In an attempt to offer our Maths School students some hands-on experience on the purpose of mathematics in real life, and engage them in different fields where they can be exposed to the applicability of what they learn in class, the Mathematics Department organized a visit to the University of Cyprus on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. During the visit the students had the opportunity to take part in two presentations.
Our first presentation was by Dr. Theo Theocharides on the subject of Intelligent Infrastructures in Modern Society. Dr. Theocharides is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at the University of Cyprus and the Director of Research for the KIOS. The mission of the KIOS Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence (KIOS CoE) is to conduct multidisciplinary research and innovation in the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with emphasis on the Monitoring, Control, Security and Management of Critical Infrastructures, which include large-scale, complex systems such as power and energy systems, water systems, transportation systems, telecommunication networks and emergency management and response systems. During the visit, students were able to learn about the importance of intelligent systems in today’s smart societies, and see how autonomous systems and robotics such as drones and connected vehicles can augment our everyday life, for the benefit of society and well-being of our citizens. The students also had the opportunity to visit and have a tour of the KIOS labs.
Our second presentation was by Dr. Andreas Milidonis on Financial Education. Dr. Milidonis is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Cyprus. He has worked and consulted in the US, UK, Singapore and Europe on issues related to risk management for financial institutions (banks, insurance companies, etc.). He is also a member of the Ad-Hoc committee for the formulation of Cyprus national strategy for the advancement of Financial Literacy. Dr Milidonis discussed with students the low levels of financial literacy in Cyprus and the actions taken to address them at a national level. Among such actions are the introduction of a Financial education course at the University of Cyprus in 2020 which has been oversubscribed ever since. The presentation offered students an introduction to how students can manage their own personal finances as future college students, but also throughout their adult life.