The governing board of the Open University of Cyprus has decided unanimously to offer the position of rector to Professor Socrates Katsikas and the position of deputy rector to Professor Yannis Manolopoulos, it announced on Monday.
The board adopted the recommendation of the selection committee, which was made up of scientists from five different countries, five different specialisations and three different continents.
According to the Open University, the decision is a decisive step to ensuring the autonomy of the institution.
Katsikas recently worked as a Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. From 2011 to 2012 he was a member of the Committee for Information and Communication Technologies of the Greek government. He also served as President of the National Education Council of Greece from 2013 until 2015 and President of the Council of University Education of Greece from 2013 until 2014.
Manolopoulos has been a Professor with the Department of Informatics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has previously worked at the University of Toronto, the University of Maryland at College Park and the University of Cyprus and has also served as Rector of the University of Western Macedonia in Greece.