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The Outcome of the First Cyprus Educational Forum held in Moscow, 24-25 February 2009

Author:  Moscow CTC

Briefing the results of the First Cyprus Educational Forum in Moscow, CTC can admit with satisfaction the notable interest of the Russian public to educational services offered by Cyprus. We were glad to welcome so many old and new friends of Cyprus who came to take part in the event. The total number of guests and visitors, as well as journalists and media men who attended the opening ceremony and the presentations of Cyprus high and higher education institutions in the premises of the CCCI RF Congress Centre exceeded 150.

We believe that this interest is not surprising, as Cyprus enjoys a high and long-lasting reputation of a hospitable tourist and reliable financial centre. The island is also well known in Russia as an international business hub. However, for the bulk of Russians, Cyprus has not yet been opened as a modern education centre, despite the fact that nowadays the country provides a wide range of up-to-date educational products complementary to the Russian ones. This opens good prospects for mutually advantageous bilateral cooperation in the sphere of education - even in the tense times of global recession, as we are looking for and we are working for a better future.

The Organisers hope that the Forum has helped to enrich the image of Cyprus as a growing educational centre in the Eastern Mediterranean providing all the participants with an opportunity to exchange proposals, information, and experience. The Forum gathered the leading Cyprus educational institutions: 7 universities and 2 colleges presented their products and facilities, as well as the benefits of learning in Cyprus. We expect that the Cyprus Educational Forum held in Moscow will stimulate Cyprus-Russian relationships in the sphere of education and will assist to further efficient interaction between Cyprus and Russian educational institutions. We hope as well that it helped to open the gates to new forms of bilateral cooperation in this field. We are glad to note that the Forum was in all respect a creative and fruitful incentive, and a useful and informative event for all the parties involved.

The Organisers of the Forum extend heartfelt thanks to the CCI RF officials and the staff of the Chamber for their invaluable support, which helped to create a comfortable and open ground for interactive communication of all the interested parties.

The Organisers highly appreciate the assistance of the Federal Agency for Education (ROSOBRAZOVANIE), the Department of External Economic and International Relations and the Department of Education of the Government of the City of Moscow. We are also grateful to the Permanent Missions of the Russian Regions in Moscow, as well as regional and local Chambers of Commerce and Industry that helped to disseminate information about the event at the local level.

The Organisers of the Forum are truly grateful to Russian educational centres which received the Cyprus delegation in their premises. We highly appreciate the friendly cooperation of the Academy of Labour and Social Relations and its Rector Professor Alexey Shulus, as well as the hospitality of the Moscow advanced secondary school УIntellectualФ and its Headmaster Dr. Yevgeny Markelov.

We forward thanks to all information partners of the Forum who helped the Organisers to inform all the persons and institutions concerned.

The Organizers of the Forum:
The Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the Russian Federation
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
The Ministry of Education and Culture
Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry



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