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Education in Northern Cyprus

Education in primary education is mandatory. As of 2011, Nazım Çavuşoğlu is the Minister of National Education and Culture.


  • Kindergarten 1
  • Elementary school 2
  • High school 3
  • Universities 4
  • International membership of Northern Cyprus institutions 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Children in Northern Cyprus, below age 6, can attend kindergartens of public and private institutions. Kindergarten is not mandatory.

Elementary school

Elementary school provides 5 years of education for children between the ages of 6 and 11. All elementary schools are public and free.

High school

High schools provide a minimum 6 years of education, where 3 years last for junior high school (Ortaokul). There are different kinds of high schools in Northern Cypriot education system, such as standard public high schools, private high schools, science high schools, vocational high schools, technical high schools and fine arts high schools. As of 2008, there are 18 high schools, 14 junior high schools and 12 vocational high schools.[1]


All of universities in Northern Cyprus are private except Eastern Mediterranean University. In 2013 there were 63,765 university students from 114 countries in nine universities in Northern Cyprus. In 2014, the number of students increased to 70,004, (15,210 Turkish Cypriots; 36,148 from Turkey; 18,646 international students).[2][3]

There are nine universities in Northern Cyprus:

University Turkish Name Location Official Website
Near East University Yakın Doğu Üniversitesi North Nicosia
Eastern Mediterranean University Doğu Akdeniz Üniversitesi Famagusta
Cyprus International University Uluslararası Kıbrıs Üniversitesi Haspolat, North Nicosia
European University of Lefke Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi Morphou
Girne American University Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi Karaoğlanoğlu, Kyrenia
University of Mediterranean Karpasia Akdeniz Karpaz Üniversitesi North Nicosia
Middle East Technical University-Northern Cyprus Campus Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi-Kuzey Kıbrıs Kampusu Morphou
Istanbul Technical University-TRNC İstanbul Teknik Üniversitesi-KKTC Famagusta
University of Kyrenia Girne Üniversitesi Kyrenia

Atatürk Teacher Academy and Police Academy provide vocational education in related subjects.

  • Near East University’s Faculty of Pharmacy was accredited by The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2014.[4]

International membership of Northern Cyprus institutions

Institution Membership Membership Date
The Association of North Cyprus Biologists (Bio-Der) European Countries Biologists Association (ECBA) 2006[5]
Northern Cyprus' Educational Sciences Association (KEB-DER) European Educational Research Association 13.08.2010[6][7]
North Cyprus' Higher Education Planning Evaluation Accreditation and Coordination Council (YÖDAK) The European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA)
The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE)
UK - National Academic Recognition Information Center (UK-NARIC)


  1. ^ List of Schools, Ministry of National Education and Culture
  2. ^ Kibris Postasi 24 October 201470,000 students enrolled to the universities
  3. ^ NY Times Students Flock to Universities in Northern Cyprus, 16.02.2014
  4. ^ [1]ACPE
  5. ^ ECBA North Cyprus member page
  6. ^ EERA Official Website EERA Members
  7. ^ Hellenic Resources Network Educational Sciences Association joined the European Educational Research Association representing Cyprus
  8. ^
  9. ^ INQAAHE Official Website North Cyprus is a member of INQAAHE

External links

  • Ministry of National Education and Culture (Turkish) (English)
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