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EMU to Undertake Rauf Raif Denktaş Mausoleum and Museum’s Landscape Design Project

A cooperation protocol has been signed betwen the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ministry of Tourism and Environment on Monday, 11 October, 2021, at 09:00 a.m. 

Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu and EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın signed the said protocol covering the landscaping and landscape design project of Rauf Raif Denktaş Mausoleum and Museum located in Nicosia Republic Park. 

In a press statement, Prof. Dr. Hocanın stated that they came together for a very important project and added that a protocol will be signed regarding the landscaping of the late Founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş’s mausoleum. Noting that the project design process by EMU will proceed successfully together with the related stakeholders, Prof. Dr. Hocanın added that they take pride in EMU’s involvement in this project. Expressing that they will fulfill this project as a state university, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hocanın stated that EMU is an important institution of the TRNC in the public arena and is determined to share its scientific and technological accumulation on issues as such in addition to the academic, research and social activities. Minister Ataoğlu, on the other hand, expressed his happiness that the late Founding President Rauf Raif Denktaş's mausoleum and landscaping design will be carried out together with EMU and emphasized that he hopes the project would be implemented quickly. In his speech, Minister Ataoğlu also expressed his gratitude to EMU’s administration and everyone who contributed.

The project in question will be carried out by EMU Urban Research and Development Center and under the coordination of Department of Architecture academic staff member, Urban Research and Development Center (URDC) Vice President and landscape architect Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nevter Zafer Cömert and URDC President Prof. Dr. Şebnem Hoşkara.

EMU Board of Trustees Member Ersun Kutup and EMU Vice Rectors Prof. Dr. Hasan Demirel and Prof. Dr. Deniz İşçioğlu also attended the signing ceremony.