Welcome to the Faculty of Education at Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) located in the historical city of Famagusta on the island of Cyprus. I congratulate you on your decision to be educated as prospective teachers at EMU. Primarily through your own efforts and commitment, and secondly under the guidance of our dedicated staff, I believe you will be prepared as the next generation of teachers who have the passion and knowledge to improve learning experiences for children and youth. Becoming effective teachers necessitates not only professional knowledge, skills and competencies but also positive attitudes, values and sense of belonging to the community of practice. I am sure you will gain all these assets during your education here.
Our Faculty is determined to offer quality education and therefore attaches great importance to the accreditation and quality assurance policy of the University. The word 'accreditation' means that the Faculty or Department which possesses it meets the quality standards and thus has quality assurance system. We, as the Faculty of Education, have initiated such attempts to obtain international accreditations along with the already existing local/national ones, including YODAK and YOK (Turkish Higher Education Council). One outcome of such efforts is the AQAS (Agency for Quality Assurance through Accreditation of Study Programs) accreditation, obtained by the English Language Education Department in 2014. We are decided to continue with our other departments so that they are accreditated by international accreditaton bodies, as well.
Dear students, I wholeheartedly hope and wish that each of you will become teachers who will make a difference in your teaching contexts. Take this opportunity and do your best to become one of those great teachers!
With my best wishes.
Prof. Dr. Ülker Vancı Osam