Part 1: The Mission, Vision, and Values of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Mission Statement
To offer education in the arts and sciences at a high standard to students of the faculty as well as students of other faculties, to conduct research at international standards, and to serve the needs of the society.
The Vision Statement
To become a respected and competitive faculty in all the core disciplines of the arts and sciences, to contribute to the ongoing developments in all these disciplines, and reflecting these changes in our curricula in order to graduate first-rate students in the international arena.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences abides by the following values:
- Justice and Equality
- Transparency and Accountability
Part 2: Policies, Objectives and Principles
The Policies of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Based on the mission and vision statements, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has developed the following policies:
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences aims, in line with the EMU's policy of internationalization, to increase the number of international students in its undergraduate and postgraduate programs. We also aim to increase the proportion of foreign members of the Faculty, which has traditionally been high in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Furthermore, the Faculty is making efforts to expand the existing collaborations with other international universities, institutes and research centers.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences encourages its academic staff to engage in research, and in publishing articles in internationally reputable academic journals, and both participating in, and organizing, academic conferences and seminars.
- Quality Assurance and Accreditations:
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences aims to adopt new Quality Assurance (QA) principles and guidelines, parallel to the EMU's policy regarding QA. To this end, the Faculty is in the process of applying, or preparing, for a number of international and national accreditations, such as FEDEK and TPD (Psychology).
- Student Centred Education:
Our Faculty pays great attention to the needs of its students and follows a student-centred education system. The curricula of various programs, course contents and the interactivity of courses have been revised and updated, and new projects are still underway. The Faculty is also proud to provide its students with up-to-date laboratory facilities for many disciplines, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology and Translation. We also aim to improve our well-equipped classrooms.
- Following the Bologna Principles:
All undergraduate and graduate curricula have been revised in line with the principles and values of the Bologna Process, as established by the Leuven Communique of 2009.
Goals and Objectives
The goals and objectives of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are as follows:
- To educate the students in becoming well-equipped, creative and productive individuals who are ethically responsible professionals.
- To contribute to the welfare of the society.
- To play a significant role in the social and cultural development of the country.
- To become transparent and to promote transparency both within the university and in the country in general.
- To represent the Faculty and the University in the most effective way, nationally and internationally, by conducting significant research and organizing academic, social and cultural events.
- To facilitate the communication and collaboration between the university and the community.
- To conduct scientific research in all the disciplines within the Faculty, to contribute to the international academic literature, and to create works of art.
- To develop collaboration with other academic institutions.
Part 3: Strengths and Areas that Need Development
- Highly Qualified Staff Members:
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences benefits from highly qualified and experienced academic staff members, many of whom are foreign and/or have received their Ph.Ds in internationally respected universities.
- Offering Education in English
All programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (except the programs in Turkish Language and Literature) are in English, which enables the Faculty to attract international students from all over the world. Offering our programs in English not only enables the students to have access to up-to-date information but also provides an excellent opportunity to the graduates in their future careers throughout the world. The presence of many international students contributes to the diversity within the Faculty and creates a richer learning environment to all students.
- Strong Record of Successful Graduates:
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been graduating students from all over the world for over 20 years. We are proud that many of our graduates have successful careers in different areas, and many others have continued their education in highly respected universities.
- Successful Graduate Programs:
Our Faculty has been offering graduate programs – M.A., M.Sc., and Ph.D. – in several disciplines for many years. We have graduated over 50 Ph.D.s and over 150 M.A./M.Sc. students, with all the Ph.D. students graduating with publications in internationally respected academic journals.
- High Research Output
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have been publishing books and chapters in books by internationally respected publishers, as well as articles in internationally respected journals, in various disciplines. Faculty members have also received significant grants from important scientific foundations such as TÜBİTAK.
- Well-Equipped Research Facilities
The Faculty possesses up-to-date laboratory facilities for many disciplines, such as Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Psychology and Translation.
Areas That Need Development
- Staff Assessment
The Faculty would benefit from an effective system for the fair, continuous and transparent assessment of its academic and administrative staff. The quality of the members of the Faculty would be improved by a system of rewards and punishments based on such an assessment.
- Contact and collaboration with academic and research institutions abroad
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences needs to increase and activate its currently inadequate level of contact and collaboration with highly regarded academic and research institutions.
- Collaboration within the Faculty and the University
Despite the obvious advantages of interdisciplinary work, the level of such work within the Faculty and the University is inadequate.
- Unity within the Faculty
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences consists of two different wings, as in many Faculties of Arts and Sciences: positive sciences on the one hand, and arts, humanities and social sciences on the other. Due to structural differences between the departments, there is lack of collaboration and coordination on many important issues that concern the whole Faculty.
The Faculty is in the process of applying, or preparing, for a number of international and national accreditations. These processes have to be completed successfully, but further applications should be made, so as to cover all the disciplines in the Faculty.
- Promotion of the Faculty
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences would benefit from more intensive and effective promotional activities in North Cyprus, Turkey, and other countries.
- Student, Staff, Graduate and Employer Satisfaction
The Faculty administration should have long-term goals and policies to monitor, evaluate, and improve the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Part 4: Opportunities and Challenges
Support of Turkey
As in many other universities in North Cyprus, EMU benefits from being recognized by the Turkish Board of Higher Education (YÖK) and Turkish students entering the university through the centralized Turkish university entrance examination. Furthermore, Turkish students are able to receive loans from the Turkish 'Kredi ve Yurtlar Kurumu'.
- Increasing Competition
There is increasing competition from Faculties of Arts and Sciences in new and existing universities in Turkey and Eastern Europe.
- Impact of the Global Economic Crisis
The global economic crisis in recent years has had an especially strong effect on the Arts and Sciences in Higher Education. Students who would normally be interested in Faculties of Arts and Sciences have shifted, due to worries about employment, to vocational and professional programs.
Part 5: Actions to be Taken
- Establishing an effective system for the fair, continuous and transparent assessment of the Faculty's academic and administrative staff.
- Establishing and expanding our contacts and collaboration with international academic and research institutions.
- Improving the level of collaborative work within the Faculty and University.
- Taking to steps to improve the sense of unity between the various departments of the Faculty.
- Obtaining international accreditation for all the Faculty's programs.
- Working on improving the promotion of the Faculty in North Cyprus, Turkey, and other countries.
- Setting up policies to monitor, evaluate, and improve the satisfaction of all stakeholders of the Faculty.
- Developing new academic programs and improving existing ones, in accordance with the latest career trends and demands of the job market.