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

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    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 on Wednesday evening 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.

    President Christofias added that the government has also approved the operation of the fourth private university, which will be located in Paphos. The Neapolis University will open its doors in September 2010.

    The President called on the private universities to become non-profit organisations.


    Cyprus Commerce, Industry and Tourism Minister Antonis Paschalides and Chinese Deputy Minister of Commerce Zhon Shan reviewed here on Thursday bilateral trade relations between Cyprus and China and looked into ways of increasing exports of Cypriot products to China. Delegations of the two countries under the two officials held talks regarding issues which concern the two Ministries. A trade agreement was also signed between Cypriot company Medochemie and Chinese company MEHECO for the export of pharmaceutical products to China.

    Paschalides said that the two sides believe that prospects to improve and enhance trade, financial and investment relations between the two countries are very good. On his part the Chinese Deputy Minister expressed his satisfaction for visiting Cyprus and noted that they had a sincere and constructive exchange of views regarding the further enhancement of the trade and financial relations between China and Cyprus.

    He noted that both ministries are committed to strengthening the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of trade, investments and tourism, for which, as he underlined, there are huge prospects. Furthermore he said that the government of China is encouraging investments of Chinese companies to Cyprus.


    President of Singapore Sellapan Ramananthan expressed Thursday the continuous support of his country to efforts for a solution of the Cyprus problem and assured of his readiness to help in any way towards this direction. Ramananthan was speaking during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace of Singapore where the new High Commissioner of Cyprus to Singapore, based in New Delhi, Nafsika Krousti presented her credentials.

    An official press release issued here said that the High Commissioner made a reference to the long-standing excellent and close relations between the two countries. Krousti briefed the President on the latest developments in the Cyprus problem, and pointed out the will of President Demetris Christofias to find a solution the soonest possible, based on international and European law.

    In his reply, Ramananthan referred to bilateral cooperation on issues of mutual interest with regard to the UN and the Commonwealth and said that a lot more can be achieved. Cyprus, and EU member since 2004, has been divided since 1974, when Turkish troops invaded and occupied 37% of its territory. UN-led talks have been going on since September 2008 with a view to reunite the country under a federal roof.


    Cyprus Communications and Works Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis expressed Cyprus support to a single EU approach as regards the protection of passengers rights and the support of the airliners which suffered a serious setback due to the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.

    Marcoullis who was speaking during the meeting on Thursday of the EU Transport Ministers also underlined the need to develop a pan- European mobility plan, that will secure the effective use of alternative means of transport and called on the Commission to take into consideration the fact that island states as Cyprus, lack of such alternative means of communication.

    The EU Ministers stressed the role of the transport sector in Europe 2020 strategy for a sustainable and unrestricted development. Marcoullis stressed the need for upgrading the existing infrastructure to promote development.

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