On Friday, 03.07.2020, the 28th General Assembly of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference will convene at Neapolis University Pafos, which presides over the Rectors’ Conference.

In addition to the members of the Conference, the honorable Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Mr. Prodromos Prodromou, and the President of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA) Professor Mary Koutselini, will participate in the General Assembly.

Among the important issues on the agenda will be the evaluation of the academic operational procedures and those of conducting the academic year’s final examinations, as a consequence of the pandemic crisis. The planning and method of conducting lessons and examinations for the following academic year will also be discussed.

The Chairman of the Rectors Conference of the Cypriot Universities and Rector of the University of Neapolis Pafos, Professor Pantelis Sklias, stated: “This General Assembly of the Rectors Conference marks a new era for Cypriot University Education. It is the first after the pandemic, but also the first to be convened outside the capital of the Republic of Cyprus and in fact, in the city of Pafos. Our goal is both to evaluate the results of the previous effort, but also to plan the next academic year based on academic excellence, quality and respect for health protocols.

 

RULING BY THE CYPRUS RECTORS’ CONFERENCE

The members of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference held an urgent online meeting on Thursday 19.03.2020, which resulted in the following unanimous ruling:

1)        The Conference welcomes the full compliance of the Higher Education Institutions with all the emergency measures decided upon and directed by the Republic of Cyprus to address the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic to society and the economy.

2)        It is the unwavering intention of the Universities to complete, without delay, the current spring semester 2020, according to the academic calendar 2019-2020 of each university, as it was announced to students at the beginning of the academic year. The Universities, through the Rectors' Conference, reassure their students once more, that their academic path and professional rehabilitation, along with ensuring their health and safety, are their highest priority.

3)        At the same time, Universities have responded to the need to continue providing reliable and quality undergraduate and postgraduate Higher Education, implementing the distance learning process for each Programme of Study, utilizing online and digital tools and techniques. The high quality of education at Cypriot Universities continues to be assured, with the active support and constructive contribution of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (CYQAA).

4)        The investments that the Universities have made in recent years in their digital infrastructures, in new innovative technologies, as well as in the development of the excellent educational and administrative staff’s know-how, provide them with the capability to continue their educational mission, while also supporting and empowering the social and economic activity at this difficult time for our country.

5)        The Universities offer at the disposal of the Republic of Cyprus, in addition to maintaining their operational capacity, all available human (academics, technicians and administrative staff), intangible, and material resources  in support of any further measures taken to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the Cypriot people.

 

FOR THE UNIVERSITIES (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER):

Kostas Gouliamos, European University, Rector

George Demosthenous, Frederick University, Rector

Panayiotis Zaphiris, Cyprus University of Technology, Rector (Vice-President of the Rectors’ Conference)

Sokratis Katsikas, Open University of Cyprus, Rector

Philippos Pouyioutas, University of Nicosia, Rector

Panikkos Poutziouris, UCLAN, Rector (Secretary of the Rectors’ Conference)

Pantelis Sklias, Neapolis University Pafos, Rector (President of the Rectors’ Conference)

Tasos Christofides, University of Cyprus, Rector

Philippos Pouyioutas, Professor of Computer Science, has been elected as the new Rector of the University of Nicosia. Prof Pouyioutas is currently the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and in charge of the accreditation/quality assurance process for the university’s programmes of study. He will take up his new position on 2 April 2016.

Prof Pouyioutas is a graduate of the University of London with a PhD in Object-Oriented Databases.  He taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of North London (1992-1996) and served as the Director of the BSc programme in Business Information Systems (1993-1996).  He subsequently returned to Cyprus and taught at Intercollege and then the University of Nicosia, mainly in the Computer Science and Multimedia Departments, before becoming Director and Associate Academic Dean of Academic Affairs and chairperson of the Research Committee.

"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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Education and Culture Minister Costas Kadis attended today the 20th Conference of Rectors of Cypriot Universities that took place at the European University of Cyprus in Nicosia.

In the framework of the meeting Costas Kadis presented the Ministry`s policies on upgrading and modernizing the educational system, a goal for which the Rectors expressed full support.

Referring to higher education, the Minister explained that the reforms that have been introduced are mainly related to creating an Accreditation and Quality Assurance Institution, providing distance learning programs for soldiers, internationalising Cypriot higher education through promoting Cypriot universities abroad and by signing agreements with other countries for mutual recognition of academic degrees, offering graduate and postgraduate programs by public universities in languages other than the official and promoting distance learning programs through cooperation between the Open University and other Cypriot universities.

The Minister said that the contacts already made with countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and Oman indicate an interest not only in sending students to Cyprus but also in developing common programs and called on the Rectors to act towards this direction.

He also spoke about the next moves in education, which will include countries such as China and Russia. In the case of Russia, he noted that he will pay a visit to the country in April and that most probably a mutual recognition of academic degrees agreement will be signed. He encouraged the Rectors to participate in the educational fair that will take place during his visit to Russia.

Costas Kadis underlined that according to information provided to him by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Cyprus there is a vivid interest in Russia for studies in Cyprus.

From his part the newly appointed Chairman of the Rectors' Conference, European University`s Rector Kostas Gouliamos said that the Conference supports Ministry efforts to upgrade and modernise the educational system.

“Having common goals, we can collectively create our future by investing in knowledge as a model for development, but also to the dynamics and capacity of the academic society” he stressed, underlining that Cyprus has a good record in quality standards and excellence, which if methodically and systematically handled may turn Cyprus into a destination for international students.

 

Cyprus News Agency Press Release, January 22, 2016

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