Presidential candidate, Dr. Stavros Malas, accompanied by the members of his staff, Yiannos Katsourides, Giorgos Siammas, Stavros Hatzigiannis and Chrysostomos Pasiardis, visited CyI premises on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The visit is a continuation of such visits by political figures and other personalities interested in research, technology and innovation, areas that CyI has been faithfully serving for over a decade.
Present during the visit were Board of Trustees members Androulla Vasiliou, Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, and Günay Çerkez, as well as the President of The Friends of CyI Association, Dr. Petros Kareklas, Mayor of Kythrea. CyI’s Vice-President for Research, Prof. Euripides Stephanou, guided Dr. Malas and his delegation to CyI’s laboratories and other research facilities.
Addressing Dr. Malas, CyI President Professor Costas Papanicolas said that "we are very pleased to welcome a scientist of Dr. Mala’s caliber, a friend of CyI who is well aware of its activities both as a scientist and as a politician, and who has excellent knowledge in the areas of research, technology and innovation. We are pleased that he could find time from his busy schedule to visit CyI, which shows his appreciation and commitment to promoting research and innovation as the future of Cyprus".
In his greeting, Dr. Malas said that "I am happy today to be among friends and distinguished scientists whose work not only paints a very good picture for our country, but creates excellent employment opportunities for our scientists. Cyprus is at a crossroads about how to move forward in the years to come. I am convinced that the path of research, technology and innovation is the future of our economy, and The Cyprus Institute is a testament to this. In me, you will always have an ally in your activities, one who is committed to increasing the national funding percentage for research and technology because I really believe that our country needs to change its direction and its way of thinking, to become more mature and extrovert, a real European economy."
"Building on the greatest capital our country, which is its human potential, and investing in strategic projects in which The Cyprus Institute has a leading role, we give depth, continuity, stability, but above all the competitiveness that our country needs, and is a huge power multiplier. We want a country that creates knowledge, science and wealth for all, a country that utilizes its scientists, and at the same time gives its young people the opportunity to return back to our country and be creative", he continued.
Dr. Malas expressed his thanks for the opportunity to visit, and congratulated the board members, the administration and the scientists of the Institute for the impressive facilities and the research achievements they have accomplished.