University of Kyrenia

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The University of Kyrenia was founded with the mission of “training critical and innovative research-focused scholars, who will create knowledge and value in an international educational background and who will develop an appreciation of ethical and moral values, with a sense of social responsibility”.

The roots of the University lie in the establishment of the first Maritime Studies Faculty in Cyprus at Near East University, in 1978, and this history gives thirty-five years of expertise in the field. It was founded in the most beautiful city of Northern Cyprus.
Once the legal formalities were complete, University of Kyrenia (UoK) was founded in Kyrenia, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Cyprus, in 2013. The University has the approval of the TRNC’s Ministry of National Education and received its accreditation from the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) in 2013.

The University of Kyrenia assumed full control of the Faculties of Maritime Studies; Maritime Management and Administration, and Marine Sciences. It also took responsibility for the Marine Transportation and Management postgraduate program and all the Maritime Vocational School programs (with all their infrastructure and superstructure) from NEU. Working with an extant infrastructure of students and lecturers from the very start has given the University the edge in providing an ideal education with deep-rooted experience.

Following accreditation by YODAK and having met all the necessary standards, the University of Kyrenia applied for approval from Turkey’s Council of Higher Education (YOK). The University was granted this in 2014, immediately opening its doors to students in 10 different programs in the Maritime faculties.

Initially, the university utilized facilities provided by the sister university, Near East University, but within a year the construction began on a new 2.7 hectare seaside campus, located in Karakum, Kyrenia. The majority of the University’s Maritime programs are implemented in full compliance with the regulations and standards laid down by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication of the Republic of Turkey. The Turkish authorities carry out regular inspections. As a result of the wide-ranging market research, the Board of Trustees of the University decided to create a Faculty of Aviation and Space Sciences, to offer undergraduate degree programs in the Departments of Civil Air Logistics; Aviation Management (Civil Air Transport Management), and Professional Pilot Training (Pilotage). The Faculty of Aviation and Space Sciences opened its doors to students for the academic year of 2015-2016.

University of Kyrenia Flight Training Organization (FTO) offers Professional Pilotage Program with theoretical flight training as the program’s core courses. Turkish Civilian Aviation Authority, Directorate of General Civilian Aviation (DGCA), approves University of Kyrenia FTO with the certification number: TR-FTO (A)-32.

FTO has its unique “Quality Management System” covering “Quality Assurance System” defined in its “FTO Quality Management Manuel” approved by the DGCA. The DGCA and Internal Quality Management Team carry out inspections, as part of the quality assurance, in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations and requirements.