Michael Frederickou
Awards

Honouring the founder
of our University

After the passing of Frederick University’s Founder, Michael Frederickou, the University Council decided, as one of the measures taken in his memory, to establish the Michael Frederickou Awards.

The awards aim to highlight actions that promote the core values of the Founder and the University, as expressed in its mission pillars. They aim to reward excellence in teaching, research and contribution to society. 

The Michael Frederickou Teaching Excellence Award

Winner:

  • Dr Panagiotis Theodosis Nobelos, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy

The students of the bachelor in Pharmacy, who nominated Dr Nobelos for this award made remarkable comments about him: "He was an excellent role model both in terms of his knowledge and his ethics, dignity, kindness and interest towards us. He has the ability to distinguish the potential of each student and encourage them, believe in them and generously provide them help and motivation, even if he was not asked".

The Michael Frederickou Research Excellence Awards 

Winners:

  • Dr Haris Charalambous, Associate Professor, School of Engineering
  • Dr Dimitris Nikolaides, Associate Professor, School of Engineering
  • The Research Unit for Historical Constructional Systems: the unit consists of Professor Panagiotis Touliatos, Associate Professor Nasso Chrysochou, Associate Professor Marios Pelekanos and Assistant Professor Nikos Georgiou, faculty members of the Department of Architecture. The Unit has become a point of reference in the field of analysis and evaluation of historical monuments in Cyprus and enjoys international aclaim.
The Michael Frederickou Outstanding Student or Graduate Awards

Winners:

  • Marios Pafitis, student of the Master's Program in Intelligent Systems and Internet Systems. Marios Pafitis combines the subject of his studies and his social responsibility to promote actions and research in issues related to health and IT, such as the detection of Alzheimer's in MRI images, in environmental issues, as well as in other social issues.
  • Konstantinos Christou, student of the Bachelor's Program in Physical Education and Sports Science. Konstantinos Christou has been working with the wheelchair basketball team 'Hefaistos' for the last two years with the aim of promoting the Paralympics, the socialization of people with disabilities through sports, but also the promotion and empowerment of people with disabilities so that they can continue to be source of inspiration. He has also contributed to the creation of the Non-Profit Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities 'YPARCHO'.
The Sustainable Development Goals Actions Awards

The 2021-22 Awards were presented in memory of the late Minister of Labor and Social Insurance, Zeta Emilianidou, for her commitment to the promotion of social justice, for her social sensitivity, and for her deep love and concern for the welfare of her fellow citizens. 

Winners:

  • 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.
Best Thesis Awards

For the best Master's or Doctoral thesis in each of the University's five Faculties. The students who were awarded in this category received an award from the Ioannidis-Dimitriou Law Office:

  • School of Engineering: Michael Chrysostomou
  • School of Education and Social Sciences: Stavros Stavrou
  • School of Business and Law: Chrysanthi Yachanatzi
  • School of Arts, Communication and Cultural Studies: Chrysos Kyriakou
  • School of Health Sciences: Vasso Stylianou
The Michael Frederickou Teaching Excellence Award

Winners

  • The Teaching Excellence Award for conventional programs was awarded to Dr. Byron Ioannou, Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture.
  • The Teaching Excellence Award for distance learning programs was awarded to Dr. Nikleia Eteokleous, Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences.
The Michael Frederickou Research Excellence Awards 

Winners:

  • Best Researcher Award: Presented to Dr. Paris Fokaides, Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering who was recently named among the world's leading researchers. Dr. Fokaides leads the Sustainable Energy Research Group, one of the University’s most fast-growing and promising research groups. Since 2019, Dr. Fokaides has published 37 scientific articles with almost 1200 citations.
  • Most Active Research Group Award:
    Presented to the Cyprus Ionospheric Research Group headed by Dr. Haris Haralambous, Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Informatics. The group, which has a leading role in Cyprus in its field, has in recent years achieved funding for seven research projects with a budget of over 650,000, has organized international conferences and the educational exhibition "The Sun and Us".
Co-Curricular Activities Award

The Co-Curricular Activities have a key role in Frederick University’s innovative educational methods which is why they are recognised and awarded. The award was presented to three activities as follows:

  • The Formula Racing Team where University students work together to develop a racing car and successfully take part in international competitions. The award was received by the team coordinator, Dr Antonis Lontos.
  • FredMun (Frederick University Model UN) where students from different countries simulate the United Nations processes and committees within the University premises. The award was received by the team coordinator, Dr Konstantinos Kouroupis.
  • Mobile Devices Lab where students participate in the development of innovative mobile device applications in various areas of social interest. The award was received by the MDL Director, Dr Andreas Constantinides.
The Sustainable Development Goals Actions Awards

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are fully aligned with Frederick University's core values and have been integrated into its strategy. To demonstrate the importance the University attributes to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, three relevant awards were presented:

  • Protecting our Planet Award: To the Nature Conservation Unit which specialises on biodiversity conservation, environmental education and natural resources management in Cyprus. The award was received by the Unit’s head, Dr Constantinos Kounnamas.
  • Local Impact Award: To the Nursing Department’s students who offered their services to the state during the pandemic, before even finishing their studies. The award was received by Fotini Grammatikopoulou, Aspasia Andreou and Hashim Hind on behalf of their fellow students.
  • Sustainable Community Award: To the members of EnAF (Equality and Awareness at Frederick), a Frederick University Center on Gender Issues, Diversity and Equality, aiming to foster gender equality in and outside the organisation and to ensure equal opportunities for all. The award was presented by EnAF members Dr Vasiliki Karagouni whom along with Dr. Petroula Mavrikiou developed the code to prevent and deal with harassment and sexual harassment at the University.
The Michael Frederickou Outstanding Contribution Award

This award relates to actions that supported the university and managed to address a significant challenge faced over the past year. This year, the award was granted in relation to the COVID-19 response. It was received by Mr. Stephanos Tsorakis, Director of the Operations & Infrastructure Service, Ms Andrea Athanasiou, Director of the Studies and Student Welfare Service and Dr Nikleia Eteokleous, President of the Distance Learning Committee for successfully tackling the challenges which occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Michael Frederickou Award for an Outstanding Student or Graduate

The award was received by Ms Pavlina Platonos, an Architecture graduate who transformed her community in Lympia through actions implemented by the “Koinon Olympion” initiative.

Best Thesis Awards

For the best Master's or Doctoral thesis in each of the University's five Faculties. The students who were awarded in this category received an award from the Ioannidis-Dimitriou Law Office:

  • School of Engineering: Taqwa Salaheldin Khairy Saeed
  • School of Education and Social Sciences: Rafaella Neofytou
  • School of Business and Law: Demetrios Kamperis and Spyridon Apostolou
  • School of Arts, Communication and Cultural Studies: Adonis Papadopoulos
  • School of Health Sciences: Elena Alexandrou Panayiotopoulou