Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Forging ties with Cypriot universities

MEET AND GREET: Cypriot Education Minister, Dr Karlos Champiaouris, exchanges gifts with CPUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo, during a Cypriot delegation visit to CPUT recently. MEET AND GREET: Cypriot Education Minister, Dr Karlos Champiaouris, exchanges gifts with CPUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo, during a Cypriot delegation visit to CPUT recently.

A delegation from the Republic of Cyprus recently visited CPUT for international benchmarking purposes and to explore possible collaborations with CPUT, including establishing staff and student exchange programmes.

Vice-Chancellor, Dr Chris Nhlapo, Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting DVC: Research, Technology and Partnerships. Prof René Pellissier, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Dr Garth Van Gensen, Director: Marketing and Communication, and Mokgadi Tena, Director: Global Partnerships at the Department of Higher Education and Training, made up the South African delegation that hosted the visitors on the Bellville Campus.

The Cypriot delegation was led by Education Minister, Dr Karlos Champiaouris, Dr Nikki Papadoupoulou-Papa, Head of the European and International affairs Office, Charalambous Phillipou, Honorary Consul of Cyprus in Cape Town, and Angeliki Riala, official in the Minister’s Office.

Nhlapo was scheduled to meet with Champiaouris at the Cape Town Hotel School later that day to discuss specific areas of possible collaborations. He emphasised the importance of collaborations between universities in all aspects of education and research.

He added that the opportunity to collaborate with the European country’s universities is most welcomed since CPUT does not have partners in Cyprus.

“Welcome to CPUT and we are happy to host you,” he said.

Champiaouris thanked CPUT for its warm welcome and said they want to turn Cyprus into a regional academic hub. He added that their country has eight universities that are supported by countries in and outside the European Union.

“We can exchange personnel and students, we can collaborate on other educational fronts.”

Pellissier presented an overview of CPUT and thanked the delegation for the visit.

To give the visitors a taste of local culture, the two course-meal served on the day was uniquely South African and included tripe, pap and boerewors while malva pudding and custard were the highlights of the desert.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.