University of Nicosia: #1* in Cyprus and Greece – THE World University Rankings 2024

#1 in Cyprus in Research Quality and International Outlook

*Alongside the University of Cyprus, the University of Crete, and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

The latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, released on 27 September 2023, ranks the University of Nicosia (UNIC) #1 in Cyprus and Greece, alongside the University of Cyprus, the University of Crete, and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Ranked among the Top 501-600 universities in the world, UNIC correspondingly ranks 155th in the European Union.

The THE World University Rankings (WUR) is possibly the best-known and most influential university rankings in the world, benchmarking institutions across five Performance Indicators Areas: Teaching, Research Environment, Research Quality, Industry and International Outlook.

The impressive ranking position of UNIC is also reflected in its #1 position in Cyprus in two of the five Performance Indicators Areas, namely Research Quality and International Outlook. In this respect, the University of Nicosia is recognised by THE WUR as the best University in Cyprus in these areas.

Commenting on the ranking results, Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, Rector of the University, stated: “The University of Nicosia has developed, during the years, into one of the best Universities in the world. Building on its high-quality teaching and learning educational environment, it has evolved into one of the top research Universities. It now holds alone the #1 position in Cyprus in Research Qualitythe most important and most heavily weighted Performance Indicator of the THE WUR methodology. This indicator encompasses 4 sub-indicators: citation impact, research strength, research excellence and research influence.

Furthermore, the University of Nicosia’s top score among all other Cypriot universities in the International Outlook Performance Indicator – which focuses on the internationalisation of Universities with regards to research, students and staff – provide a twofold testimony; firstly, of the international research collaborations and co-authorships of papers, yet another recognition of our research excellence,  and secondly of our multicultural, diverse, inclusive and conducive to learning and intercultural experiences educational environment.”.

Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Vice President for Global Partnerships and Executive Director of the University’s Research and Innovation Office, further commenting on the top ranking of the University in Quality of Research, noted “The high research quality delivered by UNIC’s academics and researchers has strengthened our collaboration with various institutions and industries and enormously contributed to the learning material and resources available to students. We are committed to translating our high-quality research findings into practical applications and providing students with real-world learning experiences. UNIC will continue excelling in research, fostering a culture of knowledge creation and advanced learning.”.

The outcomes of this year’s World University Rankings represent the most recent in a series of accolades granted to UNIC by Times Higher Education. In addition to being featured among the top 501-600 universities globally, UNIC also ranks:

  • Among the Top 101-150 in the world, and among the Top 60 Young Universities in the European Union (EU), in the list of the best universities in the world that are 50 years old or younger (2023 THE Young University Rankings);
  • Among the:

(2023 THE World University Rankings by Subject).

Rector Pouyioutas concluded by thanking the people who have been instrumental in this and all other major achievements of the University: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank, once more, the entire University community, including the teaching, research, and administrative personnel, as well as our students and alumni, who continue to propel us forward to ever greater milestones.”, he noted.

Ranking in Cyprus and Greece

# University THE WUR 2024 Rank
1. 501–600
1. University of Cyprus 501–600
1. National and Kapodistrian University of Athens 501–600
1. University of Crete 501–600
5. Cyprus University of Technology 601–800
5. National Technical University of Athens 601–800
5. Harokopio University of Athens 601–800
8. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 801–1000
8. University of Patras 801–1000
8. Athens University of Economics and Business 801–1000
8. University of the Aegean 801–1000
12. Democritus University of Thrace 1001–1200
12. University of Ioannina 1001–1200
14. Technical University of Crete 1201–1500
14. University of Western Macedonia 1201-–1500
16. Hellenic Open University 1501+
16. International Hellenic University 1501+
16. University of the Peloponnese 1501+
16. University of West Attica 1501+

Note: Any Cyprus or Greek universities not listed above are either not included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings or have not participated in the evaluation process.​