Cyprus is becoming a regional education hub as the number of foreign students has almost tripled within three years, Education Minister Costas Kadis said on Wednesday.
Kadis told the members of the House education committee that according to his ministry’s own data, there were more than 21,000 foreign students last year.
In the 2012-2013 academic year, 8,300 foreign students were registered in tertiary education institutions.
“We almost tripled the number since 2012-2013,” Kadis said.
As part of the goal to increase numbers, the government has supported the expansion of state and private universities so that they can offer “more attractive study programmes”.
Establishing the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education, Kadis said, was another measure taken to boost tertiary education.
The agency; established in 2015, is responsible for ensuring the quality of higher education in Cyprus and for overseeing improvements to higher education institutions and their programmes of study.
The minister also said that agreements signed with other countries on cooperation in the field of higher education and on the mutual recognition of qualifications has also helped in increasing the numbers of foreign students.
He said that huge prospects had been opened up with such agreements signed with Russia and China.
(With information from CNA)