Northern Cyprus

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Northern Cyprus - in full the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) (Turkish: Kuzey Kıbrıs Türk Cumhuriyeti, KKTC), is a de facto independent republic located in the north of Cyprus. Its capital is Nicosia The TRNC declared its independence in 1983, nine years after a Greek Cypriot attempt to annex the island to Greece triggered an intervention by Turkey. It has received diplomatic recognition only from Turkey, on which it has become dependent for economic, political and military support. The rest of the international community, including the United Nations and European Union, recognises the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus over the territory of the TRNC. The Turkish Army maintains a large force in the TRNC that meets with the approval of much of the Turkish Cypriot population. However, the Republic of Cyprus regards it as an illegal occupation force; its presence has also been criticised in several United Nations Security Council resolutions. Attempts to reach a solution to the dispute have so far been unsuccessful. In 2004 the UN Annan Plan to reunite the island was accepted by a majority of Turkish Cypriots in a referendum, but rejected by a resounding majority of Greek Cypriots. According to a census carried out in the beginning of 2006 by the Turkish Cypriot administration, the TRNC has a population of 265,100, of which majority is composed of indigenous Turkish Cypriots, with the rest including a large number of settlers from Turkey. The TRNC is almost entirely Turkish speaking. English, however, is widely spoken as a second language. Many of the older Turkish Cypriots speak and understand Greek - some may even be considered native speakers of the Greek Cypriot dialect.

Further information

For further general information see Wikipedia:Northern Cyprus.

Education in Northern Cyprus

For a general description of education in Northern Cyprus see Education:Northern Cyprus.


For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Northern Cyprus.

Quality procedures

Internet in Northern Cyprus

Internet in Education

Copyright law in Northern Cyprus

Copyright law in Education

OER Initiatives in Northern Cyprus

National OER initiatives

Regional OER initiatives

Institutional OER initiatives



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