The cabinet has approved a bill proposing the establishment of a Cyprus Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, meaning the country will now be able to participate in important international scientific and cultural events.
“Cyprus will soon have its own Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts that will contribute to the emergence of excellence, spiritual progress and achievements of our country,” said minister of education and culture Kostas Kadis.
The ministry said the procedure for establishing the academy was presented at an official ceremony last November at the presidential palace in the presence of its founding committee.
Cyprus was one of the few European countries that until now has not had such an academy.
The founding committee of the academy includes Nobel Prize Winner Sir Christophoros Pissarides physicist Loucas Christophorou, chemist Kyriacos Nicolaou and archaeologist VaSsos Karageorgis.
The committee has voluntarily undertaken the preparation of an in-depth study on the academy’s mission and activities, form and status and the resources required.
The academy will be modelled on other European and international academies.
Its objectives include the international promotion of the work of Cypriot scientists, the promotion of excellence, facilitating cooperation between Cyprus’ leading intellects, supporting education, giving the state scientific advice and strengthening cooperation between local industry, universities and research centres.
The academy will also promote the development of research and innovation in Cyprus, the institutionaliSation of awards, the representation of Cyprus in international scientific forums, the publication of a scientific journal and the publication of announcements and research.
The bill approved by the cabinet will be submitted to the House as soon as possible.