Our Graduates

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Mehmet Onur EKMEN

I am 22 years old. I graduated from the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, NEU, in 2010. Due to the education provided by the highly qualified academic staff of the Department, I have obtained the opportunity to work in one of the most prestigious hotels; Canyon Ranch in the city of Tucson, state of Arizona, United States. I am working as an employed apprentice for Food & Drink Operations (internship). I am proud to say that I am part of an establishment which offers opportunities for; Healthy Living activities, SPA and a concept of Eco-tourism. The hotel hosts people of the United States and some of the richest people from around the World. The guests are provided with an environment away from: mobile phones (radiation sources), cigarettes, alcohol and an environment away from visual and sound pollution. Only organic meat, vegetables, fruit and various other organic foods are served. As a whole, the Canyon Ranch Hotel is a very attractive site. I believe that the 46 modules I have taken at the NEU, has contributed a great deal to my achievement of working at such a hotel. I, as a waiter in the main restaurant, have been able to get the most positive feedback from the elite guests which came there. Starting from Tülen Saner, I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all the academic staff who has taught me.

I may have encountered some difficulties in my years at the University. However, with the help and support provided by the NEU, I have managed to stand on my own two feet. The most important thing I have learnt is that “the change has to start within one’s self”. I remember saying that our 2 storied building in the University appeared to me as a skyscraper.

Please remember this: You are very lucky to be in a University that is consistently changing and developing! Remember that you are definitely gaining from every word that is uttered by the academic staff and from every page you flip from a book. Therefore, try to make as much as you can! Overrate yourself, the environment surrounding you, things that are taught to you, and your future. In that case, your success is guaranteed. I would like to conclude by saying that you should be sure that you are in good hands! All the best of luck in your achievements!

Burak SÜMER

I am Burak Sümer and I have graduated from the School of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2010. After my graduation, I have become the Director of Erdoba Houses, besides becoming the Director of the Association of the Tourism and Hotels in Mardin, Turkey. Through the education and the career opportunities (apprenticeships) presented to us by the School, our employment relations with the sector started during our studentship. This has brought us, students of Near East University, the chance to be privileged within the sector. Moreover, the opportunities in the sector reinforced the academic knowledge and experience we gained from the School.

The experienced and qualified academic staff of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management has taught us how take make the right decisions in our professional lives. They have also made great contributions in teaching us to be competent individuals within the sector. Hereby, I would like to acknowledge many thanks to all the academic staff of the School. I would also like to wish my best wishes to the students who are currently studying at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management and congratulate them of choosing to study at an institution; an institution that is the best place to be.

Çağdaş UÇANER

I am Çağdaş Uçaner. I have graduated from the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University, in 2010. With English as the language of instruction, the qualitative education I have received at the School has equipped me well enough to start working as a director at our own family establishment; Uçaner Tourism.

Furthermore, my education has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills to deal with overseas operations without any obstacles. Our academic experience was reinforced through both the apprenticeships we took during summer and with career opportunities provided by our School of Tourism and Hotel Management. In addition, all of these experiences have opened the doors of success in our professional lives.
I would like to express my gratitude to all the academic staff as our success would not have been reached without them. I wish success to those of you; who are currently studying at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University. Bear in mind that it is a privilege to be a graduate of Near East University.

Hilal GÖÇMEZ TÜFEKÇİ

I, Hilal Göçmez TÜFEKÇİ, am a graduate of School of Tourism and Hotel Management, NEU, in the academic year of 2008. Being a graduate of Near East University has brought me the advantage of finding a employment opportunity by increasing my chances in competing within the sector. At the moment, I am working as a cost control chief at the Department of Cost Control of Borajet Airlines. Thanks to my qualitative academic training, I have reached success within the sector in a short period of time. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to our teachers who have taught us as they did and thus built our futures of success. I would like to end my words by wishing all the best to the students who are continuing their education in the School of Tourism and Hotel Management and congratulate them on their choices to study here, regarding their future careers.

L.Nazlı SAK

I am a graduate of 2010 from the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University and my name is L. Nazlı Sak.

With the opportunities and apprenticeships provided by our School, our interaction with the sector began during the years of our studentship. Inviting the doyens of the sector to the “career days” is, of course, one of the most important opportunities provided to us; in other words, these were employment opportunities brought to our feet.

