16 Dec 2017

University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus

The University of Nicosia is the largest university in Cyprus

1980
Intercollege is founded as a tertiary level educational institution. Programmes offered lead to the awards of British professional education bodies.

1981
Internal Certificate and Diploma programmes are introduced – modelled on the British system of education.

1982
Intercollege moves to new, larger premises (ex-Akropol hotel and annex). University of the State of New York (USNY) Bachelor external degrees are introduced

1985
Intercollege merges with Indianapolis Educational Centre, linked with the University of Indianapolis, whose programmes are now offered through Intercollege.

1986
Intercollege begins operations in Limassol.

1988
Intercollege Larnaca campus begins operation, after the incorporation of a small local college (Cosmos College).

1989
The Cyprus Review, the only scholarly journal dealing with Cyprus social, economic and political issues, commences publication.

1990
Opinion survey by an independent research firm shows Intercollege to be "the most reputable college in Cyprus".

1993
Intercollege earns the "Global 500" international distinction of the United Nations (Environment Programme) in recognition of its outstanding contribution in the protection and improvement of the environment. 



1994
Incorporation of Accountancy Tutors, a specialized, upcoming educational organization: its directors are put in charge of the Professional Accounting Unit (ACCA courses).

1995
Inauguration of the new, purpose-built Nicosia campus by the President of the Republic.
Cine Studio, a cinema theatre specializing in quality films, is established on Intercollege premises; along the lines of Art-Film galleries in European cities.

1997
Accreditation by the European (Irish) National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA).

2000
Intercollege receives accreditation for 49 programmes by SECAP, the local accreditation board; by far the largest number of accredited programmes among all colleges.
Intercollege files an application to become the first private university of Cyprus.



2001
Intercollege programmes are restructured, resulting in the creation of four Schools encompassing thirteen Departments. The first School Deans and Department Heads are appointed. 
The total number of Intercollege programmes accredited by SECAP reaches 51.

2002
The Senate is set up, as the top academic body, and begins functioning.
At the time, Intercollege had a staff total of 415; including 160 full-time faculty, 128 part-time faculty and 127 administrative and support staff. Included were 90 PhD holders.
Increasing emphasis is put on research. At this stage, research output for the year included: 6 books, 7 monographs, 17 chapters in books, 74 journal papers and 68 conference proceedings.

2003
Success in many international competitions: e.g. Gold Medal received by an international student in the “2003 International Competition for University Students”.

2004
Ranked as “the most reputable” and “best” college in local opinion poll.
Inauguration of the “EUROPA” building.

2005
Following three years of negotiations, Intercollege wins the privilege of establishing the first UNESCO Chair in Cyprus. The Chair aims at the promotion of cultural diversity, intellectual dialogue, and a Culture of Peace.

2007
We gain university status! 
Schools and Departments
- School of Business
- School of Education
- School of Sciences
- School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law


 
2010
Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards 2009; organized for the first time by the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB); based partly on an island-wide, random sample opinion survey of 800 citizens and 600 organizations/businesses. University of Nicosia was awarded with the:
- Excellence Award in Educational Services
- Breadth of New Products and Services Award 

2011
University of Nicosia establishes the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St. George’s, University of London, one of the leading medical schools in the UK. Students successfully completing the programme are to be awarded with St. George’s prestigious MBBS (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery). 


Today
Nicosia Campus moved to our current location in 1995. Our student body numbered 900.
Today, our collective student body (University of Nicosia and Intercollege) numbers approximately 5,000 students.

 

Facilities
New Architecture Building
In 2010, the Department of Architecture moved into new facilities that have been designed by the architecture office of Professor Yiorgos Hadjichristou to specifically fulfill the needs of the program. The new building, a converted shoe factory, includes: ten main studio spaces (two per year), an entrance foyer, and a central amphitheater.
 
Equipment
The computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software for both students and faculty. Machines are equipped with a wide range of digital design software including tools for 2D drafting, 3D and parametric modelling, animation, rendering and image processing.
The laboratories are well supervised and maintained by an efficient and experienced support team. The Department  is in the process of developing a Digital Design and Fabrication unit in order to further enhance the infrastructure for digital design expertise and to establish a research-oriented and development facility.   Existing facilities currently include an A0 laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC milling machine and a fully equipped work and wood shop.
 
The Library provides support of all the academic teaching, research and educational pursuits of the students, faculty and researchers. The collection consists of 90,000 volumes, 800 print journals and thousands of journal articles available electronically through at least 30 data banks which provide journal articles in abstract or full-text, a number of e-journals, as well as audiovisuals –all relevant to the subject areas of study. For the Architecture needs, there is a collection of about 4,000 books and 53 print/on-line journals (architecture and allied subjects). The library also subscribes to various databases, such as Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals with a coverage from 1934-Current, and selective coverage back to 1741 with 625,000 records. Wilson Art Full Text is another database which provides full text articles from 1997 – Present and abstracts from 1984.
Computing Facilities
 
The University’s IT infrastructure provides high speed connection to appropriate services and the Internet through a number of high performance local area networks (LAN), using 1 hybrid GB backbone built with copper and fibre optics cables.
Computer facilities of the University cater to the needs of Computer Science students, as well as to students of other programmes and research. The Computer Centre is equipped with the hardware needed to support teaching and research in areas of expertise within the University. There are 16 laboratories in the Campus. 14 labs are equipped with modern PC compatible computers which are being updated every 2 years. There is at least one network printer for each lab. One of the labs is equipped with Apple Macintosh iMac and e-Mac computers, Α4 and slide scanners, colour laser printer, A1 plotter and digital video cameras, for design and multimedia development.

 

 



Schools:


1.     School of Sciences and Engineering
2.     School of Education
3.     School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
4.     Medical School
5.     School of Business
 

 

  • Cultural diversity is very key to anyone's overall life experiences  - Kean University 
  • The entire study abroad program was a great experience. I enjoyed myself tremendously. The classes were great. I highly encourage everyone to study at the University of Nicosia - karla.s.robinson