University Of Cyprus

Brief History
The University of Cyprus (UCYwas established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. It was founded in response to the growing intellectual needs of the Cypriot people and is well placed to fulfil the numerous aspirations of the country. The University is a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. Despite its brief history UCY has earned the respect of the international academic community and the appreciation of Cypriot society. Admission for the majority of undergraduate students is by entrance examinations organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, and the competition for places is intense. A number of places are reserved for students with special needs or circumstances. Every effort is made to offer practical solutions to students facing specific problems, be it access to University facilities, or assistance on academic issues. When UCY first opened its doors to students, the incoming class consisted of 486 undergraduate students. During the academic year 2013-2014 there were 7048 students (undergraduate and postgraduate). There are currently 8 faculties, 22 departments and 11 research units at UCY.
Vision & Mission
The University of Cyprus aims to establish itself as a Pioneer Research Institution achieving International Scientific Recognition in European Higher Education, offering Competitive Programmes and to become a Centre of Excellence in the wider Euro-Mediterranean Region. The main objectives of the University are twofold:
  1. the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and
  2. the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. 

In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge. It must also encourage students' active participation in the process of learning and acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community. The University sets high standards for all branches of scholarship. Research is promoted and funded in all departments for its contribution to scholarship in general and for its local and international applications.

Future Goals

The University of Cyprus has formulated a Strategic Plan for its developement in the period 2004-2020. By 2020 the University expects:

  1. that the University campus will be fully operational,
  2. to offer programmes of studies in 9 faculties,
  3. to enrol a total of 10,000 students (7500 undergraduate and 2500 postgraduate),
  4. to employ at least 1000 academic and 1000 administrative personnel.

The most important strategic target of the University is the establishment of three new faculties:

  • Medical School (opened in September 2013)
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Fine Arts

Other aims are the continued expansion of existing faculties and departments; greater support for research; increased emphasis on teaching; greater administrative support; formulation of internal evaluation review mechanisms; development of new and reinforcement of already existing activities; development of an e-university; reinforce student support. The University has established cooperation with both European and Middle East universities. Opportunities for establishing affiliations with universities worldwide are being expected.