Being a graduate of Near East University increased my competitive advantage and a chance for recruitment at the career days. Due to the instruction I received, with English as the language of instruction, enabled me to be distinguished and thus rise up within the sector in a short span of time. At present, I am working as a Director of Sales at the Golden Tulip Nicosia Hotel & Casino.

Good luck to those who are currently studying at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management and congratulate those who have chosen to study there. I advise everyone to encounter the privilege of being a student of Near East University.

Sevcan GÖKSULAR

I am SEVCAN GÖKSULAR and I am a graduate of 2010, from the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University. I entered the tourism sector in my first year at the NEU through my first apprenticeship arranged. The education provided by the School and the guidance provided by the academic staff has given me the opportunity to have a great dela of experience throughout my university life. After I graduated, I started working as a ticketing and reservation clerk at Ceremi Travel. Thanks to my education from the Near East University, I have not encountered any problems in making myself a position within the tourism sector. The NEU has equipped me with the necessary knowledge and skills that I overcome everything that came in my way within my professional life. I congratulate everyone who has chosen to study at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management. Working in the tourism sector requires team work. In this regard, I would like to state that I look forward to seeing new graduates as my team-mates.

Gökçe TUŞUNEL

I am Gökçe Tuşunel and I am a graduate of 2008 for the School of Tourism and Hotel Management. I have started establishing bonds with the sector during my studentships at the NEU; through summer apprenticeships and career days. These opportunities enabled me to get insights into the tourism sector. Near East University has provided me a recruitment opportunity within the sector and has given me the chance to be competent. I owe everything to the academic staff who has taught me. I started working at Sheraton Hotel in Maslak- İstanbul, as a supervisor of customer relations. The accretion I have made, along with knowledge and skills, from the Near East University have led me to be well appreciated at my job. As a result of this, I am currently working as a customer relations manager at the first and only Marine Taxi Project in Turkey, which is part of Teknomar Marine and Vessel Business. I would like to congratulate who are currently continuing their studies in the School of Tourism and Hotel Management and advise those who are making their choice on where to study: I can assure you that choosing to study at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management is going to be the best decision you have ever taken.

Bahadır SAN

I have studied in Near East University between the years 2005-2010, at the Tourism and Hotel Management. At the moment, I am making a career at Salt Lake City – Little America Hotel. I am a server at the restaurant of the hotel. This has made great contribution to my career life. I hope everybody reaches their goals, just like I did. I wish everyone all the best. Regards.

Onur SALINDIRMA

I have graduated from Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University in 2009. I believe that I have gained a lot throughout my experiences at the department. In my current job, I feel that I am making use of everything that has been taught to us. Even though I am currently working in a field that is not directly related to my studies, I am able to benefit from the studies provided by the NEU. I am working at a fuel station. Just as the tourism sector, I am required to make one-to-one relations with customers. I would like to express my gratitude to all the academic staff who has taught me. All the best…..

Sertan OZTURK

I have graduated from Tourism and Hotel Management after my studentship between the years 2005-2010. I am honoured to be a graduate of NEU. At present, I am working at Imperial Palace Las Vegas (Nevada). At the hotel, ı am working as a server in the restaurant. I wish everyone success and also wish that all their dreams come true. Regards…

İpek GİZLİ

Being a part and a graduate of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University has made a big impact in my life. I can easily say that the education provided at the School is at an international standard. To be future managers and /or academic is in your hands. Our teachers have confronted us with the comfort of a family; they have always given us help and support. With my most intimate feelings, I can say that studying at this school and being a person of tourism is such a pride and honour. I am currently working at Kyrenia Rocks Hotel within the department of sales and marketing. I enjoy and adore my work. If you really wish to have a qualitative education, then be sure that the School of Tourism and Hotel Management is the right place for you!

Fatih TAY

I, Fatih Tay, was born in 1983 in İstanbul. I have achieved to study at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management in 2001. I have spent a year in English preparatory school, followed by 4 years within the department of Tourism and Hotel management. I have graduated from the department in 2006. I got an apprenticeship of 90 days in the human resources department of İstanbul Hilton hotel. Then, I started my carer life, in 2006, by working as a coordinator of human resources at the Istanbul Hilton ParkSA Hotel. This was followed by;

2007- as a Deputy Head of Human Resources
2009- as a Head of Human resources and finally in
2010- as Head of Human Resources in both Hilton Kayseri and Hilton ParkSA Istanbul.

