The first students have graduated from the University of Nicosia Medical School’s degree programme.

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In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the Graduate Entry 4-Year MBBS Programme (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St George’s, University of London.

Both universities have signed a long-term agreement to renew and extend their successful and innovative partnership in medical education. On Friday 15 May, the programme’s first cohort of medical students graduated in Cyprus with a St George’s award.

Principal of St George’s University of London, Professor Peter Kopelman, Dr Iain MacPhee, Associate Dean for International Education, and Ms Sophie Bowen, University Secretary and Director of Academic Administration and Quality, attended the first graduation ceremony in which 27 international students received their medical degree.

Dr Iain MacPhee, Associate Dean for International Education, at St George’s University of London, said: “The graduation of the first cohort of MBBS students from the University of Nicosia this week saw the first doctors to qualify in Cyprus in the modern era.

“The importance of the event was marked by the attendance of the President of Cyprus and the ministers of Health and Education amongst a host of other dignitaries. The ceremony was a tremendous success with palpable excitement from all concerned.”