University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus)
University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) Description
by Mr. Floros Voniatis, CEO and Chair of the Council.
It is with great pleasure to welcome you to our University!
As an introduction, let me start by explaining the competitive advantage of our University. The University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus), is the first Branch Campus of the University of Central Lancashire and at the same time a fully licensed and registered University in Cyprus. UCLan Cyprus is a unique and innovative model of a Cypriot and British University Educational Experience, approved and validated by both the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), for Higher Education.
The rewarding experience of a mutually supportive collaboration came into fruition in 2012 when Cyprus welcomed its first UK University, UCLan Cyprus, on the island. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), the fourth largest University in the UK, located in Preston, through its recently developed strategy of developing educational satellites around the globe, showed a strong interest in Cyprus as the first step in this mission, primarily due to the geopolitical position and the large local demand for UK higher education in Cyprus. After researching the best location for their branch campus and the local procedures for setting up a University, UCLan chose Larnaka as the ideal strategic location to establish the first British University on the island.
It is widely known that universities are valuable contributors to local economies. Universities are institutions fairly resistant to the fluctuations of the economy allowing them to have a steady presence. The socioeconomic impact of UCLan Cyprus is derived either through knowledge creation, innovation, research and development, or via the direct and indirect income streams flowing into the surrounding economy.
The University is the first and only University in Larnaka and Famagusta region, and one of the biggest employers in the region with over 210 employees. In just a few years of operations, the value-added contribution of UCLan Cyprus has been significant. During the last years of low economic growth in Cyprus and Larnaka, the impact of student and employee activity, much of it occurring after traditional business hours, have helped to revitalize the economy through economic stimulus.
Our strategic vision is to build a leading, pioneering University campus, with a global reach at the crossroads of three continents (Europe, Asia and Africa), ensuring excellence in its provision of Higher Education, while it will be recognised for its commitment to the finest University experience, outstanding research, innovative learning and valuable engagement with industry and communities within Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and further afield.
That is why we keep ensuring that the University’s infrastructure and facilities are such that will provide valuable benefits to students, staff, and of course to the local community, for many years to come. The quality of the amenities offered cannot be matched neither within the city nor the region. Thus, the reason UCLan Cyprus won the sought-after award for the Most Innovative Educational Facility, amongst top competition from UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.
In addition to the exceptional facilities, the university’s programmes and services contribute positively to the quality of life in the area. Our philosophy has always been to be sensitive to how the local economy and the citizens can benefit from the combination of our capital spending, the employment opportunities that result from University operational needs, and the many cultural, educational, and social services delivered by our faculty, staff, and students.
We are very proud of our commitment to our students, our staff, and the social and corporate community, locally and internationally.AT THE CUTTING EDGE OF TECHNOLOGY
UCLan Cyprus is set in a modern, purpose–built University campus with state-of-the art academic and operational facilities. It incorporates all of what Audio Visual (AV) has to offer in education, but also in the ever-growing professional communication world, such as distance learning facilities, high-end presentation solutions and innovative multi-use spaces. Students learn in meticulously designed lecture theatres, specialised labs, a Moot Court Room, lecture rooms equipped with interactive whiteboard facilities, seminar rooms and accommodating teaching spaces. Individual and group study spaces allow students to work alone or collaborate on projects. Our IT infrastructure provides more than 300 software applications, loan of laptops, and free Wi-Fi across the campus. The UCLan Cyprus Campus has also won the sought-after title of the ‘Most InAVative Education Facility’ at the prestigious Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) InAVation Awards, and triumphed over 30 competitors, as well as shortlisted projects from four other University finalists based in England, the Republic of Ireland and Russia. Audio visual highlights include smart podium monitors in every classroom, which allow presenters to annotate or draw freehand onto a projected display without the need for a whiteboard and pens. A video conferencing system allows live streaming, while the entrance foyer video wall is capable of displaying content up to four times full HD video. Students have the opportunity to study in an environment that suits them, whether it is in the library or in social areas around the campus. All on-line facilities can be accessed off campus, and anywhere in the world through the internet.
University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) Programme
Located in the Eastern Mediterranean at the crossroads of Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Cyprus’ strategic position has played a key role in shaping its history and in developing the island into a centre for trade and international business. Cyprus enjoys around 340 days of glorious sunshine a year and boasts a coastline teeming with endless stretches of golden sands, secluded bays and rocky coves. Surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the island is dotted with the fascinating remains of history from Neolithic settlements and ancient city-kingdoms to exquisite Byzantine art and magnificent Venetian architecture.
