Cyprus Research Centre
Cyprus Research Centre


The aim of our centre, which was established in 2007, is to conduct scientific research and to introduce our country's culture to university students and make them passionate about it. Additionally, it aims to introduce the scientific research we have conducted to our people, to ensure the integration of the university and the public, and to realize a sustainable cultural exchange.

In this context, story and poetry competitions are organized every year in order to encourage university students to think by writing, to express what they think well and to construct what they see.

Traditionally, our activities, where we bring Cypriot writers together with our students and the public, are held regularly.

Commemoration events are held for the important poets of Cyprus such as: Osman Türkay, Fikret Demirağ, Özker Yasin, Hikmet Afif Mapolar, Haşmet Gürkan, Ali Nesim etc.

Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is one of the aims of the centre

As SOKÜM (Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) states, the aim of the centre is to record oral culture and create an "Intangible Cultural Archive of Cyprus". In 1972, the UNESCO "Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage" was adopted, in 2003, the "Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" was adopted and the “Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions" was adopted in 2005.

These conventions are a continuation of the "protection of tangible cultural heritage". The debate on the preservation of immaterial culture gave rise to the convention in question. All the traditional knowledge and arts that humanity has produced over thousands of years and transferred from generation to generation must be transferred to the future in some way. The convention that emerged in the developing process was formerly called the "protection of traditional and popular culture", and was later called "folklore" instead of "popular culture", and finally, "Intangible Cultural Heritage". It is defined as "Norms created and developed by communities, groups and individuals and transmitted from generation to generation verbally and otherwise, language, literature, music, dance, play, mythology, rituals, customs, handicrafts, architecture, and other arts that they see as part of their cultural and social identity."

Kind Regards
YDÜ-KAM Chairman Assoc. Prof. Dr. Şevket ÖZNUR

Working Rules

These Rules are defined as Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre Working Rules.


  1. Unless the context otherwise requires in these Rules, The Chairman denotes the Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre Chairman.
  2. “Advisory Board” denotes the Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre Advisory Board.
  3. “Centre” denotes the Cyprus Studies Centre of Near East University.
  4. “University” denotes Near East University.
  5. “Editorial Board” denotes the Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre Editorial Board.
  6. “Board of Directors” denotes the Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre Board of Directors.

The purpose of these Rules is to regulate the principles regarding the organization, as well as the duties and activities of the "Cyprus Studies Centre" established at Near East University.

Aims of the Centre:
The aims of the Cyprus Research Centre are:

  1. To carry out research on Cyprus in general, particularly Turkish Cypriot history, archaeology, sociology, geography, environment, literature, art, nature, folklore, law, political science, economy, finance, tourism, education, sports, youth, women, etc. and other matters related to all kinds of material and moral culture of the company;
  2. To present the work done to the public and private sector,
  3. To cooperate with universities, research centres and similar institutions in the country or abroad,
  4. To create an encouraging environment, library and archive for those who conduct research on Cyprus and to create scientific resources;
  5. To provide assistance to people conducting a range of scientific research within the university by providing opportunities, promoting their publications, publishing them in the journal of the institution and as an institution publication.
  6. Special Research Units are also established in matters falling within the scope of 4(1) and these units operate within the scope of the Central Operating Rules.

Working Methods of the Centre:
The Cyprus Research Centre applies the following working methods to achieve its objectives:

  1. Facilitates research conducted by researchers assigned to the centre.
  2. Benefits from the research of university academic staff and students on the subjects that fall within the relevant field, promotes these researches, and conducts research within the framework of the administrative rules of the University when necessary.
  3. Conducts joint research with non-university researchers and performs research on specific subjects when necessary.
  4. Provides the research of non-university researchers and institutions to the service of researchers.

Activities And Publications:
The Centre for Cyprus Studies organize the following events and publications on topics of interest:

  1. It establishes a special archive, documentation centre, library and information centre for Cyprus research.
  2. It products scientific publications.
  3. It organizes scientific meetings and publishes the scientific data presented at these meetings.
  4. It participates in scientific meetings in the country or abroad, and ensures the presentation of papers.
  5. It organizes educational and cultural events, seminars, and opens exhibitions related to its subject matter.
  6. It cooperates with Turkish Cypriot research scientists, artists and writers, promotes their works and creates a suitable environment; assigns and rewards.
  7. Cooperation with similar organizations at home or abroad; collaborates, publishes and organizes events

Organs of the Centre:
The Organs of the Cyprus Research Centre are as follows:

  1. Chairman
  2. Board of Directors
  3. Editorial Board
  4. Advisory Board
  5. Scientific Boards

Centre’s Chairman:

  1. The Chairman of the Cyprus Studies Centre is appointed by the University Board of Directors for a period of three years. The person whose term has expired can be reassigned.
  2. The person who will be appointed as the Chairman must have the qualifications, abilities, command of the Cypriot culture and experience to manage, represent and run the Centre.
  3. The Chairman is the administrative and hierarchical head and supervisor of the Centre and works under the University Rectorate.
  4. The Chairman directs and represents the Centre, chairs the Management, Publication and Advisory Boards and enforces the decisions according to these rules.
  5. The duties and powers of the Centre not delegated to any other body pursuant to these Rules are exercised by the President.
  6. The working environment and conditions of the President are determined by the University Administrative Board.
  7. In the absence of the Chairman, a member of the Board of Directors to be appointed by him/her acts as his/her deputy.

