BURNLEY students at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) could study in the balmy climes of Cyprus in the future, after plans were announced to open the first UK-led university campus on the island.
Business and management, law, computing and mathematics – most of which are currently studied at the Burnley campus – will initially also be offered at the new campus in Cyprus, and taught in English.
The development has been officially sanctioned by the Cypriot Ministry of Education and Culture through the awarding of an educational licence.
The building of the UK-style campus will start immediately and is due to open in October 2012.
Vice-chancellor Malcolm McVicar said: “This is the start of a new and exciting chapter in UCLan’s development. Our vision is to create an international UCLan campus in Cyprus which will mirror the same outstanding educational experience received by our students in the UK.”
UCLan will assume responsibility for the operational management and academic control of all programmes.
Mr McVicar added: “This development signals our intent to extend our global brand and become a major higher educational force on the world stage.
“We now have students from more than 120 countries and 125 partnerships across the globe, and last year became the first modern university to enter the QS World Rankings.
“We believe our approach is inherently entrepreneurial and, to this end, the coming years will see UCLan establish a number of private campuses across the world, taking world-class teaching, learning and research opportunities to students.”
It is envisaged that student numbers will grow towards 5,000 within five years, while a broad range of academic subjects will be offered.
UCLan recently announced plans to open a campus in Bangkok.