President Anastasiades pledges government support to upgrade higher education

President of the Republic NicosAnastasiades has assured that the government is supporting in every way possible the upgrading of higher education.

Addressing the 25th session of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference in Nicosia, President Anastasiades expressed appreciation over the important role of the conference, since it aims to promote university education in Cyprus.

The 254th Session of the Cyprus Rectors’ Conference, was chaired by Rector of Frederick University, Professor Demosthenous. Also attending was the Minister of Education and Culture, Kostas Champiaouris. The Chair of the Hellenic Universities Rectors Synod,also joined the meeting of CyRC.

In his speech, President Anastasiades praised the results of cooperation between Cyprus universities, noting that it has positive feedback for students and the society.

The President said that one of the priorities of the Government is upgrading university education through an integrated policy strategy which focusses on offering quality opportunities for university education and lifelong learning in cutting edge sectors. This will make Higher Education in Cyprus known abroad and the country as a regional center of education, research and innovation.

In this context, we support in every way possible, the upgrading of higher education, including the structure and the courses provided, he remarked.

President Anastasiades said that approving laws for programmes of study offered in other languages in state universities, would attract more foreign students for degree programmes. Already, private universities in Cyprus offer programmes in English. The President also said that the Cabinet approved the creation of University spin-offs.

He also said that the importance he attaches to the right to equal opportunities in Higher Education, by supporting the adoption of specific measures, would allow the greatest possible percentage of the population to enter Universities.

President Anastasiades said that in this context, Cypriot students from public and private universities benefit from student grants on the basis of economic criteria, scholarships based on academic performance and targeted financial assistance.

In particular, he said that of the 32,000 students attending the Higher Education Institutions of Cyprus during the academic year 2012-2013, eight thousand were citizens of other European and third countries, while in the academic year 2017-2018 the total number of students rose to 48 thousand of which 24 thousand came from European and third countries.

On his part, Rector of Frederick University, Professor GiorgosDemosthenous,who chaired the meeting, welcomed the President, adding that the latter’s presence shows the significance which the government attaches to higher education.

He said that eight universities operate in Cyprus, of which three are public and five private. When they work together, he said, the results are excellent. The aim is to provide quality higher education and supporting graduate, post graduate and doctoral students.

Source: Cyprus News Agency