The Eastern Mediterranean University is a public university established in 1979.
It started off as an institute of technology but has now broadened its programmes to just under 100 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate programmes. EMU offers both English and Turkish teaching. BA degrees in English are available in the domains of engineering, IT, game design, medicine, pharmacy, tourism, business, economics, banking, Public Relations, architecture, film studies, political science, molecular biology and genetics, psychological counselling and others. For those who want to improve their English, there is a Preparatory School.
EMU is one of the few South Eastern Mediterranean to be awarded an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology. It is a member of the International Association of Universities, the European University Association, the Community of Mediterranean Universities and the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.
Located in the town of Famagusta, the EMU offers accommodation both on campus and in the city. The university holds an annual week-long Spring Festival in May, which abounds in academic talks and panels with special guests, film screenings, theatre shows and art workshops. Throughout the rest of year, campus activities involve a rock festival, a folk music festival, sports competitions, talks given by artists, weekly film screenings, a student led radio and television station, and lots of outdoor and indoor sports such as tennis, basketball, astro-turf football, volleyball, handball, boxing, wrestling and pilates.
EMU’s famous alumni include the track and field athlete Birsen Yavuz-Engin, actor Buğra Gülsoy and the politician Mehmet Ali Talat.