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24th Session of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference (CyRC)

"The cooperation of the Cypriot Universities as a catalyst and a guarantee for a substantial presence of Cyprus in the international map of higher education"

The 24th Session of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference, chaired by the Rector of Frederick University, Professor Giorgos Demosthenous, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Kostas Champiaouris, took place on June 14, 2018. The Chair of the Hellenic Universities Rectors Synod, Professor G. Kapsalis, also joined the meeting of CyRC.

The Vice-President of CyRC and Rector of Open University of Cyprus (OUC), Professor Sokratis Katsikas, welcomed the participating Rectors at the 24th Session, which was hosted by OUC.

Among the topics of the agenda, were the cooperation of the Cyprus Academic Libraries Association and the Industry Liaison Offices of the eight universities of Cyprus, the further consolidation of the cooperation of the CyRC with its greek counterpart, the developments in higher education in Greece, as well as, the conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding between the CyRC with the Russian Rectors' Union.

The Minister for Education and Culture, Mr. Champiaouris, reaffirmed state, government and ministry support in further strengthening higher education. Welcoming the President of the Rectors of the Greek Universities, he expressed the hope of "further developing the cooperation on a bilateral basis with the ultimate goal of strengthening higher education in the Greek-speaking world, but also making Cyprus an international center of education".

In his welcoming address, the President of the Cyprus University Rectors' Conference, Professor Demosthenous, stated that: "the universities of Cyprus are on the same track, offering quality programmes of study, assuring quality and excellence in teaching, and promoting research by producing new knowledge. All the above mentioned, place Cyprus in the international map as an important area, where university education is offered not only to citizens of this country, but also to foreigners through programmes of study offered in other languages, contributing substantially to the development of the country's economy ".

The Chair of the Hellenic Universities Rectors' Synod, Professor G. Kapsalis, thanked the President and the members of the CyRC for the invitation and underlined that "this cooperation of the CyRC and the Hellenic Synod will bring benefits for our universities and society more widely", and invited CyRC members to the upcoming regular Rectors' Session in Greece.

The President of the Republic of Cyprus is invited and will attend the next Rector's Meeting, which is expected to take place in the coming October.


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