The University of Nicosia (UNic) (www.unic.ac.cy) is the largest private university in Cyprus with approximately 10000 students. It is an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity institution of higher education, which offers a wide range of programmes to students from around the world. The University offers undergraduate as well as graduate studies in business, science, medicine, education and the liberal arts. International in philosophy, the University hosts students from all over the world, in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation and understanding. The University pursues excellence in education through research and high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment.

Through its five Schools, it offers more than 80 programmes of study, leading to Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees. A number of programmes are offered through the Distance Learning mode, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and pedagogical methods – a development which was recognized by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning. The University of Nicosia has always pioneered in its study offering: a prominent example of this is the University’s Medical Programme, established in collaboration with St. George’s, University of London – indeed, this is the first and only such Programme offered outside the UK by the University of London. Moreover, it is among a handful of universities in the world to introduce a Bachelor’s degree in Oil and Gas Management; subsequently, also introducing a Bachelor’s degree in Oil and Gas Engineering – the first of its kind to receive both state and professional accreditation in Cyprus.

The institution has distinguished itself on multiple fronts, earning prestigious awards, such as the United Nations “Global 500” Award; establishing the first UNESCO Chair in Cyprus, for the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; while it currently holds a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. Moreover, the University was awarded the “Gold Medal” in Business Ethics Excellence by the European Business Ethics Network, as well as the Investors in People certification. More recently, the University of Nicosia became the first and only university in Cyprus and Greece to achieve the European Foundation for Quality Management “Recognized for Excellence – 5 Stars” rating – one of the most prestigious distinctions for organizational excellence, awarded to Europe’s best performing organizations.

The University of Nicosia believes that research is vital to the provision of a stimulating learning environment in which faculty and students flourish and fulfill their potential. The University also believes that involvement in research ensures the design and delivery of the University’s curriculum is both up-to-date and relevant. This is reflected in its vision as it clearly highlights that the University aspires to be a leading contributor to excellence in education and research. To this extent also, the University, through the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), is promoting a research culture and is creating a space that will assist in stimulating research.

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Dr. Evi Eftychiou

Dr. Evi Eftychiou

Dr. Evi Eftychiou is the Head of the Erasmus Office at the University of Nicosia and an Associate Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. She holds a BA in Sociology (Minor degree in Political Science) from the University of Cyprus and an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dr. Eftychiou obtained her PhD from the University of Hull in UK and her research was focused on “Power and Tourism: Negotiating Identity in Rural Cyprus”. The thesis explored the relationship between identity politics and tourism in the Troodos mountainous region and the conflict between native elites and locals over the definition of modernity.

In 2010, she co-authored a chapter with Nicos Philippou, Coffee-Houses Culture and Tourism in Cyprus: a Traditionalized Experience, published by Channel View Publications in the edited volume “Coffee Culture, Destinations and Tourism”. Over the past years she participated in numerous research projects funded by the Research Promotion Foundation, the European Union and the United Nations Development Programme.

Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas

Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas

Dr Philippos Pouyioutas is Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Department of Academic Affairs and
Vice Rector for Academic Affairs at the University of Nicosia. He studied at the University of London (BSc
Computer Science – Queen Mary College – 1988, MSc Databases and Information Systems – Birkbeck College –
1989, PhD Object-Oriented Databases – Birkbeck College – 1996). His doctoral degree studies were funded by
scholarships from the University of London, the Overseas Research Scholarship (ORS) Award Scheme and the
Leventis Foundation. Dr Pouyioutas also holds a Certificate in Teaching/Learning in Higher Education from the
University of North London (1993).

Prior to his return to Cyprus, he was a full-time lecturer (1992-1996) and the Director of the BSc programme in
Business Information Systems (1993-1996) at the University of North London, teaching at undergraduate and
postgraduate level. He returned to Cyprus in 1996 and worked at Intercollege (1996-2007) where he served as coordinator
of the Computer Science and Multimedia programmes, Director and Associate Academic Dean of
Academic Affairs and as a chairperson of the Research Committee. He was/is in charge of the accreditation/quality
assurance process of Intercollege/University of Nicosia programmes of study.

Professor Pouyioutas has served as a chair, editor of proceedings and member of scientific committees of
International Conferences and International Journals, and as supervisor of a PhD student in the area of Database
Systems. His research interests include Relational and Object-Oriented Databases, Graphical and Visual Interfaces,
Intranets and Information Technology and Multimedia in Education (E-Learning) and Cultural Heritage. His
research work has been supported by various research grants and has been published in International Conference
Proceedings and Journals (1 book written, 1 book edited, 1 chapter in book, 10 journal papers and more than 70
conference proceedings papers). His current applied research work focuses on developing ICT tools to support the
European Higher Education Area reforms and has resulted in more than 20 relevant publications.

He has served from May 2007 to September 2014 as a Bologna Expert/Promoter for Cyprus and has been invited in
Cyprus and abroad (Greece, Malta, Israel) to deliver presentations on the Bologna Process and the European Higher
Education Area (EHEA) reforms. He has developed software tools for implementing/adopting Learning Outcomes
and ECTS in programmes of study, for mapping the National Qualifications Frameworks, for measuring the
commitment of Higher Education institutions to teaching/learning quality and for measuring the commitment of EU
member states to e-learning. He successfully co-ordinated the applications of the University of Nicosia for the
Diploma Supplement Label and the ECTS Label, which were awarded to the University, in 2010 (renewed 2013)
and 2012 respectively. He currently chairs the University of Nicosia Quality Assurance Committee. Since 2014 he
serves on the Administrative Council of the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation. He has been a member of
international ranking/promotion committees for 3 different Universities/institutions in Greece and a member (2) and
chair (1) of international accreditation committees that evaluated 1st cycle (Bachelor) and 2nd Cycle (Master)
degree programmes in Lithuania (Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuanian University of
Educational Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University, Vytautas Magnus University).

Professor Pouyioutas is an experienced project co-ordinator. He undertook and successfully co-ordinated various
major administrative/academic projects within the University, as well as major scientific and applied funded
research projects (he participated in funded projects of more than 4,200,000 Euro).

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