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9TH NATIONAL SESSION OF EUROPEAN YOUTH PARLIAMENT CYPRUS
- “Generation Digital, Uploading Europe”
The 9th National Session of the European Youth Parliament (EYP) Cyprus, took place at UCLan Cyprus premises from 26th–29th of August. The “Discussing Europe” panel event enabled session participants, EYP Cyprus Alumni and young Cypriots from other NGOs to have in-depth discussions on the session’s main theme: “Generation Digital, Uploading Europe”. Inspired by the Digital Agenda for Europe’s initiative under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, the theme provided an opportunity for discussions on a variety of current, crucial European topics which fall under the wider theme of making Europe digitally alive.

The Opening Ceremony, held at the ultramodern auditorium of UCLan Cyprus, did not only host the conference participants, but also officials in Cyprus and abroad. Speakers included the Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Mueller, the member of European Parliament, Mr. K. Mavridis and the General Director of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Ms Egli Pantelaki.

For the first time this year the Discussing Europe event followed a new format, with five Work Groups, five Experts, key action points and a general discussion with hundreds of participants. Work Groups and respective Expert Speakers included Entrepreneurship presented by Andrew Michael – CEO, co-founder of FUNIFI, Research & Innovation led by Dr. Josephina Antoniou – Lecturer in Computing at UCLan Cyprus, Connectivity & Access for All by Neophytos Papadopoulos – Director at the Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation, Economy & Business by Danny Gooris – Senior Manager at
ORACLE Academy, EMEA region and E-governance analysed by Costas Agrotis – Director of I.T. Serviced Dept. at the Ministry of Finance. The Work Group debates have allowed for in-depth discussions on aspects of the Digital Agenda for Europe and their key findings will soon be published in a formal report.

 

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JEAN MONNET MODULE AT THE LAW SCHOOL OF UCLAN CYPRUS UNDER THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME 2014-2020
UCLan Cyprus commenced a Jean Monnet Module entitled “The Law of Financial and Economic Governance in the EU” being run by Dr. Stéphanie Laulhé-Shaelou of the School of Law as Module Leader and Academic Coordinator. The University was among the successful candidates selected by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency of the European Union to run Jean Monnet Activities at prestigious institutions in the field of European integration around the world for the period 2014-2017. It is also the first time that a Jean Monnet Module is offered by a law school in Cyprus. The Module aims at developing a specialised and unique focus in EU law, within the framework of the LLM curriculum delivered by the School of Law. This focus will be based primarily upon research-informed teaching on the law and governance of finance and economic policy in the EU, in the global and multidimensional context of the financial and sovereign debt crisis in the EU and beyond and promoting an interdisciplinary approach. New technologies will be used throughout and include a whole range of online support tools available on campus and remotely. This module will also give the opportunity to students, professionals and the wider public to take part in expert seminars, guest lectures, roundtable discussions and a conference on the topic, as well as to contribute to an open access online platform, to be created and supported by the Jean Monnet Module.

 

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UCLAN CYPRUS CO-ORGANIZED “CHINA 2015 FAMILY BUSINESS CONFERENCE”
CEDAR, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development-Alliance-Research of UCLAN Cyprus, in cooperation with Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT), organized the China 2015 Family Business Conference between the 7th-8th of September, 2015. The China 2015 Family Business Conference is an academic forum that aims to share leading-edge research and best practice that supports the entrepreneurial development of family businesses.

The China 2015 Family Business Conference was hosted by the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) and was chaired by Prof. Pei Rong (BIT) and Prof. Panikkos Poutziouris (UCLan Cyprus).
Following plenary sessions and research papers, it culminated into a policy workshop involving leading academics, policy advisors and family business entrepreneurs. There was an evaluation of policy initiatives that can support the development of the predominant owner-managed family business model in order to realize its growth potential and sustain business success across generations.

The China 2015 Family Business Conference is one in an array of outreach initiatives led by CEDAR - the pioneering Centre for Entrepreneurship in Cyprus.


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1ST CYPRUS PENETRATION TESTING COMPETITION – HACK, LEARN, WIN!
The 1st Cyprus Penetration Testing Competition invited both beginners and experts in the area of cybersecurity to participate in an exciting ‘white hat hacking’ competition. The competition was made up of challenges of increasing difficulty, where, prior to the main competition event, there was an introductory technical session where participants learnt key security concepts and methods.

The event was organized by UCLan Cyprus, the University of Cyprus and Circles under the umbrella of InfoSec and was sponsored by the Cyprus Computer Society, the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism (the Digital Champion office), IEEE Communications Cyprus, ACM Women Cyprus and Computrain. Additional collaborations achieved through this event include KPMG and Odyssey, two local companies known for their strong cybersecurity teams.

The event took place on September 19th, 2015 and was hosted at the UCLan Cyprus campus in Pyla. The event was a generous sponsorship by the MSc Cybersecurity course of UCLan Cyprus. The general coordination was undertaken by Dr. Josephina
Antoniou, course leader of MSc Computing at UCLan Cyprus, with the support of Dr. Eliana Stavrou, course leader of MSc Cybersecurity.
The 1st Cyprus Penetration Testing Competition attracted lots of positive publicity, and thus, it has been agreed by all organizers that to become an annual event.


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FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENTS BY UCLAN CYPRUS ACADEMIC AND PhD SCHOLAR!
Dr. Kalypso Iordanou, is the winner of the Cyprus Research Award Young Researcher 2015 in the field “Social Sciences & Humanities”!

Dr. Kalypso Iordanou, Assistant Professor in Psychology, was elected after a competitive procedure, by an international expert committee mandated by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF), to identify the nominees, whose work have demonstrated significant impact both nationally and internationally.
The ceremony was held on the 23rd of November 2015, at Hilton Hotel in Nicosia. The prizes were awarded by the Minister of Finance, Mr. Charis Georgiades, on behalf of his Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr. Nicos Anastasiades.

Dr. Iordanou received the award for her work “Developing Argumentation Skills”. As part of the prize, she will receive €35,000 from the Research Promotion Foundation to fund her ongoing, high quality research.

 

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BEST RESEARCH POSTER AT THE 2ND EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ECSM 2015 GOES TO CHRISTOS KARPASITIS, OUR UCLAN PHD STUDENT
UCLan PhD student Christos Karpasitis, competed with more than 200 participants to win the Award for Best Research Poster, with his publication entitled “The Role of Social Media Users in Brand Video Virality”.

The award ceremony was held during the 2nd European Conference on Social Media ECSM 2015, on 9-10th of July 2015, in Porto of Portugal.