Roll-out of advanced ICT systems in three public universities to boost Cyprus’ higher education sector

The EUR 12 million Electronic University project will be implemented in the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology and the Open University of Cyprus and will be used to improve a wide variety of learning, administrative and management services provided by the universities.

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The new ICT system will boost higher education provision in Cyprus’ three universities The new ICT system will boost higher education provision in Cyprus’ three universities

These improvements include the introduction of smart cards for students and staff to access personal data, electronic learning and electronic library services. The new information and communication technology (ICT) systems will also be used to improve administrative functions at the institutions, such as financial and human resources management. Ultimately, the aim is to improve the quality of services on offer, to increase efficiency, reduce bureaucracy and to reduce costs. The new ICT systems are expected to become fully operational in the three institutions by 2015.

Equipping universities with high quality learning tools

A spokesperson for the universities said that the implementation of the new ICT systems would, among other things, provide the universities with the necessary infrastructure to provide high quality distance learning courses, which are seen as key to strengthening the universities' lifelong learning programmes.

"The general objective of the project is the creation of a critical mass of infrastructure in order to foster and promote the effective use of ICT in the educational and training systems of the country," the spokesperson said. "The project aims at improving the ability to provide high quality education and adapting the educational system to the needs of the knowledge society and the strategy for economic and social cohesion."

"Information and communication technologies have become crucial tools in the educational process. The overall goal of the creation of the Electronic University is the shaping of a modern environment for work, research and learning that is intended for the benefit of the university community and for Cypriot society in general."

Total and EU funding

The “E-University” project has a total budget of EUR 12 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributed EUR 10 200 000 through the Cyprus “Sustainable Development and Competitiveness” Operational Programme for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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