Welcoming Message

Dear Visitor/Reader,

 

Thank you for your interest in P.A. College, our fully accredited courses with their outstanding professional exemptions, and our award winning Professional Studies Department.

 

The 2015-2016 academic year finds P.A. College successfully into its fourth decade of operations firmly established on the map of academic and professional excellence, with important accomplishments in the fields of Accounting & Finance and Business Computing.

 

The College has very recently been through the process of re-accreditation by the Council of Educational Evaluation-Accreditation (SEKAP) for our degree programmes, and has yet again excelled. The comments of the 2 distinct committees were of high praise, for both the academic side of our degrees, and the innovative use of Information Technology in its supporting delivery role.

 

P.A. College is wholly committed to the encouragement and the pursuit of academic excellence and lifelong learning, not only for students but for working professionals and our society. A testament to this is our growing alumni network, which in a large part includes known and successful individuals from the wider professional community of Cyprus.

 

We wish to empower students from diverse backgrounds to become highly productive and ethical members of the business society and community at large, and in doing so to assist them in any possible way to materialise their dreams.

 

In these last few of years, Cyprus has witnessed dramatic changes in the development of its economy, its people, and rising unemployment within the young adult segment. There is absolutely no doubt that the Cyprus of today is no longer what it used to be. Higher education, hard work, ethical conduct, and an entrepreneurial spirit are needed to succeed.

 

I cannot stress enough though how important higher education is, especially when combined with teaching specialisation, the use of advanced information technology and real life business working experience that is present in our degree programmes.

 

Our principal courses, Business Administration and Business Computing, each with its respective streams, are considered to be state of the art offerings in their area. This leads to our students emerging as some of the best, most sought-after, and highly employable graduates of their generation.

 

P.A. College, has been the very first tertiary education institution in Cyprus to be honoured with an important triple recognition in the field of Accounting and Finance. The three top UK professional accounting bodies, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW/ACA), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and the Association of International Accountants (AIA) have all granted P.A. College the absolute maximum of their exemptions.

 

This has been a very rewarding step for P.A. College, since the College is once more affirmed as the premier accountancy higher educational institution in Cyprus. This is also quite significant for our students, since it provides the flexibility of choosing their own pathway and which route to follow in attaining their premium business qualification status; that of a Chartered Accountant, Certified Accountant, or International Accountant. Their education prepares them for leadership in the future, as is to be expected from a premier Business School of our stature.

 

Case-in-point, ‘The Grant Thornton route to ACA’, which is a hybrid programme developed by P.A. College and Grant Thornton Cyprus and is endorsed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).  This accelerated route awards students with 12 exemptions out of the 15 required towards the ACA, secures 190 days of Technical Work Experience with Grant Thornton, and also provides them with the opportunity to be eligible for a job offer at Grant Thornton Cyprus.

 

The underlying common factor that brought the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Grant Thornton Cyprus and P.A. College together is our mutual dedication to quality and innovation.

 

The uniqueness of our exemptions and offerings continues since our Marketing Management specialisation students are exempted from a number of the requirements of the Postgraduate Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). As far as our Business Computing course is concerned, apart from its exclusive hybrid nature, our ‘Cisco Networking Academy’ status, allows us to offer their highly coveted networking courses that lead to the CCENT, CCNA and CCNP professional certifications.

 

The distinctive blend of accreditation by national and international organisations, the ongoing acquisition of exemptions from such noteworthy professional bodies as above, and the successful upholding of existing exemptions truly place us at the forefront of the higher education sector in Cyprus.

 

Moreover, P.A. College, being an environmentally sensitive organisation, subscribes to what is known as the ‘Green Computing’ initiative; in other words environmentally sustainable computing/IT. The College’s IT infrastructure is based on a latest generation, state of the art data-center that hosts our own private cloud, whereby all of the resources are  virtualised and available to all staff, students, and other personnel. Its power and immense flexibility can also be harnessed externally in a highly secured way.

 

This advanced infrastructure helps to provide students and faculty with one of the best learning and working environments, that is currently on offer, and to excel in doing so.

 

Excellence is a planned event, and what differentiates P.A. College from its peers is the way in which its commitment to excellence is a systematic and ongoing process. Furthermore, one of the greatest enjoyments of being a true leader in the higher education environment in Cyprus is the opportunity we have to share a long list of achievements with our graduates both at the academic and professional level.

 

There is no doubt that P.A. College provides some of the best opportunities to all those willing to accept the challenges of today and tomorrow and advance into a bright future and a successful career.

 

We welcome you to join us in our common journey.

 

Dr. Andreas Z. Patsalides

 

Director