The coalition government has sent an urgent draft resolution to the assembly to permit the opening of two more universities by the higher education planning, evaluation, accreditation and coordination council (YODAK).
According to Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen, despite the disapproval of opposition parties, the coalition managed to send the draft bill to the assembly which was approved by the majority.
The first university which will begin operations in the TRNC is International Aydin University. The university will open its main campus in Yeni Iskele, while, at the same time, it will open another campus in Kyrenia (for graduate and post-graduate studies).
The second university is called Ekman University, writes the paper, without providing further details.
Commenting on the issue, Zeki Celer, deputy for the Social Democracy Party (TDP) criticised the “uncontrolled increase of the number of the universities in the TRNC” and condemned YODAK for this precarious situation in the field of higher education.
Pointing out that there are approximately 30 universities in the TRNC, Celer accused the government of having no policy on the higher education sector.