Most public institutions of tertiary education were established as joint projects between the Republic of Cyprus, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Gradually, the Cyprus Government has taken over the responsibility for their operation. The main objective of these institutions is to provide education and training in professional disciplines to satisfy the local demands. Public Institutions of Tertiary Education operate under the supervision of various Ministries (Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and Ministry of Justice and Public Order). Each Ministry is responsible for the organization and administration of the institution. Consequently, in cooperation with the Administrative Council, the Principal and the Staff Council of each institution may promote regulations as regards to the contents and level of studies, the criteria for student admission, the number of students accepted each year, the curricula, and the evaluation system.
Each Institution has a different structure and offers programmes of studies in specific technical – professional fields which lead to a Higher Diploma. The academic staff consists of Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, and Instructors. The members of the academic staff apart from the Instructors hold a University Degree and most of them hold additional academic qualifications at postgraduate and doctoral level.
The Mediterranean Institute of Management (MIM) is the only non-university level public institution which awards a one-year postgraduate diploma for studies in Business Administration and Public Administration.
* According to a recent Decision of the Council of Ministers (No. 79.070 – 1.7.2015) the entrance of new students and the offer of the 3-year cycle program of studies as well as other relevant programs are suspended, until further notice.
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