The new venture, the Pafos Innovation Institute (PII ) is the product of a first-of-its-kind joint initiative between IDC Herzliya, a leading Israeli academic institution, and the City of Pafos, headed by Mayor Phedonas Phedonos, aims to foster collaborations and generate solutions to challenges in the areas of water, energy and food security.
PII, a non for profit institute was launched with the blessings of both President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli President Reuven (“Rubi”) Rivlin. PII awards Master’s degrees, which integrate diverse disciplines of knowledge necessary to address the challenges of the 21st century. The field of technology, management, entrepreneurship, sustainability, psychology, and more are harnessed to create a hub for people who are capable of learning and internalizing worlds’ challenges, translating them into specific problems; working in cooperation in heterogeneous teams in order to design and build the tools, products and services that can solve these problems.
A three-pronged process comprised of knowledge transfer, training and industry / academia / public-sector collaboration designed to foster entrepreneurship and innovation to create social impact, is a core aspect of PII, and is intertwined in the academic programs.
PII will support the development of leadership that will be able to integrate innovative and sustainable solutions into their local system to address global and local needs.
PII will create opportunities for entrepreneurs to take on the world’s most urgent challenges and provide the knowledge, tools and platforms that will help in finding solutions.
STAKEHOLDER COLLABORATION AND INVOLVEMENT
PII will facilitate and coordinate extensive stakeholder involvement to address the demands and expectations of key stakeholders, which is necessary to provide change-makers with practical hands-on perspective.
Pafos Innovation Institute (PII) will form a hub for interregional collaborations and a networking platform for young leaders from Eastern Mediterranean countries – Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan and others – that will facilitate the knowledge sharing and collaboration needed to further develop innovative and sustainable solutions in the fields of water and energy.