Dear student or visitor,
Welcome to the website of the Department of Engineering.
The Department of Engineering houses five engineering disciplines: Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Oil & Gas Engineering. All five engineering disciplines are subject to continuous technological evolution due to a plethora of new discoveries and innovative applications in various sectors of the society. Advances in Electrical & Computer Engineering have triggered the flooding of the market with smart and interactive entertainment toolboxes, autonomous physical cyber systems, communication devices and smartphones, wearable and implantable biomedical devices, sensor networks, self-driving cars, and many more. Consequently, computers, the internet and cloud computing have become essential components of our everyday life. Mechanical engineers have revolutionized the industrial world since the early 20th century. Thanks to this industrial revolution, people nowadays enjoy high-power and highly efficient cars and motorcycles as well as aerodynamic airplanes, spaceships and trains. Mechanical engineering also finds a plethora of applications in medicine with the design of prosthetic limbs, artificial joints, mechanical hearts, robotics, and other biocompatible materials and parts. Today’s innovations in science and technology have also helped civil engineers design and build marvelous buildings and bridges capable of withstanding strong earthquakes and other disastrous natural phenomena. These same engineers also design smart cities that are environmentally friendly and self-sustainable due to low-carbon emissions and innovative renewable energy resources. Environmental engineers devise engineering technologies and processes in order to reduce the impact of hazardous wastes and undesirable gas releases to the environment. Oil & Gas engineers integrate geological and geophysical data, as well as drilling technologies, to locate and develop oil and gas fields. New engineering techniques, such as deep-water platforms, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, have helped unlock new unconventional energy sources. Abundant supplies of oil and natural gas continue to lift millions of people out of poverty creating value and work opportunities.
This ever-increasing use of technology offers expanding career opportunities in all engineering disciplines. At no time in history has engineering played such an important role in improving the standard of living and the quality of life, boosting productivity and reducing unemployment, creating wealth and prosperity. Engineering plays an important role in all sectors of society including education, transportation, entertainment, construction, environment, energy, healthcare, medicine, etc. A good example is the use of technology in medicine. Smart electronic devices equipped with microchips, cameras and robotic arms are used daily by doctors to perform critical medical procedures and surgeries which require high precision and caution. At the dawn of a new millennium, engineering has an important role to play for the prosperity of humanity and the future of the planet.
The Department of Engineering at the University of Nicosia has a major role to play in this technological revolution. During the four-year program, our graduates acquire enough theoretical knowledge and laboratory experience to become the future leaders of science and engineering. Our goal is to equip engineers with a solid foundation in basic engineering principles and concepts, but also a concrete and valuable knowledge on specialized topics ranging from earthquake resistant buildings and deep-water drilling and exploration of hydrocarbons to autonomous cyber physical systems, unmanned low-emission/electric vehicles and high-speed wireless communication networks.
In our department we seek to attract students who demonstrate creative analytical thinking, persistence and discipline, self-motivation, and intelligence. As the engineering field is extremely demanding, future engineering students must be able to adapt to a new dynamic environment and react positively to new challenges and opportunities. Students are taught to be independent thinkers, create independent types of work, perform high-tech projects, write technical reports, conduct research on cutting-edge technology, and present their work before classmates and faculty members. In the Department of Engineering, we are committed to excellence in teaching and research in order to safeguard high quality standards among our graduates and promote evolution and technological advancement.
All engineering programs are based on both theoretical lectures and laboratory experiments with emphasis given on the design and development of systems and modules. These courses are supported by advanced equipment and state-of-the-art hardware and software facilities for experimentation. Our programs conform to the undisputable academic guidelines set by international accreditation bodies such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the United States. The curricula of all conventional engineering programs in the department are fully accredited by the Ministry of Education. They have also been reviewed by the Cyprus Scientific and Technical Chamber (ETEK) and our graduates are in a position to register as licensed Engineers with ETEK. Our programs include a considerable number of major and elective courses of theoretical and applied nature which add to program diversity and contribute to a foundation of a broad range of skills for career positions in academia and industry.
Students in these four engineering disciplines take courses from different categories including major requirements, major electives, math requirements, science requirements, English language, business administration, and liberal arts. These courses aim at preparing undergraduate students for a professional career in industry or for advanced post-graduate studies in an engineering or related field. The process of analysis and design is emphasized throughout all years of study, and as a matter of fact, projects are included in all the major theoretical and laboratory courses. This provides the theoretical foundation and the practical skills for our students to successfully complete a demanding final-year project at the end of their undergraduate journey.
The Department of Engineering houses the following programs:
- Civil & Environmental Engineering (BSc)
- Computer Engineering (BSc)
- Electrical Engineering (BSc)
- Mechanical Engineering (BSc)
- Oil & Gas Engineering (BSc)
- Electrical Engineering (MSc)
- Oil, Gas & Energy Engineering (MSc)
- Electrical Engineering (PhD)
- Oil, Gas & Energy Engineering (PhD)
The curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) is intended to qualify students to begin a professional career in that particular field of Engineering or to pursue further advanced post-graduate studies at the level of Masters and/or Doctorate degree. The major engineering courses of the Bachelor’s program contain, apart from theory and fundamental principles, elements of analysis and design, as well as significant laboratory work. The duration of the BSc programs, for a full-time student, is 4 years, and it requires a minimum of 240 ECTS credits for graduation. The duration of the MSc programs, for a full-time student, is 1.5 years, and it requires a minimum of 90 ECTS credits for graduation. The duration of the PhD program is at least 3 years full-time and it is a research oriented degree.
The faculty members of the Department of Engineering are experienced and highly qualified academics; many of them have industry-related background and/or had worked abroad in other universities. All hold postgraduate qualifications and the majority of them (more than 95%) hold relevant PhD degrees. Most of the faculty are also actively engaged in research and have published and continue to publish papers in international scientific journals and conference proceedings. Moreover, they maintain research collaborations and/or links with other universities and institutions abroad and in Cyprus.
During your studies at the University of Nicosia, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you choose courses, plan your studies, advise you on academic matters and help you achieve your educational goals and objectives. In addition to your academic advisor, the Program Coordinator and the Head of the Department will be available to provide information related to the curriculum, academic matters, department policies, accreditation, transfers to and from other Universities, research, career opportunities etc.
On behalf of the engineering faculty, I would like to welcome you to the Department and wish you success in your studies and a rewarding and fruitful time at the University of Nicosia.
Dr Andreas Michaelides
Head of the Department of Engineering
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (+357) 228422520
Office: B41, Research & Technology Building