Near East University (NEU) 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.
The university is an international higher education institution employing highly qualified staff and offers the most extensive undergraduate and postgraduate education opportunities to over 26 thousand students coming from over 100 countries. The Near East University has 20 faculties comprising 220 departments and programs, 8 graduate schools with around 218 graduate and postgraduate programs, 3 high schools, 28 research institutes, and several international memberships. The University is already a full member of the European University Association (EUA), the International Association of Universities (IAU) within the body of UNESCO, the International Society for Engineering Education (IGIP), Joint Commission International (JCI), the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World (FUIW), 118 other national and international institutions and foundations, and moreover, many more membership applications related to various disciplines are already in progress.
With over 25,000 students, it is the largest university in Northern Cyprus. Since its establishment, the Near East University, primarily aiming to educate self-confident, highly qualified, dedicated, and determined individuals, has made incredible progress and turned into the largest higher education institution and cultural center of Cyprus.