Cyprus is the third largest island of the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily and Sardinia with an area of 9.251 sq. km and population of 900,000, and standing on the border of the Eastern and Western worlds. Due to its strategic location in the Mediterranean which is a crossroad point of three major continents Europe, Asia and Africa many civilizations wanted to conquer it. Ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans along with Crusaders, Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans and British have all left a powerful legacy for the modern visitor to see and admire. The largest city of the island is Nicosia which is the capital city.
In May 2004, Cyprus officially became a member of the European Union and thus bridged Europe to the Middle East and the rest of the world. Having emerged as one of the region's leading business and financial centers, the island enjoys competitive advantages in areas such as tourism, consultancy, shipping, telecommunications, banking, and insurance.
The University of Cyprus is located in Nicosia the capital of Cyprus. The University of Cyprus operates in a space of 133.000 m2 in a modern campus site. This space is a regional urban space in Athalassa, about 6 km east of the center of the old city of Nicosia, within the boundaries of the Municipality of Aglantzia and is accessible both from the city and from the main road network with the rest of Cyprus.