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Strategic Partnerships

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

mit logoMiT was involved in the creation of the Energy, Environment and Water Research Center (EEWRC) of CyI, and they continue to work in close collaboration, for example through a joint study on Natural Gas, a joint postdoctoral programme, as well as the CSP-DSW study, examining Cogeneration of Electricity and Desalinated Sea Water using Concentrated Solar Power. Founded in 1861, MiT is one of the most eminent research institutions in the world. Its mission is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship, and they are also driven to bring knowledge to bear on the world’s great challenges. The Institute is an independent, coeducational, privately endowed university, organized into five Schools (architecture and planning; engineering; humanities, arts, and social sciences; management; and science). It has some 1,000 faculty members, more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 130,000 living alumni. MIT’s spirit of interdisciplinary exploration has fuelled many scientific breakthroughs and technological advances. Current research and education areas include digital learning; nanotechnology; sustainable energy, the environment, climate adaptation, and global water and food security; Big Data, cybersecurity, robotics, and artificial intelligence; human health, including cancer, HIV, autism, Alzheimer’s, and dyslexia; biological engineering and CRISPR technology; poverty alleviation; advanced manufacturing; and innovation and entrepreneurship.


Max Planck Society

max planck logoThe Max Planck Society has been a strategic partner of CyI from the onset, and we collaborate with a range of institutions which are part of the Max Planck constellation, including the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (in 2015, CyI and MPIC published a joint paper in Nature on the contribution of outdoor air pollution sources to premature mortality on a global scale) the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics etc. The Max Planck Society is arguably Germany's most successful research organization. Since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting it on a par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide. The more than 15,000 publications each year in internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant field.


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications – NCSA)

illinois uc logoThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and in particular the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) played a key role in the establishment of the High Performance Computing facilities (Cy-TERA) of the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Center (CaSToRC) of the Cyprus Institute, and has been a strategic partner ever since, not only through collaboration on computer infrastructure but also through a dual degree PhD programme and a joint postdoctoral programme in the fields of Scientific Computing/Data intensive applications, Digital Cultural Heritage and Materials/Manufacturing. UIUC was founded in 1867, and is one of the top public universities in the USA. It has over 44,000 students and the University Library is one of the largest public university collections in the world with 13 million volumes in its 37 unit libraries. Annually, 53,000,000 people visit its online catalogue. UIUC faculty have been awarded Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, and the Fields Medal in Mathematics. 11 Alumni are Nobel Laureates and another 18 have won Pulitzer Prizes. Current research focus areas are Bioinformatics and Health Sciences, Computing and Data Sciences, Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Materials and Manufacturing, and Physics and Astronomy. Established in 1986 as one of the original sites of the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program, NCSA is supported by the state of Illinois, the University of Illinois, the National Science Foundation, and grants from other federal agencies.


Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF)

C2RMF logoEstablished in 1998, The Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museums of France (C2RMF-Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France) is the national research centre in France responsible for the documentation, conservation and restoration of the items held in the collections of more than 1,200 museums across France. C2RMF also carries out extensive scientific studies and data recording for these collections, and is active both nationally and internationally in the field of cultural heritage conservation and analysis. The C2RMF is involved in the development of technologies and scientific procedures employed in the preservation of art works and artefacts, both on its own and in partnership with other museums and research institutions across the globe. C2RMF has been a strategic partner since the establishment of the Science and Technology in Archaeology and Culture Research Center (STARC) of the Cyprus Institute. In 2013, CyI and C2RMF signed a memorandum of understanding. The collaboration aims at the advancement of our common research and educational objectives, including applications of science and technology to the study, documentation and preservation of cultural heritage, especially for the Mediterranean and the Middle East region. The cooperative activities include joint research and educational projects, exchange of students, faculty, researchers and other staff, joint organization of events and exchange of information.

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