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

Professor Kostas Gouliamos, Rector of the European University Cyprus, took over as President of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference (CyRC) on 16 October 2015. He will lead the CyRC until 2017.

Professor Dr. Kostas Gouliamos is elected on May 2014, Rector of the European University Cyprus & Honorary Professor at the Lanzhou City University/China. He is the new President of the Cyprus Rector’s Conference (2015-17), former Vice President/Committee of The Cyprus State Archives & Vice President/Board of Directors of the "Promitheas" Research Institute. He was Member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the European Social Survey (ESS): a research project that won Europe’s top science award, the Descartes Prize. He has been appointed Member to the Steering Committee for Higher Education & Research (CDED) of the Council of Europe.

The Academic Community of Paphos together with Paphos officials welcomed the new Rector of Neapolis University professor Spyros Makridakis and expressed their congratulations and gratitude for taking on such significant duties. Dr. Makridakis was wished every success in this important and at the same time challenging role.

Dr. Makridakis was born studied in Piraeus. He attained a MBA and PhD in Business Administration at New York University in the late 1960s. During his academic tenure he served as a professor in prestigious universities in Europe and the United States of America as well as chairman in large organizations and as a researcher. He has written numerous articles in highly regarded academic journals and 25 books for which he has received many distinctions and honours.

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