Cabinet approves operation of three private universities in Cyprus
Nicosia, Sep 12 – The number of universities in Cyprus has risen to six with the approval of the applications of three tertiary educational institutions to become private universities, announced here Wednesday Education and Culture Minister Akis Kleanthous.
Speaking at a press conference, the minister said that the Council of Ministers after the Evaluation Committee of Private Universities (ECPU) of the Ministry of Education and Culture submitted its final report, approving the registration as private universities of A.S Cyprus College Ltd under the name “EUC European University – Cyprus”, Intercollege or “PL University of Nicosia” and Mesokeleas Ltd under “Frederick University.”
Two more tertiary educational institutions which applied for evaluation, The Philips College Ltd and Neapolis Academic Enterprises Ltd did not receive approval. The committee postponed its decision on The Philips College.
Congratulating the three universities, Mr. Kleanthous said the Cabinet also approved their faculty as well as their programs of study. The three universities, he added, can begin operating as of this academic year provided they receive the necessary permit.
“Cyprus can now be proud of having six universities”, the Minister said, adding that the Evaluation Committee, which comprises distinguished academics and technocrats from Cyprus, Greece, Europe and the US, has done an excellent job.
Mr. Kleanthous said that the aim of his ministry is to make Cyprus “a regional centre of education”, thus attracting a number of foreign students. He also said that 18 thousand Cypriots are currently studying overseas, a percentage of 55%, and the total number of students studying in Cypriot and overseas tertiary education institutions is 35.000.
The Ministry estimates that 23-24 thousand positions will be open, with the University of Cyprus increasing by a further 2.000 its number of students in the next four to five years, the Open University will have 2.300 students, while the Cyprus University of Technology which opened this year will have two thousand students and private universities around 14 thousand.