The University of Cyprus (UCY) was established in 1989 and accepted its first students in 1992. It currently has about 6500 students and it aims to increase the number by 2000 students by 2015 with the final aim to count 10 000 students by 2020. It has 11 Research Units and it has a significant involvement in the implementation of European grants. In the report of the European research ranking for 2010, University of Cyprus was the No 1 Cyprus research institute in the number of FP7 grants received. Currently UCY is implementing 98 programmes funded by European and international funding, including seven research grants of ERC and another 231 programmes funded by the National Research Promotion Foundation. UCY runs also, as a proof of its dedication in European integration teaching, a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and three Jean Monnet Chairs –in European Political Integration, in European Economic Integration and in European Foreign and Security Policy. It has also an UNESCO Chair for Equality and Gender Empowerment. UCY is also member to many European and International Networks and Associations, namely: EUA, IAU, UNICA, ACU, Santander Group, AEUA, UNIMED, EAEC etc.
The total research output of the UCY constitutes 62% of the country’s total output. Drawing from the experience gained through the active participation of the University of Cyprus (UCY) Library in OPENAIRE and OPENAIREPLUS programs, the Library has undertaken the project to identify, collect and organize all the scientific research output of the University in an open access repository. It is important to be noted that University of Cyprus Library is currently by far the biggest Library in Cyprus in terms of volumes, types of materials, computer facilities, in access to electronic sources of information, specialized personnel and know-how. The Library also undertakes initiatives for the support and coordination of the libraries, archives and information centers in Cyprus and organizes training programs for librarians and other scientific groups. The Library has more than 275.000 volumes of books, with an annual increase of approximately 12.000 new titles, approximately 4500 titles of printed scholarly journals, 30.000 full-text e-journals, 26 databases installed locally and an additional 204 databases installed at the producers'/suppliers' servers and more than 50.000 e-book titles.
The University of Cyprus Library as a Cyprus National Open Access Desk, constitutes major research infrastructure in the country. The participation of the Cyprus NOAD in OA projects ensures the continuation of establishment of the EC Open Access policies. It reinforces and facilitates the ability of UCY Library NOAD to influence the rest of the research institutions and the policy makers, ministries and funders towards the establishment of a regional OA agenda. Due to OPENAIRE and OPENAIREplus activities there has already been established a collaboration mechanism among researchers, institutions, funding organizations, EC National Reference Point, repository managers, librarians and the librarians association – a real human network that ensures that the idea, spirit, approach and practices compliant with Horizon 2020 Open Access (OA) mandates will continue to spread and be served.