30 November 2015
Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cyprus sanctions full educational licence one year ahead of schedule
The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Cyprus Campus has been hailed as a beacon of educational excellence following the award of a full licence to operate as a private Cypriot university.
The landmark decision, granted a full year ahead of schedule by the Council of Ministers, enables the facility to operate as a legally autonomous Cypriot university with its own charter and degree awarding powers.
Having opened its doors for the first time in October 2012, UCLan Cyprus is the first private university on the island to have received final licence approval ahead of schedule.
“This is an excellent achievement for the campus and well deserved recognition for all our staff and partners in Cyprus who have helped us achieve this goal ahead of schedule."
Commenting on the decision, UCLan’s Professor Robin Pollard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International, said: “This is an excellent achievement for the campus and well deserved recognition for all our staff and partners in Cyprus who have helped us achieve this goal ahead of schedule.
“With the approved operating licence, our dual awards will now be fully recognised by countries such as China, Oman and Greece, opening the door to international students seeking a high quality university experience in a modern campus setting.”
UCLan Cyprus Rector Dr Melinda Tan, who led the submission for the final licence application, added: “The Council of Ministers decided that the University had met all the provisions under Cypriot law to operate with full licence status.
“The news is a fantastic boost for our first cohort of students who will graduate in 2016 from our pioneering four-year undergraduate degree programmes.”
David Taylor, Chair of the UCLan Board, was delighted with the development and said: "This is an important milestone for the campus, of which everyone in the UCLan community, whether in Preston or in Pyla, can be justifiably proud."