Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Minister of Finance Olgun Amcaoğlu paid a visit to emu Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın. The meeting about the COVID-19 pandemic and the new academic year was held on Thursday, 27 August, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.
In a statement made to the press members before the meeting, Prof. Dr. Hocanın expressed his pleasure regarding the visit of the Minister of Finance and noted that they will exchange views on new measures taken and to be taken during the pandemic process. Referring to the results of the Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS), Prof. Dr. Hocanın stated that 26% more students have been placed in EMU programs compared to the former year. Underlining that EMU has achieved great success, Prof. Dr. Hocanın explained that EMU has the highest number of equivalent students amongst all TRNC universities. Prof. Dr. Hocanın noted that the task of EMU as a result of the aforesaid student placements, through taking the necessary measures, is to ensure that students register. Prof. Dr. Hocanın emphasized that the health of the staff and students is the top priority.
TRNC Minister of Finance Olgun Amcaoğlu stated in his speech that both parties have come together to discuss the steps and measures to be taken in line with the latest developments. Minister Amcaoğlu stated that the support they have put in as the Ministry of Finance since the beginning of this period will continue.
Drawing attention to the importance of the tourism sector and higher education for the TRNC economy, Minister Amcaoğlu stated that steps have been taken for the survival of these sectors. Minister Amcaoğlu also ended his speech by thanking EMU administration for the work carried out during the pandemic period. Following the statements made to the press members, Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın presented a memorial plate to the Minister of Finance, Olgun Amcaoğlu, to mark his visit.
Among notable officials present at the visit were TRNC Ministry of Finance Undersecretary Özdemir Kalkanlı, President of EMU Board of Trustees Dr. Erdal Özcenk, EMU Board of Trustees members Ersun Kutup, Halil İ. Orun, EMU Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Aktuğlu, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serhan Şensoy and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz İşçioğlu.