In accordance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention (1997) all member states of the European Union have established National Councils for the recognition of higher education qualifications. The need to form such councils arose out of the spirit of a united education policy aiming to aid member states in developing control mechanisms regarding criteria for quality and duration of studies for professional and scientific purposes. Under this context, the Cyprus Council for the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications (KY.S.A.T.S.) was established.

The Council of Recognition of Higher Qualifications (KYSATS) was established in 1996 based on the provisions of the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and the Provision of Relevant Information Laws of 1996 to 2016.