Eastern Mediterranean University

The Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU; Turkish: Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi) is a public university in Northern Cyprus. It was established in 1979 under the leadership of Onay Fadıl Demirciler (then Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education)[3] as a higher-education institution of technology for Turkish Cypriots. In 1986, it was converted to a state university. The campus is located within the city of Famagusta.

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU)
Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi (DAÜ)
Other name
Motto"Virtue, Knowledge, Advancement"
RectorHasan KILIÇ[1]
Famagusta, (Turkish: Gazimağusa)
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[2]175 (2022)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences' main entrance

The university has 141 programs (12 Faculties and 4 Schools) offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as a research infrastructure. The languages of instructions are Turkish and English. However, an English Preparatory School is available for students who need to improve their English.[4]

History and status edit

Mechanical Engineering, one of the oldest buildings in the campus

University is a full member of the European University Association[5] and the International Association of Universities. The university established its accreditation for Turkish students under the Council of Higher Education[6] and Turkish Cypriot higher education organisation, but retains its independent structure via its non-profit foundation.[7]

Rankings and reputation edit

University rankings
Eastern Mediterranean University
Global – Overall
THE World[8]501–600 (2023)
USNWR Global[9]782 (2023)

Campus edit

View of the library in fall 2007

Library edit

Aerial view of the indoor facility

Sports edit

The campus includes tennis and basketball courts as well as AstroTurf football pitches, next to an outdoor athletics stadium. Another main sports facility is the Lala Mustafa Pasha indoor sports centre, which serves as the venue for major sporting and cultural events.[10]

Social activities edit

University owns a radio station on 106.5 FM called Radio EMU broadcasting to whole island.[11]

Controversies edit

A North Cypriot Newspaper, Cyprus Today, published two articles in 2008, featuring allegations of mobbing and bullying at the school, particularly against foreign faculty.

In the first article, the newspaper quoted the allegations of an ex-faculty member who claimed that he was forced to resign after he was harassed, professionally sabotaged, and the victim of false allegations (of which he was later exonerated after appealing to international organizations). The School administration denied the allegations and stated that the allegations were "Utterly false and that no such thing has occurred and nothing can be substantiated". A spokesman for the Worker's union said they were not aware of that particular faculty member's situation, but had experienced similar problems concerning other faculty members.[12]

In the second article, the newspaper reported about the penalizing of a British Faculty member, who was removed from the position of department chair for undisclosed reasons. The faculty member declined to comment, as did the university administration.[13]

On 9 September 2009, Eastern Mediterranean University's rector was dismissed by the University Senate. The university's board of trusties unanimously ratified the decision on 11 September.[14] No reason was ever given publicly for the dismissal, as the rector was replaced by Abdullah Y. Öztoprak. The rector's dismissal was finally declared illegal by the Supreme Administrative Court on 14 July 2010.[15] On 13 March 2011, The Upper Supreme Administrative Court rejected the decision of the lower Supreme Administrative Court and decided that the rector of Eastern Mediterranean University is Abdullah Y. Öztoprak.[16]

Affiliations edit

The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.[17]

Notable people edit

References edit

  1. ^ "About Rector".
  2. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Turkish Universities – Bilgi University, Eastern Mediterranean University, Marmara University, Yeditepe University – Directory of International and English Schools in Turkey". Archived from the original on 31 March 2023. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  5. ^ [1] Archived 6 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Universitler". Archived from the original on 6 July 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  7. ^ Vakıf Yöneticiler Kurulu Çalışma Esasları ve Sekreteryasının Kuruluş Tüzüğü(in Turkish)[verification needed]
  8. ^ World University Rankings 2021, THE Education Ltd, retrieved 24 September 2021
  9. ^ Best Global Universities in Turkey, U.S. News & World Report, retrieved 24 September 2021
  10. ^ "EMU Wrestling Team". Retrieved 30 March 2010.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "RadioStationWorld – Cyprus – Radio Station Websites". Retrieved 7 August 2008.
  12. ^ Dan Gibson, "EMU 'rife with bullying' by senior staff, claims ex-lecturer," Cyprus Today 31 May 2008, (p. 11)
  13. ^ Dan Gibson, "EMU demotes distinguished UK academic," Cyprus Today 21 June 2008, (page 3)
  14. ^ "Eastern Mediterranean University Prof. Taneri has been dismissed!". 11 September 2009. Archived from the original on 21 October 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2009.
  15. ^ ""Horizon of the Supreme Administrative Court of Taner won its lawsuit" Kibris Portasi July 14, 2010". Retrieved 18 July 2010.
  16. ^ "Yüksek İdare Mahkemesi DAÜ'de rektörlük tartışmasına nokta koydu". Haber Kıbrıs. 13 March 2011.
  17. ^ Tüm Uyeler. kunib.com

External links edit

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