University of Thessaloniki to appoint a Cyprus Studies section
The Cabinet approved on Thursday the establishment of a Cyprus Studies chair at the University of Thessaloniki, a move expected to promote knowledge of the island’s history and civilization.
According to deputy government spokesperson Niovi Parissinou, the creation of the position was at the initiative of the University of Thessaloniki.
The aim of the creation of a Cyprus Studies seat is to promote knowledge among students and the wider community about the history and culture of Cyprus and promote research on the subjects. It also aims to encourage cooperation between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, higher education institutions in Cyprus and other countries.
The Cyprus Studies chair could also provide specialized knowledge on Cyprus issues to interested private and state bodies but also inform and raise awareness on the Cyprus issue among higher education institutions of other countries, with which the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki cooperates, Parissinou said.
During his visit to Thessaloniki last week, President Nicos Anastasiades highlighted that the ties and common struggles of Cypriots and Thessalonians go way back. Anastasiades also addressed an event held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in cooperation with the University of Cyprus, on Cyprus’ contribution to the 1821 Greek Revolution for Independence.