The comprehensive strategy for the reorganization and improvement of Higher Education will be published by May at the latest, the President of the Republic, Nikos Christodoulidis, said on Wednesday, in his greeting at the naming ceremony of the rector's building of the Cyprus University of Technology (TEPAK), in Limassol. in the “Christodoulos Sozos Rector's Building” and the laying of the foundation stone of the laboratory building of the department of fine arts at the said University.
In his speech, President Christodoulidis pointed out that the substantial support of all public and private university institutions is strategic goal of the Government, noting that “as a Government we are investing in quality education, and in a short period of time we will make public – no later than May – and our Higher Education Strategy, which is at the consultation stage”.
He mentioned that for this purpose a relevant meeting was held very recently in the presence of the Ministers of Education, Foreign Affairs, Finance, Interior and Labour.
The President of the Republic he noted that the orientation of a state towards education and young people is the most essential investment for the well-being of the country, saying that “this is precisely why we have set the Pillar 'Human'as a key component of our education program, aiming at a human-centered education and promotion of culture for the citizens of tomorrow”.
He mentioned that among the emblematic actions of the Action Plan of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth for in 2024 the action for “Integrated Strategy for the reorganization and improvement of Higher Education has been included”.
He added that important reforms should be made that will also touch the issue of the English language because it is important, as he said, to attract students from abroad, taking into account the competition that exists in general.
At the same time, continued President Christodoulidis, other specific goals were set to ensure the quality of Higher Education in Cyprus, such as the interconnection of Higher Education with the labor market, noting that TEPAK has an important role to play.< /p>
He stated that the goal is also to promote university education as a quality and attractive international academic destination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs being involved in this process.
Speaking of the decision to connect the name of Christodoulos Sozos with the building of the Rector's Office of TEPAK, stated that it is a small recognition of the multi-level contribution of the late Mayor to his beloved city, but also to the place more broadly.
President Christodoulidis spoke at length about the life and work of Christodoulos Sozos, saying that his name, the principles and values with which he walked in his life, among others, will be a bright example for the student and academic community , but also for all those associated with TEPAK.
He stated that TEPAK continues to expand, develop and evolve and the construction of the Building is part of this very effort for further development and improvement of the University Laboratories of the Department of Fine Arts.
He explained that with the new building there will be sufficient space for teaching and research in subjects such as visual arts, architecture, photography and sculpture.
Also, he continued, students will have access to modern equipment and technology that will allow them to further develop their skills, listening to the developments and demands of a constantly rapidly evolving society based on the green and digital development that constitutes the future, but also a bet that should be won by everyone.
He expressed the certainty that the new building will make a key contribution to the development of the Department of Fine Arts and will enable the students of the branch to create innovative projects in their field.
He stated that the State supports the efforts of TEPAK for its further development, adding that “we consider its expansion beyond Limassol with the establishment of the School of Tourism, Hospitality and Entrepreneurship Management in Paphos as well as the start of work on the construction of student residences and other projects in the “Berengaria” in Kato Polemidia”.
He noted that at the same time an internal study is being carried out to implement the decision to expand TEPAK in Larnaca as well, expressing the hope that in 2024 the implementation of this decision will begin.