Cyprus Moves to Set up Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts

FILE - A man stands on the rocks and watches the sea and the sunset in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA – Eyeing international events, Cyprus’ government has approved a bill to establish the Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts to boost its worldwide standing in the field.

Kostas Kadis, Minister of Education and Culture said the academy “will contribute to the emergence of excellence, spiritual progress and achievements of our country,” the Cyprus Mail reported.

It’s the culmination of a process that began in November, 2016 and a move designed to elevate the field. Cyprus was one of the few European countries that until now has not had such an academy.

The founding committee of the academy includes Nobel Prize Winner in economics Christophoros Pissarides, physicist Loucas Christophorou, chemist Kyriacos Nicolaou and archaeologist VaSsos Karageorgis.

The committee has voluntarily undertaken the preparation of an in-depth study on the academy’s mission and activities, form and status and the resources required.

The academy will be modelled on other European and international academies.

Its objectives include the international promotion of the work of Cypriot scientists, the promotion of excellence, facilitating cooperation between Cyprus’ leading intellects, supporting education, giving the state scientific advice and strengthening cooperation between local industry, universities and research centres.

The academy will also promote the development of research and innovation in Cyprus,  creating awards, representing Cyprus in international scientific forums, and publishing a scientific journal and one on announcements and research. The bill must go to the Parliament for consideration and a vote.