Monash University partners with European University Cyprus to improve road safety

Minister of Communications and Works, Ms Vassiliki Anastassiadou, Vice Rector Prof Dr Andreas Efstathiou, European University Cyprus, Professor Jude Charlton, Director of MUARC and Mr Sam Beever, Australian High Commissioner Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) is pleased to announce that Director Professor Judith Charlton, on behalf of Monash University, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Vice-Chancellor of the European University Cyprus.

The MOU was signed in Cyprus on Friday 24 May in the presence of the Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Sam Beever, and Minister of Communications and Works, Ms Vassiliki Anastassiadou.

The MOU will see Monash and European University’s Centre for Excellence in Risk and Decision Science (CERIDES) cooperate in the field of road safety. Topics covered will include opening avenues to share best practice, develop road safety science, develop common projects, explore common educational programs and encourage action through academia and civil society to help authorities improve local road safety conditions.

Professor Charlton described the MOU as an exciting opportunity for Monash and EUC to enhance road safety in Cyprus.

“I am very excited about the partnership with EUC,” said Professor Charlton.

“We have already an excellent working relationship with Dr Boustras’ group. Our respective research centres have a great deal in common in our objectives around injury prevention. What we plan to achieve through the MOU is to work together to support the government agencies in Cyprus with their road safety efforts through high quality research and training.”

Professor Charlton said there would be a collective effort to strive towards zero deaths and serious injuries in Cyprus.

“We can’t expect to achieve zero tomorrow but we should expect that this is possible, set realistic targets, and measure progress,” she said.

Following the MOU signing, key road safety stakeholders convened a roundtable at the European University where road safety challenges in Cyprus were identified  and plans for a solutions-focused workshop to be held late 2019 were discussed. Participants included representatives from the Ministry of Communications and Works, Ministry of Justice and Public Order, Ministry of Education and Culture, Cyprus Police and civilian and government road law enforcement experts.

Pictured below (from the left) are Minister of Communications and Works, Ms Vassiliki Anastassiadou, Vice Rector Prof Dr Andreas Efstathiou, European University Cyprus, Professor Jude Charlton, Director of MUARC and Mr Sam Beever, Australian High Commissioner.

For more information please communicate with the Australian High Commission’s Research and Political, Economic and Public Diplomacy Officer, Mr Costa Constanti, on 22697566 or Nicosia.ahc@dfat.gov.au