The University forges links with reputable overseas universities and institutions in order to offer innovative Programmes of study, and it is currently entering into collaboration with the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy to offer an innovative series of Programmes of study mainly linked to the field of Cultural Diplomacy.
Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
The Academy for Cultural Diplomacy serves as the academic department within the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
It aims to develop and raise awareness of the theory and practice of cultural diplomacy and related fields (such as human rights, international law, creative industries, and the performing arts) by governments and non-state actors, as well as to explore new strategies for the strengthening of intercultural relations and promoting global peace.
Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany and the USA. The ICD´s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting intercultural relations at all levels.
Over the past decade the ICD has grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchange organizations, hosting programmes that facilitate interaction between individuals of all cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.
The ICD understands that in an increasingly globalized world, in which people are able to travel and exchange information faster than ever before, there is a growing interdependency between nations. As a result, successful intercultural interaction will undoubtedly become a major challenge for international relations in the 21st century.
In this regard, the ICD believes that inter- and intracultural relations can be strengthened and maintained through dialogue. This, in turn, leads to better understanding and greater trust between cultures, prevents misunderstanding, improves communication and cooperation, and helps to reduce the likelihood of socio-cultural conflicts.
The major objectives of the ICD are to extend current research, Programmes and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy and create a platform to promote and sustain intercultural dialogue at all levels. The ICD actively encourages and supports cultural diplomacy as an academic discipline.
University of Nicosia
The University of Nicosia (UNic) is the largest independent, research oriented, English language university in the Eastern Mediterranean region, situated in a stable, European environment. As an independent, co-educational, equal opportunity tertiary education institution, it combines the best elements of Western education with an international philosophy and high standards. Located in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus -an island which lies at the crossroads of three continents- the University has quickly become a global education centre. The University hosts students from over 75 countries, in a multicultural learning environment which promotes friendship, cooperation and understanding.
All University of Nicosia Bachelor, Master and Doctoral Degrees are accredited by the relevant authorities of the Republic of Cyprus, namely the Evaluation Committee for Private Universities (ECPU) which also currently acts as the quality auditor of the University’s programmes of study. Also, the University of Nicosia is registered with the German Authorities as an H+ educational institute.
This confirms the status and standard of the University’s degrees within the country and the European Union, as well as internationally. Accreditation means that University of Nicosia degrees provide the following key benefits:
The University’s Doctoral, Master and Bachelor Degrees are fully recognized and structured within the framework of the Bologna Accord. The University of Nicosia is a member of the European Universities Association (EUA), the EFQM (formerly known as European Foundation for Quality Management), and of Erasmus. It is one of a few universities in the European Union that has received both the Diploma Supplement Label (DS) and the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) Label.
Awards and Recognitions
Along the way, the institution has distinguished itself on multiple fronts – establishing the first UNESCO Chair in Cyprus, for the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue; and earning prestigious awards, such as the United Nations “Global 500″ Award, for its contribution in the protection and improvement of the environment.
More recently, the University of Nicosia has become the first and only University in Cyprus and Greece to receive the prestigious recognition by the EFQM “Recognized for Excellence – 5 Stars” which is one of the most prestigious distinctions for organisational excellence, given to Europe’s best performing organisations.
In the forefront of innovative developments in education, the university has also received the UNIQUe Certification for Quality in E-learning and Excellence in the Use of ICT in Higher Education, awarded by the European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning (EFQUEL).
Additionally, the institution has been honored by the Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation (OEB) with two entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, including the Excellence Award in Educational Services; while it has also been awarded twice with a Gold Medal in Business Ethics Excellence (BEE) by the European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), in recognition of its sound corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.
The University has also been granted the Erasmus University Charter by the European Commission, while it is one of the very few universities in Europe that hold both the ECTS and the Diploma Supplement (DS) Labels. Moreover, the University of Nicosia is the only non-state university in Cyprus that is a member of the European University Association (EUA).
This school offers programs in: