Education in Cyprus is overseen by the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth.[1]

The education system is divided into pre-primary education (ages 3–6), primary education (ages 6–12), secondary education (ages 12–18) and higher education (ages 18+).[2] Full-time education is compulsory for all children aged between 5 and 15.[3] State-provided schooling including higher education is paid for by taxes.

There is also a parallel system of accredited independent schooling, and parents may choose to educate their children by any suitable means. Private school and university fees are not usually covered by the state.

Higher education often begins with a four-year bachelor's degree. Postgraduate degrees include master's degrees, either taught or by research, and the doctorate, a research degree that usually takes at least three years. Universities require accreditation by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education in order to issue degrees.

Primary education

Faneromeni Primary School

In the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 334 primary schools with 56,700 students and 3,980 teachers.[4][5]

Secondary education

The Pancyprian Gymnasium

Main article: Secondary education in Cyprus

Higher education

Higher, or tertiary education is provided by a network of state and private universities and colleges. Private universities were first accredited in 2005 and require a special licence to operate and award degrees. This was set out in the 2005 Private Universities law.[6]

Currently the following universities have a licence by the Ministry of Education and Culture to issue academic degrees:

Public Universities

University of Cyprus
  1. University of Cyprus
  2. Open University of Cyprus
  3. Cyprus University of Technology

Private Universities

  1. European University Cyprus[7]
  2. Frederick University
  3. Neapolis University
  4. University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus)
  5. University of Nicosia
  6. American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo Campus in Cyprus[8]
  7. Philips University

Private Institutions of Tertiary Education

  1. A.C. American College[9]
  3. Aigaia School of Art and Design
  4. Alexander College
  5. Arte Music Academy
  6. Atlantis College
  7. Casa College
  8. CBS – College of Business Studies
  9. C.D.A. College
  10. Church of Cyprus - School of Theology
  11. City Unity College Nicosia
  12. College of Tourism & Hotel Management
  13. Cyprus College
  14. Cyprus International Institute of Management
  15. Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine
  16. Frederick Institute of Technology
  17. Global College
  18. Institute of Professional Studies (IPS), UCLan Cyprus
  19. Intercollege
  20. InterNapa College
  21. KES College
  22. Larnaca College
  23. Ledra College
  24. Mesoyios College
  25. Neapolis College
  26. P.A. College
  27. Susini College
  28. The CTL EuroCollege
  29. The Cyprus Academy of Art
  30. The Cyprus Institute
  31. The Cyprus Institute of Marketing
  32. The Limassol College - T.L.C.
  33. The Philips College
  34. Vladimiros Kafkaridis School of Drama

Public Institutions of Tertiary Education

  1. The Higher Hotel Institute of Cyprus
  2. The Cyprus Forestry College
  3. The Mediterranean Institute of Management
  4. The Police Academy
  5. The School for Tourist Guides
  6. The Public School of Higher Vocational Education and Training (MIEEK)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Technical and vocational training (TVET) addresses multiple demands of an economic, social and environmental nature by helping young people and adults to develop the skills they need for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, promoting equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and supporting transitions to green economies and environmental sustainability.[10]

The Human Resource Development Authority of Cyprus (HRDA) is the body in charge of managing training funds in Cyprus. The system relies on contributions paid by all employees, with the exception of the self-employed and government workers. By law the Human Resource Development Levy rate cannot exceed 1% of the emoluments paid to each employee. In practice, the levy rate is 0.5% of payroll, with a monthly cap of €4,533 (Regulation 509/2012).[10]

The HRDA issues grants to employers for approved training as well as allowances to trainees and financial assistance for obtaining training equipment. The HRDA subsidizes 80% of the cost of training, rising to 100% for ‘high-priority multi-company training programmes’.[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Education in Cyprus" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  2. ^ Ministry of Education and Culture. "Structure of the Education System of Cyprus" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  3. ^ Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. "The Education System of Cyprus". Archived from the original on 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  4. ^ "Στατιστική Υπηρεσία - Πληθυσμός και Κοινωνικές Συνθήκες - Εκπαίδευση - Κυριότερα Στοιχεία". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  5. ^ Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture. "Annual Report 2015" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-06-23. Retrieved 2017-10-18.
  6. ^ Republic of Cyprus, Office of the Law Commissioner. "The Private Universities Law (2005)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-01-20. Retrieved 2013-05-11.
  7. ^ "Cyprus Higher Education". Archived from the original on 2017-04-05. Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  8. ^ "American University of Beirut – Mediterraneo".
  9. ^ "Cyprus Higher Education". Retrieved 2020-07-08.
  10. ^ a b c UNESCO (2018). Funding skills development: the private sector contribution. UNESCO. ISBN 978-92-3-100269-4.


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