Internationalisation Strategy

CityU has conceived and applied a strategic decision to operate as a specialist University School in the fields of Business Administration and Hospitality Business. This fact constitutes a basic criterion in choosing ERASMUS partners. Partnering Higher Education Institutions (HEI) must have well established quality curricula in the fields mentioned.  CityU abides by all the required standards set by the Bologna Declaration and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).  The College seeks to partner with Higher Education Institutions that comply with the Bologna and the EHEA frameworks and standards. Further to the aforementioned, the College assigns priority to partnering with HEI of diverse cultures and HEI that are based in different geographical areas around Europe. We choose our partners based on a variety of study programs, qualifications and skills that staff of hosting organizations possesses. On the basis of its strategic plan, CityU is currently in the process of examining the possibility of collaboratively developing B.A. in Hospitality, Business and Retail Management programmes with its ERASMUS partners and other universities, accredited by their official national bodies in each country of origin. The aim is to deliver these programmes concurrently, separately or jointly in Cyprus and the European and/or other countries internationally.  If this strategic move proceeds forward, it will power up each institution’s strengths and expertise, and offer distinct, unique, mutual, and substantial benefits for all institutions involved. The ERASMUS programme has been conducive towards this end. Another vital strategic direction of the College focuses on working together with ERASMUS partners, European and other international Higher Education Institutions on developing modules that offer further value-added to student learning. We are open to cooperate with institutions located in any part of Europe, or other program and partner countries  provided that their programs and projects match ours.

The main objectives of mobility activities are:

  1. To prepare students thoroughly for an exciting career. Not only do international students learn globally transferrable skills, but their time abroad opens doors and brings them in contact with new and developing and expanding job markets.
  2. To develop a cross-cultural communication skill. One of the most important skills students learn while studying abroad is cross-cultural communication. The world has become so interconnected that all industries and sectors need skilled professionals who can work efficiently in a variety of situations and locations and with colleagues of culturally diverse backgrounds.
  3. To make learning more accessible. International experience holds such high value for employability, the demand for study abroad opportunities has increased a lot.
  4. Establish a social and academic/professional network among students and staff members. To expand activities in the area of staff mobility, as well as to foster teaching collaborations, both nationally and internationally.
  5. Gather students’ and staff members’ experiences for purposes in Higher education. As a multicultural society we want to share our ideas and experiences internationally.

CityU target groups are undergraduate and graduate programme students, who are research-led and characterised by a high academic level and the integration of lifelong employability skills. CityU has also defined a number of strategic and operational objectives which includes the development of more strategic partnerships with HEIs and enterprises in European and non-European countries, taking into account the compatibility and quality of study and training programmes, as well as potential research collaboration opportunities. CityU Strategy stems from the Strategic Plan 2018-20 approved by the Board of Directors seeking to exploit the international context by a holistic approach aiming to:

  1. Establish a high quality in-country presence -offer innovative programs for the needs of society, industry and labor market, primarily in Greek/English, with future target also to other languages
  2. Offer programs jointly with esteemed partners
  3. Enhance international recruitment – internationalize curricula and align syllabus with international norms
  4. Establish sound partnerships to provide quality transnational education and research
  5. Improve student and staff mobility – establish international alumni base.

The overall objective is to combine academic excellence with economic and social relevance. One of the main priorities of the strategy of international cooperation is to give all students and staff the opportunity to go abroad (in line with the defined departmental strategy) or to have an international experience at home (e.g. by welcoming and cooperating with international students and staff to the College). CityU main objectives defined in CityU strategy for implementation is to increase student mobility in first, second and third cycles in order to meet the student mobility target by 2020.


Strategic partnership is reinforced by key principles an:

CityU therefore seeks:

  1. to work with partners with similar vision and capabilities/capacities that CityU values.
  2. recognize the benefits of a diverse portfolio of HE partnerships, given the breadth of CityU’s mission.
  3. recognize the importance of partnerships with long-term perspective and focus on mutual benefit

CityU’s main objectives for mobility are to:

  • increase proportion of outward student mobility for placements, promoting quality structured traineeships abroad to gain international experiences/skills.
  • encourage Faculties for overseas study/practical training in all programs, especially PhD.
  • initiate outward mobility for studies, encouraging and supporting all students, including those facing difficult circumstances to study abroad. Still, acknowledging that most CityU students find it difficult to undertake a significant period abroad because of family obligations or employment, a key objective is to embed elements of international education in all CityU programs.
  • Ensure sustainability of international activities by expanding student numbers, research activity and international curricula.
  • Improve support for all staff mobility and increase externally funded collaborative research projects for staff exchanges.
  • Develop new and existing international partnerships to attract incoming students and academic staff, also bilateral
  • agreements with enterprises to increase the trend of inviting experts from industry to CityU.
  • Expand support for students in English language proficiency, academic literacy and career development.
  • Promote virtual mobility for adult learners experiencing difficulties for mobility abroad.

CityU’s strategy underlines the quality of teaching, research and services provided. To ensure academic staff opportunities for professional development. Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Erasmus+ Programme on the modernization of your institution. Within its core area, CityU will create strategic partnerships through cooperation with other higher education institutions and key stakeholders, such as organizations, authorities and enterprises. Within some selected areas, we will create knowledge alliances with enterprises promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship by offering relevant learning opportunities. CityU aims at joining capacity building projects with other institutions within the Programme and Partner countries.
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