Some 1120 graduates from 26 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes received their degrees at the tenth graduation ceremony of the Open University of Cyprus (OUC) for the academic year 2016-2017.
At the ceremony, twelve more graduates received the highest academic title, a doctorate. The auspicious event, in the presence of President Nicos Anastasiades and other officials took place on November17 at the Tassos Papadopoulos Eleftheria stadium in Nicosia.
In his greeting, Anastasiades warmly congratulated the Open University graduates on their achievements and diplomas which are recognised in Cyprus and abroad.
Anastasiades referred to the OUC as “the only higher education institution in Cyprus which works entirely on the basis of distance education, which has succeeded in drawing new perspectives on university studies and lifelong learning, thus contributing to improve and develop the skills required after obtaining a first degree by some, or even a higher degree by others.”
He also noted the university’s positive development which, through its diverse partnerships with associations, institutions, research institutes and universities, with European and other international organisations, has placed it among internationally recognised higher education institutions .
The chairman of the OUC administrative committee of OUC, Costas Christos, reaffirmed in his greeting the executive committee’s deep satisfaction with the practical support of the state in the continuous efforts of the OUC to offer multi-level educational, research and social work.
Christou said that this year’s tenth graduation ceremony was an important milestone for the Cyprus Open University as well as it also marked 15 years since the university was founded.