Her Excellency, the Ambassador of France, Mrs. Salina Grenet-Catalano, paid a visit to the University of Nicosia on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, following an invitation from the Rector of the University, Professor Philippos Pouyioutas.
During the meeting, Ms. Grenet-Catalano and Rector Pouyioutas discussed the respective education systems of the two countries and had the opportunity to explore possible areas of collaboration in the field of higher education, in collaboration with the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor Panayiotis Angelides. , the Vice-Rector for Faculty and Research, Professor Demetris Vrontis, and the Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Action at the French Embassy, Mr. Emmanuel Mouriez.
Rector Pouyioutas presented the Ambassador with information on the number of French students studying at the University of Nicosia, the programs they are enrolled in and the French courses offered by the University, as well as information on collaborations Erasmus+ with French universities. For her part, Ambassador Grenet-Catalano spoke about the French higher education system, referring to the offer of programs in English by French universities.
Emphasizing the high quality education offered by the University of Nicosia, Rector Pouyioutas highlighted the University’s accolades in major university rankings and in particular its success in being ranked among the top 601-800 universities in the world, according to the 2022 edition of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Referring to internationalization initiatives and the wider strategy of the European Union towards higher education, Professor Pouyioutas quoted the inspirational speech of French President Emmanuel Macron on 29 September 2017 at the Sorbonne University, in which he shared his vision for the creation of European university alliances. This has since been adopted by the European Commission, funding forty-one (41) such alliances in 2019 and 2020. The Rector informed the Ambassador of the inclusion of the University of Nicosia in the new NEOLAiA alliance, which includes eight other major European alliances. universities, including the University of Tours, France.
In conclusion, Rector Pouyioutas thanked the Ambassador for accepting his invitation, emphasizing that the University of Nicosia is always at the disposal of the Embassy to help and support the Embassy and the students of France.