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CyI Celebrates 2021 Graduation Ceremony Featured

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Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, delivered the commencement address, entitled “The Eastern Mediterranean in Global Civilization: From Prehistory to Sustainable Development”


The 2021 graduation ceremony of The Cyprus Institute, took place on Friday, October 15, 2021, in the presence of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, who delivered the commencement address, entitled “The Eastern Mediterranean in Global Civilization: From Prehistory to Sustainable Development”. This year’s Graduation Ceremony marked an important milestone for CyI’s Graduate School, as it hosted its first Master’s program graduates.

Prof. Dan-Olof Riska, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute, also addressed the ceremony that was attended by leading figures from the scientific, business and political world.

The Hon. Kyriakos Kokkinos, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy conferred Postgraduate Degrees to twelve graduating PhD students and to seventeen Master’s students.

In recognition of their important contributions to the areas of research and education, and more specifically for their significant contributions to the successful operation of The Cyprus Institute, Prof. Hany Mahfouz Helal, Trustee Emeritous, Prof. Joshua Jortner, Trustee Emeritus, and Dr Petros Kareklas, Trustee Emeritus, were awarded Honorary Doctorates. The degrees were bestowed by the Hon. Natasa Pilides, Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry.

In his opening remarks, the President and Provost of The Cyprus Institute, Prof. Costas N. Papanicolas noted: “It’s time to celebrate, and it’s time to contemplate about the future that looks challenging. The Cyprus Institute intends to transform the Cyprus economy into a knowledge-based economy, and at the same time, help to promote peace and prosperity in our region through science, technology and innovation. The Institute’s research achievements are remarkable, and we are particularly proud of our graduate students for their quality, as well as we are confident that they will go out to the real world, and make their marks on it. Dear students, make the world a better place! It’s time for you to lead the way”!

In his commencement address, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs stated: “Today, we are celebrating the remarkable achievements of the honourees, and we are also celebrating The Cyprus Institute, which is a glorious institution that is growing to great global significance. We need places full of knowledge, we need places that bring together the wisdom across disciplines, so that we can create the fully holistic, humanistic, moral, scientific and technical solutions to the challenges that the world faces”.

Congratulations to all our 2021 Graduates we wish them best of luck in their future endeavours! 

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