Neapolis University Pafos Chairman, Mr. George Leptos, Honored with General Service Award at Cyprus Export Awards

October 20, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of Cyprus’ economic activities, the recognition of individuals contributing to entrepreneurship is pivotal. Mr. George Leptos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Neapolis University Pafos (NUP), recently earned a well-deserved spotlight in the August 2023 edition of InBusiness Magazine’s Special Feature. More specifically, he received the prestigious General Service Award for Businesses and other sectors in the Cyprus Export Awards, on behalf of NUP.

The Cyprus Export Awards serve as a testament to the enduring values that steer entrepreneurship. By celebrating vision, creativity, innovation, extroversion, and foresight within Cypriot businesses, these awards play a crucial role in acknowledging the essence of entrepreneurship.

For Neapolis University Pafos, this recognition is not just an accolade but a profound development. Mr. Leptos reflects on the significance, stating, “The award is an important development for us. It honors us, filling us with optimism for the future, while at the same time vindicating us for the bold decision to establish and operate the university in Paphos a decade earlier.” The award validates their commitment to excellence, applied research, and knowledge, within an environment marked by sensitivity to students and graduates.

Within the broader context of Cyprus’ economic activities, the higher education sector has emerged as a vital contributor, representing more than 5% of the country’s GDP. Despite intense international competition, private universities face challenges, notably in international competition and bureaucratic hurdles in attracting students from third countries.

Mr. George Leptos emphasises the urgency for comprehensive support policies, calling for initiatives such as tax incentives related to infrastructure investments, laboratories, and machinery. These incentives are crucial not only for academic and research development but also for economic growth and the creation of employment opportunities.

“The transformation of Cyprus into a center for the provision of educational services cannot wait any longer,” Mr. George Leptos asserts. Neapolis University Pafos envisions a future where a supportive policy framework propels the sector forward, fostering an environment conducive to growth, innovation, and international collaboration.

As Neapolis University Pafos continues its journey in the dynamic field of higher education, this recognition serves as both validation and motivation to persist in their commitment to excellence, innovation, and the development of Cyprus as a prominent educational hub.

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