First and Only Children’s University of Our Country: “Özay Günsel Children’s University” to be established

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Added On: 22 April 2019, Monday, 11:41
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First and Only Children’s University of Our Country: “Özay Günsel Children’s University” to be established

The Near East University, which is always one step ahead with the innovations it brings to the world of education of our country, is bringing Özay Günsel Children’s University to life by adding another gold page to its successes and history.

In this respect, a press conference was held at the Near East University Hospital Hall 101 to inform the public about Özay Günsel Children’s University, which will be established for the first time in Cyprus.

According to the information given by the Near East University Press and Public Relations Directorate, in the press conference where information on mission, vision and activities of Özay Günsel Children’s University was given, Özay Günsel Children’s University Board of Trustees President Anna Günsel, Rector Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli, Vice Rector of Near East University Dr. Tamer Şanlidağ, Near East College Director Asim Idris and Near East Primary School Principals Mehmet Süleymanoğlu and Izzet Yılmaz were present.

It is aimed to discover children’s talents and to provide qualified education in the field of science and technology for children…
The opening speech of the meeting was made by Vice Rector of Near East University Prof. Dr. Tamer Şanlidağ. Prof. Şanlıdağ started his speech with an African proverb, “To grow up a child, the whole village is needed” and said that they feel a great excitement, happiness and pride at that moment. Prof. Dr. Sanlidag said “For our children, who will establish our future, we have founded Özal Günsel Children’s University in order to make them adopt national and universal values, and grow up as creative, enterprising, nature and environment-sensitive individuals starting from an early age under the umbrella of the university and meet scientists and artists, as well as realizing their own talents and create their own success stories”.

First and Only Children’s University of Our Country: “Özay Günsel Children’s University” to be established

Anna Günsel: “Individuals who know what they want and who will lead to their future will be educated…”
Anna Günsel, President of Board of Trustees of Özay Günsel Children’s University, stated that they are very proud, happy and excited to share the project of Özay Günsel Children’s University, which was brought to life on the occasion of the 23rd of April, The National Sovereignty and Children’s Day, which the great leader Atatürk to the children of the world.

Anna Günsel, who shared information about the vision of Özay Günsel Children’s University, stated that the Near East University, contributing to the education sector in our country with its educational, academic, sportive and social achievements and values added to the society so far, is aiming to bring Özay Günsel Children’s University to life in order to educate individuals who know what they want and who will lead to their future.

Anna Günsel stating that the Near East University has always been a representative of the firsts and innovations since its foundation, said that they believe that every work they have done deepens our roots in this land and that they are working to raise a generation that respects the core of their roots. Günsel said, “In line with this aim, with Özay Günsel Children’s University with aim to be the first and exemplary model for our country and educate children who are dedicated to their roots and national values, forward-thinking, productive, respectful to and aware of their history and civilization, aware of the age they live, and we aim to raise a generation with a vision that will lead the way to the future.”

First and Only Children’s University of Our Country: “Özay Günsel Children’s University” to be established

Education equality will be provided to every part of society…
Aiming to enable children to get acquainted with science, art and sports at an early age, Anna Günsel stated that by creating equal opportunities in education, Özay Günsel Children’s University will facilitate the access to education for all parts of the society by creating opportunities for children and youth. Anna Günsel emphasized that they will provide children with opportunities to express themselves in an interactive and joyful environment where they will enjoy science, art, sports activities, and have the chances to develop their mental and physical skills through activities, as well as raising awareness on responsibility and self-confidence.

Anna Günsel, emphasized that they will provide children with an environment where they will develop basic life skills such as scientific and critical thinking, judgment, questioning, problem solving, developing their knowledge and skills by recognizing themselves, improving their knowledge and skills, and to contribute to their development in line with their abilities and interests. Anna Günsel, at the end of her words, celebrated April 23 National Sovereignty and Children’s Day of the children of the world.

Professor Dr. Filiz Meriçli: “We will prepare our students for the future…”
Özay Günsel Children’s University Rector Prof. Dr. Filiz Meriçli speaking about the mission, vision and goals of the Children’s University, stated that they were excited to announce the establishment of the Özay Günsel Children’s University on a special day, 23rd April, dedicated to children by Atatürk, the great visionary leader of the Turkish nation.

