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TEPAK interim board resigns.

Byline: Anna Hassapi

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TEPAK's Interim Governing Board and Chairman yesterday submitted their resignations to the Minister of Education, Andreas Demetriou. The instigator of the mass resignations of the 12-member board appears to be its Chairman, Dr Antonis Constantinides, who based the decision on issues of inclusion and representation.

"The university academic body is currently unrepresented in the Interim Governing Board. This is not acceptable, particularly at this stage of its development. We have a good number of highly capable professors with the necessary vision and skills to take the university to its next level of growth. These academics should be represented on the new University Board," Demetriou said.

Demetriou was also critical of the fact that women had not been adequately represented on the Board. "It is even more unacceptable that the Interim Governing Board is so imbalanced against women. There is only one woman member when we have so many capable women both within the university and at large in our society," he explained.

The resignations coincide with the end of the Board's term in December and will pave the way for the creation of a fresh committee. In his letter of resignation to the Minister, Demetriou recommended that the state select people from TEPAK's academic community to sit on the Board and to give equal representation to women.

Demetriou has been a member of the Interim Board since 2004, and in March 2008 he succeeded Andreas Demetriou as Board President, when the latter took up office as Minister of Education.

"On a personal level I will return to my thriving community of scholars at Imperial College London. However, I would like to assure you that my affection for the university and my commitment to having a Cyprus University of Technology that matches the best in the world are undiminished," Demetriou said.

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Date:Nov 27, 2008
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