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European University Cyprus developed out of Cyprus College, which was founded in 1961 by Ioannis Gregoriou. Today EUC is a modern university, operating five Schools, namely, the School of Arts and Education Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Sciences, and the Medical School. All undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by European University Cyprus are recognised nationally and internationally. The mission of the university is to educate our students for successful careers and life achievement, to understand and serve the needs of our society, and to create knowledge through research and innovation.

With an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, EUC is one of the leading research institutions in Cyprus. During the last few years, the University has developed an intense action in a wide spectrum of ICT, Health, and Socioeconomic Sciences and Humanities through coordination or participation in national, international and European Union-funded research programs. EUC is the only organization in Cyprus that has become partner in the following three ESFRI (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) projects, funded under the FP7 Capacities Programme and aiming at optimizing the use and development of the best research infrastructures existing in Europe: European Social Survey, Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (Preparing DARIAH) and Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure (CLARIN). Other sources of funding for research conducted by faculty members involve the Life-Long Learning 2007-2013 Programme, the Research Promotion Foundation, the United Nations, Governmental Bodies and others. The University also serves as the national representative for the prestigious International Social Survey Program (ISSP), the World Economic Forum, and as the official administrator in Cyprus of the World Bank publications.

The Centre for Risk, Safety and the Environment (CERISE) was established on 24th June 2011. CERISE’s mission is to promote to the wider public and the local SME (industrial and business) communities the values and necessities of safety. To provide to the local SME (industrial and business) communities applied solutions, executive training and consulting. To create a new generation of highly educated researchers and scholars in the areas of Risk, Safety and the Environment.

CERISE aims to foster high level research and development, to provide tailor made services to the local and wider business and industrial community and finally to establish itself as a provider of high level educational output in the areas of safety and risk assessment in the micro and macro environment.

The areas of strength of CERISE could be summarized as:

• Use, development and testing of statistical and mathematical methods and solutions for safety

• Risk assessment and management

• Organizational aspects of safety with a particular focus in the SME Community.

CERISE has already established partnerships with internationally known research centers and an advisory board of acclaimed academics is in place.

CERISE is a founding member of the Cyprus Safety Platform. CERISE is a member of the European Technology Platform in Industrial Safety (ETPIS).