Famagusta or in Greek Ammochostos is a harbour city on the east cost of Cyprus.It is the headquarter of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. According to 2011 population census, the city has a population of 69,714 people. There are three international universities.
Famagusta’s sandy beaches are the most famous ones in the world. International Famagusta Art and Culture Festival takes place in this historical city every year.
The city was founded in the third century BC by Ptolemy II Philadelphus and named ‘’Arsinoe ‘’. In 647/648 AD as a result of the plundering of Salamis by Arabs , immigrants were settled in Famagusta.
During The Crusades in 1291, Acre was conquered and immigrants from that city were settled in Famagusta .The immigration turned Famagusta into a place where merchants led lives of luxury .It transformed the city from a tiny village into a trade centre.The Lusignan kings of Jerusalem during the Lusignan rule were crowned at Saint Nicholas Cethedral in Famagusta until 1372. The city was captured by the Genoese until 1469 then according to the agreement, it was given back to the Lusignans.The city was used as a military area during the Genoese rule ,the city lost its quality as a trade centre .
Famagusta Castle was under the rule of the Roman and Eastern Roman Empire as well as the Latins and Genoese. It was captured by the Turks in 6 August 1571 during the Cyprus expedition of Selim II. Remained under the Turkish rule until 1878 the castle was left to the British rule along with Cyprus in 1878.
As can be seen from its history and geographical location Famagusta is an excellent opportunity for university life.University of City Island which is a real city university aims at transforming this historical and geographical richness to the richness in education and life.