In recognition of his sustainable contributions to the world’s higher education sector and to the improvement of science, Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel was deemed worthy for “Innovative Education Leader” award at the 8th World Conference on Educational Sciences that held at University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain.
According to the press release issued by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations Office of Near East University, the “Innovative Education Leader” award was presented to Near East University Board of Trustees Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel at the 8th World Conference on Educational Sciences that held at University of Alcala in Madrid, Spain on February 4-6, 2016.
Founded in 1944, University of Alcala is widely regarded as the best academic institution of Spain and it takes place amongst world’s top 200 universities. In recognition both of its cultural importance and its impressive architectural inheritance, in 1998 the University was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The roster of its alumni comprises three winners of the Nobel Prize. Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel was presented his award by University of Alcala Rector Prof. Dr. Fernando Galvan and the representative of John Hopkins University, which is America’s first research university.
The conference provided platform for educational scientists, administers, councilors, education experts, teachers, graduate students and civil society organization and representatives to share and to discuss theoretical and practical knowledge in a scientific environment. 620 participants from 59 countries including NEU from TRNC, the US, Italy, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Greece took place in the 8th World Conference on Educational Sciences. More than 1200 articles were presented during the conference.
Günsel: “The civilizations of all time that left their traces in the world history were built on a successful educational philosophy…..”
Addressing to the attending body at the award ceremony, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel expressed his happiness of being deemed worthy for such a significant award and voiced his pride on behalf of Turkish Cypriots. “All cultures and civilizations that left their traces in the world history had a strong educational philosophy; the power of mankind and technologies are based on the integrated forces of these philosophies and education. More we join our possibilities in the field of education, more we will be able to contribute to the development of mankind. The educational philosophy of Near East University began 37 years ago with the slogan “living a continental life on the island” and has reached more than hundred countries across the world so far. Today, the concept of education is a universal concept and the most important determinant of the development of world civilizations. As the university of the firsts, we have produced tens of thousands graduates so far and they provide contribution to the development of mankind all over the world. The success of our alumni is our richness; it is a significant outcome of our educational philosophy. Individuals that we trained carefully have been contributing to the entire world and each individual disseminates our inheritance with our educational philosophy to their own generations. Today we have gathered here for the same purpose. Today, we have combined our forces universally in this historic venue and we will continue to do so. I am sure that our roads will intersect again on this sacred and universal way that we set a foot on to serve mankind. I would like to take this opportunity once again to extend my respects for you on behalf of my people; Turkish Cypriots” said he.
Günsel held high-level meetings in Spain……
Throughout the conference process, Günsel found opportunities to hold various meetings to promote cooperation with leading figures of world’s higher education sector coming from different countries. Within the frame of his scheduled high-level meetings, Günsel came together with Ömer Önhon, Turkish Ambassador to Madrid, and Ignacio Vázquez, Major of Torrejón de Ardoz. During his meetings, Assoc. Prof. Dr. İrfan S. Günsel was accompanied by Near East University General Coordinator Görkem Bulunç.