The island of Cyprus is the easternmost E.U. country located at a geographic crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. The problematic political situation, sudden economic expansion, and sensitivity to climate change make the country an ideal case study for the need of sustainable development and the role of higher education in realizing this change. Although sustainable development may be critical for Cyprus, the social, economic, and environmental sectors have been relatively slow to react. The government has laid forth a strategic plan for sustainable development, however significant barriers seem to exist both in the implementation and public acceptance of sustainable initiatives. This lag is also noticed in the vague stance of universities in Cyprus towards sustainability. This paper looks to present selected issues regarding sustainable development in Cyprus and focus on the important role of higher education in realizing this necessary change. Initially, research conducted on universities in Cyprus reveals deficiencies in the implementation of clear and transparent sustainable policies.These deficiencies are detrimental to sustainable development in Cyprus considering the relative literature supporting universities as the catalyst of change. The results and discussions make the case that universities need to provide specific policies regarding sustainability in order to promote sustainable development in a clear and accountable way.
|Keywords:||Cyprus, Sustainable Development, Higher Education, Universities|
Director of Business School, Senior Lecturer, School of Business, MKC City College, Larnaca, Cyprus