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European University of Technology reaches important milestones in Limassol

Published on September 24, 2021 Updated on October 5, 2021
Dates

on the September 21, 2021

Location
Limassol, Cyprus

4 signed agreements, more than 50 workshops, 2 public debates, a common intranet-like tool and the launch of the new website: the conference of the initiative, European University of Technology“ (EUt+) brought important milestones in the common vision of the eight institutions of higher education. More than 100 participants met in Limassol, Cyprus, hosted by EUt+ partner, Cyprus University of Technology. Among the speakers there were the Director–General of the European Commission for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture, Mrs Themis Christophidou and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Ms. Annita Dimitriou.

More than 100 academic and non academic staff and students participated in the first large physical meeting since the pandemic. Besides the meetings of the Governing Board and of the Steering Committee, the programme revolved around meetings of the members of the  Work Packages focusing  mainly on education, mobility and communication.
 

The agenda for the week

Three types of meetings and events have taken place during the week: conferences, workshops and informal working sessions. More than 50 workshops to concretely build the European University of Technology have happened. Mixing nationalities, profiles and responsibilities, the meeting involved more than 100 participants of the 8 Work Packages and our semestrial Governing Board.

Two important public discussions were offered to all participants:
 
  • “EUt+ : A beacon of equal opportunities for all” around the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms. Annita Dimitriou, the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights,(1)
  • “EUt+ : Boosting European Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” (part of the EUtInno Project Kick-off) with the participation of the Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Mr. Kyriakos Kokkinos and local business chiefs and CEOs, (2)
Our invited speakers have shared their thoughts and contributed in their own way to the vision of EUt+ .

The governing board members discussed mainlines and perspectives of EUt+ and the future of european education with the Director-General of the European Commission for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture Mrs Themis Christophidou.

After an intense week’s work in Limassol, our eight rectors have signed four official agreements: the establishment of ITCO, International Common Office, the establishment of Common Erasmus Office, the establishment of the Student Board and the Memorandum of Agreement for the creation of eut+ Bachelor in Engineering and Master in Engineering programmes.

We have fostered internal engagement and accelerated our process of integration. We are more convinced than ever that together we can better serve Europe.

1. The public debate "EUt +: A beacon of equal opportunities for all" on September 21,  was attended by:
  • the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Ms. Annita Dimitriou
  • the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights of Cyprus, Ms. Maria Stylianou- Lottides
  • the Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs on Gender issues of Cyprus, Ms. Josie Christodoulou
  • Associate Professor of the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science at Cyprus University of Technology Dr. Dimitris Tsaltas
  • Postgraduate student George Panayiotou, Cyprus University of Technology
The discussion was moderated by the Associate Professor at the Department of Nursing of CUT, Dr. Christiana Kouta.

2. The second discussion, entitled "EUt+: Boosting European Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship" on September 23, was attended by:
  • Deputy Minister for Research, Innovation and Digital Policy of Cyprus Mr. Kyriakos Kokkinos
  • Chief Scientist for Research and Innovation Mr. Nikolaos Mastroyiannopoulos, Cyprus University of Technology
  • the CEO of PwC, Cyprus Mr. Evgenios Evgeniou
  • the CEO of Theramir, Ms Marianna Prokopi,
  • CEO of LearnWorlds, Mr. Panos Siozos
  • CEO of SignalGeneriX, Mr. Tasos Kounoudes
  • CEO of Metabeta, Marius Ursache
The discussion was moderated by:
  • Professor of the Department of Public Communication of Cyprus University of Technology, Dr. Nicolas Tsapatsoulis
  • Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering and Geomatics at the Cyprus University of Technology, Dr. Stelios Yiatros.