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Erasmus policy statement

Neapolis University Pafos (NUP) is a private University located in Pafos Cyprus and has been founded in 2010. Neapolis University Pafos (NUP) is one of the leading private universities in Cyprus, with students from all around the world. It is a vibrant academic institution focusing on high quality education and research that aims to provide top educational services to the Cypriot region and beyond.

Led by President Michael Leptos (Leptos Estates), its vision is to become one of the best universities not only in Cyprus but also in Europe.

At present the University comprises five Schools (Economics, Administration and Computer ScienceLawHealth SciencesArchitecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental SciencesSocial Sciences, Arts and Humanities), serving undergraduate and postgraduate studies in more than twenty Bachelor and Master Degrees. For the past years the University has been challenging its students with innovative courses, so as to achieve a successful career. Known for its traditional learning and novel research, the University is breaking new grounds by transgressing the traditional boundaries of knowledge, while making an impact on students’ lives and responding to their quest for a successful career in the future. For 2017, the seventh year in a row, Neapolis University has been ranked among the top 5 universities in Cyprus.

The Neapolis University of Paphos (aka Neapolis or NUP) is a young university, fully licensed by the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, with tangible goals to grow in size and excel academically. Our long-term strategy, therefore, aims at achieving this vision. Our big challenge is to consider the most appropriate way to expand and the expansion is likely to come mostly from other programs taught in the English language and students from outside Cyprus/Greece.

At present, NUP is accredited for 34 academic degrees at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels across a wide array of subjects, both on campus and through distance learning.

There are 11 programs of studies available for distance learning. You can see the programs here.

Our strategy

NUP expansion and growth will be based on the following priorities:

  • Programs in English and students from abroad
    • Arab world
    • Russia and Ukraine
    • CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States)
    • China, India and Iran
    • Other countries
  • Research
    • Developing internal capabilities
    • Intensifying the search for EU and national research funds
    • Collaborating with universities abroad (preferably UK or USA)
  • Distance learning
    • Courses taught in English
    • Provision of a wider array of courses
    • In collaboration with universities from abroad
  • Integration and synergies with Neapolis Smart Eco City
    • Medical school
    • Wellness Center and other Smart Eco City activities
    • Building modern facilities for teaching, dormitories, nutrition and research

The last three years the University has been approved by the Cyprus Quality Assurance Agency to offer 12 new programs of studies (undergraduate and postgraduate). Also, the University has signed agreements with British Universities giving the chance to its students to gain a title of studies by Universities in United Kingdom, such as Middlesex and Hull.

Neapolis University Pafos is committed to an international experience for its students, and encourages them to study in another country as part of their studies thought the Erasmus+ program. It also actively markets its courses outside Cyprus to attract international students to contribute to this culture. It encourages its staff and students to participate in Erasmus Program to support the development of the European Union as an advanced knowledge society with sustainable economic development.

Neapolis University Pafos is committed to Erasmus activities as a part of its International Strategy. The University will encourage students to take part in an Erasmus exchange with another University or overseas work placement whilst studying at Neapolis. The University offers foreign language courses for all students and staff as well as Greek as a Foreign Language for the incoming students. The Greek Language school offers with no extra fees, Greek Language courses for the Incoming students.  Academic staff are encouraged to make use of the Erasmus teaching mobility that is available to them. Active participation in these activities plays an essential role in bringing the University and Europe and Third Countries, closer to the University. Academic staff are advised on opportunities to apply for multilateral and thematic networks and Neapolis promotes joint curriculum development with overseas partner institutions.

Neapolis develops and encourages international partnerships with reputable universities worldwide to enable staff and student exchanges, collaborative research projects, joint and dual programmes and awards, knowledge transfer partnerships and other joint project ventures.

Based on the Erasmus Program Guide, all Erasmus mobility for studying and teaching between Higher Education Institutions shall take place as part of an inter – institutional agreement between the Higher Education Institutions each of which holds a valid Erasmus Charter (EUC).This agreement is signed by the official representatives of the two institutions and indicates the number and the level of mobility for students and/or staff.

The inter–institutional agreement may be extended to cover the cooperation between institutions in the field of student mobility for placements (working experiences / traineeship) in business abroad.

Neapolis University in Cyprus maintains numerous agreements with other European and non-European Universities.

Neapolis University chooses its Erasmus partners to meet the needs of its students and staff. When establishing a new Erasmus agreement, we ensure the curriculum to be offered will be appropriate for the student’s course of studies, so that full academic recognition and ECTS  (including that awarded by any relevant professional body) can be given and that students meet the same learning outcomes they would receive if they were to stay at Neapolis.

Neapolis University through the International and Erasmus office , supports the guidelines given by the National Agency and the main goals are to succeed in Erasmus Key Action 1 (KA1) – Learning mobility and Erasmus Key Action 2 (KA2) – Cooperation among organisations and institutions. Those aims and plans are also included in the Strategic Planning of the University for the next five years.

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