Prof. Dr. Meriçli stated in her speech that they will prepare students for the future at the Özay Günsel Children’s University. Prof. Dr. Meriçli said, “We will develop their imagination, bringing them together with academics, make them come up with solutions, innovations and become innovative entrepreneurs, and as individuals who are socially conscious, grow as citizens of the world.”. Prof. Dr. Meriçli added, “Every child is a star and will shed the future” and further stated that with the Children’s Universith they will provide opportunities for children so that they will be able to stand out and become beneficial individuals for both their country and the world.

Programs Developed for 6-11 and 11-17 age groups…
Prof. Dr. Meriçli said: “Starting in the summer of 2019, we have prepared various programs for 6-11 and 12-17 age groups. We will bring the 6-11 age group together with the environment, nature, science and technology, including small health workers, young doctors, young nurses, architects, artists and social scientists. We’ll make sure that they make their dreams come true. We will develop their creativity and questioning power. They will isolate DNA in the developed world-class laboratories of the Near East University, work on genetics, and realize their own dreams with computers and robots in the innovation and technology unit. As the small explorers and small travelers, they will make visits to the library and museums. Children’s works produced at the university will also be gathered under the Children’s Museum. The 12-17 age group will also discover their own talents and make improvements for both the society and the world.

Prof. Dr. Meriçli stating that the Near East University campus will be the child friendly campus, added that child-friendly hospitals, child-friendly libraries, child-friendly museums will be designed so that a child-friendly Northern Cyprus and child-friendly tourism will also be mentioned.

Prof. Dr. Meriç also stated that the Özay Günsel Children’s University is a big profit for children of Cyprus and for the world, children’s senate and children’s councils will set be founded and guests from UNICEF guests will be invited and friendships will be shared. At the end of her words, Prof. Dr. Meriçli expressed her wishes the university be beneficial and bring out projects and friendships all around the world.

Asım İdris: “We will train individuals who know their goals and what they want…”
The Director of the Near East College, Asım İdris said in his speech at the meeting ; “The importance of young people and children in society is always emphasized. However, it does not go beyond rhetoric. The foundation of Özay Günsel Children’s University is a serious difference in terms of transition from this discourse to performance. It is a realistic form of preparing the future of our children by preparing an appropriate infrastructure and environment for children. Children and young people will not only raise awareness about universities but themselves. In this way, they will understand what they like, what areas they are successful in and what they want to be. In order not to lose money, time and young people, we aim to act with this awareness and take steps with young people. Theoretical and practical studies will be carried out simultaneously. Özay Günsel Children’s University is not a study place or a course, it will contribute to the lifelong development of children and young people, it will tell them how they will be able to use the information they have learned in their lives.God guide our mission.”

Mehmet Süleymenoğlu: “Children’s University is a historical turn for children of our country…”
The Deputy Director of the Near East Elementary School, Mehmet Süleymanoğlu, stated in his speech that science and art carried the societies forward and liberated, and that foundation of Özay Günsel Children’s University was a historical turning point for the children of the country. Süleymanoğlu said that children will go out of the classical educational practices and meet with real scientists and artists. All facilities of Near East University will be offered to the children. Emphasizing the importance of educating and educating children right now for the future, Süleymanoğlu said, “We are building the future of society. Apart from necessity, a training will be offered with enthusiasm, excitement and fun. Özay Günsel Children’s University, which is the only one for our country, is a formation that Turkish Cypriots will write today as the history. Our children will compete with the children of the world in science and art all over the world.”

İzzet Yılmaz: “A foundation that will change children’s social environment…“
Deputy Principal of the Near East Primary School İzzet Yılmaz expressing his pride in taking part in the foundation of the Children’s University, said that Özay Günsel Children’s University will help children to have an idea about their future careers. Yilmaz said “The young people have difficulties in choosing a profession and they choose the profession with the guidance of the elders. Özay Günsel Children’s University will provide children with opportunities to meet the university teachers, to take lessons from them and this will have an important effect in terms of having an idea about the profession they will choose in the future. Özay Günsel Children’s University will change the social environment of children and they will have the opportunity to develop themselves.

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