University of Nicosia - Founding

Founding

Intercollege was founded in 1980 by private initiative in order to prepare students for the examinations of recognized British professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and the Communication, Advertising and Marketing Foundation (CAM).

In 1981, Dr Nicos Peristianis, the present Executive Dean of University of Nicosia, was appointed Director and the College began expanding its programs towards academic degrees. In its first decade of operation, Intercollege developed and modified courses of study in accordance with the College’s growing constituencies, the needs of the Cypriot labor market, and the College’s founding mission to provide quality higher education at reasonable cost in Cyprus.

To this end, Intercollege prepared students for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations, which were accepted by the University of the State of New York and the Thomas Edison State College towards their external degrees. Through hard work and persistence, the College has steadily developed into a respected Cypriot college which awards its own Diplomas, Bachelor degrees and Masters degrees on three campuses. In September 2007, the 27-year-old College was acknowledged as a University, and now uses the name University of Nicosia, Cyprus. The University continues to offer a number of professional programs such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), the Chartered Institute of Banking and others.

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