A collaboration protocol was signed between two of Famagusta’s rooted institutions, the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and Mağusa Türk Gücü (MTG) Sports Club. The signature ceremony took place at the MTG Complex meeting room at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, the 13th of November 2017. The signature ceremony was attended by EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam, EMU Sport Affairs Director Cemal Konnolu and Directorate personnel, EMU Student Affairs Coordinator Assoc. Prof. Dr. Derviş Subaşı, EMU Department of Educational Sciences Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hamit Caner, EMU Public Relations and Press Office Director (a.) Murat Aktuğralı, MTG Sports Club President Koral Bozkurt and members of the board.
The protocol was signed by EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam and MTG Sports Club President Koral Bozkurt. Speaking at the signature ceremony, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam stated the importance of the collaboration between two of TRNC’s honorable institutions, highlighting that EMU values sport as much as it values education. Prof. Dr. Osam indicated that MTG sports players will gain the opportunity to study at EMU with significant scholarships permitted by the collaboration, expressing his belief that EMU will play a part in the development of sport in the country. Prof. Dr. Osam concluded by thanking EMU personnel and MTG Management for their contributions in the preparation and agreement stages of the protocol.
“EMU is the biggest university on the island”
MTG President Koral Bozkurt indicated that the said the protocol is a big opportunity for Famagusta youth conveying his thanks to the EMU Board of Trustees and Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam. Koral Bozkurt noted that the name of MTG’s Youth system is changing from MTG Academy to EMU-MTG Academy and that the players will be able to use EMU’s sports complex and obtain the opportunity to study at EMU with a scholarship. Indicating that they have valued institutionalization and facilities ever since coming to power MTG President Bozkurt stated: “EMU is the biggest university on the island. MTG is Famagusta’s biggest community. This collaboration between Famagusta’s leading institutions is of the utmost importance. The protocol excites us greatly in terms of the future of MTG.”
The protocol between EMU and MTG includes collaboration regarding the topics of academia, sports and athlete health. It aims to raise educated young athletes in Famagusta and the TRNC. The protocol will lead to the founding of the EMU-MTG Football Academy. The academy will start from the level of young children who will later have scholarship opportunities to study at EMU after gaining the right to study at the university and maintaining the required grade average. In addition, MTG athletes will be able to attend university seminars on sport and similar scientific endeavours. They will also have access to EMU Health Sciences Faculty Center for Healthy Living and the Lala Mustafa Paşa Sports Complex for a reduced price.