On June 6 and 7, a delegation headed by President Fadlo Khuri, Vice President Imad Baalbaki, and Associate Vice President Salma Oueida attended a series of important and fruitful meetings during an official visit to Cyprus. “It was a terrific visit ably organized by our wonderful alumni in Cyprus, led by the remarkable Eliza Markidou and Ioannis Violaris, Cyprus' AUB Alumni Chapter Liaison to AUB Development and Alumni Relations Office” commented Khuri.
Markidou joined the AUB delegation for its meeting with Minister of Education Kostas Champiaouris to discuss increasing the number of Cypriot students at AUB and plans to start a student exchange program. During the meeting, Khuri announced that AUB would offer a full scholarship to a student from Cyprus. The minister welcomed the announcement and promised to promote the scholarship on the ministry website. Another highlight of the day was a meeting with the rector of the University of Cyprus, Tassos Christofides, to explore ways the two institutions might collaborate.
The evening was reserved for an informal and delicious dinner at Pantopolio Kali Orexi that was attended by the Cyprus Chapter leadership and some of the members of AUB’s diverse alumni community in Cyprus—and their family and friends. It is a diverse, but tight-knit group. Some alumni attended AUB in the 1950s; others are much more recent graduates. Two dozen alumni and friends visited the AUB campus in November 2017 as part of an official visit that the alumni chapter organized.
The June visit concluded with a meeting at the Cyprus Institute where Khuri and President Costas Papanicolas signed a memorandum of understanding. The two institutions have been working together for more than a year to explore various joint research and education projects in areas such as climate change, renewable energies, and sustainable agriculture. The cooperation includes, but is not limited to, student, faculty, and researcher exchanges, collaborative research efforts, and joint publications.