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Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Prof.Dr. Beşir Atalay' s Speech

Atalay: NEU resembles a city
Prof.Dr. Beşir Atalay, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey said: we gathered here in order to groundbrake two significant projects. As an ex university lecturer, I always feel different emotions and today we are in a university campus. This university resembles a city. It is getting more and more power with its new facilities and premises. The higher education is very important for the TRNC… it is one of the main sectors in this country.

Atalay, said “TRNC is now an island of education”
Atalay, said “TRNC is now an island of education. I specially held a meeting with the deputy of Higher Education Council. The number of students coming to North Cyprus is reaching up to 60 thousand this year. Reaching up to 60 thousand students from 43 thousand is very important. Reaching up to 60 thousand this year is an important milestone. 60 thousand university students is a significant number when compared to 300 thousand population of the country. We regard this sector important in social and economic terms for TRNC. The Higher Education Council provides every sort of support to make the TRNC universities more productive and successful. Students coming from Turkey is high when compared to students coming from other countries, however, number of students coming from the third world countries is also increasing. Once more, I would like to take this opportunity to emphasize the importance of this sector for the country. The increase in number of universities must not affect the quality. Quality is the most important issue of competition in higher education sector. Achievements, the written works, works of art, competitiveness of graduates indicate the quality of that university. I consider that accreditation system as the most important issue.”

Atalay: NEU is the biggest and most outstanding university of Cyprus.
Atalay said, “While the number of universities is increasing in North Cyprus, the issue of quality should not be disregarded. Quality is the core issue that will make the future of TRNC brighter. As for the Near East University, the greatest and the most prominent university of TRNC… Its population has reached up to 21 thousand, it has a magnificient campus comprising so many faculties… At the moment, the Near East University is the greatest one! With its new investment, with the University of Kyrenia, it is making another very important attempt.

I prefer Near East University

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