University of Cyprus

401–500th
World University Rankings 2023
=99th
Young University Rankings 2022
1 Panepistimiou Avenue, Aglantzia, Nicosia, Cyprus

With around 7.000 students, 113 laboratories and 820 faculty and staff members, the University of Cyprus (UCY) based in Nicosia, the capital of the Republic of Cyprus, is a modern, diverse, and evolving student-centered institution established only three decades ago.  Aspiring to function as a beacon of scientific thought, diversity, inclusiveness, equity and creativity, UCY envisions its future as a leading institution in the greater Euro- Mediterranean area. 

 

UCY is a rapidly expanding university and the biggest employer in Cyprus for young graduates and researchers. It currently employs about 700 young scientists using external research funds. Its 8 faculties and 22 departments offer a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, whilst its numerous, highly cited researchers give UCY a cutting edge.  All programmes of academic study function under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), furthermore awarding the Diploma Supplement with DS Label.

 

UCY students can benefit from its state-of-the art infrastructure, affordable tuition fees, student support services, scholarships and a high employability rate after graduation both in Cyprus and abroad.  They can learn Greek at the School of Modern Greek, as well as Spanish and Chinese at the Aula Cervantes at UCY and the Confucius Institute at UCY, respectively.  UCY students benefit from lower prices for public transportation, their participation in student clubs and in international conferences, while they have the opportunity for part-time employment.

 

International Outlook

UCY is globally networked and actively contributes to European and international scientific developments.  UCY’s involvement in the international arena is many-folded. 

 

UCY:

 

  • maintains strategic cooperation with top institutions internationally through the signing of Bilateral Agreements of Cooperation (https://newdev.ucy.ac.cy/ir/bilateral-agreements-of-cooperation/), which provide for the exchange of students and staff, organization of conferences, research cooperation and the provision of joint programmes.

 

  • is a member of the university alliance YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8VmnGhYM0E&feature=youtu.be) with 9 other European universities. YUFE is one of the 17 alliances of European universities selected by the European Commission in 2019, to develop and implement the first models for a unified European University.  

 

  • has been participating in the ERASMUS+ Programme since 1998.  Until now, more than 2500 UCY students have spent 1 or 2 semesters at European universities, and more than 2100 incoming students have spent 1 or two semesters at UCY.  Currently, UCY has around 730 Erasmus Bilateral Agreements with universities in Europe. UCY also participates in the Erasmus+ International programme that supports cooperation for mobility with third countries.

Faculties and Departments

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES

English Studies
French and European Studies
Turkish and Middle Eastern Studies

MEDICAL SCHOOL

FACULTY OF PURE AND APPLIED SCIENCES

Biological Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Computer Science
Physics
Chemistry

FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION

Education
Social and Political Sciences
Law
Psychology 

GRADUATE SCHOOL

FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT

Business and Public Administration
Accounting and Finance
Economics

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Architecture
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

FACULTY OF LETTERS

Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies
History and Archaeology
Classics and Philosophy

Programmes of Study Taught in Foreign Languages

BAs

  • English
  • French Language and Literature
  • Modern Languages and European Studies
  • Turkish and Middle-Eastern Studies

Masters (MAs, MScs, MEngs)         

  • Economic Analysis
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Financial Economics
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Turkish Studies
  • European Studies
  • Teaching French as a Foreign Language
  • Field Archaeology on Land and Under the Sea
  • English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
  • Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Molecular Biology and Biomedicine
  • Human Resource Management
  • Intelligent Critical Infrastructure Systems
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
  • Data Science
  • Precision Medicine in Clinical Practice

PhDs   

  • Business Administration
  • Turkish Studies
  • European Studies
  • French Studies
  • English Literature and Comparative Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Translation Studies
  • Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology

Joint Master Programmes  

  • European Master in Classical Cultures
  • European Master in Human Rights and Modernization
  • MSc in Business Economics (Technology, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship - TIME MBE)
  • MSc in Cognitive Systems

CHOOSE UCY BECAUSE OF…

  1. World-recognised Programmes: Our graduates continue their studies at the most respectable universities in the world.
  2. High Quality Teaching: Our academic staff regularly scores high on student satisfaction.
  3. Emphasis on Research: high end research on a wide spectrum of scientific areas/topics.
  4. High Employability Rate: Around 75% of UCY alumni are currently employed on a full-time basis.
  5. Diversified Curricula: a diversified portfolio of courses, ranging from Humanities and Letters to Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  6. UCY Language Centre: offers classes for learning 8 Languages
  7. Nurturing Entrepreneurship: Centre for Entrepreneurship bringing students in touch with industry.
  8. State-of-the-art Facilities: The continuous development of the Campus and infrastructure, allows access to the latest technologies and state of the art facilities, including the “Stelios Ioannou Learning Resource Centre-Library”.
  9. Location: Cyprus is at the crossroads of 4 continents and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate.
  10. Scholarships to international students.
  11. Opportunity to fund studies through the EU Loan Scheme.
  12. Student employment opportunities.

