Soldiers serving in the National Guard will have the opportunity to study through the Open University, following a decision by the Cabinet and the cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Defence and the Open University.
The offer will apply to those soldiers who have secured a seat at the higher educational establishments in Cyprus and Greece for a degree course, an official press release informed.
The scheme will apply on a pilot basis, at an estimated cost of 36.000 euro, for the spring term in 2014-2015 beginning January next year, funds which will be drawn from the Ministries of Education and Defence.
Up to 120 soldiers will be selected by the Ministry of Defence to participate in the pilot programme, who are serving along the ceasefire line or at remote military units and taking into account social and economic considerations of the young recruits.
The full implementation of the programme could be in place as early as September next year.
The press release noted that this programme will benefit soldiers in many ways, including gaining credits to help reduce their years of higher education and achieve speedy entry into the labour market.