University of Central Lancashire, Cyprus campus (UCLan Cyprus) and CISI deal offers students competitive edge in global jobs market

By Lora Benson | Mar 04, 2021

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus (UCLan Cyprus) and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).

This new agreement will allow UCLan Cyprus students the opportunity to complement their internationally recognised academic qualifications with CISI vocational qualifications giving them a competitive edge in the global market.

UCLan Cyprus offers a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Law, Management and Accounting and Finance. This academic offer is supplemented by executive education at different levels, primarily through its School of Law which will start the process of embedding CISI certifications within and beyond the curriculum on offer at the School.

The CISI is the membership body of choice for financial services practitioners within the securities and investment profession with a range of globally recognised qualifications, providing specialist knowledge, developing skills and expertise. The offering of CISI qualifications in areas such as Securities and Investment, Global Financial Compliance, Corporate Finance etc. will enrich the existing curriculum of students enhancing their knowledge and employability.

On behalf of UCLan Cyprus, the MoU was signed by the CEO, Mr Floros Voniatis and on behalf of CISI by the Director, Global Business Development, Mr Kevin Moore, Chartered FCSI.

Mr Floros Voniatis, CEO, Chair of the Council, Board Member, Founding Partner, UCLan Cyprus, said:Vocational training and development is more relevant now than ever before.  At UCLan Cyprus, we strive for academic excellence and at the same time we fully support initiatives that enhance the employability potential of our students. The collaboration between UCLan Cyprus and CISI signals a valuable partnership, one which will ultimately enrich the skills and expertise of our students, enabling them to successfully evolve as professionals.

Prof. Panikkos Poutziouris, Professor in Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Rector of UCLan Cyprus commented: “We are thrilled with the partnership with the prestigious CISI as it offers the opportunity for our students to enhance their academic credentials and open up professional development routes in the growing financial sector.  It is in line with our institutional commitment to join forces with stakeholder organizations so that we can continue to offer to our community of students, alumni and associates, practical education and professional training which can broaden their career horizons across disciplines and frontiers.”

Mr Kevin Moore, Chartered FCSI, CISI Global Business Development Director, said: “We are excited to be partnering with UCLan Cyprus, one of the leading universities in the region. We believe it is highly beneficial for UCLan students to now have the opportunity to access CISI programmes to complement their academic development. We look forward to working together to serve the local community where the CISI has been present for over a decade.”

Mr Charles Charalambous, Chartered MCSI, CISI NAC President said: “As President, and on behalf of my fellow National Advisory Council members, I support UCLan Cyprus in their mission to offer the highest quality vocational training to their students. With CISI qualifications being just the beginning of the fulfilling journey to professionalism, we are excited to welcome UCLan students to the CISI community in Cyprus and strongly believe they will benefit from this valuable connection to the global network of CISI practitioners”.

Ms Mariella Stavride, Chartered MCSI, CISI NAC Member, Chairwoman of the Cyprus Education Committee Member and Head of Governance & Assurance, Senior Consultant to the CEO at Windsor Brokers said “I have been delighted to be involved in bringing this collaboration between the CISI and UCLan to life.  The CISI supports individuals through membership from the student level to the pinnacle of their career so we very much look forward to expanding our network in Cyprus thanks to our new academic partnership with UCLan”.

UCLan Cyprus and the CISI are happy to announce the holding of an online public outreach session to present the institutional collaboration and the certifications to be held on 24 March 2021 at 17:00 on MS Teams. For registrations, please contact

For further information on UCLan Cyprus, please visit and contact our reception at or on +35724694000

For further information on CISI, please visit and contact CISI Customer Support at or on +44 20 7645 0777