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, has launched the Eastern Mediterranean Studies Initiative (EMSI) under its School of Law, as the definitive platform for all related views, ideas, research, developments and dialogue.

EMSI aims to enhance international collaboration among scholars and practitioners interested in issues pertaining to the energy, geopolitics, societies, economics, development, and environmental sustainability of the Eastern Mediterranean. This will be done through:

  • The development and management of a network of stakeholders, practitioners and academics
  • The organization of an annual conference on Eastern Mediterranean, as well as workshops and events that will bring together academics and practitioners
  • The enhancement of cooperation in all tiers of higher education in and about the area

Focus Areas

  • Energy and Environmental Security

  • International Relations, Politics, Peace and Conflict

  • Regional Economics, Development and Innovation

  • The European Union and the Eastern Mediterranean

  • Middle Eastern Politics

University of Nicosia

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, including:

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

  • Important research and outreach centres, including the leading Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs, the Diplomatic Academy, and the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies

  • A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2014-17) and an Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair (2011-2014)

  • Leading academic journal publications, such as The Cyprus Review