|Dr Suat Günsel - one of the world's most successful educational entrepreneurs|
One of the world's most successful educational entrepreneurs will address a select meeting in the House of Lords on December 1st, at the invitation of Lord Sharkey. In an address titled ‘Higher Education in the Life of the TRNC’, Dr Suat Günsel, Founding Chancellor of Near East University, northern Cyprus, will tell prominent academics and politicians about the social and economic benefits generated by the country’s growing university sector, along with the challenges faced by NEU since its launch in 1988 and his plans for the future.
Lord Sharkey, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Friends of the TRNC Group, gained first-hand insights about NEU when he visited the campus in Lefkoşa last November to give a lecture. Like many, he was surprised by the scale and quality of the university, and how its students continue to compete with the leading higher education facilities in the world.
Earlier this year, NEU staff and student engineers designed and built a solar-powered car good enough to take part in
SASOL Solar Challenge (pictured right), winning the contest's Adventure
section and coming 8th overall
against an international field. The university’s Engineering Faculty has
also produced a wheelchair capable of
responding to the thought-waves of severely disabled patients,
while its IT specialists are working with Harvard on developing the next
generation of super-computers. South Africa
During his visit to
London, Dr Günsel is expected to extend the NEU's
international academic links to the UK
by signing protocols with British universities and higher education providers
keen to collaborate with ’
largest university. Cyprus
|Near East University campus in Lefkoşa- with 25,000 students, it is Cyprus' largest university|
NEU has 25,000 students – a 14% increase on 2013 student numbers – and with two thirds originating from 90 countries, the NEU community is one of the most diverse on the island. The university houses 16 Faculties and 105 academic departments, and also boasts superb facilities, many of which are unmatched anywhere else in the island – or in most of its larger and more prosperous neighbours.
|NEU students in the library & laboratory|
Students benefit from 24-hour access to a library consisting of 500,000 printed volumes and over 1.5 million electronic journals, 4 amphitheatres and a 350-seat theatre. NEU also has an Olympic-sized swimming pool; a 500-tonne vessel used for oceanographic surveys and marine archaeology; a state-of-the-art $150m hospital whose facilities serve 40 separate departments and attract leading surgeons from the region; a computer facility large enough contribute to CERN research programmes and, most recently, a brand-new Veterinary and Animal Welfare Centre costing $25 million.
|State-of-the-art facilities at Near East Hospital|
One of nine universities in
North Cyprus, NEU was built by Dr Günsel
from scratch, using profits from his property empire and other business
interests. It offers affordable higher education, as well as a generous system of bursaries and
scholarships to attract the brightest minds from the Eastern Mediterranean, the
Middle East, Africa and Central and South Asia.
It is a full member of the
International Association of Universities, and the European University
Association. Collectively, NEU and its related services, including the hospital
and Near East Bank, are North Cyprus’ largest
private tax payer and employer.
About Dr. Suat Günsel
Dr. Suat Günsel is an educational entrepreneur, who was born in 1952 in Beşiktepe, near Paphos, in southern
to a family of humble means. His father was a shepherd who was keen for his
children to be educated. Günsel graduated in Physics from the Cyprus Middle East Technical
University in before proceeding to a PhD in
Educational Psychology. In 1978, he founded a private school to prepare
students for university entrance, which has subsequently grown into one of Ankara North Cyprus’ top private secondary schools. Using his
wealth from this and property, in 1988 he established .
Today the university is Near East University ’
largest, created entirely through his vision and investment. His unique model
of sustainability for the university has enabled Near East to become a
recognised and respected brand, not just in education but also in banking,
medical treatment, energy and more. With diverse revenue streams, Cyprus has been able to keep student
fees affordable and accessible to a broad range of students in the region. He
has been given multiple awards for his services to education. He is married
with three children. Near East University