Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus

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Higher Technical Institute (HTI)
Ανώτερο Τεχνολογικό Ινστιτούτο (ΑΤΙ)
Type public university, Defunct
Active 1968–2007
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 358 (2004)
Location Nicosia, Cyprus
Website http://www.hti.ac.cy

The Higher Technical Institute of Cyprus was a public tertiary educational institution established in 1968 as a joint project between the Government of Cyprus and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Up to 1973 it was funded both by the Cyprus Government and the special UN fund. In 1973 the Cyprus Government (through the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance) assumed the exclusive responsibility for its operation. Lessons were taught in the English language and lasted for 3 years. Due to the technical nature of the degrees offered, there was a considerable time spent by students in practical experience within the relevant industries.

There were five departments:

  • Civil Engineering;
  • Computer Science;
  • Electrical Engineering;
  • Mechanical and Marine Engineering;
  • General Studies.

The Institute also had an active research programme and offered consultancy services to the local industry.

For over a decade, the institute straggled towards reforming into a full university. The inability of its faculty union to move towards internationally accepted practices in higher education was the single most important reason for failing to do so.

In December 2003, the House of Representatives passed a bill (Law 198(I) 2003), establishing a new academic institution, the Cyprus University of Technology. According to the above Law, the HTI (along with several other similar schools) was integrated within the new University.[1]