Cyprus University to Admit Students with International Exams
Nicosia, Apr 23 - The University of Cyprus has decided that the admission of an excess number of students based on international examinations will be a gradual process and that in the coming academic year 5% or 53 students can be admitted through this procedure.
According to a press release, the University of Cyprus, taking into consideration the views of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Education Committee of the House of Representatives, as well as the fact that this is the first time students will be admitted on this basis ''decided that this measure will be implemented gradually.''
''For the coming academic year 2008-2009, the percentage of the seats to be allocated through this procedure represents 5%, that is 53 students,'' it adds, noting that the dialogue with interested parties will continue.
The University of Cyprus is accepting applications for admission to its post graduate courses to holders of an International Baccalaureate, a European Baccalaureate, General Certificate of Education (GCE) and other similar certificates, which secure access to European higher education. Graduates of private schools recognized by the state are entitled to apply.
The University decision has sparked off protests from students and other organized groups who believe that graduates from private schools will have an advantage over state school graduates, who have to pass entrance exams to be admitted to the University.