University of Nicosia

The University of Nicosia (Greek Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας) is the largest private university in Cyprus, with campuses based in the three largest cities in Cyprus: Nicosia, Lemesos and Larnaca. It was formally known, until September 2007, as Intercollege. The University enrolls approximately 5,000 students, 4,000 of which are based in Nicosia.


The University of Nicosia has established itself as a dynamic and respected international institution of higher education in just 25 years. It is the only University in Cyprus with a system of three campuses in the major cities of Nicosia, Limassol and Larnaca.

Beginning as a small educational institution preparing Cypriots for professional examinations, the University of Nicosia is today a vibrant international university where students of many ages, ethnic and cultural backgrounds may earn undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional qualifications at a significant cost advantage and, for many of them, close to home. The University of Nicosia is the largest private university in Cyprus; its current enrolment is about 5,000 students.

The history of the University is characterized by strategic growth: the systematic addition of certificate and degree programs through the Master’s level, the establishment of academic links with other universities and professional bodies, expansion to the cities of Limassol and Larnaca, the recruitment and retention of doctoral or professionally qualified faculty, an increasing emphasis on research and publications and a strategic goal to become the first and best private university in Cyprus.


Intercollege was founded in 1980 by private initiative in order to prepare students for the examinations of recognized British professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and the Communication, Advertising and Marketing Foundation (CAM).

In 1981, Dr Nicos Peristianis, the present Executive Dean of University of Nicosia, was appointed Director and the College began expanding its programs towards academic degrees. In its first decade of operation, Intercollege developed and modified courses of study in accordance with the College’s growing constituencies, the needs of the Cypriot labor market, and the College’s founding mission to provide quality higher education at reasonable cost in Cyprus.

To this end, Intercollege prepared students for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations, which were accepted by the University of the State of New York and the Thomas Edison State College towards their external degrees. Through hard work and persistence, the College has steadily developed into a respected Cypriot college which awards its own Diplomas, Bachelor degrees and Masters degrees on three campuses. In September 2007, the 27 year old College was acknowledged as a University, and now uses the name University of Nicosia, Cyprus. The University continues to offer a number of professional programs such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), the Chartered Institute of Banking and others.

Important Milestones

I.M.C.S Intercollege of Management and Communication Studies was founded as a tertiary level institution offering the programs of various British professional bodies such as the Communication, Advertising and Marketing Foundation (CAM), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and the Association of Business Executives (ABE).


* Nicos Peristianis, the present Executive Dean, is appointed as Director.
* First international students join the College.
* Internal Certificates (after one year of studies) and Diplomas (after two years of study) are offered in programs such as Business Administration, Hotel Management, Marketing, Public Relations, and Advertising.


* Dr. Sofronis Sofroniou joins the College as a lecturer and the first President of the College (until today).
* Tuition is provided for the University of the State of New York (USNY) external degrees through recognized external exams, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), for which Intercollege becomes a testing center.
* Intercollege moves to new, larger premises.


Introduction of internal Bachelor degree programs in majors such as Hotel Management, Business Administration, and Liberal Arts.

* Computer Science leading to internal qualification and the British professional program of IDPM ( Instituteof Data Processing Management) is introduced.


* Intercollege students begin transferring to accredited universities: e.g. University of Maryland (Hotel Management), University of Strathclyde (Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration).
* The Thomas Edison State College external degree program is offered.
* The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) program is introduced.


* Dr Andreas Polemitis, the present Academic Dean, joins Intercollege merging his institute (which offered University of Indianapolis qualifications) with the College, leading to Intercollege's current structure.
* University of Indianapolis programs in Business Administration and Business Data Processing are introduced.
* Professional Training courses subsidized by the Industrial Training Authority are offered.
* The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) British professional program begins.
* The Secretarial Studies program is offered.


* Travel and Tourism program, modeled on IATA and British Airways training programs, is introduced. It is the first such program to be offered in Cyprus.
* Intercollege programs adopt pattern sheets. All programs are adapted to the American higher education system to include general education requirements. The semester and credit system is adopted.
* The University of Indianapolis MBA program is offered – the first MBA to be offered in Cyprus.
* Intercollege establishes the Limassol Campus.


