On Wednesday, September 29, the U.S. Embassy Nicosia marked the 75th Anniversary of the worldwide Fulbright Program with a reception at the Chateau Status restaurant inside the UN buffer zone. Prominent alumni from both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities attended, as well as representatives of various ministries, institutions of higher education, and others who make the continuation of the Fulbright Program possible. Ambassador Judith Garber presented awards to two outstanding alumni who have been pivotal in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Cyprus, namely renowned biochemist Dr. Leondios Kostrikis (Cyprus America Scholarship Program grantee, NYU, 1987), and molecular biologist Ms. Eldem Albayrak (Cyprus America Scholarship Program grantee, University of North Texas, 2010).
Since the program began in Cyprus in 1962, more than 700 Cypriots received graduate degrees through the Fulbright Program, while over 1,700 more received undergraduate degrees through the Cyprus America Scholarship Program (CASP) – a unique educational exchange program administered by the Fulbright Commission in Cyprus. An additional 760 American scholars have visited Cyprus for research, professional collaboration, English teaching assistance, and cultural exchanges. Embassy Cyprus has been highlighting its outstanding alumni throughout the year on its social media.