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Grandmother, 82, secures a place at UCy

Despina Tsikkouri

One of the students who secured a place at the University of Cyprus for the coming academic year is 82, CNA reported on Wednesday.

Despina Tsikkouri, a resident of Kato Polemidia, secured a place in the Department of Classical Studies and Philosophy.

The ‘super grandmother’ as her 17-year-old classmates called her in the private lessons she took to pass her exams, told CNA that she had always dreamed of studying and would now have the opportunity.

“I always wanted to study and I always did training courses.  I took philosophy, French, first aid, computers, and more,” she said. She also took classes in ancient Greek, Latin and history.

“Now that my grandchildren are grown, I told my kids that I wanted to go to lessons.”

“My classmates were 17 years old, younger than my grandson who is 23,” she added. “They called me ‘super grandmother’ and they loved me. I will miss them a lot.”

Due to the difficulties of going to Nicosia to attend university the grandmother will ask for some assistance.

Around 50 per cent of high school graduates that took the entrance exams have secured places in state universities in Greece and Cyprus, it was announced on Tuesday.

According to the education ministry, out of the 5,612 candidates, 2,802 have secured places. Thirteen of the candidates scored the top grade of 20.

The ministry said 1,753 positions were allocated to the University of Cyprus, 869 to the Cyprus University of Technology (Tepak), 94 to the Higher Hotel Institute and 86 to military academies of Greece.

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