Cyprus University opens office in Brussels
by Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Feb 3 (CNA) -- The University of Cyprus has opened an office in Brussels. A ceremony to mark the opening of the office was held last night in ''Bibliotheque Solvay'', a hall next to the European Parliament premises.
The whole event, which was under the auspices of Cypriot EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou, began with an address by the University's Dean Stavros Zenios, who said the opening of the European Cooperation Office in Brussels broadened contacts and enhanced the University's associations.
He said the office would give access to Cyprus' spiritual force and the University, which has already received awards and prizes, as well as Marie Curie awards in the sectors of nanotechnology, financing, biotechnology, high energy physics and psychology.
Zenios noted that the Brussels office would prepare the ground for the utilisation of business activity through the development of European strategic alliances with local organisations.
He said the office was at the disposal of other Cypriot organisations, local authorities, and educational and research institutes, adding that it would provide numerous opportunities for the participation of scientists and academics in European programmes.
Vice-Dean for International Relations, Finances and Administration Christos Schizas presented the office and its aims, which include strengthening and promoting the participation of the Cyprus University in the European field of research, education and culture, and the swift distribution of information on European policies under formation.
Markos Kyprianou explained the significance of the University's presence in the EU capital. ''We need strong educational institutions and it is important to have a dual runway,'' he pointed out.
Following the ceremonial addresses, the University's History and Archaeology lecturer on classical archaeology Demetris Michaelides presented ''Paphos, her mosaics and classical mythology.''
The event, which was attended by Cyprus' Permanent Representative to the EU Ambassador Nicos Emiliou, the Republic's Ambassador in Brussels Popi Avraam, Cypriot MEPs, diplomats and EU dignitaries, ended with a reception during which Cypriot delicacies were served.