The University of Nicosia Medical School celebrated the second graduation of doctors in Cyprus with an impressive ceremony held at the Strovolos Municipal Theatre in Nicosia on 6 May, attended by parents and guests from across the globe. Fifty-seven graduates received a Bachelor of Medicine – Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from St George’s, University of London (SGUL). In addition, seven physicians received a University of Nicosia Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine, and six faculty members were awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education from SGUL.
This ceremony also recognised three distinguished professors for their contributions to medical science. Degrees of Doctor of Science (Medicine) honoris causa from the University of Nicosia were awarded to Prof Peter Kopelman, former Principal of SGUL, who was instrumental in establishing the University of Nicosia Medical School and who has a long-standing interest in diabetes care, nutrition and obesity; and to Prof Andreas Adam, Interventional Radiologist at the University of London, whose research work has shaped clinical practice internationally.
Prof Tim St Pierre, a Physicist at the University of Western Australia, was the recipient of the Panos Englezos Award established by the Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) and jointly awarded by the Medical School and TIF on a biennial basis. Prof St Pierre developed the non-invasive liver iron measurement technology, FerriScan, which has so far been used with over 30,000 patients around the world, including thalassaemia patients, in whom it has resulted in the reduction of iron-related morbidity and mortality.
00:00 – 02:05 Academic Procession
02:05 – 09:15 Address by Professor Andreas Charalambous, Executive Dean, Medical School
09:30 – 15:04 Address by Professor Jenny Higham, Principal, St George’s, University of London
15:10 – 21:04 Address by Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, Rector, University of Nicosia
21:20 – 32:45 The MBBS Graduands are presented
32:55 – 43:57 Professor Andreas Adam is awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) honoris causa
35:05 – 36:46 Professor Peter Kopelman is awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) honoris causa
37:00 – 41:00 The Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare and Biomedical Education Graduands are presented
41:15 – 44:40 The Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine Graduands are presented
44:55 – 48:30 The Panos Englezos Award
48:50 – 57:15 Message of Congratulations from the Faculty by Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Founding Chair of the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and Former President of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
57:40 – 59:45 The Hippocratic Oath is recited by graduands of the MBBS programme led by Professor Jenny Higham