The Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC) in Nicosia and the University of Cyprus signed a memorandum of cooperation in one of the most prestigious higher education institutions of the island.
The document was signed by head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Nicosia Alina Radchenko and rector of the University of Cyprus, Professor Tassos Christofidis. “I am very glad that we have concluded this agreement today, covering various spheres of cooperation, such as students exchange, organization of cultural events and many other areas of great importance for us and for the Russian cultural center. This agreement will ensure both the exchange of teachers and the visits of famous Russian scientists to our university“, Professor Christofidis said.
The rector also highlighted that the level of cooperation provided by the memorandum enabled scientists of the University of Cyprus to take part in research being of interest both to the RCSC and the Russian Federation in general, and provided broader research opportunities in economics and finance, important for Cypriot experts studying Russia.
The rector of the University of Cyprus also noted that the memorandum contributed to the establishment of close contacts between the University foreign languages center and the RCSC, giving university staff the access to Russian language courses.
In her turn, the head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office emphasized the importance of the RCSC's activities in promoting the Russian language, including in education. “We will promote the Russian language in its new dimension, namely, as a means of scientific communication between Russia and Cyprus, involving students’ and scientists’ contacts, scientific works, technologies and Russian medicine being in demand all over the world today”.
According to Alina Radchenko, the interaction between the RCSC and the University of Cyprus is aimed at expanding and strengthening scientific and educational ties between Cypriot and Russian universities. The head of the RCSC expressed confidence that Rossotrudnichestvo would “provide contacts between the two countries’ scientific communities with efficient expert and administrative support“, and the signing of the memorandum had started a new chapter of this cooperation.
There are hundreds of Russian-speaking students at the University of Cyprus today. Five thousand students are studying to receive a bachelor's degree in this university, another 1,100 students - a master's degree, and 600 people are studying to become PhDs.