• 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

University of Nicosia

Cyprus

University of Nicosia

Overview

University of Nicosia (UNic) is the largest private university in Cyprus with over 7000 students. International in philosophy, 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 through its six Schools (Medical School, School of Business, School of Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Law and School of Science and Engineering), offers a large number of graduate and undergraduate programmes in business, science, medicine, education, Law and the liberal arts. The University hosts students from all over the world, in a multicultural learning environment, promoting friendship, cooperation, and understanding. It also offers Distance Learning programmes. The University pursues excellence in education through research and high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment.

 

The University has distinguished itself on multiple fronts, earning prestigious labels / recognitions / awards, in academia (i.e. Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (addressing reforms in European Higher education Area; Jean Monnet Chair in Diplomacy and Politics of European Integration (European Commission), UNIQUe Certification for Quality in E-learning and Excellence in Use of ICT in Higher Education (European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning -EFQUEL), as well as Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship and Educational Services (European Business Ethics Network -EBEN), Commitment to Excellence “5 Stars” (European Foundation for Quality Management -EFQM), "Global 500" Award (United Nations), E-xcellence Associate in Quality Label. The University is an active member of the European University Association (EUA www.eua.be) and represented in the EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (CDE www.eua.be/cde) and of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE www.eurashe.eu) and represented in the Working Group for Quality Assurance (www.eurashe.eu/policy/quality-he/wg5-quality-he).

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


The Medical School

The University of Nicosia started the first medical school in Cyprus in 2011 by offering the St George’s, University of London graduate-entry MBBS through a franchise agreement. Building on its experiences with the MBBS programme, the Medical School is now offering a 6-Year MD degree programme and an MSc in Family Medicine for practicing primary care physicians. The School has more than 450 students from around the world and experienced faculty members involved in a variety of EU-funded research projects. The Medical School will be providing CSRC resources for knowledge base required for the development of ICT based tools/exhibits of Medicine and Public Health themes and participate in live talks/debates with the public on issues about healthy living and disease.

 

The School of Business

The School of Business is one of Cyprus’ major business education resources and the largest school in the University with departments for Accounting, Finance and Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Management and Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The School of Business will be advising the Center on Corporate and Financial Management and on any matters regarding the Cyprus business and economy.

 

The School of Education

The School of Education, functioning in a knowledge and information society, sets the path for a “new” education so that the graduates of the programme will be ready to effectively confront the challenges of the 21st century. The School holds the UNESCO chair for “Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace”. The School’s research interests are on teacher professional development. Faculty from the School will be contributing their knowledge and skills in the development of training courses for in-service teachers in areas such as Socio-economic issues (using resources from PreSEES), RRI and Classroom talk and argumentation and decision making (using resources from Engage ) as well as help in the design of materials for school visits to the Science Centre.

 

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences offer education at the highest level for knowledge, abilities, and skills acquisition for developing into individuals who succeed in their careers, become critical thinkers and problem solvers, and well-rounded professionals in our society.

 

The Department of Design and Multimedia

The Department has expertise in applied research such as explorations of drawing, installation, multimedia, time-based media, photography, typography, graphic communication, computer graphics, computer animation, and digital arts in general. The theoretical research areas include: Graphic communication design analysis, Interactive media project management, Design education and theories of learning, History and theory of typography and graphic communication, Anthropology, Human-computer interaction, Interaction in virtual environments, Interaction using artificial intelligence and machine learning and Empirical studies of web-based (multimedia) learning. Faculty members produce high quality designs, artwork and scientific publications and participate in prestigious local and international exhibitions, conferences and other events; publish in scientific journals and organize international conferences and art exhibitions. They will be providing their expertise on the R&D of ICT tools/exhibits of the Centre.

The School of Sciences and Engineering

The School of Sciences and Engineering offers high quality programmes in Engineering, Computer Science and the Life Sciences and prepares students to acquire the knowledge and practical skills and cultivate an applied research and innovation approach to meet the challenges of the new century. All faculty members are highly active in funded research and collaboration with the local industry and Government departments. Students at the Department are engaged with projects related to automation and sensing, smart systems and communication.

 

The Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering faculty have backgrounds in various engineering disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Oil & Gas Engineering, and Civil & Environmental Engineering. The research area of the Department include Signal Processing and applications on tracking using various sensing types such as radar, images etc.; design, verification and testing of large scale integration digital circuis and the programming of embedded systems; non-destructive optical techniques for material characterization; Computational Earthquake Engineering / Structural Dynamics; medical image processing; Electromagnetic and antenna technology; Electric power engineering; Geomechanics and Oil and Gas Engineering. Faculty from the Department will be contributing on building the knowledge base in these areas.

The Department of Life and Health Sciences

The Department of Life and Health Sciences offers programmes in the disciplines of Nursing, Human Biology, Sports Science, Nutrition & Dietetics, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy Environmental & Energy Management, Exercise Science & Physical Education, Clinical Dietetics, Sports Nutrition/Dietetics. The Department’s faculty are active in research related to nutrition, molecular biology and biotechnology, neuroscience, immunology and environmental biology and they will be contributing on building the knowledge base in these areas.

 

 Project Team

  • Catherine Demoliou (UNIC Coordinator)
  • Alexandros Antonaras
  • Chris Christou
  • Ioannis Katakis
  • Ktoridou Despou
  • Kyriakides Ioannis
  • Constandinos Mavromoustakis
  • Vicky Nicolaidou
  • Stella Nicolaou
  • Elena Papanastasiou
  • Christos Papaneophytou
  • Paschalis Paschali
  • Myrtani Pieri
  • Eliza Pitri
  • Antonis Polemitis  (CEO)
 

Relevant Publications

Jordi Mongay Batalla, George Mastorakis and Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis and Jerzy Żurek, On cohabitating networking technologies with common wireless access for Home Automation Systems purposes, to appear in the Special Issue on Enabling Wireless Communication and Networking Technologies for the Internet of Things, IEEE Wireless Communication magazine 2016 [accepted].

Evagorou, M. & Puig Mauriz, B. (2017). Engaging elementary school pre-service teachers in modeling a socioscientific issue as a way to help them appreciate the social aspects of science. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 5(2), 113-123. DOI: 10.18404/ijemst.99074

Christou, C. G., Michael-Grigoriou, D & Sokratous, D. (2018), Virtual Buzzwire: Assessment of a Prototype VR Game for Stroke Rehabilitation, IEEEVR 2018, Reutlingen, Germany.

Christou, C. G., Herakleous, K., Tzanavari, A. & Poullis, C. (2015), Psychophysiological responses to virtual crowds: Implications for wearable computing, International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Xi’An, China, IEEE 978-1-4799-9953-8/15.

Yiannos Kryftis, George Mastorakis, Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis, Jordi Mongay Batalla, Evangelos Pallis and Georgios Kormentzas, Efficient Entertainment Services Provision over a Novel Network Architecture, accepted/to appear to the IEEE Wireless Communications

 

 

 

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