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Cyprus and MIT: New Research onthe Environment in the Mediterranean

Thanks to HomeboyMediaNews for the heads up on this story:

From MIT press release:

Energy, environment and water are the focus of a new joint program between MIT and the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus. The initiative will promote a high level of scientific research and education at a new university on Cyprus, which for millennia has been a crossroad of commerce, civilizations and cultures.

The Cyprus Institute Program for Energy, Environment and Water Resources (CEEW) is a new research and education program established at MIT's Laboratory for Energy and the Environment (LFEE).

Its counterpart in Cyprus will be the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) at the newly established Cyprus Institute (CyI), a university focused on undergraduate and graduate education and research in science, technology, arts and social sciences.

"The government of Cyprus is committed to turning the Cypriot economy into a knowledge-based economy and to rendering our island into a regional center of excellence for educational services," said Tassos Papadopoulos, president of the Republic of Cyprus, in a speech at the presidential palace Feb. 10. "The government's target is to make available government funds for research, reaching the EU level of 1 percent of GDP by 2010, of course with a corresponding contribution of the private sector."

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