The University of Central Lancashire’s campus in Cyprus has received the official seal of approval - from the republic’s most senior leaders.
The site has also been praised for helping drive up the island’s international educational standing.
Based in Pyla, UCLan Cyprus was formally opened by the country’s president, Nicos Anastasiades, and given a traditional blessing from Bishop Chrysostomos of Kition at a special ceremony in Larnaka.
UCLan’s Cyprus Campus opened its doors to students in October 2012.
It is the first British private university on the island and offers joint UK and Cyprus degree programmes.
At the prestigious opening ceremony the President applauded the initiative, which has seen more than 800 UCLan Preston students taking part in programmes alongside their Cypriot peers in the last nine months alone.
He added: “The campus is also enhancing our efforts to establish Cyprus as a powerful educational centre in the southeast Mediterranean region, which in turn is helping to attract European and other investments in the fields of research and innovation.”
Dr Melinda Tan, rector of UCLan Cyprus, added: “The academic expertise which exists in the university, the breadth of engagement activities taking place across the university and the range of different partnerships - private, public, social and community – is exemplary and demonstrates the university’s commitment to supporting the economic development of Larnaka, Famagusta and the wider Cypriot region.”
Brian Harris, chairman of the University Board, highlighted the benefits UCLan was already providing to both students studying in Cyprus and at UCLan’s central campus in Preston.
He outlined plans to expand both student numbers and courses on offer.