News that a betting office has opened on the campus of a
North Cyprus university has generated widespread criticism
from teachers and students alike. The betting shop is on the ground floor of a
newly built, privately owned apartment block that sits within the grounds of
Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) in Mağusa.
The Rector’s Office at EMU said they had no prior knowledge about this facility nor had they ever given permission for it. Their investigations have revealed it was the TRNC Government’s Department of Sport that authorised the betting shop on the university campus.
EMU Vice-Rector Dr Uyguroğlu, who is responsible for Student Affairs, told TRNC daily Yeni Düzen they were shocked by the news. “Putting aside the fact it must be situated a certain distance away from our university, we’ve learnt that permission was granted for a new betting shop to open within the grounds of the university campus. This betting shop has officially opened in the past few days. Our students are now face-to-face with a huge threat. There’s no way we will accept such a thing. We will commence legal proceedings to shut the betting office down.”
Students from EMU have protested the opening of the betting shop. Led by EMU Students Union president İbrahim Öztürk, hundreds of students marched to the building where they left a black wreath outside the betting office. Öztürk said: “This [
EMU is the TRNC’s oldest and largest higher education facility. Located 10 km outside the city centre, EMU started life as an
welcoming its first students in 1979. Today the state-run university has 16,500
students and multiple faculties, including: Engineering, Arts and Sciences,
Business and Economics, Architecture, Tourism and Hospitality, Law, and Health
Sciences. Institute of Technology