Medical schools in Cyprus
As Cyprus looks to move into new sectors of professional and scientific development, four Medical Schools have appeared over the last two years, offering students from Cyprus and abroad the opportunity for medical education and research right here on the island.
St George’s University of London at the University of Nicosia Perhaps one of the most important developments in recent tertiary education in Cyprus, the establishment of a medical education programme in Nicosia -and particularly the St George’s University of London graduate-entry four-year MBBS (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery) programmeoffers exciting new prospects for academic and professional development.
The St George’s MBBS programme which runs at the two sites in London and Nicosia, works with the same curriculum and awards an identical degree, while assessment and grading are shared and co-created in a parallel process.
With a student body consisting of students from 21 different countries, the SGUL programme in Cyprus offers international students the opportunity to attend a high quality medical training programme, as the graduate entry programme in London is only open to UK and EU students.
The MBBS programme offers students a hands-on approach to medical training through problem-based, patient- centred learning which provides them with clinical contact and training from the very beginning.
During the first two years, students are gradually introduced to clinical settings through cooperation with a number of affiliated hospitals from the private sector here, which offers them the opportunity to receive consultant tutoring and training.
In the final two years, students complete their training in public hospitals either in Cyprus - at Nicosia General Hospital or Makarios Hospital- or in affiliated hospitals in Israel and North America, depending on their career aspirations, a choice which is made at the beginning of their second year.
Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM) The Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine was inaugurated in October 2012 by the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, PhD Nobel Laureate Professor James D. Watson and operates under the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics (CING).
Since its establishment, the CING has provided activities in three directions, the provision of specialised medical services - clinical and laboratory, competitive research in the field of medical and biomedical sciences, and education, which has recently been enhanced with the establishment of the Cyprus School of Molecular Medicine (CSMM) which offers postgraduate programmes in medical genetics and molecular medicine.
The MSc and PhD programmes started running in September 2012 with 20 students in medical genetics and 20 in molecular medicine. The student body consists almost entirely of Greek Cypriots, some Turkish Cypriots and some international students.
The idea of developing an independent academic organisation came from other well-known scientific research institutes around the world like the Weizmann Institute, Cold Spring Harbor, Scripps and the Rockefeller Institute, all of which have their own independent postgraduate programmes and are accredited as autonomous academic centres.
The establishment of a postgraduate programme within the CING allows students to benefit from an experienced research centre with state-of-the-art facilities and faculty with more than 20 years experience in the field. Furthermore, the already existing facilities allow for the programme to run at a very low cost, including keeping tuition fees at a reasonable level.
University of Cyprus Medical School The medical school of the University of Cyprus will open its doors in September 2013 and will be the only undergraduate medical programme to be taught entirely in Greek.
The structure of the programme will be carried out in three phases. The first phase will take up year one of the programme and will be almost entirely classroom-based.
The second two-year phase involves a combination of clinical internships and seminars where students will interact with patients to develop and practice their clinical skills During the third and final phase of the course, which will occupy the remaining three years of the programme, teaching will be carried out in small rotating groups in various clinics at Nicosia General Hospital, as well as in local medical centres and practices.
The first year of the programme will be taught from the facilities of the new University of Cyprus campus in Aglandjia, while internships and practical training will be carried out at Nicosia General Hospital and other clinics in the capital.
From the second year the programme will be transferred to the Siakoleio Educational Health Centre (SEKY) which is located behind Nicosia General Hospital and will be suitably adapted to the needs of the medical school.
The first intake will include 40 undergraduate students who will be admitted through the Pancyprian examinations of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Candidates will be examined in Modern Greek and three additional subjects with a choice from mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.
From 2016, however, students will be required to take exams in all five of the above subjects.
The Medical School of the European University The European University Cyprus recently announced that it will be launching a Medical School from September 2013 that will operate as an autonomous School within the university. The duration of the programme will be six years and it will be taught entirely in English.
Students from Cyprus and abroad can apply.
20th international education fair
Prospective students and their parents from today have a golden opportunity to learn about the many tertiary education options available to them both in Cyprus and overseas through the 20th International Education Fair.
Being staged at the International State Fairgrounds in Nicosia until and including Sunday, this year’s fair features the participation of some 290 exhibitors from an unprecedented 20 countries including Cyprus, three of which-Israel, Denmark and Finland - are taking part for the first time.
Also participating in this year’s event are exhibitors from Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America.
Specialised talks and presentations over the three days have also been organised.
This year, Cyprus will be represented by eight universities - including five private ones - and 15 state and private colleges and other tertiary education institutions covering a wide spectrum of fields of study.
The universities are the University of Cyprus, the Cyprus University of Technology, the Open University, the European University Cyprus, the University of Nicosia, Frederick University, Neapolis University of Paphos and the University of Central Lancashire.
A co-organiser of the event, the Education Ministry will be participating with the fair’s largest stand, themed on ‘Educational Reform from theory to practice".
Although aimed at prospective students, visitors to the fair will also be able to learn about vocational training and employment opportunities.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance will be participating within this framework alongside the Productivity Centre which will be presenting employment tools created by the EU.
Information will be on hand at the stands set up by the Human Resources Development Authority, the Youth Board and the Foundation for the Management of European Lifelong learning programmes, amongst others.
After a smaller than usual participation last year, Greece is especially well-represented this time round with 10 wellknown universities taking part including the newly-established International University of Greece in Thessaloniki which offers post-graduate programmes. The Greek contingent is also made up of technological intuitions, two private schools and one publishing company as well as a school specialised in pilot training.
The UK presence is of note with 60 British universities taking part, as are medical schools from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics’ School of Molecular Medicine will also be showcased at this year’s event.
As well as university and college participation, countries are also represented by organisations such as the French Cultural Centre, Germany’s Goethe Institute, and the Fulbright Commission for the USA, the Dutch Embassy and the Cervantes Institute for Spain.
Also, in celebration of the fair’s 20th anniversary, young visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a competition in Pavilion 4’s Room B and stand the chance of winning tablet computers and other state-of-the-art technological products.
The fair, which has free entrance, will be open from 8.30am to 1pm and 5pm to 9pm today (Friday) and from 4pm to 9pm tomorrow and on Sunday.
The new Education Minister will be officially inaugurating the fair at 4pm tomorrow