Five private Universities operate in Cyprus. Three of them operate in the capital city, Lefkosia, one of them in Pafos and one in Larnaka. It should be noted that the three universities that operate in Lefkosia were granted a license (final) in 2011. The other two have been granted an initial license to operate. The universities undergo a rigorous evaluation and accreditation process by the ECPU (Evaluation Committee of Private Universities) and are authorized to operate as universities subsequent to a decision by the Council of Ministers. They are established and financed by non-governmental institutions or founders.
All five private universities follow similar guidelines on admissions of their prospective students. High school grades, competence in computers and English language and other qualifications and diplomas are the main criteria of acceptance to the Universities’ Departments. Candidates for a bachelor degree program should submit a school leaving certificate from a recognized six-form secondary school. In addition, good knowledge of the English language is required for all programmes of private universities taught in English. Applicants may also be asked to take placement tests developed by the Departments before the decision on the admission status is made.
Frederick University (www.frederick.ac.cy)
Frederick University was established after the decision of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus on 12 September 2007. Frederick University functions from two campuses, the main campus in Lefkosia and the other in Lemesos, the second largest city. The mission of Frederick University is to provide learning opportunities through teaching and research in the fields of science, technology, letters and the arts, to promote intercultural dialogue and contribute to the wider social context in general.
European University Cyprus (EUC) (www.euc.ac.cy)
European University Cyprus was developed out of Cyprus College, which was founded in 1961. On 12 September 2007, the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus rendered a decision for the establishment and operation of European University Cyprus, and licensed it to start its operation as of 1 October 2007 with four Schools. The mission of European University Cyprus is to educate its students for successful careers and life achievement, to create knowledge through research and innovation and to understand and serve the needs of the society.
University of Nicosia (www.unic.ac.cy)
The University of Nicosia received its Initial Permission of Operation on 3 October 2007. The University aims at excellence in education through high teaching standards, in a continually improving academic environment. Besides classroom instruction, the University offers students opportunities to become involved in a whole range of activities including student clubs, sports, public lectures and seminars. The University is actively involved in European and local research projects as a partner and as a coordinating institution. Additionally, the University of Nicosia received approval for an Erasmus University Charter and it is an official participant in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Neapolis University – Pafos (www.nup.ac.cy)
Neapolis University – Pafos received the Ministry of Education Initial Permission of Operation in September 2010 and it is the first university in the region of Pafos. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, master and doctoral programmes that reflect the philosophy of the University to develop a balanced portfolio of academic activities that combine and allow the establishment of centres of excellence in the chosen academic fields.
University of Central Lancashire – Cyprus (UCLan-Cyprus) (www.uclancyprus.ac.cy)
UCLan – Cyprus is the latest Institution to be registered as a University in Cyprus, having received Ministry of Education Initial Permission of Operation in September 2012. It is the first university in the region of Larnaka. The University offers subjects in Business, Law, Mathematics, Computing and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). UCLan-Cyprus aspires to be a University recognised for its commitment to higher student’s experience, outstanding research, innovative learning and valuable engagement with industry and communities within Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and the rest of the world.