsel Famagusta State Primary School will serve the children of the region. In March and April, the Near East Enterprises laid the foundations of the schools in Nicosia and Iskele within the scope of the “6 state primary schools in 6 districts” project. It is planned that the locations of the schools that will be built by the Near East Enterprises in Kyrenia, Güzelyurt and Lefke districts and delivered to the Directorate of Primary Education Department of the Ministry of National Education and Culture will be clarified and groundbreaking ceremonies will be held in the coming days. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel: “Everything is for our country and our children, who are our future” Near East Enterprises Chairman of the Board of Trustees Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel reminded that about 6 months ago, they decided at the Günsel Family Board to build 6 full-fledged primary schools in 6 districts of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and hand them over to the Directorate of Primary Education Department of the Ministry of National Education and Culture. Prof. Dr. Günsel said “We are very proud and happy to lay the foundation of the third Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School in Famagusta. Everything is for our country and our children who are our future. After Nicosia and Iskele, we will lay the foundation of Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School on 25 June. Then, we plan to start the foundations of public primary schools that we will build in Kyrenia, Güzelyurt, and Lefke without slowing down.” Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel invited all the people of the region to the groundbreaking ceremony of Famagusta Dr. Suat Günsel State Primary School that will be held on June 25.

The “Facts of Life” exhibition, consisting of 40 artworks, was opened by former ministers and journalist-writer İsmail Bozkurt at the Fine Arts Gallery of the Near East Yeniboğaziçi Campus

The solo exhibition of 40 artworks of Kazakh artist Orazbek Yesenbayev, titled “The Facts of Life”, was opened by former ministers and journalist-writer İsmail Bozkurt at the Fine Arts Gallery of the Near East Yeniboğaziçi Campus. Yeniboğaziçi Mayor Mustafa Zurnacılar also attended the opening ceremony. Bringing together 40 artworks of Kazakh painter Orazbek Yesenbayev’s oil painting technique as part of the exhibitions held by the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, the exhibition “The Facts of Life” will be open to visitors until 9 July. At the opening ceremony held at Halil Günsel Culture and Art Center, Near East Enterprises Museums Department Director Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul, Kazakh painter Orazbek Yesenbayev and former minister and journalist-writer İsmail Bozkurt also gave speeches. After the speeches, the opening ribbon was cut and the artworks were opened to visit of art lovers. Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul: “As the Near East Enterprises, one of our most important missions is to bring art and museology together with the Turkish Cypriot community” Director of Museums Department of Near East Enterprises Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul started his speech by expressing that they are very happy to bring the “Facts of Life” exhibition together with art lovers at the Near East Yeniboğaziçi Campus Fine Arts Gallery. Underlining that the Near East Enterprises is leading the way in preserving works of art, realizing high-level spatial designs, and creating particularly competent and high-profile museums, Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul said, “As the Near East Enterprises, one of our most important missions is to bring art and museology together with the Turkish Cypriot community” Prof. Dr. Ali Efdal Özkul stated that they regard the libraries that the Near East Enterprises founded as a home of culture and said, “We are working to bring art and culture together with the society, by feeding on the core values of our society through the museums and libraries we have founded.” Prof. Dr. Özkul said that they will add a third one in Yeniboğaziçi to the Grand Libraries in Nicosia and Kyrenia. Stating that the Yeniboğaziçi Library, of which book sequence continues, will be opened soon, Prof. Dr. Özkul said, “We will bring together the 30,000 books donated by İsmail Bozkurt, one of our country’s important political and cultural figures, to the Yeniboğaziçi Library, in a special section to be created under his own name, with readers and researchers. I would like to thank Mr. Bozkurt for his valuable contribution.” Orazbek Yesenbayev: “My artworks are my story. I chat with the audience through my artworks” Kazakh artist Orazbek Yesenbayev, who spoke at the opening of his personal exhibition titled “The Facts of Life”, said, “My artworks are my story. I chat with the audience through my artworks. As an artist, it is a bit difficult to describe this in words. It is much easier for me to express my ideas in my paintings.” Expressing his happiness at the opening of his fifth solo exhibition consisting of the artworks he prepared for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts, Yesenbayev said, “I used different materials and techniques while preparing my works. These exhibitions gave us a great opportunity to express ourselves and have a new experience. I would like to thank Mr. Suat Günsel and his family for this opportunity they have provided me with.” İsmail Bozkurt: “Introducing a modern art museum to the TRNC has been on the public agenda for 35-40 years. Unfortunately, it was not finalized. At this point, it is very valuable and admirable for our country that the Near East Enterprises quickly and decisively implemented the decision to establish a museum and established the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts” Starting his speech with the words “I would like to thank Dr. Suat Günsel and the Near East Enterprises for inviting and honoring me to open such a valuable exhibition”, İsmail Bozkurt said, “As a Yeniboğaziçi citizen, I would like to express my thanks secondly for the schools, cultural center, exhibition halls, library brought to us by the Near East Enterprises.” İsmail Bozkurt, who donated his 30 thousand books to Yeniboğaziçi Grand Library, said, “It is a great pleasure for me to be able to contribute to this cultural nest that the Near East Enterprises has brought to Yeniboğaziçi.” Emphasizing the value that art adds to societies and humanity, Bozkurt said that art is a very important value that makes people happy, creates a social memory, and knows no boundaries and restrictions. Stating that the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is not politically recognized, can overcome all restrictions and make its voice heard to the world through art, Bozkurt pointed out that artistic production and museology in the country has a great meaning. İsmail Bozkurt used the phrase, “Art cares neither for borders, mountains, nor oceans”. İsmail Bozkurt, who was a member of the TRNC Constituent Assembly and also served as the Minister of Tourism and Culture in 1985, said, “As someone who has taken part in the study aiming to bring a modern art museum to the TRNC, I can say that this has been on the public agenda for 35-40 years. Unfortunately, it was not finalized. At this point, it is very valuable and admirable for our country that the Near East Enterprises quickly and decisively implemented the decision to establish a museum and established the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts.”

