Girne American University
Girne American University
Girne American University (Turkish: Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi) is a university in Kyrenia, a city in the northern area of Cyprus. The university was founded in 1985 by Mr. Serhat Akpinar as an institution of American-style higher education.

Type Non-profit University
Established 1985
Rector Prof. Dr. Kutsal Öztürk
Students 15,600
Location Kyrenia, North Cyprus


Faculty of Engineering includes 7 departments; Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Engineering.
Faculty of Business & Economics
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts: established in 1985, the Faculty has 4 departments including Department of Architecture, Department of Interior Design, Department of Graphic Design and Department of Painting. The Faculty has been announced as one of the top 10 Architecture Faculties in Turkey and North Cyprus by Mimari Medya (Architecture Media Network) in 2013. The master programme in Construction Management has been chosen as one of the best 100 master programmes in the world by Eduniversal in 2012 and 2013.
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Communication
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Health Sciences
Graduate School of Science & Technology (Engineering Master & PhD Programs)
Graduate School of Social Sciences (Master & PhD Programs)
School of Applied Sciences
Marine School
Nursing School
School of Sport and Recreation
School of the Performing Arts

Research Centers

Research Centre for Applied Science, Engineering and Technology
In GAU Research Centers and Laboratories advanced researches are performed in the fields of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology.

International Center for Heritage Studies (ICHS)
The International Center for Heritage Studies (ICHS) is a research and design center founded within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Fine Arts (established since 2012) and is working on historical, landscape and archaeological research and the restoration project for the Acheiropoietos Monastery in Cyprus.

International Academic Organizations

The annual International Symposium on Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Applications (ISEAIA) is a platform for researchers, practitioners, developers and educators to share their experiences in the fields of engineering, artificial intelligence and their applicationsin.

ISEAIA2013 was held between 6 and 8 November 2013 in Girne/Cyprus.[14] ISEAIA2014 was held between 5 and 7 November 2014 in Girne/Cyprus.

CAUMME, Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Mediterranean and the Middle-East, is a series of conferences organized by AUMME. The 2nd CAUMME Conference organized by Girne American University, Yildiz Technical University and Qatar University in 2014. The organization of a biennial international symposium in different areas of architecture and urbanism constitutes the main academic activity of CAUMME series of conferences. The first CAUMME international symposium was held in 2012 at Yildiz Technical University. The main motivation of the second CAUMME international symposium was on the concept of Post-Professionalism.

GAU Journal of Social and Applied Science

Girne American University publishes a scientific journal called GAU Journal of Social and Applied Science.

Notable alumni

Some of them are:
Nazım Çavuşoğlu, M.A., Member of Parliament, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Özcan Can, Former Member of Istanbul Metropolitan City Council, Turkey
Ömer Tuğsal Doruk, PhD in P., Lecturer at Üsküdar University,[20] Turkey, and the author of ‘Shadow Banking and Turkey’ book.
Gossy Ukanwoke, Founder of Beni American University and Students Circle Network
Sezer Yalçınkaya, Member of Çorum City Council


The university is a member of the Caucasus University Association.