Vision for Research
Over the past decade, the University’s research and developmental programmes have increased. This has been attributed to the accession of Cyprus to the European Union (EU), the significant increase in funding for research by the Cyprus Government and, above all, the rapid growth of the University that resulted in an increase in faculty members which, invariably, led to the establishment of new areas of study and research.
The University of Nicosia is currently involved in a broad area of research ranging from Environmental Sustainability to Medicine and from International Relations to Social Sciences. Faculty are encouraged to pursue research in all endeavours considered essential to our academic life. To help faculty achieve their potential, the University has further enhanced its research infrastructure composed of the University Research Committee, Research Ethics Committee, Schools’ Research Committees, and the Research & Innovation Office.
In addition to the individual faculty member’s research activities, the University is affiliated with several research centres that focus on particular topics. The various centres enjoy a considerable degree of autonomy, including some that are totally autonomous but have academic working agreements with the University. Other sources of research come from faculty who hold Chairs at the University, such as the UNESCO Chair, PriceWaterHouseCoopers Chair, and the Dialogue Chair in Middle Eastern Studies.
The University of Nicosia also maintains close ties with industry, business and society at large through a variety of institutions and through the hosting of conferences, round table discussions and symposiums. Through these affiliated institutions the University directly contributes to the development of the country and its citizens; helping all meet the increasing demands of globalization through innovation. Such institutions include the University of Nicosia Research Foundation, the University of Nicosia Business Centre, the Business School Advisory Council, the Helix Business Incubator and the Law Clinic.
For a young institution, a mere 33 years old, the University is on the move! It is forward-looking, building on knowledge and innovation. The University of Nicosia, through the large variety of research projects it has been involved with, has been able to create an extensive local and international network of contacts. As such, a variety of funding agencies, from the local Research Promotion Foundation, to the European Union’s Framework programme have seen applications from researchers at the University fit for funding
The University welcomes new collaborations, whether they are academic, business, or government networks, as these are the promise of the future as globalization shrinks distances and enlarges economies and opportunities.
We look forward to continuing our journey with you!
Constantinos Phellas, PhD
Vice Rector for Faculty & Research