Volkan KÖSE

I have completed my associate degree from the Tourism and Hotel Management of Istanbul University in 2005. Then, I graduated (BA) from Near East University in 2009.

I have, thus, had the opportunity to contrast both universities. As a result, I can easily say that Near East University is one of the leading universities regarding education on tourism. Individuals who are interested in tourism should and must encounter the experience of being in NEU so that they can get an insight into “hotel management of the south”.

Although the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management- Near East University has modules that are technical and sufficient modules regarding management, there is a need for people from the sector to teach within the department.

There is a need for reinforcement related with the sector and, just as many other universities do, the 2nd term of the 4th year of the programme of the department needs to include apprenticeship. Universities providing education on tourism should meet the demands of qualified individuals. By this way, the technical information gained at the university should be reinforced through long-term apprenticeships and working experiences. Every experience on apprentice and work will shape the future careers of individuals.

Student representatives and academic staff of the university should support the Tourism Club and the Club should be actively involved in local tourism activities.

I am, at the moment, studying at İstanbul Hilton hotel in the Department of Special Feasts and Outside Catering.

İcabi IŞIK

I am working as an accounting manager at Bato Thermal Hotel. I miss my days at the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management. I think that everyone is, just as I am, grateful to the teaching staff at the department, since they taught us in the best possible way and provided help and support. I can assure you that I will never forget the people who work hard in order to bring us as competent individuals, and I would like to express my appreciation; starting from Ms Tülen, and all the academic staff of the Department.

Taki Can METİN

I studied at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management-NEU between the years 2004-2005. I have gained all sorts of things during my students ship, such as; accretion of knowledge regarding my profession, experiences through an environment of dialogues and debates, which have all together made great contribution to my later career life.
As a result of my benefits from the NEU, I picked up mu postgraduate study at the Department of Recreation Management at the Faculty of Tourism- Kırklareli University. I, later became a research assistant at the School of Tourism and Hotel Management- Anadolu University within a framework of “raising academic members programme”. I believe that I owe all my achievements to the education I have taken at the NEU.

N.Övgü DEMİRAL

I graduated from School of Tourism and Hotel Management, NEU; in 2009. In my job applications, after my graduation, I have always had advantage of being a graduate of NEU. This is due to having English as the language of instruction. I did not want to work within the private sector, so I chose to develop myself in theoretical aspects of my job, instead of practical aspects. In this respect, I started my MA in Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University. At the moment, I am about to complete my MA. I am planning to continue studying so as to become an academic. Being in a different school, with different academic staff has proven to me how important my days were while I was in NEU. In other words, I have lived to learn how well my BA level education is, I am able to reflect upon this training and improve myself without any difficulty. This is why, I will always be grateful to the academic staff of the School of Tourism and Hotel Management.

Anıl BAYIK

I have started my adventure of university life by selecting to study at the Near East University in 2005. Even though I had never been to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus before, I had no difficulty in adapting to the country. Just like many others, I started off with a year at the preparatory school, and then continued to the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management. Like many, I had a difficulty in adapting to the language of instruction, which was English, for a period of two months. Then, as everyone else does, I overcame this problem and started to understand the lessons better. I gradually began to understand the fact that I was in a department which was fun to be in. I never knew that a department could be a place that completely reflected my own personal life style. I must state that there is, always, academic staff willing to help you with any kind of problems which you may have. In fact, they even drop round the Library during the examination period to provide help. They motivate you, listen to your problems and be compassionate with you. In this regard, I feel lucky to have studied in a school as such. Even though I am working in the textile sector now, I never expected to make use of the education I got from the School of Tourism and Hotel Management. I was wrong because I have been educated in such a way that I have learnt how to cope with problems, problems which also arise in trading. I can clearly state that the education provided by the School of Tourism and Hotel Management will prepare you for the future, even in cases which may seem far from your field of study.

Hereby, I would like to express my thanks to the entire academic staff who have taught me and thank the Near East University.

