Egyptian delegates in a meeting
Type Call
Key dates

Deadline to submit expressions of interest: Friday 16 November 2018

Dates of delegation: Wednesday 20 to Friday 22 February 2018

Eligibility UK VCs and PVCs

We have an opportunity for UK HE leaders to discuss new collaborations and opportunities for TNE in Cyprus. The study visit will include meetings with Cypriot HE stakeholders including CIPA and Ministry of Education. The mission is supported by the the British High Commission, Nicosia.

The delegation will be led by CEO British Council and will include representatives from UUKI/ACU/QAA.

Aims

  • To offer reassurance to Cyprus that the level of engagement with the UK will be maintained and strengthened following the UK’s exit from the EU
  • To explore opportunities for bilateral cooperation in higher education and research (e.g. joint study/research activities) and to facilitate new HE partnerships
  • To connect with the HE agenda of the British High Commission, Nicosia

Background

Cyprus usually ranks in the top five or six EU countries for number of students choosing the UK each year. There are approximately 10,000 Cypriot students studying in the UK at any given time (75% undergraduates, 25% postgraduates). The Republic of Cyprus experienced a financial crisis in 2012 and since then the volume of students going to the UK has been dropping approximately 5% year on year. With the decision taken by the UK to leave the EU, reassurance is being sought both at individual and policy-maker levels around: (I) the financial viability of studying in the UK; and (II) alternative pathways are to obtaining a UK degree.

In addition, the Ministry of Education and Culture has for several years had the aspiration of making the Republic of Cyprus a regional higher education hub – focusing mainly on students from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece and the Levant. With the UK’s decision to leave the EU, this aspiration has moved up the priority list and the Cyprus Investment and Promotion Agency (CIPA) have been tasked with taking things forward in this area. 

The visit will provide opportunity for a broad and diverse range of local stakeholders who have an interest in maintaining and strengthening current levels of engagement with the UK HE and research sectors.

How to register

Please submit expressions of interest to Almut.caspary@britishcouncil.org