The University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus, with campuses based in the three largest cities in Cyprus: Nicosia, Lemesos and Larnaca. It was formally known, until September 2007, as Intercollege. The University enrolls approximately 5,000 students, 4,000 of which are based in Nicosia. Wikipedia.
News Article | November 19, 2016
Only three years ago, Bank of Cyprus was on the critical list. It had been forced – under the terms of a €10bn bailout of the country – to seize cash from its savers and was being kept afloat by billions of euros pumped in from the central bank. But, in a story of revival that mirrors the recovery in the Cypriot economy, the bank is now eyeing a listing in London and outlining plans to expand in the UK. Chief executive John Hourican – who got the top job after leaving Royal Bank of Scotland amid the controversy of its Libor fine in 2013 – was in the City last week explaining how he intends to make the bank attractive to investors. The details are still sketchy. An initial listing is targeted for early next year but the main plan is to get into good enough shape to gain a place in the coveted FTSE indices that will help lure in big-money investors. Nonetheless, it is a sign of the impressive ambition Hourican has for a bank that, as he has admitted, is still “in repair”: some 58% of its loans are still non-performing (in default or close to it). But there are positive signs. Just €800m of emergency funding from the central bank still needs to be repaid, a small sum compared with the €11.4bn – equivalent to 70% of the country’s GDP – that was required to keep it afloat in 2013. Also, customers are once again putting their money on deposit at the bank, which was the first to force its savers to contribute to the rescue of the ailing financial system. In the depths of the eurozone crisis, anyone with more than €100,000 in savings lost money and the island’s second-largest bank, Laiki, was shut down almost overnight under the terms Nicosia agreed to in 2013. Bank of Cyprus took on the smaller depositors at Laiki and Hourican was recruited to turn around an institution that had, as he has put it, embarked on “managerial tourism”. Businesses in Russia were sold off and other international operations scaled down. Hourican, who was accustomed to controversy after being part of the team attempting to turn around RBS, did not escape it in Cyprus. He once found his car burnt out, which he told one interviewer was a sign of the anger local people felt living under the bailout. Announced in the early hours of 25 March 2013, the bailout terms Nicosia accepted from the EU, IMF and European Central Bank were harsh. Yet the country finished its rescue programme in March: a result seen by many as little short of miraculous. “In terms of speed, its recovery has been extraordinary,” said Hubert Faustmann, professor of history and political science at the University of Nicosia. “The recession was expected to be deeper and longer but the government implemented reforms quickly and efficiently, and for that it deserves praise.” More phlegmatic than their cousins in mainland Greece, many Cypriots simply accepted the draconian terms of the deal, although there were protests. Most saw the structural changes – starting with cuts to civil service jobs and salaries – as not only long overdue but more palatable than budget-enhancing tax increases, the policy favoured by the government in Athens. Ongoing reunification talks have triggered hopes of an economic boom, with Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders working to clinch a deal by the end of the year. Few, though, believe the island’s EU-member southern republic will return to its pre-crisis affluence any time soon. Even so, ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Cyprus by one notch from B+ to BB-. The economy grew by 1.75% last year and the government expects growth of 3% this year. The policy pursued to revive the bank has been similar to the way the economy has been streamlined. One Bank of Cyprus official describes it as “shrinking to strength”. “There has been a lot of deleveraging abroad and very technical tidying-up of the overhang that existed on our books,” the official said. The bank has also secured fresh funds. Some €1bn was raised in 2014 from high-profile investors such as Wilbur Ross, the billionaire who backed Donald Trump to become US president. Ross is now deputy chairman while Josef Ackermann – who ran Deutsche Bank until four years ago – is chairman. The immediate next steps will require repaying the rest of the emergency funding and setting up the holding company in Ireland that is needed to help Bank of Cyprus meet the criteria to eventually join the FTSE. A London listing will subject the bank – and its management – to tougher scrutiny. For now, though, insiders point to the 10% increase in deposits over the past year as a key barometer of progress. “Trust has recovered significantly: people feel very committed to returning money,” the bank official said.
Economidou-Kogetsidis M.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Pragmatics | Year: 2011
The present study examines e-mail requests sent by Greek Cypriot university students (non-native speakers of English) to faculty at a major, English-medium university in Cyprus, over a period of several semesters. It examines forms of address (salutations), the degree of directness employed, and the degree and type of supportive moves and lexical/phrasal modifiers used by students in order to soften or aggravate their e-requests. Findings from the study have shown that the NNS students' e-mails are characterized by significant directness (particularly in relation to requests for information), an absence of lexical/phrasal downgraders, an omission of greetings and closings and inappropriate or unacceptable forms of address. This paper argues that such e-mails can be perceived as impolite and discourteous and therefore capable of causing pragmatic failure. This is primarily due to the fact that they appear to give the faculty no choice in complying with the request and fail to acknowledge the imposition involved. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Apostolou M.,University of Nicosia
Aggression and Violent Behavior | Year: 2013
Past theorizing on the evolution of rape adduced the hypothesis that this act constitutes the behavioral expression of a mechanism which has evolved to enable men of low mate value to circumvent female choice. This has recently been questioned on the grounds that during human evolution, women's mate choices were controlled by their parents. It, therefore, remains unclear which were the evolutionary forces likely to have shaped this mechanism and whether such a mechanism exists in the first place. Accordingly, this paper employs anthropological and historical evidence in an attempt to reconstruct the evolutionary context in which a forced-sex mating strategy emerged. On the basis of this evidence, it is argued that forced sex is the outcome of an innate conditional strategy which enables men to circumvent parental and female choice when they experience a competitive disadvantage, or when the costs of doing so are low. The implications of the operation of this mechanism during human evolution are further explored. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Mavromoustakis C.X.,University of Nicosia
International Journal of Communication Systems | Year: 2013
