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Three Thousand Saplings as New Year Gifts

Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) will be gifting an olive sapling, one of the symbols of the Cyprus Island, to all its staff members with the intention of contributing the nature. Distribution of three thousand olive saplings has begun.

The project that aims to support the nature started with the planting of four olive saplings to the Prof. Dr. Erdil Rıza Tuncer Square located between the buildings of EMU Faculty of Engineering. The planting session took place on 14 December 2020 – Monday at 09:30. EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Dr. Hasan Demirel, Vice Rector for Social and Cultural Affairs Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz İşçioğlu and Vice Rector for Administrative and Technical Affairs Assoc. Prof. Dr. Serhan Şensoy planted the saplings. EMU Environment Affairs Director Ali Ertay and staff members of the unit were also present during the planting session.

“We Wish for a Greener and Healthier Tomorrow”

The olive saplings to be distributed to not only the EMU staff members but also to the protocol of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) included a new year’s card from EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Aykut Hocanın which said: “Olive tree, one of the most important symbols of the island of Cyprus, represents abundance, peace, health, victory, prosperity and wisdom. In short, it is the symbol of the most important values for humanity. We are reaching towards the end of 2020 which has been a difficult year not only for our country but also for the entire world. It is our utmost desire for 2021 to bring humanity all the values represented by the Olive tree.  

I hope that you plant the wild rootstock olive sapling produced from the seed of Cyprus’s endemic olive in your hand as soon as possible. May it bring beauty to your life as it grows. I wish you all greener and healthier days.”