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UCy transfers will not deprive places from state students

By Alexandros Achilleos

NO public school students will be deprived of a place in the University of Cyprus following the new transfer scheme enrolling students with GCE and International Baccalaureate (IB) qualifications who have been accepted by other universities.

The new scheme has triggered reactions from the Proodeftiki student movement which has accused the university’s Rector Constantinos Christofides of promoting private schooling and reducing the available places for students entering with their Pancyprian examination results.

Katerina Evangelou, senior officer at the university’s undergraduate office, said that these places have nothing to do with the places reserved for students taking the state examinations.

“We will not deny any places from the available places of students entering with the Pancyprian examinations,” she said.

In the case of second and third clearing, the new places made available because of students have decided to go to another university, will be covered only with students entering with the same examinations. This means that the number of students entering with the Pancyprian examinations will not be influenced by this new scheme.

The actual number of the available places will be decided by each faculty depending on how many extra students, except the ones entering with the state exams, the faculties can absorb, Evangelou said.

The new scheme is a way to enhance the university’s benchmark of academic excellence, something that the UCy Rector showed to be eager about in a previous interview to the Cyprus Mail, but also to help tackle the impact the economic crisis has had on many Cypriot families.

“We do not want excellent students from private schools who cannot afford to study overseas not to be able to study in the University of Cyprus,” Evangelou said.

The new transfer scheme requires interested students to have already been accepted at an international university but they must have not yet started their studies. The UCy website clearly states the grade requirements for each degree programme. An important requirement is proficiency of the Greek language regardless of the student’s nationality.

Regarding the costs, tuition fees are €6,834 per academic year for international students and free for students from Cyprus or European Union member states.

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