CSR Report 2007-2014 – English

Corporate social responsibility is the continuing commitment by business to behave ethically, and contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as the local community and society at large.

Source: WBCSD Stakeholder Dialogue on CSR, 1998
In 2013, Cyprus underwent a year wrought with difficulties and challenges. The University of Nicosia regarded this as an opportunity to contribute towards shaping a bright future. Beginning with our strong attributes, we undertook appropriate initiatives in a timely and effective manner in order to achieve positive results, thus further strengthening our foundation for sustainable development.

We believe in employing ethical conduct in our dealings with society and the integration of social and environmental concerns in our business operations, as well as in our interactions with our students, our employees, the business community and the wider society.

Within this context, the “CSR Report 2007-2014” is the first effort by the University of Nicosia to document the social and environmental initiatives undertaken during its first seven years of operation. Since 2007, the University has consistently strived towards integrating the principles of Corporate Social Responsibility with its corporate strategy.

This Report highlights the activities undertaken during the period 2007-2014 and focuses on the CSR practices initiated across the main sectors of employees, students, the environment and the wider society.

The coordination and overall responsibility for the publication of this Report reside with the Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration. We thank all the various University Departments that contributed information towards insuring the thoroughness and accuracy of this Report.  We welcome any feedback on the structure and content of this Report as this will assist us in our mission for continuous improvement.

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Human Resources

Successful development decisions, combined with the recruitment of talented and qualified personnel, have resulted in the University of Nicosia to be regarded as one of the most important, dynamic and stable employers in the Cypriot labour market. The University strives to ensure and promote a corporate philosophy that provide its employees with a friendly and safe work environment that values meritocracy and supports equal opportunity, lifelong education and which is inclusive and free of discrimination. The University has developed a Code of Conduct and Values that applies to both administrative and academic personnel that aims to cultivate a spirit of team work and collaboration.

Today, the University of Nicosia employs 336 permanent employees consisting of 193 faculty members and 143 administrative staff.

Fast Facts

  • The majority of administrative staff is female; by the end of 2013, 69.8% of administrative staff employed was female.
  • In 2014, the average age of employees at the University of Nicosia is 42.43 years, with 64.2% of employees being under the age of 45.
  • Approximately, 74% of employees are Cypriot, while 26% hail from other countries.
  • Currently, 69% of academic staff has a doctorate degree, while the remaining 31% have a postgraduate degree. Several faculty members with postgraduate degrees have received support from the University and are in the process of pursuing their doctorate degree.

Human Resources Management System

The University of Nicosia has created a modern and integrated Human Resources Management System, which is utilised to support the sound management and development of University employees. The system, based on internationally accepted principles of human resources management, aims to fully realize the potential of University staff, in conjunction with achieving the greatest possible workplace/professional satisfaction.

Investors in People

In 2012, the University of Nicosia was certified by the world famous model “Investors in People” (IIP), the only recognized and integrated standard for the management and development of human resources. IIP certifies organisations that recognize the catalyst role played by their human resource towards improving their competitiveness. Created in 1990 in the UK, the standard has been adopted by more than 70,000 companies and organizations in 50 countries around the world. In Cyprus, the University of Nicosia was the ninth organization to receive this distinction.

Health and Safety

\In an effort to ensure optimal working conditions and the protection of staff from workplace accidents and occupational illness, the Office of Environment, Health and Safety conducts risk assessments throughout the year. In 2013, 17 risk assessments were conducted.

Personnel Training and Development

As a higher education institution, the University of Nicosia focuses particular attention to the lifelong training and development of both administrative and academic staff. Continuous training and re-training is a cornerstone of the development of human resources at the University and is implemented through attending seminars, professional workshops and scientific conferences, both in Cyprus and abroad. The University of Nicosia establishes an annual programme aimed at addressing the educational needs and required skills development of its staff. The total amount allocated for the training and development of personnel for the academic period 2013-14 amounted to €96,000 (this figure does not include the subsidies received from the local Human Resource Development Authority in-house training programmes).

Staff Mobility (Erasmus Mobility)

University of Nicosia academic and administrative staff is able to participate in mobility programmes funded by the European Union Erasmus Exchange Programme. By visiting universities abroad, employees gain knowledge and experience and the opportunity to develop foreign partnerships.

Provisions & Benefits

Employees of the University of Nicosia are provided with a range of additional benefits that they, as well as their dependent family members, can gain from. These employee benefits impact areas such as personal development and welfare; health insurance; support to the family and the strengthening of corporate cultural, collaboration and team spirit.

Specific examples include the provision of free education to staff members who have completed two years of employment and significant discounts to staff offspring pursuing a programme of study at the University; a group health care plan offered through a large private insurance company that full-time employees have access to following the completion of four months of employment; and a provident fund scheme available to employees following the completion of two years of employment. In 2013, the University contribution towards the Provident Fund Scheme amounted to €480,000.

Additional benefits include free access to the swimming pool of the private Pascal School in Nicosia during the summer period; free access to the University Library (including access to over 95,000 books and thousands of online journals); and discounted access to quality films screened at the University in-house film theatre, Cine Studio, in collaboration with the Cyprus Friends of Cinema Society.

During the academic period 2013-2014, the value of these benefits exceeded 700,000 Euros.

Students

Scholarships

As part of its social contribution and in an attempt to create incentives towards healthy academic competition, the University of Nicosia offers various scholarships to full-time Cypriot students based on various criteria.

The various scholarships, awarded annually, include:

  • Twenty one (21) scholarships to outstanding graduating students offered to every high school and technical school based on the final average diploma grade;
  • A range of automatic scholarships, valid for one academic year, based on their overall diploma grade;
  • Financial assistance in the form of discounts, ranging from 5-15% off tuition fees, for students who are able to prove financial difficulties;
  • Financial assistance to students from large families (4 or more children) are granted an automatic 10% discount;
  • Financial assistance to families with two offspring attending the University on a full-time basis are granted a 10% disco