Girne American University was founded in 1985 as an independent, non-profit institution of higher education. From its establishment, the university has focused on providing access to an American-style higher education to the widest possible group of motivated learners. In charting its course for the next century, GAU will continue to be guided by this special mission.
To serve its central purpose, GAU uses a wide range of strategies: it fosters a variety of instructional approaches, it encourages scholarships, engages in collaborative community services, and empowers its constituents to become responsible citizens in an interdependent, pluralistic, global community.
Since 1985, GAU has grown in its understanding of itself, as a modern University. Although geographically dispersed, GAU is one University.
Today GAU has a clear identity as a Traditional University with a non-traditional set-up. Over the next five years, it will further transform itself into a knowlege age University. Programmes at GAU will increasingly offer students the opportunity to experience and explore the interchange of theory and practice through technology and service-learning opportunities.
The Chancellor setout the vision of the University to live up to its potential of becoming the premier institution serving the educational needs of young academics so as to become the university of their choice. Pursuit of this goal has made GAU distinctive, the University, will continue its efforts to cement its relationship with both young and adult learners, so that the University, and its programmes are the first choice of students seeking education.
GAU has place many of its programs online. It will also enter into partnerships with businesses and schools to provide tailored professional development online.
GAU recognizes that computer technology has made the home and the workplace the most convenient sites for education. This same technology provides the University with a newly established core value of access.
For the linkage to be meaningful, especially at work, these learning opportunities; must be available when the student wishes to access
GAUs goal is to become a University with and without walls, a University located in time and place but unhampered by constraints of either in the fulfillment of its mission. To do this, GAU must maintain constant awareness of the impact of technology and how it changes knowledge and learning. GAU will evaluate its courses, and programs to be sure the curriculum and learning strategies reflect these changes.
As a knowledge - age University, GAU will strive to empower its graduates in the new workplace. Through their educational programes, students will maximize their abilities to confront a problem when faced with unfamiliar situations and to work effectively towards a solution, and to apply knowledge to complex situations. Graduates will be encouraged to actively relate new information to previous knowledge and experience, to search for patterns and underlying principles, and to check for supporting evidence when arriving at a solution.
As successful knowledge workers, who practice lifelong learning, our graduates will view the University as their constant partner.
GAU understands that change is persuasive, and the University by design is positioned to accept challenges and competition, associated with higher education in the 21st Century. By being open to continuous environmental changes, the University will achieve its goal of being the prominent University serving young leaders.
Accreditations & Memberships
The University is localy accredited by The Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) of North Cyprus and The Council of Higher Education (YOK) of Turkey.
The University is also recognized in the United Kingdom by the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC).
Member of the International Association of Universities (IAU) of UNESCO (
Member of the Council of International Schools (CIS)
GAU's programmes are accredited by the Ministries of Education of various countries including the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and by the equivalent authorities in U.A.E, Jordan, Oman, Thailand, Iran and is generally recognised in Central Asian countries.
Faculty of Business Administration and Economics
Accredited members of International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
Girne American University North Cyprus has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
· Master of Business Administration (MBA) with concentrations in Banking and Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Business Management and International Business Management.
· Master of Science (MSc) in Economics
· Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Banking and Finance, Marketing, Accounting, Management Information Systems, Business Management, International Business Management, and Economics.
· Associate of Sciences (ASc) in Banking and Finance, Marketing, Accounting and Business Management.
Accredited members of European Council for Business Education (ECBE)
Accreditation in progress: Association for Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
Members of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD)
School of Tourism and Hospitality Management
Accredited members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and earned the TedQual (Tourism Education Quality) certification
Faculty of Engineering
Accreditation in progress: Accreditation Agency for Degree Programmes in Engineering, Informatics, the Natural Sciences and Mathematics (ASIIN)
Faculty of Architecture
Archi-Students the first original European organization for the architects of tomorrow Students awarded 2nd place in the International Architecture Awards
Members of European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) -
Foundation English School
Accreditation in progress: The European Association for Quality Language Services (EAQUALS)
GAU is a micro society, embracing staff and students from all over the world. The MCC wants to reflect this in its activities. We want to give students the opportunity to make the most out of their stay with us, by meeting other cultures.
We do understand that living away from home is not always easy, but dont worry, GAU has a close international student community, who guarantees enough activities and events for you not to feel too much homesick! !...bye the way, why dont you get involved yourself?
Spring FestivalThe most look-forward-to event of the year takes place mid-May, the celebration of Springtime. During a whole week, GAU swings! The participation and enthusiasm of international students is always admired. During the first day of the festival, international students prepare and offer their traditional food and present their countrys traditions in the best possible way.
The rest of the week offers a big parade in town, where international students carry their flag, reviews prepared by students, shows, concerts, competitions, dance shows and theatre plays, again performed by students, and many more events. Stalls are opened from morning till evening in which students can sell items or present their clubs. GAU Radio and TV is there to broadcast it all!
If you want to take part in this beautiful festival, then dont forget to bring your country flag, traditional dress and any accessories famous in your country. Prices are given to the best country stand!