The International Conference on Urban Politics (INCUP 2017) hosted by the Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Business and Economics Faculty, Department of Business Administration with the contributions of Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences, Department of Urban, Environmental and Local Administration Politics commenced Monday, the 18th of September 2017 with an opening ceremony that took place at the Salamis Bay Conti Resort Hotel at 09:30.
After a moment of silence and the national anthem, Vice Dean of the EMU Business and Economics Faculty Assoc. Prof. Dr. Deniz İşçioğlu welcomed everyone to the conference that will discuss the TRNC’s and Turkey’s urban affairs.
Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences Dean Prof. Dr. Kadir Gürdal, expressed his satisfaction regarding participating in the conference hosted by EMU, going on to provide information about the Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences. Prof Dr. Gürdal wished everyone a successful conference, noting that urbanism will be discussed in an academic perspective.
Ankara University Rector Prof. Dr. Erkan İbiş started his speech by highlighting the importance of the topics to be discussed at the conference. Prof. Dr. İbiş, stated that universities must evaluate culture and art together as two of the main elements that shape cities. Drawing attention to the fact that urban problems concern everybody, Prof. Dr. İbiş stated that they will be evaluated at the conference by experts who will also be looking for solutions.
In a speech of his own, EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Osam thanked everyone involved in the organization of the event noting that as an individual who is concerned with the environment he is aware that there are urban problems all over the world. Providing extensive information about EMU, Prof. Dr. Osam described the university as respectful to the environment and mankind. Also touching upon accreditations, Prof. Dr. Osam noted that EMU maintains its position on the Times Higher Education (THE) list as a result of its innovations, development and research based progress.
After the opening speeches, Prof. Dr. Osam presented plaques of appreciation to those involved in the organization of the conference. The first presentation of the conference was given by Honorary Head Prof. Dr. Ruşen Keleş following a musical recital by EMU Education Faculty, Department of Fine Arts Education, Music Teaching program personnel.
Topics such as; Urban Administration, Urban Economics, Urban Politics, Housing Politics, Urban/Rural Relationship, Rural Development, Urbanization in World and Turkey, Sustainable Urban Development, Urban Infrastructure Financing and Services, Urban Participation, Urban Transformation, Shanty House, Disaster Management, Migration, Urban Security, Urban Environmental Problems and Solution Suggestions, Urban Climate Change, Urban Rent, Urban Theories and New Approaches, TRNC’s Urban Problems, Importance of Mountainside/Strategical Approaches will be discussed during the conference that will continue until the 19th of September 2017.
As part of the conference, a cocktail took place at the EMU Beach Club on the 17th of September 2017. The cocktail was attended by EMU Rector Prof. Dr. Necdet Osam. INCUP 2017 is the continuation of 2014 International Turkic World Urban Managements Symposium and 2016 International Environmental Security in Mediterranean Conference.