Education System of Cyprus

Higher Education

At present, public and private universities operate in Cyprus.

Public Universities

  • The University of Cyprus
  • The Cyprus University of Technology
  • The Open University of Cyprus

Private Universities

  • Frederick University - Cyprus
  • European University - Cyprus
  • University of Nicosia - Cyprus
  • Neapolis University - Pafos
  • University of Central Lancashire - Cyprus
  • Philips University - Cyprus
  • American University of Cyprus (AUCY)

Public Higher Education Institutions

Higher education in Cyprus is also provided by a number of Public Higher Education Institutions, none of which has university status. The Mediterranean Institute of Management (MIM) which operates under the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance offers academic postgraduate programmes of study in Business and Public Administration. The rest of the Public Institutions of Higher Education, offer vocational programmes of study with a duration ranging from one to three academic years. These programmes do not provide access to second cycle programmes. The apolyterion of Secondary Education or equivalent qualification, and entry exams is a prerequisite for access to the programmes offered by these Public Higher Education Institutions. Their programmes of study are considered as accredited. Following the legislation of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education and the Establishment and Operation of an Agency on Related Μatters Laws, 2015 until 2021, the responsible Authority for the accreditation-validation of their programmes of study is The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Currently, 45 Private Institutions of Higher Education are registered with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. Private Institutions of Higher Education do not have university status but they offer both academic and vocational programmes of study at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Their programmes of study are evaluated and accredited by The Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.

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Structure of the Education System of Cyprus 07/04/2022