UCY is considered the leading university and the most active research institution in Cyprus. UCY implemented a large number of research projects funded by the European Commission, the national Research and Innovation Foundation and several public and private Research Organizations. In 2021, research funding from external sources reached €27 million. UCY is currently participating in 373 projects. 184 are EU-funded projects under Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Justice, Life, Cost Action and Interreg.

Within Horizon 2020 program, UCY ranks 1st in Cyprus with 154 research projects and with a total funding of over €75,4 million from January 2014, the start date of H2020 program until May 2022. UCY ranked 137th in securing funding among the nearly 41,200 organizations participating in the Program and 98th among all the academic institutions involved. This is an honorable distinction for UCY since it surpasses, in absolute numbers, other famous and much larger universities of Europe. In general, UCY excelled in all pillars of H2020 program. Since 2017, UCY secured 3 Teaming in Excellence projects (for the development of independent research centres aiming at becoming Centres of Research Excellence), two of these three grants are worth €15 million each.

UCY ranked 1st in securing funding in the pillar “Spreading Excellence” from all organizations from the 27 WIDENING countries. Under this pillar, UCY secured 23 research projects with total funding of € 28.9 million (3 Teaming Phase 2 - € 23 million, 7 Teaming Phase 1 - € 1 million, 1 Era Chair - € 2.5 million, 4 Twinning - € 1.6 million and 8 Widening Fellowships - € 1.227.529).

Since the establishment of European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, UCY managed to win 20 ERC projects. More specifically, it was awarded 7 Starting Grants, 4 Consolidator Grants, 2 Advanced Grants, 6 Proof of Concept Grants and 1 Synergy Grant. These numbers are very impressive due to the fact that ERC funds only top researchers in Europe with excellence as the sole criterion for selection, helping them pursue great ideas at frontiers of knowledge.

Currently, UCY implements 28 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action projects. Apart from Individual Fellowships, it participates in ITNs, RISE and on Cofund Action. UCY has successfully implemented 68 Marie Skłodowska-Curie projects.

A considerable share of the University's external funding comes from the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF), where UCY was awarded a significant number of research projects, under the “RESTART 2016-2020 Programme for Research, Technological Development and Innovation”. From the beginning of 2017 until May 2022, UCY secured over 220 research projects with total funding of over €36 million. These funded projects include New Research Infrastructure Units, large scale Integrated Projects with big consortia, cutting-edge Research Excellence projects and Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

UCY Research Centres https://ucyweb.ucy.ac.cy/research/en/research-centres-laboratories/research-centres-and-research-units

  1. Archaeological Research Unit
  2. Centre for Medieval Arts and Rituals (CeMAR)
  3. KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence
  4. FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy
  5. Nireas International Water Research Center
  6. EMPHASIS Research Centre
  7. Center for Applied Neuroscience
  8. Center for Field Studies (UCFS)
  9. Research Centre for Gender Studies
  10. Oceanography Centre
  11. Biomedical Engineering Research Centre - BERC
  12. Economics Research Centre
  13. Center for Banking and Financial Research
  14. Molecular Medicine Research Center - CY-Biobank

Rankings 2021-2022

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities: #501-600
  • Times World University Rankings
    • #401-500 Times Higher Education World University Rankings
    • #64 Emerging Economies University Rankings
    • #84 in the Top 200 World Universities under 50 years old Category
    • #195 in the Top European Universities
    • #126-150 Education
    • #126-150 Psychology
    • #201-250 Clinical Medicine and Health Science (2022)

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Key statistics

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    Percentage of International Students
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  • 60 : 40
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
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  • 6,875
    Number of FTE Students
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Subjects taught at University of Cyprus

  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Medicine & Dentistry
  • Engineering & technology

    • General Engineering
    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Education

    • Education
  • Arts & humanities

    • Archaeology
    • History, Philosophy & Theology
    • Architecture
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Law

    • Law
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Accounting & Finance
    • Economics & Econometrics
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science

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