Universities in Cyprus

Cyprus College

Nicosia, Cyprus
Being the oldest universities in Cyprus, The Cyprus College in Nicosia (Lefkosia) started its operations in 1961. The other campus is situated in Limassol (Lemesos), Cyprus. Initially the CC offered education in the field of Business Administration but now it has academic units such as the School of Computer Science, Humanities, Social Sciences, Linguistics and Psychology. The school of professional studies, an auxiliary of CC, offers tuitions to ACCA, ICAEW, FIA CPD Seminars and CFA students so that they can excel in their professional fields. CU is accredited for most of its academic... See full description.

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The ancient island of Cyrpus, located in the Eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea, is caught in the middle of several geopolitical faultlines – partially a European country and partially Middle Eastern, it has spent the last 40 years in a state of divided loyalty between its ethnic Greek and Turkish populations. Since 1974, the island has been literally split down the middle, with Greek-speaking Cypriots on the southern side cut off from Turkish-speaking Cypriots in the nominally independent north of the country. This partition, and the ongoing violence and tension of which it is an effect, have inevitably had an impact on Cyprus’s system of higher education. Nonetheless, Cyprus remains a relatively affluent country, and it has several high-quality institutions of higher learning.
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The majority of educational opportunities in Cyprus are located in the Republic of Cyprus, the southern half of the island dominated by ethnic Greeks, and in Nicosia, Cyprus’s divided capital. Although there are a few universities in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (which has claimed independence since 1983 but is still considered by the international community to be a part of the sovereign nation of Cyprus), they have suffered from the violence in that part of the country and have not had the many advantages that their southern counterparts have had as a result of Cyprus’s accession to the European Union.
The Republic of Cyprus has 7 universities, of which 3 are public and 4 private. It also has several independent “Institutions of Higher Learning,” which offer a variety of opportunities for post-secondary training which may or may not lead to a degree. Typically these programs take 1-3 years to complete, and they are largely vocational in nature. Quality at all universities, colleges, and institutions is assured and regulated by the Council for Education Evaluation and Accreditation, known by its Greek acronym SEKAP (Symvolulio Ekpedeftikis Axiologisis Pistopiisis). SEKAP’s work is further overseen by EU authorities, thus guaranteeing that any degree obtained in Cyprus will be reliable and recognized throughout Europe – this is one of many advantages that tertiary schools in the Republic of Cyprus have over their counterparts in the Turkish North.
As an EU member state, Cyprus is party to the European Higher Education Area, which regulates and oversees all colleges and universities within the European Union. Through a regulatory process known as the Bologna Process, the EHEA ensures that all degrees offered by accredited schools in EU countries are commensurate and can be understood by prospective employers. This has enabled graduates of Cypriot universities to pursue employment elsewhere in Europe, and helped to integrate Cyprus into the community of European higher education.

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