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Computer Centre

The University provides high speed connection to appropriate services and the Internet through a number of high performance local area networks (LAN), using 1 hybrid GB backbone built with copper and fiber optics cables.

Computer Facilities

Computer facilities of the University cater to the needs of Computer Science students, as well as to students of other programmes and research. The Computer Centre is equipped with the hardware needed to support teaching and research in areas of expertise within the University. There are 16 laboratories in the Campus. 14 labs are equipped with modern PC compatible computers which are being updated every 2 years. There is at least one network printer for each lab. One of the labs is equipped with Apple Macintosh iMac and e-Mac computers, Α4 and slide scanners, colour laser printer, A1 plotter and digital video cameras, for design and multimedia development. The design lab is equipped with 3D printer, A3 color printer and A1 plotter. The SUN Lab is equipped with modern Sun Ultra 20 workstations, assigned primarily for senior Computer Science students.

Infrastructure

The University has acquired its own Grid infrastructure and passed the certification, joining thereafter the EGEE (Enabling Grids for E-sciencE) project, thereby becoming the second educational institution in Cyprus to offer access to its faculty and senior students to this high performance computing facility.

All our computers in the computer labs are connected to the Local Area Network (LAN) to share services of 10 servers assigned for studies and student research only, including Windows 2008 server, Unix (Linux) Servers and Sun Fire 480 server, e-Mail, MS SQL Server 2008 and Oracle 10g database, as well as a few other services.  This enables students to gain practical experience with most high-end platforms and technologies. All computer labs are connected to the Internet with the summary bandwidth over 30 Mbits/s. Wi-Fi networks are available in all public areas.

Software Library

The University's software library includes UNIX (Solaris and Linux) operating systems; Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database management systems, various software development tools, Office automation and other software, which is available to the students.

Office365

All University students are automatically enrolled in the Microsoft Live@Edu service that provides them with an e-Mail account, Internet storage and various communication and collaboration tools.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

One of the recent developments at the University is its Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). VLE consists of two Learning Management Systems (Moole and LAMS), a Content delivery server and a multimedia content development environment. The VLE secures high quality content development and delivery. Another prominent VLE component is secure remote access to the electronic resources of the University Library which is facilitated by Metalib/SFX software.

Our computer labs are managed by specialists and during peak hours trained assistants are on duty. Senior Computer Science and Computer Engineering students can be employed at the Computer Centre as lab assistants on a part-time basis.

The combination of excellent educational technology and professional management makes the learning environment rich and dynamic.

  1. University of Nicosia Computer Center 's main objective is to provide service to students, administration and faculty using existing facilities and equipment in the most effective way.
  2. University of Nicosia Computer labs are equipped with modern computers, up-to-date software and an Internet connection.
  3. In order to use Computer Center facilities effectively all students are:
    • to always have University of Nicosia identification cards. Students who identity cannot be established will not be allowed to use the labs
    • required to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking in the lab
    • absolutely prohibited to:
      • use the computers for non-academic purpose (i.e. games) without proper authorization
      • change the configuration of the computer software
      • install any software without proper authorization
      • change the hardware configuration (even with a good intention “to fix” the problem).
    • required to notify the lab assistant on duty or the Computer Supervisor, should any problem arise or any change of the system configuration be noticed. Otherwise, he/she will be considered responsible for the above problem.
    • required to contact the Computer Supervisor to make necessary arrangements for installing additional software or hardware. Students are not permitted to perform these tasks themselves without authorization. Only the computer Supervisor is eligible to give such permission.
    • do not to attempt to access University of Nicosia servers without proper authorization and do not use college facilities for hacking sites.
    • required to obey all directions and requests of the Computer Center Lab Assistants and Computer Supervisor. In case a student feels that he/she is treated unfairly he/she may appeal to the Senior Computer Supervisor or to the Campus Director.
  4. In order to enforce the above regulations, the following fines and penalties are to be effective immediately:
    1. For the violation for 3B, for the first time, a student will be given an oral warning. For the continuous violation of this rule, the student may be disallowed from using the lab for the period of 1 week and/or charged a fine of 17 EURO and 9 cents.
    2. For the violation for 3C, 3D and 3G, a student may be charged a fine raging from 17 EURO to 34 EURO and 17 cents and/or disallowed from using the lab for a period from 1 to 2 weeks. In case the violation of the above rules leads to severe damage to the Computer Center facilities or any other severe consequences, the case will be considered by the Disciplinary Committee.
  5. In case the decision to recommend the enforcement of a penalty is made on the Discrepancy Report form (signed by the Lecturer of Lab Assistant and Senior Computer Supervisor), two copies of the Report will be forwarded to the Campus Director and the Director of Finance. An appeal by the student may be made to the Campus Director. When the student is chard with a fine, the finance Office will automatically debit the respective Student Account.  

Students are allowed to use WEB Browser, e-mail, and chatting software as well as to create their own home pages, for their own purposes without any authorization. However, they are not allowed to print WEB pages and in case there is a more urgent College need, they will have to stop working immediately to provide the computer utilized, for College activities (projects, assignments, course work, etc). In case they refuse, it can be considered as a violation of 3C or 3G with the consequences described in 4B.

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