Recognising excellence
in sustainability within
our community

To demonstrate our commitment to the SDGs, the University Council decided to define a specific section of the annual Michael Frederickou Awards, the most prestigious awards granted by the University, to ‘The SDGs Action Awards’.

The University awards:

practices or activities from Frederick University faculty, staff, students and alumni that show significant impact with respect to SDGs or
outstanding individuals (Frederick University faculty, staff, students and alumni) who are demonstrating that it is up to us to inspire and enact change.


Submissions need to demonstrate how the nominee’s activities contribute to at least one of the following:

Mobilize others to act for the SDGs
Inspire a shift in behaviour for the SDGs
Connect people and/or diverse partners, bridging the gap between citizens and institutions, to increase progress on the SDGs.

Any member of the academic community is eligible for this award (faculty members, administrative staff, students & graduates).

For the academic year 2020-21 these four awards were granted:

• The Blue Limassol project, in which members of the Department of Shipping and Commerce and the Department of Architecture and Engineering of Frederick University participated. The project included conducting, on behalf of the Municipality of Limassol, the first comprehensive Environmental Study that identifies and evaluates, overall and combined, the environmental risks in the coastal area of ​​Limassol. The award was received on behalf of the team by the Assistant Professor and President of the Department of Shipping and Commerce, Dr. Angelos Menelaou.

• The CARE project "Visual arts education in new times: Connecting Art with REal life issues", which aimed to strengthen the visual arts in the field of education by integrating elements of sustainable development. The award was received by the Lead Researcher and Coordinator of the project CARE, Dr Victoria Pavlou, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Sciences.

• The Forest School, the first of its kind in Cyprus, which promotes the multifaceted development of the child through experiential learning in nature and freedom. The award was accepted on behalf of the team by the head of the program, Dr. Nikoletta Christodoulou, Associate Professor at the University's Department of Educational Sciences.

• The Nature Conservation Unit, the University's longest-running research unit, and the largest nature conservation research body in Cyprus, with funding of over one million in recent years and substantial contribution to the development of environmental protection policies. The LIFE-KEDROS project, in which the Unit participated, was recently awarded as one of the three best in Europe - an important distinction for Cyprus and its forests. The award was received by the head of the unit, Dr. Konstantinos Kounnamas, and Dr. Chrysanthi Katzi, a member of the team.