||Important Milestones

Important Milestones

Founded in 1980, Intercollege has an established reputation for quality higher education. Intercollege is one of the largest and most prestigious institutions in Cyprus and a relevant opinion survey conducted by an independent research firm showed Intercollege to be “the most reputable college in Cyprus”.


Bachelor in Culinary Arts

The first Bachelor in Culinary Arts, accredited in Cyprus is awarded to Intercollege, rendering thus Intercollege's programme, the first and only accredited Bachelor in Greek language.


New State of the Art Premises

The Bachelor in Aesthetics receives accreditation, being the first professional Bachelor accredited to Intercollege. In October, Intercollege Administration and Programmes of study move to the new building (Research and Technology building).  Due to the introduction of new programmes and the enrollment needs, the moving to bigger establishment, with the necessary technological and technical infrastructure, was a necessity.


University of Hertfordshire

A collaborative agreement is signed with the University of Hertfordshire. The following programmes begin being offered: Physiotherapy, Nutrition, Pharmacy and Environmental Management. These are delivered by Intercollege, while students enrolled in these programmes will receive University of Hertfordshire degrees.


University of Nicosia

University of Nicosia is established, with all Academic Programmes of Intercollege Nicosia Campus transferred to it.



KYSATS approves several distance learning programmes offered through Intercollege: the MSc in Business Information Technology by Middlesex University; the MBA of Henley Management College; the Master of Laws of the University of London; and the Masters and Doctorate in Sport Management of the US Sports Academy. Intercollege receives the UNESCO Chair in Multicultural Education.  At this time, there is only one UNESCO chair in Greece (at the University of Thessaloniki) and one in Cyprus, the one received by Intercollege. The Law providing for the establishment of Private Universities passes by Parliament in July.


MBA Accreditation

The MBA degree is accredited.  In this way, Intercollege becomes the only college in Cyprus that has two graduate programmes accredited. A third academic building, the Europa Building, is completed and inaugurated in May.  The Building has six amphitheaters, offices, classrooms and the bookshop. The KESY Counselling Center begins operating in September, in a modern building near the US Embassy.  The Center is staffed by professional clinical psychologists and offers counseling services to the public.


Graduate Degree Accreditations

The BA and MA degrees in International relations receive accreditation.  This is the first graduate degree ever accredited in any college in Cyprus. The Office of Research is set up, to direct and coordinate research – particularly externally funded research. The Center for Leisure, Sports Research and Development is also set up.  This is the only one of its kind in the region. Finally, the Helix Business Incubator Unit is set up.  The unit is funded by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, to help start innovative businesses.


The Largest College in Cyprus

Intercollege submits the Articles of Association for the creation of a non-profit institution that will seek university status to the Minister of Education. Total enrolment reaches 3900. The Rector of Intercollege and four School Deans complete their first year of service. The Senate of Intercollege is set as the top academic body and begins functioning. Number of international students: 846 from 52 countries. Intercollege has a total staff of 415, including 160 full-time faculty, 128 part-time faculty, and 127 administrative and support staff. Included are 90 faculty members that hold a PhD. Research output this year includes 6 books, 7 monographs, and 17 chapters in books, 74 journal papers and 68 conference proceedings. Externally funded research amounting to CYP 430,000 (EUR 734,699) comes from the Research Promotion Foundation, UNOPS, the 5th Framework, the Leonardo Da Vinci programme etc. Intercollege has training centres in Athens and Salonica, claiming 95% of the market in professional training (Certified Accounting, Chartered Financial Analysts, Institute of Bankers, and Certified Internal Auditors). Intercollege creates the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies, the Center for Sustainable Development, a Business Incubator Unit and a Unit for Distance and Work-Based Learning. Seven faculty members and collaborators have 7 books published, with 6 of these published by Intercollege Press. The Radio and TV Unit produces TV clips for the Red Cross, the Telethon, Doctors of the World, the Anti-Cancer Society and the Movement of Non-Smokers. A new programme in English Language and Literature and a graduate programme in Special Education get started.


New Academic Structure

The first Rector of Intercollege, Professor Van Coufoudakis, is appointed. Four new schools are created: the School of Business, the School of Sciences and Engineering, the School of Education, and the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Departments with Heads are set up to substitute the Programme Coordinators. Student enrolment rose by 1000 students, raising the total number to 3,500, including 750 international students. Intercollege is the only college authorized by the CIB and the UMIST to teach the syllabus for the CIB/UMIST degree in Financial Services. Intercollege sets up a Unit of Environmental Studies, together with Ecognosia, and a Center for Applied Research. The research output includes 5 books, 52 refereed journal papers, 93 conference proceedings, 7 book chapters and 10 art exhibitions. Intercollege creates a Business Development Unit, which incorporates the Consultancy Unit, the Training and Development Unit and the European Programmes. In athletics, Intercollege wins 1st place in Handball and 2nd place in Football, Basketball, and Volleyball in the Intercollegiate Tournaments.


Further Academic Growth

Bachelor degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Hospitality (Hotel) Management, Pre-Primary Education and Communications are accredited. This raises the number of accredited programmes to 49 (out of the 118 accredited programmes on the island). The new Millenium Building, with six amphitheatres, a large cafeteria, and office and classroom space, is completed. Research output amounts to 120 refereed journal papers, 200 proceedings, over 50 other journal publications, over 300 other presentations and over 50 book contributions.


Expansion to Greece and Romania

The Library relocates to a separate facility. The graduation ceremony is broadcast live on the Internet. The Pre-Medicine programme is launched. Intercollege offers ACCA courses in Greece and Romania.


