A rise of international students has been noted in recent years, Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Friday after meeting with an Iranian official.
He added that the aim is to transform Cyprus into a regional training center.
In statements to CNA after his meeting with the Iranian Deputy Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr. Mohammed Vagher Larijani, at the Ministry of Education, Kadis said that they had the opportunity during the meeting to look into the prospects for cooperation and the ways to strengthening the relations between the two countries in the areas of medical education and research.
The Minister said that Dr Larijani had the opportunity to visit all three medical schools and research institutions in the health sector in Cyprus from where he left with the best impressions, adding that Larijani sees very significant prospects for cooperation among the two countries’ universities and research institutions, in particular in the issues of medical education and health.
Kadis said that Larijani’s visit follows that of Iran’s Deputy Minister of Education in Cyprus with whom they discussed issues of cooperation between the two countries in the areas of higher education.
“It seems that there are very great potentials. Currently we have sent to Iran a draft cooperation agreement on the issues of higher education. It is expected that a separate cooperation agreement will also be sent on the issues of our medical education and research following our today’s meeting,” the minister said.
Kadis also said that he would be visiting Iran along with representatives of the universities of Cyprus to present the Cyprus Higher Education and to discuss specific inter-university partnerships either at the level of development of joint study programs or at the level of exchange of students and academic staff or at the scholarship level.
The Minister noted that “these initiatives are part of a broader effort to make known internationally the higher education in our country and to make Cyprus a regional training center.”
“We hope that an agreement on a mutual recognition of diplomas will soon be signed with Russia,” he added.
Kadis said, “We are at a very advanced stage. Recently China has recognized most of our universities, recognizing the qualifications issued by most of our universities. We had several contacts with Gulf countries in the region and in general we believe that through the contacts that we have developed and the agreements we sign will be able to attract a significant number of students and to turn Cyprus into a regional training center.”
The Minister noted that “there is a clear upward trend in the number of students coming from abroad in recent years. This is due to the rapid development of university education in our country but also the effort made by the Government to reach agreements on higher education area. Let me remind you that 25 years ago we had no university and today we have eight,” he concluded.