Near East University is a private university located in North Cyprus, Turkey. The Near East University currently has 16 faculties with 98departments, 4 vocational schools, 2 high schools and 4 graduate schools offering programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
It was founded in North Nicosia in 1988. The founder of the Near East University is Dr. Suat İ. Günsel, a Turkish Cypriot educationalist and enterpreneur. Near East University’s Faculty of Pharmacy was accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) in 2014.
In 2014, Near East University's solar car Ra25 is among the participants of South African Solar Challenge race. The Near East University was founded by Günsel in 1988. It started higher education studies with two faculties and subsequently established 14 more faculties, four graduate schools, and 15 research centres. The Faculty of Medicine was established in 2009. The university has 16 faculties with 90 departments. The university has an herbarium founded in 2006 by Salih Gucel, the curator.