THE A.G. Leventis foundation has donated €6m to the University of Cyprus for the construction of a biological sciences department on campus.
The agreement was signed by the Rector of the university, Constantinos Christofides, and the chairman of the foundation Anastasios P. Leventis, in the presence of Finance minister Harris Georgiadis and the president of the university council Manthos Mavrommatis.
The building will be called ‘A.G. Leventis Foundation Building of the Department of Biological Sciences,’ and the square between the building and classrooms will be named ‘Petra’, referring to the donor’s place of origin, near Turkish-occupied Morphou. In addition, another hall will bear the name ‘Constantinos Leventis’, in memory of another family member who was a generous donor to the university.
“We are grateful that we have beside us the foundation and the Leventis family. The Leventis name is synonymous with creation, love for culture, the environment and humanity,” the rector said at the ceremony.
In his response, Anastasios Leventis said that there has been a close cooperation of the foundation and the university from its start in 1989.
“In this short period,” he said, “the university has earned the respect of the international academia and is highly regarded internationally thanks to the quality of staff and students.”
Established in May 1979, the A.G. Leventis Foundation is the outcome of the vision of the Cypriot entrepreneur Anastasios G. Leventis (1902-1978), who laid the basis of its focus on society, education and culture.
Now in its fourth decade, the foundation retains its adherence to these priorities, supporting the dissemination of Greek and Cypriot cultural heritage, as well as public benefits programmes, environmental protection projects and medical research.
Meanwhile, the university announced another donation on Friday. Former President George Vassiliou is going to donate his digital library which consists of 160,000 items to the university’s library.
The collection covers the five years of his presidency (1988-1993).
The donation is made for the purpose of saving, preservation, distribution and utilisation by the broader research community, according to a statement.
The signing ceremony for the agreement between Vassiliou and the university will take place on Monday on the campus.
The former president already donated a large collection of books and periodicals on economic matters, especially about the economic development of various countries, to the university library in 2003, 2004 and 2005.