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“The benefits of this legislation are specific and consistent with the Government's broader effort to upgrade and improve the quality of Higher Education in our country”, said the Minister of Education Athina Michailidou

The Council of Ministers on Wednesday approved the promotion of amending the legislation on higher education in order to establish and operate in Cyprus branches of foreign universities, from EU member states and from third countries.

As the Minister of Education Athena Michailidou announced, in her statements after the session of the Council of Ministers, the promotion of the amendment of the legislation on higher education through the Higher Education Quality Assurance and Certification Agency (DIPAE) was approved.

The amendment, the Minister said, provides for the establishment and operation of branches of foreign Universities from the European Union as well as from third countries, in Cyprus.

“The benefits of this legislation are specific and consistent with the Government's broader effort to upgrade and improve the quality of Higher Education in our country,” said Ms. Michailidou. Essentially, he added, the amendment concerns the modernization of the legislation, while simultaneously promoting the extroversion of higher education and upgrading its quality.

He noted that the whole process is governed by specific criteria, control and continuous monitoring, and is done through the DIPAE, just like every procedure for establishing a University in the country.

“With this amendment, the way is opened for further competitiveness, and therefore for further quality assurance in the field of higher education”, he said the Minister.

In response to a journalist's question about which countries were interested in establishing universities in Cyprus, the Minister noted that, apart from the interest that has already been made public by specific universities in Greece, there is also interest from other countries of the surrounding area. “When the amendment of this legislation passes through the Parliament, we will be able to speak on the basis of specific data”, said Mrs. Michailidou.

Source: politis.com.cy

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