History of Near East

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Near East University,

  • educate students who can have their own stories written by their nations and countries, is the university enabling its students think as much as a super computer rather than a laptop.
  • Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, Founding Rector

The Near East University (www.neu.edu.tr), established in 1988, is located in Nicosia, capital of North Cyprus, and as an international higher education institution employing highly qualified staff, offers the most extensive undergraduate and postgraduate education opportunities to over 26 thousand students coming from over 100 countries. The Near East University has 16 faculties comprising 220 departments and programs, 4 graduate schools with around 200 graduate and postgraduate programs, and 4 high schools, 28 research institutes, and has several international memberships. The University is already a full member of the European University Association (EUA), International Association of Universities (IAU) within the body of UNESCO, International Society for Engineering Education (IGIP), Joint Commission International (JCI), the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), 118 other national and international institutions and foundations, and moreover, many more membership applications related to various disciplines are already in progress.

The Near East University, standing out as a small town of education in center of Cyprus, comprises many firsts in Cyprus. The Faculty of Medicine, which is the only Faculty of Medicine of North Cyprus; the Faculty of Dentistry which is the first and only faculty of North Cyprus; the Dentistry Clinics which are the first JCI accredited private dentistry clinics of the world; the Super Computer which is one of the most advanced and powerful computers of the world with a capacity to provide support to several international research and academic studies throughout the world, including the CERN project; the Grand Library, the biggest and most comprehensive library of Eastern Mediterranean region with over a million printed materials and 115 million electronic sources, where several national and international conferences are held; Hospital of Near East University which is the most advanced research and training hospital of Eastern Mediterranean region; the Faculty of Pharmacy which is the first and only faculty on pharmacy in North Cyprus. The students of Near East University, which stands out as a small town at the northern suburbs of Nicosia, are provided with all-round on campus facilities and opportunities such as sports fields, shops, restaurants, dormitories with a capacity of 5000 people, health and fitness centres, hospitals, cafes, student clubs, radio-TV centre, library, Olmpic swimming pool, national and international banks, travel agencies, post office, scheduled coaches traveling between city and airport from early morning till late night, 24 hours security and health services.

Since its establishment, the Near East University, primarily aiming to educate self-cofident, highly qualified, dedicated and determined individuals, has made an incredible progress and turned into the largest higher education institution and cultural centre of Cyprus.