Cyprus has been coveted, conquered and colonised numerous times during its 10,000-year history. The island attracted the interest of a succession of dominant powers in the region, which battled for it through the millennia. The first of these are believed to have been the Achaean Greeks who arrived in around 1200 BC introducing their language, religion and customs to the island. Cyprus was subsequently colonised by the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the Egyptians and the Persians. In the 4th century BC Alexander the Great claimed the island, which remained part of the Greek-Egyptian kingdom until 30 BC, when the Romans arrived and Cyprus became a senatorial province. It was during this period that Saint Paul was said to have visited the island and converted the Roman governor to Christianity. Cyprus remained a Roman possession until the empire began to disintegrate in 330AD, when it became part of the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire. In 1191, Cyprus was conquered by the English king, Richard the Lionheart, while on his way to take part in the Third Crusade. He later sold the island to the Knights Templar, who consequently sold it on to the Franks or Lusignans, a dynasty which went on to rule Cyprus for almost 300 years, until the last of the Lusignans ceded the island to Venice in 1489. Despite building heavy fortifications around the island’s major cities of Famagusta and Nicosia, the Venetians were not able to withstand the invading Ottoman troops who conquered the island in 1571. Cyprus remained under Ottoman rule until the arrival of the British in 1878.
Cyprus enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long, warm, dry summers from May to October and mild winters with occasional rain, lasting from December to February. Summer and winter in Cyprus are separated by short autumn and spring seasons. The average daytime temperatures during summer range from +21.C to +34.C, although in high summer temperatures can reach as high as +40.C. During the cooler months, temperatures can range between +7.C and +15.C although even during the height of winter there are generally six hours of bright sunshine during the day.
Cypriots are highly educated and multilingual. The official languages of Cyprus are Greek and Turkish, however English is widely spoken and written and is the language of international business. German, French and Russian are also widely spoken in commerce, due both to the number of Cypriot graduates from overseas universities and the island’s commercial ties with the global business community.
Culture & Entertainment
More than a place just for lounging in the sun, there are lots of things happening in Cyprus all year round. From music concerts and cultural performances with big name stars, sports events, religious festivals with all the pomp and circumstance of the Greek Orthodox Church, to informative conferences where you can meet like minds. The Cyprus Rally has been held every year since 1970 and forms part of the World Rally Championship and the FIA Middle East Rally Championship, and attracts hordes of car enthusiasts, while the annual Historic Cyprus Rally draws crowds of vintage car enthusiasts. Cultural events such as the Pharos Chamber Music Festival, the Kypria International Festival, which comprises music, dance and performance arts, and the Thalassa International Festival, which includes photographic exhibitions, movie screenings and music performances, ensure there’s something to interest everyone on the annual calendar of events. 2017 also brings with it an additional programme of top-tier cultural events in the coastal town of Paphos, the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite and UNESCO world heritage site, following the town’s win for the bid of the European Capital of Culture this year.
There is a wealth of excellent private schools on the island, the majority of which are English speaking, but there are also French, Russian and Greek-speaking private schools. Fees are generally less than for the equivalent education in the UK. Public schools are free, and teaching is conducted in Greek. Tertiary education is provided by the six universities in Cyprus as well as several other colleges that offer a variety of vocational and academic courses.
Ranked by the World Health Organisation as one of the healthiest countries in the Mediterranean, Cyprus has an excellent healthcare system provided through both the private and public sector. The public health service is funded through the social security payments of those who work on the island, whether Cypriots or foreign residents. The system provides free or low cost healthcare for those who contribute to social security, plus their families and retirees, as well as emergency treatment for everyone. However, the full public health service isn’t available to foreign visitors, who require private health insurance unless they wish to pay high medical bills. EU citizens who are visiting Cyprus can receive free outpatient or inpatient treatment with a European Health Card, an EHIC (the old E111), which is issued by the health authority in their home country. However, this covers only essential treatment and not routine treatment. Non-EU visitors must pay for healthcare. There are a number of private clinics throughout the island that specialise in all fields of healthcare and their fees are low compared to most European countries.
Key facts about Cyprus
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