The University of Limassol is a progression of the Cyprus International Institute of Management (CIIM), a renowned business school operating in Cyprus since 1990 when it was founded as a Private School of Higher Education, by a group of leading executives of the Cypriot economy and renowned academics from leading Universities overseas.
Hundreds of internationally renowned scientists from foreign Universities and prominent Cypriot academics have taught at CIIM. In the 30 years of operation of CIIM, more than 2,500 Cypriot and foreign students have studied in 10 postgraduate programs and graduated with postgraduate degrees, a significant number with scholarships from the Republic of Cyprus and foreign Governments, as well as Cypriot and foreign organizations and businesses. More than 250 CIIM graduates have filled and continue to fill management positions in the Public Service, Parastatal Organizations, the Education Service, and Local Government, while many hundreds of graduates run organizations and businesses, not only in Cyprus but also abroad.
CIIM Innovations Ltd., the owner of CIIM applied to the authorities for the transformation of CIIM into a University in recognition of its more than 30 years’ successful operations as a postgraduate school with international recognition and its gradual expansion in disciplines beyond business, including computer science and technology, economics and finance. After a rigorous assessment by CYQAA, CIIM has been upgraded to a university, the University of Limassol (UoL). The target starting date of university operations is the 1st of September 2023, following the issue of the operating license.
The University starts operations with three schools:
- The CIIM Business School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Management
- The Technology & Innovation School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Information Technology
- The Economics & Finance School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Economics & Finance
New Schools and Departments will be added including a Law and Social Science Schools and related Departments in the coming years.
The University of Limassol will operate in two campuses as CIIM does today: the current Nicosia CIIM campus where all the Masters programmes will continue to be offered and the current Limassol CIIM campus where the Masters programmes will also continue to be offered. The three undergraduate programmes will be offered as of the coming academic year (2023-24) in a newly renovated building across from the Lanition Gymnasium, in Limassol.
The current Nicosia campus will be the headquarters of the University until mid-2026 when the new purpose-built campus in Palodia, Limassol is completed and the university moves there, except for the Nicosia Masters programmes which will remain in the UoL’s Nicosia branch campus.
The University of Limassol puts equal emphasis on excellence in teaching and research and in dual focus on the national and international student markets and is committed to promoting sustainable development, green transition and digital transformation in economy and society.