When dealing with wireless connectivity in a mobile peer-to-peer (MP2P) environment, there are many concerns about the offered efficiency and availability of the requested resources and concerns about practicality considerations. These considerations deal with the movement and deployment of continuous connectivity. The intermittent connectivity is a major factor for object sharing misbehavior because it aggravates the connectivity and reliability. MP2P environments are in need of specialized placement algorithms where structured index-centric solutions will be able to provide efficiency and object location determination over intermittent connectivity and communication. Replication of any requested object and redundancy face the requests' failures because they create severe duplications, and aggravate the capacity of the end-to-end path. This work proposes a framework that enables mitigation between the file sharing misbehavior in contrast to the movement synchronization, and it quantifies the parameters that affect the end-to-end efficient transmission by taking into consideration the synchronization between moving peers to assign the requested resources in the end-to-end path. Resilience metrics are introduced to enable reliability in cooperative file sharing procedure. The proposed scheme considers synchronization and assignment of the moving mobile Infostation peer with certain object indices to a certain vehicle via a synchronized cooperative scheme where the file sharing process is performed through the message ferry mobile peer. In addition, a resource assignment cooperation engine is developed taking into consideration the social cooperation model and the end-to-end capacity of the relay path. The proposed resource exchange apparatus for file chunks' migration is performed to enable delay sensitive streaming. The proposed model is evaluated through experimental simulation taking measures for the throughput and the reliability offered and for the robustness for sharing resources of any capacity in dynamically changing MP2P wireless environments under synchronized movements. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Hajigeorgiou P.G.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy | Year: 2010
A new simple analytical diatomic potential energy function that can be considered an extension of the prototypical Lennard-Jones model is proposed and tested. Five- and six-parameter models are considered and these can be easily constructed from widely available low-order vibrational-rotational constants and the dissociation energy. Accuracy tests are carried out on the ground electronic states of sixteen diatomic molecules. The proposed six-parameter function is found to be more accurate than other available few-parameter analytical models for the diatomic potential energy, and has accuracy comparable to that of modern high-level ab initio functions. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Hajigeorgiou P.G.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy | Year: 2013
A simple semiempirical expression has been developed for estimating the effective non-integer vibrational index at dissociation, υD, in diatomic systems. The expression is given by,υD=1. 78349×Deωe-58,where the dissociation energy and the fundamental vibrational frequency must be expressed in the same units. This expression gives reliable results for a wide variety of ground electronic states of neutral systems, but underestimates the vibrational index for diatomic cations, most excited states and zero bond-order molecules. The expression is successful for electronic states that have a Birge-Sponer plot displaying a downward curvature as the dissociation limit is approached. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Economidou-Kogetsidis M.,University of Nicosia
Journal of Pragmatics | Year: 2013
The present study examines the extent to which written DCT requests approximate naturally occurring requests in a 'standard', service-encounter telephone situation with respect to the (a) degree of directness, (b) internal modification (syntactic and phrasal/lexical downgraders), and (c) request perspective. Results from the study revealed a picture with two sides: DCT requests and naturally occurring requests presented significant differences in a number of dimensions but at the same time they followed similar trends in terms of directness and lexical modification. Following the results, it was argued that the WDCT requests can, to a certain extent, approximate natural data and that WDCT data is therefore not without validity. It is warned, however, that findings from WDCT data should be treated with caution and as preliminary and that the use of a WDCT should be used alongside other research instruments and tested against other data through methodological triangulation. This will ensure greater validity and a better level of generalizability. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Kyriakides I.,University of Nicosia
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2012
Compressive sensing and processing handles high-resolution delay-Doppler radar measurements using a low sampling rate, simple receiver design, and inexpensive processing when Nyquist rate sensing and processing becomes impractical. The benefits of compressive sensing and processing are, however, offset by an increase in estimation error that is introduced when processing compressed measurements versus measurements sampled at the Nyquist rate. In this work, an adaptive compressive sensing and processing method is proposed for the radar tracking problem. The adaptive scheme naturally incorporates information on target state that is readily available from a particle filter based tracker. The proposed method is shown to improve tracking performance over nonadaptive compressive sensing and processing, while maintaining low-sampling rates, a computationally inexpensive operation, and a simple receiver design. © 2011 IEEE.
Kyriakides I.,University of Nicosia
ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings | Year: 2011
Compressive sensing and processing of radar waveforms enables high-resolution tracking while using low sampling rates and inexpensive processing. Compressive processing, however, introduces an additional estimation error, especially when the compressive sensing process is agnostic to the received waveform characteristics. In this work, an adaptive compressive sensing and processing scheme is applied to the radar tracking problem. The adaptive scheme naturally incorporates sequentially updated information on target state that is readily available from a particle filter based tracker. The proposed method is shown to improve tracking performance compared to a non-adaptive scheme, while maintaining a low-sampling rate and a computationally inexpensive operation. © 2011 IEEE.
Louca S.,University of Nicosia
Croatian Medical Journal | Year: 2012
The vision of the future health care should be a system in which patient care is consistently improved through the use of information on the individual patient's genomes and their downstream products. This requires the exploration of strategic relationships among various disciplines such as life sciences, mathematics, physics, chemistry, and information and communication technology, and constellation thinking to propose new ways for the diagnosis and therapy of diseases, integrated with a planned trans-disciplinary scientific approach involving all interested parties. Connecting high-quality trans-disciplinary scientists on a pan-European level through programs such as the Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) can support capacity building and increase the impact of personalized medicine research on regulatory bodies, decision makers, pharmaceutical and insurance companies, and the paying public. Such group effort could enable breakthrough scientific developments leading to new concepts and products and thereby contributing to the strengthening of Europe's research and innovation capacity while reforming the health care system.