In order to establish and operate a private university in the Republic of Cyprus, a corporate body registered in the Republic of Cyprus needs to apply first, according to The Private Universities (Establishment, Operation and Control) Law 109 (I) of 2005 (see "Related Links").
Then it needs to register in the relevant Register of the private universities of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth to acquire a certificate of registration and obtain an Initial Licence or a Licence for the operation of such an establishment from the Minister.
An Initial Licence or a licence to establish and operate a private university in Cyprus can be granted only to a corporate body that satisfies the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth that the following requirements are fulfilled:
Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education
Lemesou Avenue, 5
Tel.: +357 22504340
Fax : +357 22504392
For both institutional and programmatic evaluations, relevant fees are paid, as provided by the relevant Legislation.
The Ministry of Education and Culture will forward the application to The Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (The Agency) for evaluation.
Ιn order to complete the application, applicants are encouraged to consult the The Private Universities (Establishment, Operation and Control) Law 109 (I) of 2005 (see "Related Links"). Application must be accompanied, among other documents, by the following ones:
The university shall keep a Student’s Record wherein every student who has been accepted at the University is registered. The form of the student’s Record and the data registered therein must be described in the Charter.
The names of the institutions for which adverse observations will be recorded, after an audit carried out by the Agency on the basis of Article 17 (3) (g), will be published. The Legislation duly states the following:
“During the period of validity of the positive Accreditation decision, the Board of the Agency acting of its own motion or upon the recommendation of the Minister, may examine whether the Accreditation criteria continue to be met and if they are not met, then the Board of the Agency shall revoke the Accreditation decision and immediately inform the institution concerned and the Minister.