The American University of Beirut is officially opening its doors beginning next year with a campus in Paphos, according to Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos.
In statements on Wednesday, Mr. Phaedon said that the new University will mark a new era for the city of Paphos. Construction of the new campus is expected to start in June or July of this year, with a cost of 29 million euros. New enrollments are expected to begin in September 2023.
According to the Mayor, the Paphos campus of the American University of Beirut will accommodate approximately 2 thousand students and will offer three faculties, computer science, economics and business and the School of Civil Engineering.
In his statements, the Mayor thanked the government for its support of the project while announcing that the agreement with AUB will be officially formalized in a ceremony this Friday in which the Mayor, the President of Cyprus and the US Deputy Secretary of State are expected to be present.
Founded in 1866, the American University of Beirut bases its educational philosophy, standards, and practices on the American liberal arts model of higher education.
It was granted institutional accreditation in June 2004 by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States which was reaffirmed in 2016.
AUB Beirut currently offers more than 130 programs for bachelor's, master's, MD, and Ph.D. degrees.
[With information from CNA]