University description (as per official university website)
Vision and Mission
The Cyprus University of Technology aspires to develop itself into a modern, pioneering University able to offer education and high level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors.
With its orientation towards applied research, the University aspires to establish for itself a role in support of the state and society in their efforts to confront problems, which cover all areas of science and technology. The programmes of the CUT to a large extent complement scientific areas, which are not currently covered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels by the University of Cyprus or any other institution of higher education in the country.
The Cyprus University of Technology was founded by law on December 2003 and welcomed its first students on September 2007.
The Cyprus University of Technology is based at the city of Limassol, where four out of five faculties are located. The Faculty of Health Sciences, which includes the Department of Nursing, is located in Nicosia.
The development of all departments is characterized by the following three objectives:
To offer education to students of a high scientific, technological and professional level.
To produce high quality research that will transcend the traditional boundaries between basic and applied research, so that solutions may be offered to major problems of society and the economy. Simultaneously to allow Cyprus to attain an important position as a partner in a modem, European setting and to secure significant external research funding
To promote University cooperation with local industry and the economic sector in order to participate in the national effort to innovate and constantly improve products and services
The Cyprus University of Technology is currently administered by a Governing Board, which is responsible for policy formulation, management and financial issues, as well as the CUTís property. The IGB acts as a Senate, which is the Universityís highest academic body. The Faculties and Departments are governed by advisory boards. The permanent governing bodies of the University will be formulated when the University is declared autonomous as foreseen by the relevant Law.
The University has set-up the following administrative services which are charged with providing the administrative support to the University Community:
Library and Information Services
Research, International and Public Relations
Finance and Human Resources
Academic affairs and Student Welfare
Information Systems and Technology
The administrative services are the executive branch which secures the necessary equipment, services and technological support needed. Also, the administrative services carry out decisions made by the University Council and Senate (currently by the IGB).
With the exception of the Faculty of Health Sciences which is located within the Nicosia General Hospital complex, in Nicosia, the remaining four Faculties are located in the city centre of Lemessos (Limassol).
For the first out of three phases of its operation, covering the period 2007-2013, the buildings of the University will be located within the old city centre. Old government buildings given to the University have been renovated but in order to cover the remaining needs other buildings in the vicinity have been rented and a number re-modified in order to house laboratories, lecture rooms as well as offices. During the second phase (2014-2020) the University campus will expand to an area of approximately 50,000m2, within the city centre, about seven minutes walking distance from the old city centre.
The University Campus Master Plan envisages that until 2020 the number of students will steadily grow to 7000- 8000, with 5-7 Faculties and 21-28 departments. The Master Plan development aims to satisfy all the needs of the University. Student hostels are currently being set-up within walking distance from both areas planned to house the University.
Academic and Teaching Staff
The Academic and Teaching Staff is selected by electoral boards, which are made up of Cypriot and non-Cypriot academics from at least three different countries. The procedure of electing Academic and Teaching Staff is continuing.
The minimum academic qualification for the Academic and Teaching Staff is a Ph.D and the ability to teach and conduct research in a university environment. The academics who have already been elected have distinguished academic achievements and lecturing experience at Universities and higher educational institutions in Cyprus and abroad.
Teaching needs of the University are also covered through a system of visiting professors, special scientists, and special teaching personnel. According to the University rules, independent lecturing of a class is assigned only to academics who hold a Ph.D degree.