Students of Near East University toured the Buffer Zone

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

A group of students of the Department of Political Sciences and International Relations of Near East University, recently toured the Buffer zone in Nicosia, to get first hand information and technical knowledge of the working of the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.

The group was led by the Head of Department of Political Sciences Assoc Prof Dr Nur Köprülü .

As part of their studies, the students, coming from different countries and with different social backgrounds and experiences, met different officials of the forces, and watched the application of different rules and procedures, as applied. The Peacekeeping Forces have been stationed in Cyprus since the early 1960s.

Assoc Prof Dr Köprülü stated that the field research gave the students the chance to be informed about the functions and jurisdictions of the United Nations, both on the island and globally, as an international establishment that was established in 1945 and has 193 members currently.

Making a statement regarding the matter, Dean of Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Prof. Dr. Şerife Z. Eyüpoğlu emphasized the importance of students to have the opportunity to contribute to field research and to recognize international institutions. She added that as a university, they had adopted an interdisciplinary education-teaching policy for the benefit of the students.