University of Nicosia to attract more students, boost research


The establishment of the University of Nicosia, following the government of the Republic of Cyprus’ recognition of Intercollege as a university, signals a new era for Nicosia, for Cyprus and our region. The University of Nicosia, aspires to play a key role in helping Cyprus become a comprehensive international education center by attracting more students, offering broader areas of study and increased emphasis on research. Executive President Dr. Nicos Peristianis and University of Nicosia Rector Professor Michalis Attalides pointed to the fact that “25 years of academic excellence and hard work since Intercollege was founded has finally been recognized by the Cyprus government.”  Both, however, maintain that Cyprus should do more to meet the European Union’s long standing objective of becoming the most dynamic knowledge based economy in the world by 2010, by spending heavily on research, and at least committing 3% of GDP to such projects.  Cyprus currently spends less than 1% of GDP on research.


The Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs [formerly Research Center – Intercollege] will continue to operate as a non profit making think tank affiliated with the University of Nicosia.  Approaching the 15th anniversary since its establishment, the Center shall continue to pursue policy research and to build on the range of specialized symposia, international conferences, round-table discussions, seminars, and the publication of books, policy-papers and studies.