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Research Matters Newsletter - Issue 01 | December 2015

The University of Nicosia Research & Innovation Office is excited to launch Research Matters, a monthly newsletter that aims at highlighting important news and developments relating to research that faculty of the University of Nicosia are engaged in, as well as activities and initiatives that the Office is involved with.

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University of Nicosia Partners in a New ERASMUS+ Project: TEACHEX - Teaching Excellence in Israel

The University of Nicosia is engaged as a partner in an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 (Capacity Building in Higher Education) project, entitled “TEACHEX - Teaching Excellence in Israel”, which kicked off in November 2015. The project is led by the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzlya, Israel and involves a total of 14 partners from seven countries. This collaboration was made possible thanks to the efforts of Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, Vice Rector of Academic Affairs at the University of Nicosia. On behalf of the University of Nicosia, Prof. Pouyioutas is the Coordinator and Main Researcher on the project and is joined by fellow colleagues, Dr. Evi Eftychiou, Head of the Erasmus Office and Erasmus Institutional Coordinator, and Dr. Dimitri Apraksin, Head of the Computer Centre. The aim of TEACHEX is to contribute to the continuous professional development of academic staff by offering adequate support structures (Centers for Teaching Excellence) and innovative, high-quality, flexible programmes designed to promote better teaching and, therefore, enhanced learning as well.

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University of Nicosia Medical School Partners in its First Horizon 2020 Project which Examines the Issue of Global Warming


The University of Nicosia Medical School is engaged as a partner in its first HORIZON 2020 project under the guidance of faculty member, Dr. George Samoutis. The project is entitled “Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming” (Acronym: HEAT-SHIELD) and is led by the University of Copenhagen. The aim of the project is to investigate the effects of heat on employees and, in particular, the effects of heat waves that are more frequently experienced due to increasing global warming over the past decades. The innovative, state-of-the-art project outcomes include, among others, a weather-based warning system with online open access service that anticipates the events that may pose a threat to workers’ health. 

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University of Nicosia Joins the Vision 2020 Horizon Network  


The University of Nicosia is the first private university in Cyprus to have joined Vision 2020: The Horizon Network.   Vision2020 is an innovation platform for research organisations and companies participating in the 'Horizon 2020' EU funding programme. Vision2020 acts as a hub to connect Horizon 2020 participants from excellent universities and innovative companies, and works to maximise the value and Horizon 2020 funding its members can obtain. Vision2020 will provide opportunities for the University of Nicosia to derive maximum value from the Horizon 2020 funding programme, through consortium-building and access to clusters of excellent organisations offering complementary and targeted expertise.

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MIGS Celebrates its 15th Birthday!


The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) celebrated 15 years of activism towards gender equality and women’s rights by organising a commemorative event on 27 November 2015. Guests were treated to finger food and drinks as well as a series of special live performances that included music, dance and theatrical performances by Alexia Vassiliou, Saxo by Fano, DJ Dena Kyriakides, Creativity Dance Studio and XX/XY: Gender Revelations. 
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A Sit Down with Professor Constantinos N. Phellas

Professor Constantinos N. Phellas, Vice Rector for Faculty and Research at the University of Nicosia, is guided by the principle that “every day is a new beginning” – a blank slate that allows every individual the opportunity to start anew; be this a change in career, mind-set or, even, location! With this in mind, one can better understand the path that his professional career has taken along the years. 

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University of Nicosia Faculty Gain Access to PIVOT – An Online Database Boasting over 28,000 Funding Opportunities 

As of the Fall Semester 2015, University of Nicosia faculty are able to login to PIVOT, a comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities worth an estimated €30 billion. On average, the database includes 28,000 funding opportunities with new opportunities and updates added daily. Beyond connecting researchers to funding opportunities and collaborators, Pivot users are also able to share and communicate these matches with colleagues. Special thanks to the University of Nicosia Library for their instrumental role in facilitating and securing these access rights.  

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Research & Innovation Office Co-organises the 2nd Junior Achievement Cyprus Bi-Communal Innovation Camp 

Over 90 high school students from across the island, aged 15-18 years old, took part in the one-day bi-communal innovation camp that was supported by the US Embassy and hosted at the University of Nicosia on Friday, 9 October. The event aimed at encouraging young people to use their skills in enterprising and innovative ways, fostering their employability and entrepreneurial flair in the process. In groups of 4-5, students were asked to come up with an answer to a business challenge unveiled to them on the same day. The challenge, which focused on tourism, required the students to suggest an innovative product, service or solution that would contribute to strengthening and modernizing tourism in Cyprus, while reinforcing the national economy.
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Editor: Elisa Bosio, Senior Research Officer

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