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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 10-06-24

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    European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou begins an official visit to Cyprus on Thursday, during which she will hold meetings and will speak at various events. According to the programme for the visit, on Thursday Vassiliou will deliver a speech on ``Skills and knowledge for the recovery from crisis`` at the presentation at the Innovative Education Forum, and will also address graduates at the graduation ceremony of the European University of Cyprus. She will be handed the Special Honorary Award.

    On June 25 Vassiliou will attend a bicommunal event organised by the Slovak embassy in Cyprus titled ``Role of Education towards a reunified Cyprus`` and will deliver a speech on ``The social role of Higher Education`` at the Master`s graduation ceremony of the University of Cyprus. Furthermore, on June 26 Vassiliou will deliver a speech on ``Internationalisation of Higher Education: Realities and perspectives`` and will take part in a panel discussion with Minister of Education and Culture Andreas Demetriou and President of the Education Committee of the House of Representatives Nicos Tornaritis, at the European University of Cyprus, organised by the Association for Social Reform (OPEK).

    On June 28, the Commissioner will hold separate meetings with Minister of Communications and Works Erato Kozakou Markoullis and Director of the national agency for the management of European programmes on lifelong learning Androulla Papanastasiou.


    President of the Republic of Cyprus, Demetris Christofias, has said the government aims to turn Cyprus into a quality regional educational centre which will attract academics, researchers and students from overseas. Speaking during the graduation ceremony at the University of Cyprus, President Christofias added that to achieve this goal, Cyprus has acceded to and is implementing, to a great extent, the provisions of the Bologna process by preparing legislation to bring all quality institutions under one unified forum to secure the quality of tertiary education.

    Pointing out the contribution of the University of Cyprus, President Christofias referred to the objectives to upgrade tertiary education. To this end, he said, the government is implementing its commitment to establish a Medical School which will accept its first students in 2013. At the same time, the Cabinet, he added, has given the go ahead for the construction of the University of Cyprus Library.

    He also said the government and the Ministry of Education are gradually proceeding with the implementation of the commitment to establish new schools and departments at local universities, adding that plans for a Fine Arts School are progressing. The Cyprus Open University is also planning to include in the academic year 2011-2012 a pre-university department as well as four postgraduate departments, among them an Environmental Studies Department.

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