On Friday, 14th of May 2021, The Cyprus Institute and the French Institute signed a renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to continue and reinforce their collaboration on issues of common interest, related to education and research.
The MoU signing ceremony took place at The Cyprus Institute’s premises in Athalassa. Signing the MoU on behalf of the French Embassy, was the Ambassador of France in Cyprus, H.E. Mrs. Salina Grenet-Catalano, and on behalf of The Cyprus Institute, its President Prof. George Christophides. Also present at the ceremony were Mr. Emmanuel Mouriez, Director of the French Institute in Cyprus (Institut Français de Chypre - IFC), Mr. Jean-Marie Yhuel, Principal of the Franco-Cypriot school, Dr Michalis Yiangou, Vice President for Operations, Prof. Jean Sciare, Director of CARE-C, Prof. Salvatore Carlucci, Head of the Sustainability and Built Environment Division, and Dr Nicolas Jarraud, Assistant Vice-President for International Relations.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prof. Christophides noted that there is a special relationship between the The Cyprus Institute and the French community and French Institutions including the C2RMF, CNRS, CEA and many others. “There is solid ground in order to further enhance the collaboration in many areas of common interest and joint activities in the near future”, he said.
In her address, the Ambassador of France in Cyprus, H.E. Mrs. Grenet-Catalano stated that the cooperation between the The Cyprus Institute and French researchers and experts has been long lasting and very successful. “The French Cypriot School in particular, not only shares premises with The Cyprus Institute, but also shares common thoughts and plans on how to tackle climate change by promoting climate solutions”. She expressed her thanks to The Cyprus Institute and wished that this new partnership will be even stronger in the future.
With the MoU, The Cyprus Institute and the French Institute, agree to pursue collaborative activities that serve and support the scientific cooperation between Cyprus and France. This collaboration aims to facilitate cultural exchange by promoting and disseminating the French culture and language in Cyprus, and to facilitate student mobility by bringing French interns and students to CyI. In particular, CyI scientists will be taking part as speakers in conferences organised by the French Institute, and conversely high-level French visitors will be participating in CyI events. CyI will also contribute to scientific exhibitions organised by the French Institute, and the MoU is expected to further strengthen the cooperation on the Confluences network. Established in 2019, Confluences is a partnership of the francophone archaeological, heritage and historical educational and research institutes from the Eastern Mediterranean.