Education is key to ensure society’s sustainable development and the Open University of Cyprus (OUC) is keen to provide skills and knowledge to better prepare the educational leaders of tomorrow. OUC is a public European university dedicated to open and distance education and the New Postgraduate Programme in “Educational Leadership and Policy” to be offered as of the academic year 2022-2023 is designed by renowned academics based on current and emerging trends in educational policies and practice.
The Programme confers 90 ECTS (three semesters in full-time study mode), and is accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. It aims: a) to create the foundations for more effective organization and administration of schools and other educational organizations, and b) to provide students with a theoretical as well as applied understanding of the relationship between context variables of the educational system and their relationships with the roles, responsibilities and actions of educational leaders. It is deeply anchored in theory and research on educational leadership, management, administration and policy issues, as well as on contextual factors (e.g. culture, social structures, economic conditions, etc.) that influence educational institutions and leadership, teaching and learning principles. The Programme aims for its students and graduates to develop knowledge and skills that will support their professional development in various educational organizations, such as Ministries of Education, educational regional offices, schools and other educational institutions (school principals, teachers, administrators, school inspectors, educational policy officers/advisers, etc.).
The Open University of Cyprus offers multidisciplinary, career-oriented, high quality accredited Bachelors, Masters and PhD programmes in various scientific fields, in classical and cutting-edge subject areas, which meet the needs of the society and the business world, and upskill graduates to fulfil their personal and professional aspirations. The University’s educational methodology is based on the principles of distance education for adult learners. Its state-of-the-art eLearning Platform provides students with unrestricted access to multi-format educational material and synchronous and asynchronous communication and collaboration tools to effectively interact with the Programmes’ renowned academic personnel and successfully engage in student-centered learning activities to acquire new knowledge and develop critical skills of the 21st century.