University of Cyprus aims to establish itself as a pioneer research institution achieving international scientific recognition in European higher education, offering competitive programmes and to become a centre of excellence in the wider Euro-Mediterranean region. The main objectives of the university are twofold: the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. In this context, the university believes that education must provide more than simply the accumulation of knowledge. It must also encourage students’ active participation in the process of learning and acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community. The university sets high standards for all branches of scholarship. Research is promoted and funded in all departments for its contribution to scholarship in general and for its local and international applications.