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Dr. Charalambos Chrisostomou, the Director of Research and International Relations Service acts also as IAESTE Cyprus General Secretary and General Coordinator of Europe Direct Limassol Information Centre and Liaison Office. His studies include the areas of Information and Communication Technology ICT in Initial Teacher Education, International Affairs and European Studies and Educational Research. Dr Chrisostomou is the university’s head manager for research programs and the Institutional Erasmus Coordinator. He thus has Project management and coordination skills and he also deals with Networking, PR with media and stakeholders, international contacts. He worked extensively on innovation issues in the framework of University’s strategic planning, the long term Academia – Industry interaction, in terms of the economic and societal benefit. He is the editor of Iaeste and Edic newsletter and radio producer of radio show relating to innovation issues.
The Cyprus University of Technology was founded by law on December 2003 and welcomed its first students on September 2007. It is based at the city of Limassol, where all six faculties, namely Faculty of Geotechnical Sciences and Environmental Management, Management and Economics, Communication and Media Studies, Health Sciences, Fine and Applied Arts, Engineering and Technology and the Language Centre, are located in the city centre of Lemesos (Limassol). The Cyprus University of Technology has 2100 Undergraduate students, 600 Master and PhD students and also 112 international students of which 88 are undergraduate students and 24 are master. As Public Entity, Cyprus University of Technology is managed by the University Council, which has the responsibility for the management and control of administrative and financial affairs and property, and the Senate, which is the highest academic body. Faculties and Departments run by Councils headed by the Dean and the Department Chair respectively. The powers and responsibilities of the Council are defined by Law and, among others, include the management and control of administrative and financial affairs and property of the University, the preparation of the annual budget, the allocations building development, validation and promotion of staff appointments, and generally, the Council is responsible for the implementation of the Law of the Technological University of Cyprus. The Senate is the highest academic body of the University and responsibilities are determined by law. Among other things, the Senate approves the academic programs , the level of introductory and promotional examinations , the scoring system , the promotion and the awarding of degrees and diplomas , determines the needs of the University in premises and equipment , allocates the budget and the relationships of the University with other universities and educational institutions. The Council recommends the establishment of Schools and Departments and the number of students admitted and generally is responsible for the academic work of the University.
The Administrative Services constitute the executive to ensure the necessary logistics and implementation of decisions of the Council and the Senate. The Director of Administration and Finance has the overall responsibility for the implementation of development projects and the organization, coordination and control of administrative services in an efficient manner and in accordance with the established institutional framework. The administrative staff counts 226 people. The University has set-up the following administrative services which are charged with providing the administrative support to the University Community: Library and Information Services, Estate Management, Research, International and Public Relations, Finance, HR, Academic Affairs and Students Welfare and Information Systems and Technology.
The University has also a Master Plan development of the campus, which aims to satisfy all the needs of the University. For the first out of three phases of its operation, covering the period 2007-2013, the buildings of the University will be located within the old city centre. During the second phase (2014-2020) the University campus will expand to an area of approximately 50,000m2, within the city centre, about seven minutes walking distance from the old city centre. The University Campus Master Plan envisages that until 2020 the number of students will steadily grow to 7000- 8000, with 5-7 Faculties and 21-28 departments Student hostels are currently being set-up within walking distance from both areas planned to house the University.
The Academic, Teaching and Research Staff, reaching the number of 448 people, are selected by electoral boards, which are made up of Cypriot and non-Cypriot academics, from at least three different countries. The procedure of electing Academic and Teaching Staff is continuing. The minimum academic qualification for the Academic and Teaching Staff is a Ph.D and the ability to teach and conduct research in a university environment. The academics who have already been elected have distinguished academic achievements and lecturing experience at Universities and higher educational institutions in Cyprus and abroad. Teaching needs of the University are also covered through a system of visiting professors, special scientists, and special teaching personnel. According to the University rules, independent lecturing of a class is assigned only to academics who hold a Ph.D degree.
Our principal activities are: (1) To offer education to students of a high scientific, technological and professional level. (2) To produce high quality research that will transcend the traditional boundaries between basic and applied research, so that solutions may be offered to major problems of society and the economy. At the same time, to allow Cyprus to attain an important position as a partner in a modem, European setting and to secure significant external research funding. (3) To promote University cooperation with local industry and the economic sector in order to participate in the national effort to innovate and constantly improve products and services.
The mission of CUT is to develop itself into a modern, pioneering University able to offer education and high level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. With its orientation towards applied research, the University aspires to establish for itself a role in support of the state and society in their efforts to confront problems, which cover all areas of science and technology.
Please provide a short description of your university/organisation and explain briefly how research administration is carried out there.
The Cyprus University of Technology aims at transferring knowledge (education) and producing new knowledge through basic and applied research. Research at CUT is carried out in each different Department or between two or more Departments, under the responsibility of one or more members of the Academic and Teaching Staff.
University research activities are realised through funding secured from the following two major sources:
• From the University’s state funded budget
• From different organizations, entities or private sources at national, European and international level who award, with or without a competition, specific research projects to research groups and/or individual members of the Academic and Teaching Staff.
• Strengthening of the research management support and infrastructure, with the aim of securing externally funded projects, is another major objective of the University. Moreover, CUT has adopted the following principles in relation to Research, which conforms with the European Union’s declarations relating to the creation of a European Research Area.
These principles that promote Research are:
• Effective access and information support
• Equal research opportunities to all members of Academic and Teaching Staff
• Effective support of Research Activities
• Promotion of competition, quality and support of research projects
• Start-up funding for new members of the Academic and Teaching Staff for the setting-up of research infrastructure, mainly for the creation of research laboratories
The Service for Research, International Collaboration and Public Relations has the responsibility to offer administrative support to the research activities of the academic community. Furthermore, it offers managerial services for research projects funded by CUT. Finally, SPIPR provides expertise for research proposal writing, external funding, mainly by the European Commission as well as by other organizations.
Diploma, Pedagogical Academy of Cyprus, Pedagogy 1995-1996: Master, University of Birmingham, Computer Education 1996-1997: Postgraduate studies, University of Birmingham, Diploma in Educational Research
Bachelor University of Athens Greece, Education 1996-2000: Bachelor, Panteion University of Athens, International Affairs and European Studies 1996-2000: PhD, University of Birmingham, Information and Communication Technology ICT in Initial Teacher Education ITE 2000-2001: School of Education The University of Birmingham UK, Visitor Lecturer In the area of “ICT in the Curriculum”, “ICT in teaching and Learning” 2000-2002: The University of Birmingham UK for Cypriot Post graduate students, Manager Director, Manager Director of a Master of Education (Med), Research program in an Distance Education Basis in Cyprus of School of Education The University of Birmingham UK for Cypriot Post graduate students 2000-2002: School of Education The University of Birmingham UK, Academic Local Tutor, In the area of “ICT in teaching and Learning”, “Educational Research” of a Master of Education program in an Distance Education Basis for Cypriot Post graduate students 2001-2003: Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus, ICT Instructor In the area of “ICT in teaching and Learning” 2001-2007: Department of Primary and Lower Primary Education Frederick Institute of Technology, Cyprus, Senior Lecturer ICT in Education, Area “ICT in Teacher Education”, “ICT in teaching and Learning” since 2007: Cyprus University of Technology, Director of Research and International Relations Services Education