* The Nursery Education Diploma program commences with the recognition of Ministry of Labor Department of Welfare, under the supervision of Mr Andreas Christodoulides, Dean of Administration.
* The Computer Engineering program is offered.
* Intercollege Limassol Campus moves to its present location.


* Intercollege Larnaca Campus begins operation after merging with a small local college.


* The Cyprus Review, an Intercollege scholarly social science journal, begins to be published.
* Intercollege adopts the CYCOM SBS Accounting package of Coopers and Lybrand.
* The Design program is set up.
* Local area networks are introduced in Nicosia and subsequently at the other campuses.
* The Brunel University/Henley College distance learning MBA is offered at the College.
* The Trenton State College MEd. is offered at the Intercollege Larnaca Campus.


* AIMS (Academic Information Management System) a computerized registrations system is adopted replacing previous versions.


* Registration of Intercollege programs with the Ministry of Education
* The MBA of Netherlands International Institute of Management (RVB) is introduced (substituting the University of Indianapolis MBA)
* The Kindergarten Teacher program begins, originally at the Limassol Campus, and one year later at the Nicosia campus.
* Intercollege degree in Hotel Management secures exemptions from the British professional body Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management (HCIMA).
* 10,000 book donation from the University of Indianapolis
* The Law program is launched.


* Intercollege becomes a candidate for accreditation.
* TINLIB, a high technology library database program is adopted at the Nicosia campus.
* Relocation of the Nicosia campus to large new facility in Nicosia.


* The Self Study is submitted and accreditation visits are made during the months of February to April.
* Accounting Tutors (AT), a new and upcoming accounting school, amalgamates with Intercollege.


* First nationwide process of accreditation collapses due to legal technicalities.
* Inauguration of the new premises in Nicosia with the first graduation ceremony held there.
* Intercollege Press begins publishing scholarly books about Cyprus covering social, political and economic aspects of the island.
* Intercollege initiates a European process of accreditation through the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) of the Republicof Ireland.
* Experience from three accreditation processes highlights the importance of research, publications and higher caliber faculty, factors that gain a new prominence when hiring new staff. Existing faculty are encouraged to upgrade their qualifications.
* The Cine Studio starts operations showing quality films.


* Intercollege becomes regionally accredited by the NCA (North Central Association), in conjunction with the University of Indianapolis to offer Associate, Bachelor and Masters degrees.
* Development of Exelixis software, a registration and database system, commissioned by the College to replace AIMS.
* On-line link with Internet and E-mail Facility.
* TV/Radio Studio upgraded to better serve the needs of the Communications program.
* The Research and Development Center particiaptes in several Med Campus Conferences.


* Intercollege receives program accreditation by the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA).
* Intercollege goes through the demanding process of local accreditation.
* New graduate programs in Psychology and International Relations are approved.
* One student achieves first place ranking in the world in certified accounting. Another student completes the certified accounting program in two years.
* Intercollege has students including 613 international students.
* 21 of 28 students pass the ACCA final examinations. Of these students, 8 are ranked amongst the top 20 students in the world in Paper 12, 2 in Paper 13 and 5 in Paper 14.
* Two new books – "The Political Economy of a Federal Cyprus" and "Security and Cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean" are published.


* In the first results of local accreditation, 79 programs are accredited island-wide. 35 of these programs are offered by Intercollege.
* The Business program is accredited at all levels by the European Council for Business Education (ECBE).
* The number of students reaches with 613 international students.
* An Intercollege student is awarded a medal for achieving results that rank him as one of the top three students in the world in the ACCA final examinations.


* The Library relocates to a separate facility.
* The graduation ceremony is broadcast live on the Internet.
* Intercollege enrollment exceeds students.
* The Pre-Medicine program is launched.
* Intercollege offers ACCA courses in Greece, Poland, Bulgaria and Poland.


* Bachelor degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Hospitality (Hotel) Management, Pre-Primary Education and Communications are accredited. This raises the number of accredited programs to 49 (out of the 118 accredited programs on the island).
* The new Millennium Building, with six amphitheatres, a large cafeteria, and office and classroom space is completed.
* Research output amounts to 120 refereed journal papers, 200 proceedings, over 50 other journal publications, over 300 other presentations and over 50 book contributions.


