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UCLan announces plans to open first UK led university campus in Cyprus

03 October 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

New gateway campus to provide students from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East with access to a UK-standard Higher Education experience

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has today announced exciting plans to establish the first UK led university campus in Cyprus.

The development has been officially sanctioned by the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture through the awarding of an educational licence. The building of the UK-style campus will start immediately and is due to open in October 2012.

A broad range of academic subjects will be offered, taught in English and building on UCLan’s strengths and local demand. Initially, these will be clustered in three groupings: Business and Management, Law, Computing and Mathematics.

Commenting on this news, UCLan Vice-Chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “This is the start of a new and exciting chapter in UCLan’s development. Having been granted an educational licence by the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture, we are now in position to drive forward the campus construction in tandem with our academic plans.

“This is the start of a new and exciting chapter in UCLan’s development.”

“Our vision is to create an international UCLan campus in Cyprus which incorporates superlative teaching and learning, research excellence and extensive knowledge transfer for business interaction in first class surroundings. In short, we will look to mirror the same outstanding educational experience received by our students in the UK.”

The venture will see the construction of the first ever UK led university campus in Cyprus. UCLan will assume responsibility for the operational management and academic control of all programmes.

He added: “This development signals our intent to extend our global brand and become a major higher educational force on the world stage.

“We now have students from over 120 countries and 125 partnerships across the globe and last year became the first modern university to enter the QS World Rankings. In addition we have achieved judgements of world-leading research in eleven of our research centres. We are now in a position to enhance our position further and our Cyprus development is just the start.

“Our vision is to create an international UCLan campus in Cyprus which incorporates superlative teaching and learning, research excellence and extensive knowledge transfer for business interaction in first class surroundings.”

“We believe our approach is inherently entrepreneurial and innovative and to this end the coming years will see UCLan establish a number of private campuses across the world, taking world-class teaching, learning and research opportunities to students.”

The campus is to be located in Pyla, an area in the Larnaka district on the eastern part of the island. It is envisaged that student numbers will grow towards 5,000 within five years, while a broad range of academic subjects will be offered, building on UCLan’s strengths and local demand.

Of crucial importance to the University, and setting it apart from other private educational providers on the island, will be the establishment of a number of distinctive research centres to support and inform the teaching curriculum.

UCLan Cyprus has gained the support of the British Council, the British High Commissioner and UKTI in Nicosia, the President of the Larnaka Chamber of Commerce and the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture.