• Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    Cyprus Science and Research Centre

    A centre of excellence for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) education research, science communication and innovation will be established in Cyprus.
  • Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Our aim is to create the first interactive science centre in Cyprus

    Providing education and research resources to the people of Cyprus and Eastern Mediterranean region.
  • Funded by the European Union

    Funded by the European Union

    The project (Phase I) has been funded by the European Union under the Horizon2020 “Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation-Teaming”
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Member Organizations of the Consortium

FREDERICK UNIVERSITY
Cyprus

 

Frederick University

Overview

Frederick University (FU) is an energetic and vibrant private university operating in the Republic of Cyprus. Despite the recent (2007) establishment, the organisation has a long history of more than 40 years in higher education. In this period, FU has become established in the society and the academic community as a modern university offering teaching and research work of the highest calibre. Since its establishment, FU managed to achieve significant growth, both in terms of student population, faculty members, and academic infrastructure. FU employs about 250 (fte) faculty, with 3500 students enrolled annually on average and operates from two campuses. FU is recognized as the university that offers novel and innovative programs of study that address societal needs and, primarily, as the university that exhibits high social sensitivity and responsibility. University offers a broad range of academic programs of study (more than 60) in the areas of Science, Engineering, Business, Arts, Architecture, Media, Humanities, Health, and Education.

 

FU's academic staff, either organized in multidisciplinary teams or individually, is involved in a wide range of research, educational and cultural activities relevant to their specializations. The research initiatives and activities that are being carried out by its faculty, place the University among the most successful organizations in Cyprus with respect to the level of financial support received for projects from external sources through competitive national and European programs, including LLP, Life, FP7 and from Regional Funds. Besides the self-funded creative and other projects, the University staff has implemented or currently running more than a hundred R&D and consulting projects, the majority of which are coordinated by FU faculty and researchers. The main objectives of Frederick University are:

  • The promotion of science, knowledge and education through teaching and research aiming at the enhancement of society in general.
  • The dissemination, application and scientific exchange of knowledge.
  • The provision of high-quality, internationally-recognized undergraduate and postgraduate education.

Below you will find a description of the departments of the University which are directly involved with the project:


School of Engineering

The School of Engineering consists of the Departments of Electrical, Mechanical, Civil, Computer Science and Engineering and Architecture, with the School of Engineering consisting of more than 60 full time faculty. It offers programmes at both undergraduate (BSc) and postgraduate levels (MSc and PhD) in all major fields of engineering. Frederick University’s School of Engineering has a strong commitment to teaching and research with its academic programs reflecting the state of the art in engineering, and research in the forefront of technological advancement. Our outstanding faculty and laboratories, computing, library and research facilities, along with our enthusiastic students, create a unique community under the school umbrella that can approach and tackle a wide range of engineering problems. The School of Engineering will be participating through the newly established research Center for Computational Analysis – KYA (http://kya.frederick.ac.cy) at Frederick University.

 

Department of Education

The Department of Education is under the School of Education and Social Sciences, along with the Department of Psychology and Social Work. The Department’s vision is to prepare the best possible leaders in education, who will succeed in using education as a means of shaping citizens with knowledge, competence, skills, and social and professional responsibility. For the realization of this vision, the Department of Education has developed and offers pioneering programs of study, which adopt modern teaching and learning practices and correspond to high quality standards in higher education. The Department offers two undergraduate degree programs that lead to professional teaching qualifications for primary and pre-primary education. It also offers a number of graduate masters programs in the fields of curriculum and instruction, special education, educational leadership, education for the environment and sustainable development, health education, counselling and ICT in education, offered conventionally and by distance learning. Courses are taught by highly qualified faculty, whose teaching encapsulates their experience in cutting-edge research projects. Through our programs of study, undergraduate and graduate students acquire knowledge and expertise in the most contemporary and effective learning and teaching practices. The structure and content of our programs enhance critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and collaborative and teamwork methods. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to get involved in advanced research projects that are carried out by the Department’s faculty. The department also offers two Doctoral programs (PhD) in educational sciences and environmental education, in which many students are currently undertaking research in STEM related topics.

Frederick University is participating in this proposal through academic personnel and collaborators which have experience and research journal publications related to the activities for the creation of the Science Center. We expect that the contribution of knowledge and expertise of the University in the creation of the Science Center will be significant. The University has recently hosted a small scale Science Centre (SCI-FUN) with over 15,000 student-visitors, as part of a doctoral student’s dissertation that investigated the effect of a Science Centre experience on cognitive and emotional domains of primary and secondary education students.

 

 Project Team

  1. Christofides Nicholas
  2. Constandinides Andreas
  3. Kadji Chrysanthi
  4. Leontiou Theodoros
  5. Lestas Marios
  6. Makrides Christos
  7. Nitsiou Chrysa
  8. Onoufriou Alexis
  9. Parpotas Yiannis
  10. Papadakis Antonis
  11. Papadopoulos Harris
  12. Polycarpou Alexis
  13. Vryonides Photos
 

Relevant Publications

Vrioni, A., Louca, P. (submitted). Innovative learning environments design with student involvement and expanded learning outcomes in knowledge construction, science processes and emotional field: Outperformance of Multi-modal Learning Environments in Comparison with Simulated Learning Environments. Journal for Research in Science Teaching.

Vrioni, A., Louca, P. (in press). Empowering Science Learning in Multi-Modal and Simulated Learning Environment with student assisted Design Inquiry. In Proceedings of the Conference in Inquiry Based Learning and Creativity in Science Education.Athens.

Georghiou G.E., Papadakis A.P., Morrow R., Metaxas A.C., “Numerical modelling of gas discharges leading to plasma production”, IOP Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2005, Vol. 38, R303-R328.

Nicolaou C.P., Papadakis A.P., Razis P.A., Kyriakou G.A., Sahalos J.N., “Measurements and predictions of electric and magnetic fields from power lines”, ELSEVIER Electric Power Systems Research, Vol. 81, Issue 5, 2010, 1107-1116.

Eteokleous, N., Demetriou, G., Lambrou, A. (2000).The pedagogical framework for integrating robotics as an interdisciplinary learning – cognitive tool.In Roselli& E. Gulick(Eds.).Information and Communications Technology: New Research (pp. 141-158). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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