Eastern Mediterranean University signed a collaboration protocol with the European University of Lefke at 10.30 a.m on Friday, 14 April 2017.
The EMU Rector, Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, and the Rector of the European University of Lefke, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Yükselen, put their signatures on the said protocol which aims to enhance and strengthen ties between the two institutions, as well as to increase student and research groups.
During the signature ceremony, Prof. Dr. Osam stated his pleasure in establishing collaborations with the European University of Lefke. Prof. Dr. Osam added that EMU has established numerous collaborations at the international level, and the second institution of higher education they have established collaboration with within the TRNC is the European University of Lefke.
In his address, Prof. Dr. Yükselen stated that located in the western part of the TRNC, the European University of Lefke has a special mission for the region. According to Prof. Dr. Yükselen, the protocol they have signed has a unique significance for both institutions.
Higher Education in the TRNC also Discussed
Prior to the protocol signing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Osam provided information about EMU to the visiting group at a meeting which took place in his office. Prof. Dr. Osam started that EMU is the first and only university within the TRNC managing to appear on the Times Higher Education's 2016-2017 Academic Year World University Rankings. Prof. Dr. Osam also added that EMU also appears within the 151-200 band of the Times Higher Education's 'The World's Best Young Universities Rankings 2017' , also known as 'Under 50 Rankings'.
During the said visit, views were also exchanged on the higher education in the TRNC and the island's quest in becoming a university island.
Among those who were present at the meeting were EMU Vice Rectors, Prof Dr. Cem Tanova, Prof. Dr. Özgür Eren, Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Özkaramanlı, Rector's Coordinator, Asst. Prof. Dr. Arif Akkeleş, Public Relations and Press Office Acting Director Murat Aktuğralı, the European University of Lefke Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Carolina Smochina and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Akın Cellatoğlu and the Rector's Advisor Asst. Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ali Egemen.