St George’s, University of London has joined forces with the University of Nicosia, Cyprus’s biggest private university, to launch the first Cypriot medical training programme. The University of Nicosia will offer a four-year graduate entry medicine degree that has been designed by St George’s and is based on its own successful course. This programme is subject to validation by St George's in June 2011.

Students who complete the MBBS4 (Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery) programme in Nicosia will earn a degree from St George's, the first UK medical school to introduce a medical degree for graduates of all disciplines. This award is not a UK primary medical qualification and does not lead to a (provisional) registration in the UK.Graduates of the Cyprus programme will initially be registered  with the Cyprus Medical Council after which they can apply to transfer their registration in any of the EU member states. International (non-EU) graduates will have to follow the registration process for their respective medical registration authorities. The information in this paragraph was accurate at the time of writing (December 2010). There have since been updates to the details of this course. Please visit the www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy for the latest information.

Students accepted into the English-language MBBS4 programme in Cyprus will follow the innovative curriculum developed by St George’s, and will have access to the e-learning medical education resources available to students in London. They will also have the full privileges and use of the state-of-the-art facilities and resources provided by the University of Nicosia. As well as delivering the curriculum, St George’s is responsible for academic standards and quality assurance of the programme, and will be involved in the recruitment of both students and teaching staff.

Nicos Peristianis, president of the council of the University of Nicosia, said: “This is a significant development for higher education in Cyprus – in line with the European Union’s policy to encourage cooperation between European universities, but also in line with the Republic of Cyprus’s policy of turning the country in an educational hub for the region.”

St George’s principal Professor Peter Kopelman said that the alliance combines the strengths of both universities, and added: “This partnership is testament to the success of our pioneering graduate entry programme, which has now trained almost 400 doctors from a range of backgrounds. The University of Nicosia partnership will expand on this success, and we are confident that its future doctors will benefit from the same excellent training as our previous graduates.”

The third partner in this initiative is the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, which is the largest hospital in Israel and will provide clinical placements for students. Sheba is the first of a small number of partners that will be selected to deliver the clinical years of the programme in a high-quality training environment.

This medical programme – which begins in September 2011 – is expected to attract students from Cyprus and the UK, as well as Greece, Russia, Israel, other EU countries, the United States and Canada, among others. Further details about the St George’s programme at the University of Nicosia can be found at www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy

This article was accurate at the time of writing (December 2010). There have since been updates to the details of this course. Please visit the www.nicosia.sgul.ac.cy for the latest information about this programme.