Local Accreditation

In the first local accreditation results, 79 programmes are accredited island-wide. 35 of these programmes are offered by Intercollege. The Business programme is accredited at all levels by the European Council for Business Education (ECBE). An Intercollege student is awarded a medal for achieving results that rank him as one of the top three students in the world in the ACCA final examinations.


Global Student Distinctions

Intercollege receives programme accreditation by the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA). Intercollege goes through the demanding process of local accreditation. New graduate programmes in Psychology and International Relations are approved. One student achieves first place ranking in the world in certified accounting. Another student completes the certified accounting programme in two years. 21 of 28 students pass the ACCA final examinations. Of these students, 8 are ranked amongst the top 20 students in the world in Paper 12, 2 in Paper 13 and 5 in Paper 14. Two new books are published – "The Political Economy of a Federal Cyprus" and "Security and Cooperation in Eastern Mediterranean".


US Regional Accreditation

Intercollege becomes regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA), in conjunction with the University of Indianapolis, to offer Associate, Bachelor and Masters degrees. Development of Exelixis software, a registration and database system, commissioned by the College to replace AIMS. On-line link with Internet and E-mail Facility. TV/Radio Studio upgraded to better serve the needs of the Communications programme. The Research and Development Center participates in several Med Campus Conferences.


Research and Publications

First nationwide process of accreditation collapses due to legal technicalities. Inauguration of the new premises in Nicosia, with the first graduation ceremony held there. Intercollege Press begins publishing scholarly books about Cyprus, covering social, political and economic aspects of the island. Intercollege initiates a European process of accreditation through the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA) of the Republic of Ireland. Experience from three accreditation processes highlights the importance of research, publications and higher caliber faculty; factors that gain a new prominence when hiring new staff. Existing faculty are encouraged to upgrade their qualifications. Cine Studio, a state of the art Cinema theatre, begins operating on campus.


Accreditation Continues

The Self Study is submitted and accreditation visits are made during the months of February to April. Accounting Tutors (AT), a new and upcoming accounting school, amalgamates with Intercollege.


New Campus in Nicosia

Intercollege becomes a candidate for accreditation. TINLIB, a high technology library database programme, is adopted at the Nicosia campus. Relocation of the Nicosia campus to a larger facility in Nicosia.


Registration of Programmes

Registration of Intercollege programmes with the Ministry of Education. The Netherlands International Institute of Management (RVB) MBA is introduced (substituting the University of Indianapolis MBA). The Kindergarten Teacher programme begins, originally at the Limassol Campus, and one year later at the Nicosia campus. Intercollege degree in Hotel Management secures exemptions from the relevant British professional body: The Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management Association (HCIMA). 10,000 book donation from the University of Indianapolis. The Law programme is launched.


Computerised Registrations System

AIMS (Academic Information Management System) a computerised registrations system is adopted replacing previous versions.


Distance Learning

The Cyprus Review, a scholarly social science journal, begins to be published. Intercollege adopts the CYCOM SBS Accounting package of Coopers and Lybrand. The Design programme is set up. Local area networks are introduced in Nicosia and, subsequently, at the other campuses. The Brunel University/Henley College distance learning MBA is offered at the College. The Trenton State College MEd. is offered at the Intercollege Larnaca Campus.


Intercollege Larnaca

Intercollege Larnaca Campus begins operation after merging with a small local college.


Nursery Education Diploma

The Nursery Education Diploma programme commences, with the recognition of the Ministry of Labour (Department of Welfare), under the supervision of Mr. Andreas Christodoulides, Dean of Administration. The Computer Engineering programme is offered. Intercollege Limassol Campus moves to its present location.


Intercollege Limassol

The Travel and Tourism programme is introduced, modelled on IATA and British Airways training programmes. It is the first such programme to be offered in Cyprus. Intercollege programmes adopt pattern sheets. All programmes are adapted to the American higher education system, to include general education requirements. The semester and credit system is adopted. The University of Indianapolis MBA programme is offered – the first MBA to be offered in Cyprus. Intercollege establishes the Limassol Campus.


University of Indianapolis

Dr. Andreas Polemitis joins Intercollege, merging his institute (which offered University of Indianapolis qualifications) with the College, leading to Intercollege's current structure. University of Indianapolis programmes in Business Administration and Business Data Processing are introduced. Professional Training courses are offered, subsidized by the Industrial Training Authority. The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) British professional programme begins. The Secretarial Studies programme is offered.


Transfer of Credit

Intercollege students begin transferring to accredited universities: e.g. University of Maryland (Hotel Management), University of Strathclyde (Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Administration). The Thomas Edison State College external degree programme is offered. The Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA) programme is introduced.


First Bachelor Degrees

Introduction of internal Bachelor degree programmes in majors such as Hotel Management, Business Administration, and Liberal Arts. A Computer Science programme is introduced, leading to internal qualification and the British professional programme of IDPM (Institute of Data Processing Management).


Growth Years

Dr. Sofronis Sofroniou joins the College as a lecturer and the first President of the College. Tuition is provided for the University of the State of New York (USNY) external degrees through recognized external exams, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), for which Intercollege becomes a testing centre. Intercollege moves to new, larger premises.


The First International Students

Nicos Peristianis is appointed as Director. First international students join the College. Internal Certificates (after one year of studies) and Diplomas (after two years of study) are offered in programmes such as Business Administration, Hotel Management, Marketing, Public Relations, and Advertising.


Intercollege is Founded

I.M.C.S Intercollege of Management and Communication Studies was founded as a tertiary level institution, offering the programmes of various British professional bodies, such as the Communication, Advertising and Marketing Foundation (CAM), the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and the Association of Business Executives (ABE).