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Near East University (NEU; Turkish: Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi, commonly referred to as YDÜ) is a private university located in North Cyprus. It was founded in North Nicosia in 1988, by Suat Günsel, a Turkish Cypriot who is the 100% owner of NEU. The chairman of the board of trustees is his son, Irfan Günsel. Near East University currently has 16 faculty with 98 departments, 4 vocational schools, 2 high schools, and 4 graduate schools offering programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. With over 25,000 students, it is the largest university in Northern Cyprus.


The Near East University was founded by Günsel in 1988. It started higher education studies with two faculties and subsequently established 14 more faculties, four graduate schools, and 15 research centers. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 2008.


All the facilities and educational institutions of the university are located on the campus, along with the Near East College (middle and high school levels), the Near East Primary School, and the Near East Kindergarten. The campus is a few kilometers away from the city of Nicosia, accessible through the Near East Boulevard. Transportation between the campus and the city is done through frequent buses that circulate through the city, including Gönyeli and the university. The campus hosts the Atatürk Culture and Congress Centre, the biggest hall in North Nicosia, with the main hall capacity of 700 people and a staging area of 163.85 square meters. The hall hosts many congresses, concerts, dance shows, and other cultural events, such as the annual international Cyprus Theatre Festival. The center also hosts four other, smaller halls. The campus is also home to three more amphitheaters and the quartet amphitheaters located in the Grand Library. The campus is also home to three museums: the Communications Museum, the Art Museum, and the Museum of Classical and Sports Cars. The Museum of Classical and Sports Cars of Near East University was established in 2007 and has over 140 vehicles on display. A mobile app is available in both English and Turkish for visitors to learn the features of the cars on display.