British Council’s report on ‘The future of UK-Cyprus collaboration post-Brexit’ launched for the public
The British Council’s report on ‘The future of UK-Cyprus collaboration post-Brexit’ was presented at a press conference held on Thursday, 9 May 2019 by the Acting President of the Republic of Cyprus, HE Demetris Syllouris, the British High Commissioner Cyprus, HE Stephen Lillie, the Director Cyprus British Council, Mr. James Martin and the former Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Dr. Athena Michaelidou-Evripidou.
“The Future of UK-Cyprus collaboration post-Brexit” report was developed to identify concerns and solutions as well as to provide information on the future of transnational education between the UK and Cyprus, following the first Higher Education and Research Forum held in Nicosia last February. At the press conference, the main findings of the report were highlighted by the Director Cyprus British Council, Mr. James Martin who also stated how important it is to continue this discussion in order to close any gaps in provision of transnational education and optimise collaboration.
The Acting President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Syllouris stated that the forum in February “provided a unique and much needed opportunity for a vibrant and fruitful exchange of views between UK and Cyprus higher education policy makers and actors, in the backdrop of Brexit developments”. He assured his commitment and work, towards maintaining the higher education links among the UK and Cyprus while emphasizing the importance of this issue. “Cyprus, as member of both the EU and the Commonwealth, is in a unique position to seize opportunities arising after Brexit, for targeted collaborations with UK universities and institutions, to the benefit of both our countries”, Mr. Syllouris declared.
Mr. Syllouris continued to note that “the House Standing Committee on Education and Culture in close collaboration with all parties concerned, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education and Culture, has acted swiftly in amending the relevant legislation, governing TNE and cross-border collaborative arrangements (franchises) with foreign universities, so as to avoid the creation of legal gaps and prevent vagueness or uneasiness as the UK prepares to leave the EU.”
Stephen Lillie, British High Commissioner Cyprus also affirmed the importance given to maintain the strong links among Cyprus and the UK after Brexit and ensured that these will remain as bilateral links as well as through the Commonwealth networks. “This report demonstrates the opportunity to respond to the needs of the Cypriot economy through higher education and transnational education; and the British education can respond to that need in Cyprus”, confirmed the High Commissioner.
The importance given to higher education by the Ministry of Education and Culture, was emphasized by Dr. Athena Michaelidou-Evripidou, former Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. “Specific measures are planned to upgrade the sector and cope with the challenges we face. Uncertainties due to Brexit exist, however we will work in order to remain major collaborators with the UK for education opportunities, funding opportunities and research”, expressed Dr. Athena Michaelidou- Evripidou.
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