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Publications in the media and allegations concerning members of its academic staff are untrue, states the University of Cyprus in response to issues that were also raised publicly in the media, in the context of the meetings of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture for the University's budget.

As stated in an announcement by the University, in relation to the publications about a member of the academic staff of the University of Cyprus who holds positions in two universities, it is clarified that “the matter concerns complaints that were examined in the past by the bodies of the University of Cyprus”. Upon investigation, it is pointed out, “it appeared that the academic requested and received all the required approvals from the competent bodies of the University of Cyprus for part-time employment at a university abroad”. In addition, it is noted that the academic member was entitled to a partial exemption from the teaching load due to holding positions with an increased administrative load in the organization (Department President and Faculty Dean).

It is also emphasized that that the University of Cyprus has a mechanism for recording the teaching load of its academic staff.

Finally, the University of Cyprus “rejects the allegations of persecution of members of the promotion community because of their political beliefs”, pointing out that “the promotion process is a purely academic matter governed by a strict legislative framework, with a focus on research excellence”. It is, as it states, "a transparent and democratic process that includes four stages: judgment by a special committee (consisting of renowned academic members in their field from Universities and Research Centers abroad), the electoral body and the Senate and finally ratification by the Council”. The process focuses on the evaluation of the overall work of the member in question with specific criteria that ensure the objectivity of the decision, it is underlined.

"The University of Cyprus, with a strong sense of respect for parliamentary control, answered all the questions raised by the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Culture, both during during the sessions as well as with corresponding memoranda with the appropriate documentation”, concludes the announcement.

Source: reporter.com.cy

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