Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, is a pioneer and implementer of a philosophy that aims to reach the highest level in every sense in accordance with the family vision that has put the ideals to life. The most important one of the basic factors that provided Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel with such a qualification is the quality education he received at the Near East College and continued in 2002 at the Faculty of Law of Near East University. Günsel, having a proven talent of observation and foresight, started his LL.M degree in Law and obtained his degree in 2003-2004 academic year. Immediately thereafter, he started his undergraduate studies at the Department of Deck, Faculty of Maritime Studies, completed his studies successfully, and later became a lecturer at this faculty. Later, as the final phase of his law education, İrfan Suat Günsel completed his PhD program in order to specialize on the subject of Interdisciplinary Public and Maritime Law. In 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel has seven articles published in the International Refereed Journals. In addition, his book titled ”The Legal Status of the Eastern Mediterranean Waters” is under publication.
The outcomes of the potentials and talents of Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel are the projects so far carried out and the foundations and institutions which have been established through the initiatives of the Board of Trustees which he has masterminded. In this respect, he was intensively involved in the establishment process of the Near East University Innovation and Technologies Center. In the same way, he also took part throughout the establishment and management process of the Near East Hospital. He is interested in the basic disciplines of automobile production. In this overall framework and approach, he masterminded the units in charge of establishment and design of the Cyprus Car Museum as well as the projects regarding the industrial dimension of automobile production. In Cyprus and in the nearby geography, he brought in a “first” and launched the “Günsel” brand electric car production process. The serial production process of Günsel is expected to be completed in 2019.
Some of the awards and plaques presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel are as follows;
30 April 2013, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel was awarded with International Arch of Europe Gold Quality Award on behalf of the Hospital of NEU at the 26th International Arch of Europe Convention held in Frankfurt, Germany.
19 June 2013, Golden Award was presented to İrfan Suat Günsel in Rome on behalf of the Hospital of NEU for its quality and business prestige.
3 July 2013, “Best University Award in Golden Category of 2013” was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel in Switzerland.
21 September 2013, Assit. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel was presented with a Medal of Honour for providing the citizens of the Gagauzia Autonomous Republic with opportunities on health and education issues.
3 October 2013, Business Excellence Award of World Confederation of Businesses headquartered in Houston, Texas, the USA, was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Hospital of NEU.
6 November 2013, Award for Investment in Advancing Institution Quality was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Hospital of Near East University at the Congress held in the USA.
21 November 2013 , the Majestic Five Continents Award for Quality and Excellence of France-based Otherways Management Association was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Hospital of Near East University.
8 December 2013,The European Award for Best Practices of the European Society for Quality Research (ESQR) was presented to Assit. Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Hospital of NEU.
20 March 2014, The Best Innovative University Award was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Near East University in Dubai ArabLab summit for its extraordinary achievements in producing technology products such as wheelchair that can move by power of mind and designed to make life of disabled people easier, EKG T-Shirt, making MS patients walk via an electronic cloth, smart hospital room, robotic football team, and unmanned aerial and marine vehicles.
27 April 2014, “The Best University of the Year Award” was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of NEU on behalf of the Near East University at the ceremony of 11th Gap Oscars.
3 July 2014, Achieving a dynamically growing image in modern healthcare, excellence in the healthcare services, and a competitive potential in global markets in accordance with European standard, the Near East University Hospital was deemed worthy for Europe Quality Award by Europe Business Assembly (EBA) that based in Oxford, England. During the internationally participated Socrates Award Ceremony, The Chairman of Board of Trustees, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel was honored with European Quality Award in Italy for outstanding success and his aspiration to achieve high quality in accordance with European standards.
21 September 2014, The Star for Quality Award that is awarded in accordance with institutional success; institutional quality; institutional innovation; excellence in services; technology; customer service; institutional prestige; ISO 9000 and QC 100 principles and criteria. Comprising all of the qualities and requirements referred in the criteria of the Star for Quality Award, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel received the Star for Quality Award on behalf of the Hospital of Near East Universiy by Spain-based Business Initiative Directions (BID) at the 15th International Star for Quality Award Ceremony held in Geneva, Switzerland.
26 October 2014, Business Initiatives Directions (BID) granted the ‘International Technology and Innovation Award’ to Near East University for its solar-powered vehicle, NEU-RA-25, which was produced by the Ar-Ge Teams of Near East University. The Award was presented to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel at the Science Convention held in Paris, France.
3 November 2014, The Near East University was granted with the Ismail Bey Gaspıralı Special Jury Award for its significant contributions to the Turkic World in the field of education, culture and science. NEU Board of Trustees Chairman Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel received the award on behalf of the Near East University.
9 December 2014, as a result of the evaluations carried out by the European Community Quality Research Foundation in various service areas, the “Best Quality Leadership Award” was presented Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the NEU Hospital in 2014 at the international summit held in Las Vegas, USA.
20 February 2015, Gagauzia President Mihail Formuzal presented the Order of Merit to Prof. Dr. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel for his great contributions to education system of Gagauzian people and efforts in developing economic, social and cultural relations and cooperation opportunities between two countries. In addition, President Mihail Formuzal presented the Ministerial Seal to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, and declared him Honorary Minister.
23 March 2015, the Global Quality, Excellence and Ideal Performance Award was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel by France-based Otherways Management & Consulting Association at the summit held in Berlin, capital of Germany.
15 June 2015, the Quality Award for the assurance of health and care quality of the NEU Hospital was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel by the European Society For Quality Research – ESQR at the International Quality Convention summit held in London.
6 February 2016, “Innovative Education Leader Award” presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Near East University, at the 8th World Conferance on Educational Sciences, in Spain, in recognition of his outstanding and sustainable contributions to developments in education and scientific world.
7 February 2016, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Near East University, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel was unanimously honored with the “Innovative Education Leader Award” at the 8th World Conference on Educational Sciences held at the University of Alcala, Spain, for his contributions to the world higher education sector and the development of science in the Near East geography.
May 28, 2016, An appreciation plaque was introduced to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel on behalf of the Near East University due to its institutional contributions to the launch of “Library for Everyone” project supported by Bill Gates Foundation in order to ensure more active participation of libraries of local governments in the social transformation process.
September 14, 2018, Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel was shown among the ”New Generation Leaders” by Forbes Magazine.
29 November 2019, In recognition of his contributions to the Turkish Armed Forces Foundation, a gold medal was presented to Prof. Dr. İrfan Suat Günsel