The University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and admitted its first students in 1992. It was founded in response to the growing intellectual needs of the Cypriot people, and is well placed to fulfil the numerous aspirations of the country.
University of Cyprus aims to establish itself as a Pioneer Research Institution achieving International Scientific Recognition in European Higher Education, offering Competitive Programmes and to become a Centre of Excellence in the wider Euro - Mediterranean Region.The main objectives of the University are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus.In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge.
The impact of scholarly research on society is complex and multidimensional. Some aspects are directly quantifiable, for example, the number of doctoral titles awarded in an academic year and in which disciplines, others, such as the impact of basic research, are very abstract. The need to couple basic with applied research is nowwidely recognized, as the knowledge acquired through basic research can -and should- be utilized for the solution of real life problems that concern society. In most areas the dividing line between basic and applied research is not clear, and this distinction becomes even more obvious as the problems under consideration become more complex and multidimensional.
The Office aims at enhancing the professional skills and competences of students and graduates. The connection with the labour market is mainly achieved through the organization of presentations for employment prospects in a variety of business disciplines, a Business Game competition and a Career Fair, with more than 70 potential employers involved. The Career Office is the link between students and graduates with the labour market and the postgraduate studies.
Our Office' s mission is to offer fast and qualitative service of our students at the duration of their study, and also to adopt ways for improvement of the image of our Service.
The Housing Office of the Service of Academic Affairs and Student Welfare manages the Student Halls of the University. The Student Halls are located on the new campus, in the Athalassa area. There are at present 208 single study / bedrooms with common kitchen and / or bathroom facilities. Within the Student Halls complex there are also a Social Activity Centre, Post-Office, Laundry Room and Resident's Information Centre.
The Library is fully electronic regarding its use and hybrid regarding its content, since its collections include printed, digital and audiovisual material. All material is accessible through EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), a federated search tool that provides easy access to printed, digital and audiovisual material, as well as to the full text of articles, through a simple search.
High-speed network access to the internet and other network services are provided.At the beginning of the academic year the Information Applications Services offers intensive educational seminars on the use of web applications and the e-learning system.
Medical and pharmaceutical care is provided to all Cypriot Students who are depended members on their families.Two Health Centres operate at the University of Cyprus for the purpose of providing health care to all members of the academic community.
The University of Cyprus provides on-campus self-catering accommodation to a limited number of students. Information on rents, criteria and application procedures is available through the Housing Office of the Affairs and Student Welfare Service (all registered students may apply for accommodation at the Housing Office). The University can accommodate a limited number of students in single, self-catering study / bedrooms in the Student Halls located at the New Campus, and in private apartments located off-campus.
Taking completely advantage of the capabilities that the exquisite facilities of the Sports Centre provide, the University of Cyprus provides elective sports courses to all the students in a plethora of team and individual programs and we have also developed a series of sports programs that are addressed to all the members of the university community. Also, our University is participating with great success in the championships of the Cyprus University Sports Federation while our presence is also strong at international level through our participation in the championships of the European University Sports Federation and the organization of European championships.