As a university with a history of more than 60 years, Middle East Technical University is focused on creating opportunities on its Northern Cyprus Campus, as on its main campus in Ankara, to deepen and enrich social life for the University’s students. The University is also committed to improving the quality of the social aspects of life in its surrounding communities. Based on the idea that students’ social skills and cultural awareness and strengths, along with their academic achievements, will be valuable to their future careers, the formation and development of student clubs and societies is promoted at METU.
METU Northern Cyprus Campus has 41 student-led societies, which are affiliated to and work closely with the Office of Social and Cultural Affairs. Our clubs and societies focus on science or social and cultural pursuits. To enrich the student experience, societies at METU NCC plan and organize many successful social events including seminars, colloquies, concerts, performances, exhibitions, festivals, and workshops throughout the year. The 11th Performing Arts Festival, 15th METU NCC Theater Festival, Alumni On Campus, and Color Fest were held successfully during the 2022-2023 academic year.
Most of the on-campus organizations take place in the Culture and Convention Center. This aesthetically appealing and functionally efficient facility, which is noteworthy for its excellent architecture and technical innovation, is designed to host national and international congresses, seminars, meetings, conferences, or academic and cultural events of all types. The venue serves as a space for students and staff to attend social events and gatherings as well as allowing them to enjoy a variety of cultural opportunities. Additionally, the Center hosts organizations that are led by NGOs or public institutions and enterprises. As examples; a solo recital by Antonio Sarnelli de Silva (baritone), accompanied by pianist Paolo Scibilio performed within the scope of the 25th International Bellapais Music Festival, a memorial concert performed by the TRNC Presidental Symphony Orchestra (dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives in the February 6 earthquakes, centered in Kahramanmaraş, Turkey), the “May 19, Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sports Day” concert and the French Music Night concert by the Aeterna Piano Trio, were all held in the Culture and Convention Center.