The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. Admission to the University is highly sought, as evidenced by the number and calibre of its applicants. The University was founded in response to the growing intellectual needs of the Cypriot people, and is well placed to fulfill the numerous aspirations of the country.
The main objectives of the University of Cyprus are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and 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.
The research programmes conducted at the University cover a wide range of fields that relate to specializations and departments presently in operation. They are funded either through the University's budget or by funding agencies in Cyprus or abroad.
The University participates in a number of international university organizations and networks. It also cooperates, through inter-state and inter-university agreements, with universities and research centers in Europe and internationally, for the promotion of science and research. Moreover, in its attempt to contribute actively to the development of Cyprus, the University cooperates with various institutions in Cyprus on research programmes that focus on the needs of Cypriot industry, the economy and society at large.
The University consists of six faculties:
· the Faculty of Humanities with three departments,
· the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education with four departments
· the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences with five departments,
· the Faculty of Economics and Management with two departments, the Research Centre of Economic Studies and the Research Unit for Banking and Finance,
· the Faculty of Engineering with four departments,
· the Faculty of Letters with three departments and the Archaeological Research Unit.
The academic year comprises two semesters. The duration of an undergraduate programme is eight semesters, but in special cases the period of studies may be extended to a maximum of twelve semesters.
Attendance is compulsory. The languages of instruction are Greek and Turkish (the official languages as stipulated by the Constitution of the Republic of Cyprus).
The University of Cyprus now offers graduate programmes at the level of Master (M.A. and M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), based on course work and dissertation or thesis, respectively.
Approximately 1000 students are admitted to the University of Cyprus every year. Admission for the majority of undergraduate students is by entrance examinations organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus.
A number of positions are granted to 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.
Greeks of the Diaspora and Cypriots who belong to specific religious minority groups as determined by the constitution of Cyprus, repatriated Cypriots and Cypriots who are permanent residents in other countries, can claim a limited number of positions based on G.C.S.E./G.C.E. or other equivalent exams.
Overseas students who are graduates of a high school (recognised by the appropriate education authority of their country) and possess a good knowledge of Greek or Turkish can be admitted based on G.C.E. or G.C.S.E. or other equivalent examinations, or based on the results of special examinations set by the University of Cyprus.
More than 240.000 books, with an annual increase of about 12.000 new titles, are housed in the Library. Notable collections include those of Cypriot Studies, Archaeology and Turkish Studies. A substantial number of the Library's books are catalogued and searchable through the Library system (ADVANCE/GEAC) either from all computers of the campus network or remotely by accessing the online public access catalogue (WEB-OPAC) operated by the Library (http://libweb.lib.ucy.ac.cy).
The Library offers extensive electronic facilities and provides print, non-print, audiovisual and digital material as well as facilities for reproduction into Braille.
The University is a member of the Community of Mediterranean Universities (CMU), the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of European Universities (EUA) as well as Leo-Net (Leonardo Network for Academic Mobility). In 2005 the University became a full member of the Stantander Group.
The University has also established close contacts with numerous international organisations, including UNESCO, CEPES and the Council of Europe. This international cooperation enhanced by the collaboration of the academic staff with universities and research institutions abroad, positions the University of Cyprus favorably in the international scholarly community.
The University of Cyprus participates in the SOCRATES / ERASMUS Programme which, among other activities, promotes EU university student exchanges. It also implements the rules set by the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which allow the mutual recognition of the programmes of study involved. For the academic year 2005-2006, the University signed 182 bilateral agreements of cooperation, within the framework of the Socrates/Erasmus Programme, with around 92 universities in 15 European countries.
For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.ucy.ac.cy/