The Role of Education in a Multicultural Cyprus

29 and 30 November 2013

UNESCO Amphitheater, University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Conference Details 

Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Latins, and Armenians have been the primary historical communities that compose the multicultural population makeup of Cyprus, resulting in a country of great diversity. However, the continuing conflict between the Greek and Turkish Cypriots has geographically and socially segregated these communities, while the influx of economic immigrants, especially after Cyprus’s accession to the EU, has in turn contributed to Cyprus’s challenges arising from multiculturalism, in an altogether different manner. How has education over time attended to the issues introduced by Cyprus’s complex evolving multiculturalism? How can education better attend to current problems of coexistence in Cyprus?

More information on the conference may be accessed HERE.

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  • Collateral cultural events including a photographic exhibition, traditional music and dance, literary readings, jazz and classical music concerts, and film screenings ran from Monday, 25 November until Thursday, 28 November, 2013 at the Goethe-Institut.
  • A guided tour of the walled city of Famagusta was also scheduled for Sunday, 1 December, 2013.
  • You may access the Programme HERE.

The event was placed under the patronage of Mrs. Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the European Commission responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Organizers: Cyprus Academic Dialogue and The Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies—University of Nicosia.

Co-organizers: The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, The Australian High Commission, and The Association for Historical Dialogue and Research.

Sponsors: The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation, The Australian High Commission, UNESCO Chair—University of Nicosia, and the Women’s Federation for World Peace.

Supporters: Goethe-Institut, UNESCO Chair—University of Nicosia, and Cyprus Academic Forum.