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Girne American University

Girne American University


Number of students: 15,600
Founded: 1985
Motto: Discendo Vivimus – We Live Through Learning

Girne American University was founded in 1985 and has grown from its small beginnings to being a very strong university with 15,000 students. Girne American University is a truly global university, continuously expanding its partnerships, programs and campuses abroad. In the spirit of globalization, GAU has no borders and has established study abroad campuses in three different continents with its UK, Hong Kong, Washington DC and Istanbul campuses. GAU is a university which provides high standards of education for the students of over 103 different countries and also it is the first university in North Cyprus that had been granted the accreditation of the academic programs from the world wide recognized accreditation institutions.

Girne American University provides American Education Model to the students with a mission of innovative, success oriented and technologically compatible academic programs to be one of the most important universities in the world. GAU is an international university which conveys important messages to the world about its international campuses, academic programs, public oriented projects and also higher education system.

The most visible specifications which form the International Identity of GAU are its accreditations and international memberships. GAU is recognized by the Higher Education Council of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and Higher Education Council of Turkey. The Business Faculty of the university is accredited by the International Business Education Assembly, USA (IACBE) and European Council Business Union (ECBE).


Mission Statement

Throughout its history, GAU has been guided by its focus on five core values: access, speed, relevance, value and community.

The American University is dedicated to making American model learning opportunities accessible throughout life and to making them challenging and relevant to a diverse population of young adults. Its aim is to make possible an education that is at the same time both accessible and excellent. It does this through exceptional management of the University operations and resources, innovative delivery systems, student services and relevant programmes that are learner-centred, success-oriented and responsive to technology.

In support of its mission, a programme has been initiated to transform all courses into digital format. This effective format for course presentation is a practical expression of one of the University’s core values – that of providing access to higher education. The format helps students to complete their programmes expeditiously, thus reflecting another core value of speed.

Another aspect of speed is the ability to make adjustments in the curriculum to keep abreast of developments in each field. In this way The American University is able to offer new programmes promptly when new needs and opportunities present themselves. This responsiveness supports the core value of relevance. Even as GAU works to provide programmes that are current and relevant it also strives to provide them at an affordable price so that the student receives value.