* The first Rector of Intercollege, Professor Van Coufoudakis is appointed.
* Four new schools are created: the School of Business, the School of Sciences and Engineering, the School of Education, and the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law.
* Departments with Heads are set up to substitute the Program Coordinators.
* Student enrolment rose by 1000 students raising the total number to 3,500 including 750 international students.
* Intercollege is the only authorized college by the CIB and the UMIST to teach the syllabus for the CIB/UMIST degree in Financial Services.
* Intercollege sets up a Unit of Environmental Studies, together with Ecognosia, and a Center for Applied Research.
* The research output includes 5 books, 52 refereed journal papers, 93 conference proceedings, 7 book chapters and 10 art exhibitions.
* Intercollege creates a Business Development Unit, which incorporates the Consultancy Unit, the Training and Development Unit and the European Programs.
* In athletics, Intercollege win 1st place in Handball and 2nd place in Football, Basketball, and Volleyball in the Intercollegiate Tournaments.


* Intercollege submits to the Minister of Education the Articles of Association for the creation of a non-profit institution that will seek university status.
* Total enrolment reached 3900.
* The Rector of Intercollege and four new Deans complete their first year of service.
* The Senate of Intercollege is set as the top academic body and begins functioning.
* Number of international students: 846 from 52 countries.
* Intercollege has a total staff of 415 including 160 full-time faculty, 128 part-time faculty and 127 administrative and support staff. Included are 90 faculty members that hold a PhD.
* Research output this year includes 6 books, 7 monographs, and 17 chapters in books, 74 journal papers and 68 conference proceedings.
* Externally funded research amounting to CYP 430,000 comes from the Institute for the promotion of research, UNOPS, the 5th Framework, the Leonardo Da Vinci and the Youth or Europe programs.
* Intercollege has training centers in Athens and Salonica, claiming 95% of the market in professional training (Certified Accounting, Chartered Financial Analysts, Institute of Bankers, and Certified Internal Auditors).
* Intercollege creates the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, the Center for Sustainable Development, a Business Incubator Unit and a Unit for Distance and Work-Based Learning.
* Seven faculty members and collaborators had seven books published, six of these are published by the Intercollege Press.
* The Radio and TV Unit has produced TV clippings for the Red Cross, the Telethon, the Doctors of the World, and the Anti-Cancer Society and the Movement of Non-Smokers.
* New programs in English Language and Literature and a graduate program in Special Education get started.


* The B.A. and M.A. degrees in International relations got accredited. This is the first graduate degree ever accredited in any college in Cyprus.
* The Office of Research has been set up to direct and coordinate research, particularly externally funded research.
* Also, the Center for Leisure, Sports Research and Development was set up. This is the only one of its kind in the region.
* Finally, the Helix Business Incubator Unit was set up. The unit is funded by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to help start innovative businesses.


* The MBA degree got accredited. So, Intercollege becomes the only college in Cyprus that has two graduate programs accredited.
* A third academic building, the Europa Building, has been completed and inaugurated in May. The Building has six amphitheaters, offices, classrooms and the bookshop.
* Intercollege started in September the KESY Counselling Center in a modern building near the U.S. Embassy. The Center is staffed by professional clinical psychologists and offers counseling services to the public.


* KYSATS approved three distance learning programs offered through Intercollege: the M.Sc. in Business Information Technology by Middlesex U.; the MBA of Henley Management College; the Master of Laws of the U. of London; and the Masters and Doctorate in Sport Management of the U.S. Sports Academy.
* Intercollege has received the UNESCO Chair in Multicultural Education. There is only one UNESCO chair in Greece at the U. of Thessaloniki and one in Cyprus, the one received by Intercollege.
* The Law providing for the establishment of Private Universities passed the Parliament in July.


* September, 2007, Intercollege becomes the University of Nicosia, Cyprus[1].


1. ^ Saoulli, Alexia (2007-09-13). "Cabinet approves three new universities", Cyprus Mail. Retrieved on 2007-09-13.

University Of Nicosia 'Πανεπιστήμιο Λευκωσίας'
Motto: Excellence in Education
Established: 1980
Type: Private
Rector: Professor Michalis Attalides
Dean: Dr. Nicos Peristianis
Students: 5,000
Location: Lefkosia, Cyprus
Campus: Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca
Affiliations: University of Indianapolis

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