The University of Nicosia (UNIC), leveraging its location on the Eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus and its deep expertise on issues pertinent to the region, established EMSI under its School of Law, as the definitive forum for all related views, ideas, research, developments and dialogue.

EMSI is a forum for international collaboration among researchers and practitioners interested in issues pertaining to energy, geopolitics, economics, development and environmental aspects of the Eastern Mediterranean. EMSI:

  • Develops and manages a network of stakeholders, practitioners and academics

  • Hosts an annual conference on the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as workshops and events that bring academics and practitioners together

  • Enhances cooperation in all tiers of academia in and about the area

Focus Areas

  • Regional Geopolitics

  • Energy and Environmental Security

  • International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict

  • Regional Economics, Development and Innovation

  • The European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean

The University of Nicosia is the largest research University in Southern Europe that teaches in English, with particular strengths in International Relations and Eastern Mediterranean studies.

UNIC hosts:

  • A leading team of faculty with deep diplomatic, governmental, academic and research experience

  • Senior Faculty represented on the Cyprus National Geostrategic Council

  • Politics and Governance department, one of the leading departments in the world on Eastern Mediterranean issues

  • Cyprus Review, the premier English language peer review journal on original Cypriot related research

  • Eastern Mediterranean Affairs (EMA), an inter-/trans-/multi-disciplinary magazine of regional focus

  • Pioneering Think-Tanks, Research Centers, Chairs, and University Collaborations such as:

  • Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs (CCEIA)
  • Centre for Economic Studies (CES)
  • Center for Green Development and Energy Policy (CGD)
  • Cyprus Center for Law and Justice (CCLJ)
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
  • Diplomatic Academy
  • European Documentation Centre (EDC)
  • American Center
  • UNESCO Chair for Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace
  • Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies
  • Mediterranean Institute of Hydrocarbons Technology (MIHT)
  • Defense and Security Research Institute (DSRI)
  • Black Sea and Eastern Mediterranean Academic Network (BSEMAN)
  • Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS)


The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is the largest university in Cyprus, and the largest university in Southern Europe that teaches primarily in English,

welcoming 12,000+ students from over 85 countries across the globe.

UNIC has been investing in developing programmes, sometimes with partner universities focusing on global careers, building research capabilities

in areas relating to the 4th industrial revolution, and improving the student experience both on-campus and online.

Consistently Ranked Among Leading Universities In EECA Region

QS World University Rankings has recognised UNIC for two years running in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Region,

with the University ranking at numbers 106 and 91 among 1,800 tertiary institutions across 24 countries.