The Higher Technical Institute (HTI) was founded in 1968 as a joint educational project between the Republic of Cyprus, UNESCO, UNDP and ILO. It is a bicommunal tertiary institution, operating under the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance.
The main objective of HTI is the education of high calibre technician engineers to meet the needs of industry for suitably trained personnel in middle management positions as well as the promotion of applied research.
The Institute offers 3-year full time courses in the following specializations, the language of instruction being the English:
Electrical/Electronic Engineering graduates can register as Incorporated Engineers with the Engineering Council of UK, while Mechanical and Marine Engineering graduates can register as Incorporated Engineers with IIE and IMarEST of UK.
Various projects are running in the fields of solar energy, computer assisted applications, solutions to engineering problems, e-manufacturing, desalination of water, rapid prototyping, 3D-reconstruction and reproduction, robotics, seismic performance-assessment and rehabilitation, seismic repairs due to earthquakes, sludge as a soil conditioner, noise models on high ways, mobile transmission for intelligent cardiology, optical fibre sensing and telecommunications, telematics, remote and mixed reality techniques.
The Solar Energy e-Learning Laboratory which is in operation since November 2004 (http:/e-lab.hti.ac.cy), was awarded a "Diploma for Excellence in the use of Information Technology" in the category of Education, by the Stockholm Challenge 2006, May 2006. During the 9th World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC) which took place in Florence, Italy from 19 to 25 August 2006, Dr. Soteris Kalogirou, instructor of Mechanical Engineering, received the award in the category “Scientists and topic Solar Energy”.
The quality and high standard of HTI graduates are widely recognized to such a degree that they are highly preferred in the labour market and offered excellent terms of employment. Since the establishment of HTI, nearly 4800 students have graduated and most of them have occupied important posts in a variety of sectors and organizations such us: Electricity and Telecommunication Authorities, The Banking Sector, Commercial Enterprises, Public Services, Education, Construction Companies, Merchant Shipping.
According to the law 198(I)/2003 a new University is being established, the Cyprus University of Technology, into which HTI will be integrated. The new University accepts the first students in September 2007, therefore HTI will not accept any new students. The experience of HTI staff, spanning 39 successful years, as well as the collaboration with the local industry, will offer substantial contribution to the new University.