Composition of the Board of Directors:

  1. The Cyprus Studies Centre Executive Board consists of the Chairman and six members.
  2. Members of the Executive Board are elected by the University Executive Board for a maximum period of 4 years from within the university, taking into account the recommendations of the Chairman. Members whose term has expired can be re-elected.
  3. Membership of the Board is terminated by the decision of the Central Board of Directors in the event of death, resignation, or failure to attend at least three consecutive meetings without an excuse. A new assignment is made with the same method for the vacant membership.

Duties of the Board of Directors:
The duties of the Cyprus Studies Centre Executive Board are as follows:

  1. To prepare the annual budget of the Centre, which will be presented to the University Administrative Board.
  2. To finalize the annual work program.
  3. To decide on the issues to be presented to the Advisory Board.
  4. To discuss the matters referred to the Board and to make the necessary decisions.

Working Method of the Board of Directors:

  1. The Chairman determines the agenda of the Board, but additions to the agenda can be made upon the request of at least two members. Except for urgent situations, agenda items that require prior work are announced to the members at least two days in advance. The Board may change the agenda to be discussed.
  2. The Board convenes at least once a month. The Chairman may also call the Board for a meeting at other times he/she deems necessary. Upon the request of at least three members, the Board is invited to a meeting by the Chairman.
  3. The attendance of more than half of the members is required for the meeting of the Board. Decisions are taken by a simple majority of the members at the meeting.
  4. The Board may divide the work among its members as it deems necessary.

Composition and Working Method of the Editorial Board

  1. An Editorial Board is formed to assist the Chairman in the publications made by the Centre. Members of the Editorial Board are required to have at least one of the qualifications to have produced works on the subjects of interest of the Centre (Article 4(1)), to have proven their researcher identity in the society, and to have a respected personality in the society.
  2. a) The Editorial Board consists of six other persons to be determined by Chairman of the Centre and University Board of Directors. The members of the central board of directors can also take part in the editorial board and people identified as researchers outside the university are assigned to the Editorial Board.
    b) Members of the Editorial Board other than the Chairman serve for 3 years. Members whose term has expired can be reappointed.
    c) In the event that a member of the Editorial Board dies, consistently does not perform their duties or does not attend three Board meetings without an excuse, their Membership of the Editorial Board is terminated by the decision of the Board of Directors.
  3. a) The Editorial Board convenes with a majority of the members. Decisions are made based on a simple majority of the attendees.
    b) For the publication of a book, the decision of an absolute majority of the members of the Editorial Board and the approval of the Rectorate are required. However, before the Editorial Board decides on the publication of a book, it is examined and approved by the Scientific Committee, which will consist of experts in their fields.
  4. Members of the editorial board are members of the Advisory Board.

Composition and Working Methods of the Advisory Board:

  1.  Near East University Cyprus Studies Centre (YDU-KAM) Advisory Board is the most comprehensive Research Centre providing consultation, meeting, planning, and recommendations and consists of the following members:
    a) The Chairman of the Centre and members of the Board of Directors,
    b) Those appointed to membership by the Board of Directors upon the recommendation of the Chairman,
    c) Researchers within the scope of Article 4(1) within the university, nationally and internationally, to be assigned by the University Rector,
    d) Members of the Editorial Board.
  2. a) The Advisory Board convenes at least twice a year, once at the beginning of the academic year and once in the middle, upon the call of the Chairman.
    b) The Chairman of the Board is the Chairman of the Centre.
    c) The Board discusses according to the agenda prepared by the Board of Directors. Issues deemed appropriate by the University Rector and the President and the issues suggested by the majority of the members attending the meeting are also included in the agenda and discussed.
    d) The Board convenes without seeking a majority. It takes advisory decisions based on a simple majority of the members present at the meeting.
  3. The agenda regarding the regular meetings of the Advisory Board is brought to the information of the members in advance, and the members are also provided with the opportunity to submit their proposals.

Scientific Goods and Services Procurement Board
It is the board that will examine and approve any article or book to be published in the research centre journal or as the Central Publication. It is formed according to the nature of the subject. The Board of Directors decides on the formation of scientific committees in line with the need.

  1. In order to meet the needs of the Centre, services and goods can be purchased by employing temporary or hourly staff, placing orders, paying royalties or negotiating, within the framework of the rules in force at the University.
  2. The Board of Directors takes the principle decisions on these issues. Temporary or hourly employment and purchase decisions are made by the University Rector.
  3. In the payment of copyright, the criteria stipulated by the State shall apply at a minimum.

Benefitting from University Provisions:

  1. On behalf of the Centre, the Chairman benefits from the services of the administrative and service units of the University with the approval of the University Rectorate,
  2. The Chairman also benefits from the University academic staff in the same way and within the framework of the University's current rules.
  3. University academic staff who participate in paid research for the public or private sector may be given additional duty allowance with the approval of the rectorate.

Budget of the Centre
The appropriations required for the expenditures of the centre are included in the University Budget. The expenditures and revenues of the centre are kept in a separate account and the expenditures are made within the framework of the rules in force at the university.
Special Projects:
With the authorization and approval of the Board of Directors

  1. The Centre may conduct research on request.
  2. A special project is applied for requested researches.

New Rules:
The Central Administrative Board may, with the approval of the University Administrative Board, set new rules on the issues stipulated in these rules or deemed necessary for the implementation of these rules.

These rules are executed by the Chairman of the Centre.

These rules come into effect from the date they are approved by the University Board of Directors.

Note: These rules-bylaws are provisional. The rules of the university can be changed and revised in line with its aims.

Publications and Competitions