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Cyprus to promote EMI universities

The Parliament of Cyprus in early September debated a Bill to promote English-medium public sector universities on the island, which Education Minister Prodromos Prodromou said would allow Cyprus to, “gradually become an international regional centre for university-level development.”

Until now, most of Cyprus’s English-medium university expansion has been in the private sector, with 30,000 international students on the island, compared to 8,000 in 2012.

The Bill, which Prodromou said he hoped, “is approved as soon as possible,” by Parliament, includes the same level of tuition fees for Cypriot, other EU and non-EU international students. The Cyprus Mail said it would allow students graduating from

Cyprus’s English-medium high schools to progress to a public- sector English-medium university without the need to take a Greek- language national entrance exam.

Image courtesy of MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE, SPORT AND YOUTH
Matt Salusbury
Matt Salusbury
MATT SALUSBURY, news editor and journalist, has worked for EL Gazette since 2007. He is also joint Chair of the London Freelance Branch of the National Union of Journalists and co-edits its newsletter, the Freelance. He taught English language for 15 years in the Netherlands, in Turkey, in a North London further education college and now as an English for Academic Purposes tutor, most recently at the London School of Economics. He is a native English speaker and is also fluent in Dutch.
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