Efforts under way to alter tertiary education legislation

Efforts are under way to change the legislation surrounding tertiary level education in Cyprus, which dates back to 1996 and no longer represents today’s world, Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said on Tuesday 24 January, writes Andria Kades for the Cyprus Mail.

Prodromou said there has been an 80% increase in the number of higher education students on the island over the past 10 years, and there are currently more than 61,000 from Cyprus, the rest of the European Union and other countries. Those from Cyprus and the EU amount to 80%, while the remainder are third country nationals. Some 2,500 students are enrolled in PhD programmes.

“In the current environment of development and rapid quantitative growth, we observed a need to modernise and upgrade the legislative framework of tertiary education,” Prodromou said. The legislation sets up the framework that will govern the establishment of higher education institutions, including research centres. It is currently with the legal service for assessment. Specifically, it outlines the creation of an Education Council to examine applications for the establishment and operation of tertiary education institutions.
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