The 1st International Cinema Symposium held by the Near East University Communication Research Center completed

Held by the Near East University Faculty of Communication and the Communication Research Center, the 1st International Cinema Symposium, titled “The Relations between Culture, Cinema and Culture in the Language of Cinema”, was concluded with a three-day intensive program including 14 sessions and 42 paper presentations. Within the scope of the symposium, an online photography exhibition consisting of 51 photographs was also held. The 1st International Cinema Symposium attracted great attention On the first day of the 1st International Cinema Symposium, a total of 11 papers were presented in 4 sessions under the main headings of the economic and cultural structure of cinema, re-understanding Yeşilçam cinema, the relations between cinema and space, and sound design in cinema. On the second day, under the main title of “Future Designer Cinema” moderated by Prof. Dr. Elif Asude Tunca, the session was carried out on ethical values, future designer science fiction cinema. Prof. Dr. Serdar Öztürk attracted great attention with his presentation titled “An Alternative Public Space in the Example of Coffee Shop Space in Turkish History: Affective Public Space”. In the other 4 sessions held later during the day, 15 papers were presented on the topics of social memory and cinema, culture created in horror cinema, and the view of women in cinema. 42 papers presented in 14 sessions The 1st International Cinema Symposium housed discussions on many topics from different disciplines, with cinema at its centre. The first session of the day moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Güneyli, attracted great attention with the topic “Intercultural communication and language education”. The relations between cinema and other disciplines was examined under the titles of culture and society, culture and ideology, and interaction between arts, and it was emphasized how cinema acts as a bridge. In the last session, the impact of Turkish TV series abroad and their contribution to intercultural communication were discussed. The symposium was concluded by presenting 16 papers in 6 sessions on the subject. Thus, 42 papers were presented in 14 sessions during the symposium. 43 photographers from 5 countries participated in the digital photography exhibition Within the scope of the 1st International Cinema Symposium, the premiere of the online photography exhibition consisting of 51 photographs by 23 participants from 5 countries was also held. In the exhibition, photographs containing the concepts of culture, migration, people, life and family of the countries of the Turkish world were exhibited. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap: “Artists and academics encouraged us to organize the symposium next year” 1st International Cinema Symposium Organizing Committee Chairman and Near East University Communication Faculty Radio, TV and Cinema Department Head Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fevzi Kasap stated that the number of symposiums that focus on cinema in the academic world is very few and that they aimed to partially fill this gap with the 1st International Cinema Symposium they organized. Stating that the symposium attracted great interest from artists and academics, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kasap said, “The artists and academicians encouraged us to organize the symposium next year. Some universities have also stated that they want to host the second symposium to be held next year.”

Print painting exhibition consisting of 18 works opened doors to visitors at the Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia Primary School Exhibition Hall

Artist and academician Assist. Prof. Dr. Mine Okur’s Print Painting Exhibition consisting of 18 works exclusively prepared by Mine Okur for the Cyprus Museum of Modern Arts was opened at Dr.Suat Günsel Kyrenia Primary School. Inaugurated on April 26 with a magnificent ceremony attended by President Ersin Tatar and Prime Minister Ersan Saner, Dr. Suat Günsel Kyrenia College aims to host activities that will strengthen the culture and art environment in Kyrenia, as well as opening the doors of a world-class education for the children of the region with its physical characteristics and competent academic staff. The Print Painting Exhibition consisting of 18 artworks opened at the Suat Günsel Kyrenia Primary School Exhibition Hall has a special place as it is the first of these events. Modern miniatures Near East University Faculty of Fine Arts and Design Faculty Member Assist. Prof. Dr. Mine Okur in her works exhibited, interprets the beings around her by being influenced by the stylization and fictional logic of miniature art. Assist. Prof. Dr. Okur describes the images he shapes with the effect of her graphic design education and with an understanding of her own inner world. Artist Mine Okur describes the process of making her works on mythological stories as follows; “The first stage of the works is the hand drawings that I make imaginatively. I transfer the world I created in black and white at the computer environment and color it there. Afterwards, I conclude my studies that I completed in digital environment with the screen printing technique by utilizing the opportunities my university offers me.” Stating that she tries to preserve the difference of childlike understanding in her works, Okur said, “Children’s imagination has always impressed me a lot. Therefore, the opening of my print painting exhibition at the Dr. Suat Günsel Primary School was also a source of honor for me.” Who is Mine Okur? He was born on October 24, 1970 in Ankara. She completed her primary, secondary and high school education in Ankara. She graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Graphics in 1994. She worked as a graphic designer in the fields of information technologies and multimedia at Sebit and Mobilsoft institutions. She worked as the design coordinator at the Near East University Innovation Center in 2007. She worked as a full-time lecturer at the Near East University, Faculty of Communication, Visual Communication and Design Department until 2013. She received her PhD in 2017 with her thesis on “Cyprus Themed Video Game Design”. She still continues her studies as a lecturer at Near East University, Faculty of Fine Arts and Design, Graphic Design Department.
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