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 33 years of operation of CIIM, about 3,000 Cypriot and international students have studied in the 10 postgraduate programs offered. A significant number of our graduates received scholarships from the Republic of Cyprus and worldwide Governments, as well as Cypriot and overseas organizations and businesses. More than 500 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 starting date of university operations is the 1st of September 2023.
The University starts operations with three schools:
- the CIIM Business School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Management,
- the Technology and Innovation School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Information Technology, and
- the Economics and Finance School, with one Department to start with, the Department of Economics and Finance.
New Schools and Departments will be added including a Law School, Health Sciences School, and Social Science School, 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 graduate programs will continue to be offered, and the current Limassol CIIM campus where the graduate programs will also continue to be offered. The three undergraduate programs will be offered as of the coming academic year (2023-24) in a newly renovated building across 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 graduate programs, 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.