10 July 2014
Nicos Anastasiades, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, officially opens campus.
UCLan Cyprus has been officially opened by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades. The University was also given a traditional blessing from Bishop Chrysostomos of Kition at a recent ceremony held in Larnaca.
The President welcomed the University’s operation in Cyprus and hoped for further growth and development. “The Cypriot Government considers investments in education as a primary pillar for social and economic development and supports it in every way,” he said.
“I am certain UCLan Cyprus will realise the vision it has set for the holistic development of its students. By placing an emphasis on the development of workplace skills, UCLan Cyprus graduates will be in a position to thrive in a competitive environment.
“The campus is also enhancing our efforts to establish Cyprus as a powerful educational centre in the southeast Mediterranean region which in turn is helping to attract European and other investments in the fields of research and innovation.”
"The campus is also enhancing our efforts to establish Cyprus as a powerful educational centre in the southeast Mediterranean region which in turn is helping to attract European and other investments in the fields of research and innovation."
The President was joined at the opening by UCLan’s Chief Executive Malcolm McVicar, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Graham Baldwin and Director of International Partnerships Tim Steele. During the event Brian Harris, Chair of the University Board, highlighted the achievements of the Cyprus Campus and the benefits it was already providing to both students studying in Cyprus and at UCLan’s central campus in Preston.
“At the heart of these developments UCLan is committed to providing a superlative student experience,” said Brian. “Throughout the last nine months alone UCLan Cyprus has welcomed over 800 UCLan Preston students who have taken part in a variety of leadership programmes, mixing with our Cyprus-based students and helping support UCLan’s vision to develop employable global citizens.”
Dr Melinda Tan, Rector of UCLan Cyprus, added: “The academic expertise which exists in the University, the breadth of engagement activities taking place across the University and the range of different partnerships - private, public, social and community – is exemplary and demonstrates the University’s commitment to supporting the economic development of Larnaka, Farmagusta and the wider Cypriot region.”
The University’s strategic plan for UCLan Cyprus includes the expansion of course provision and facilities such as the establishment of an exercise physiology lab for the new sport science programmes being delivered from September 2014. UCLan Cyprus will continue to grow its student numbers over the coming years, providing students from Cyprus and the region with a sought after opportunity to access a high quality British university experience.