Muscat, The Sultanate and the Republic of Cyprus today signed a
memorandum of understanding (MoU) in the field of higher education.
The MoU was signed by Dr. Rawiya bint Saud al- Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education
and Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides.
During her meeting with the visiting delegation, Dr. Al- Busaidiya welcomed the delegation
and gave them an overview of higher education in the Sultanate in its governmental and
private sectors, and efforts exerted by the Sultanate to develop the higher education
During the meeting, the two sides discussed aspects of cooperation between the
Sultanate and the Republic of Cyprus in the fields of transfer of science, knowledge and
technology, as well as discussing the latest cooperation agreement in the field of mutual
recognition of academic qualifications for higher education between the Sultanate’s
Government and the Goverment of Republic of Cyprus.
For his part, the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the interest of the Cypriot
side in expanding cooperation with the Omani side in the field of academic consultation,
scientific research and exchange programs, and to find exchange and cooperation
programs between academics and specialists in the higher education sector in both
countries through the implementation of joint scientific and research workshops and
conferences. He welcomed the proposals for cooperation with the possibility of allocating
a number of scholarships for Omani students from the most prestigious universities in
Cyprus, adding that joint scientific cooperation will enhance the bilateral relations between
the two friendly countries.
The MoU aims to encourage scientific cooperation between the Sultanate and Cyprus in
the field of higher education and scientific research, including the exchange of student
visits, experts, specialists, academics, scholarships, joint scientific projects and
cooperation in the transfer of science, knowledge and technology between the two
The number of Omani students currently studying in Cyprus is 22, all studying at the
University of Nicosia in the field of human medicine.
Source: Oman News Agency