Promised meets the Twinning objectives by addressing challenges in networking and deficiencies in research performance at the Cyprus Institute. Firstly, it aims to significantly strengthening research in Archaeological Science, and secondly to bring the quality of the CyI Graduate School programmes to the level of similar programmes in the advanced partner institutions. The Archaeological Science research teams at the University of Cambridge and KU Leuven were chosen as recognised leaders in both areas, with complementary strengths in their disciplinary coverage, scientific expertise, and the nature of their doctoral programmes, being based in the Humanities and Natural Sciences, respectively.
The aims will be achieved through a carefully developed programme of actions linking experienced researchers, administrative and technical staff at the advanced institutions with their counterparts at the CyI, through exchange visits, secondments, and joint activities. The doctoral programme at the CyI will be revised from the admission process through to the final examination, consciously taking account of the unique geopolitical position of Cyprus as the gateway between Europe and the Middle East, and the educational challenges this poses for applicants with non-Western educational backgrounds.
The scientific training and mentoring of CyI staff and students will follow the Community of Practice philosophy, while also working towards a canonisation of best practice in Archaeological Science. The combination of formal research skills courses at the Graduate School with research-led training will include field-based summer schools and lab-based workshops addressing specific themes. The input received from the advanced partners throughout the duration of the project will be taken up by CyI researchers and staff, and is expected to result in ongoing financially sustainable best-practice dissemination events reaching out to the wider region of the EMME and the Balkans.
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