Mehmet ŞEHİTOĞLU

I am very glad to have studied in this department. My years of university felt like being in the comfort of a family. I owe my successful career to my education: Right now, I am working as a head of receptions in a five stared hotel. I am sometimes required to visit the overseas representative offices of the hotel, enabling me to visit different countries around the World and this makes me happy It is a privilege to study Tourism and if I could, I would want to go back to those days while I was in NEU!

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Hayri TEMÜR

I graduated from the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management (BA) in June, 2010.

I have started my studies in Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University through additional placement in October 2005 and started living in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. I took a year at the preparatory school and then moved onto my studies within the department. It was the year 2007, and it was my first year in the department. I did not know anyone but I was so excited to be there. I was beginning something new in my life.

Gradually, years passed; the 2nd year then the 3rd and then he 4th. Just like others, my studies finished in the blink of an eye. I believe that the 5 years I spent at Near East University, with the 4 years in the Department, has brought me many benefits. The academic staff who has taught me equipped me with necessary knowledge and skills. I took lessons from all the academic staff of the department and I interacted well with them. I was a student who was loved. The homework and the projects given in the last year were quite challenging. However, it is a good thing they were given to us because a department should teach its students how to carry out research and how to express thoughts and ideas on paper. I feel that all these were fulfilled by the academic staff of the department. Since we were studying in the tourism department, there was a need for carrying out activities with the relevant sector. In this regard, I feel very happy to be part of, like other students in the department, 9 different activities that were carried out during my studentship of 4 years.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner was appointed as Head of Department during my 4th year of my study. At the moment, she is still the Head of Department. By now, I believe that the department must have developed further with the contributions of both; Assist. Prof. Dr. Tülen Saner and the academic staff of the department. I could foresee this back when I first met the head of department during my last year within the department. In fact, students from other departments were astonished with all the studies and projects we were being asked to do. This was a good thing because I believe that this reflected how well the education provided at the department was.

I would like to address students who are at their first year at the Department:You may feel distressed with the intensity of the modules and the strictness of teachers. Through my experiences there, I have learnt that you will find out how much you have acquired after completing your 1st. 2nd, 3rd and finally your 4th year within the department. That’s why I advise you not to complain that you are not learning much until you have completed your studies.

At the moment, I am a columnist at a local newspaper called Giresun Gündem Gazetesi. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to all the academic staff who has taught me and I believe that I am able to work at this job due to them. I do not want to state any special names, as they are all very precious to me and I have learnt different things from each. I hope that maybe one day, I can be an academic just like them and be of use to my students as they did to me.

Cem Çağdaş ÇETİN

I graduated from Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University in 2009. At present, ı am working in Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel as a F&B supervisor.

Being a graduate of School of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University, has brought me an opportunity of education on tourism. In addition, the academic staff which have experience of the sector shared their personal accretions and thus, broadened the students’ horizons. I am honoured and very happy to be a graduate of such a faculty; a faculty which is the right choice for those who aim to follow their dreams of moving into the tourism sector.

Vugar BUTAYEV

I am Vugar Butayev and I am from Azerbaijan. I came to Cyprus in 2002 and spent a year in the preparatory school. Then, I started my studies in the Department of Tourism and Hotel Management, Near East University in 2003. I had fun, joyful and, most important of all, educative days at the department. Thanks to the academic staff, we have gained insights about the tourism sector. We did not only study books, at the same time we made use of practical applications. I did not think of myself as a very hard working student, however, the teaching staff motivated us in such a way that I was always motivated to study.

Once I had completed my studies at the department, I decided to continue to live in Cyprus. At the moment, I am the owner of Vugar Butayev Enterprises Ltd in Northern Cyprus. Due to what I had gained from the academic staff who has taught me, I was able to establish three different businesses- related to tourism- within my company. They are: a restaurant called Station Café & Bar, a children entertainment centre called VB Land, and a complex called Bşack which holds four different units-a grogshop, Pub, Club and Lounge Garden. I am also running VB Exchange, VB Led, Khensu Travel and Trading, and VB Security.

I would like to express many thanks and appreciation to Near East University and especially to the academic staff of the Department of Tourism and Hotel management. Regards…