Welcome by the Rector

Welcome to the University of Nicosia, a modern and innovative university, guided by its commitment to excellence in education.

Located in Cyprus, a European Union member state, the University is committed to inclusive access to higher education, providing an equal-opportunity student centred system that extends its educational boundaries, from its modern campus hub in Nicosia, to the most remote places of the world.

Portrait photo of UNIC Rector, Professor Philippos Pouyioutas

To this end, the University offers more than 100 conventional face-to-face (on campus) and distance learning online programmes at the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate level, hosting more than 11,500 students from all over the world.
Our state-of-the-art premises, and our innovative e-learning platform that provides access to extensive online learning resources, help foster a multicultural learning environment that promotes cooperation, friendship and understanding.

As an entrepreneurial digital university, we respond to, and shape the needs of, the knowledge-based society we live in. Both our core educational services (delivery of learning) and our administrative support operations employ advanced Information Communication Technology. We thus provide a fully digital educational environment that promotes teaching and learning innovation, inspired by technology and driven by pedagogy.
Teaching and learning is, therefore, the focus of our work, and our students are always at the centre of our attention. In line with this, we facilitate a student-centred learning environment that promotes active self-learning and imparts lifelong learning skills and competences to our students.

Our high quality and dynamic international teaching and research staff brings innovative knowledge into the classroom, emanating from significant European and locally-funded research projects, as well as through extensive collaborations with local and international industries. The U-Multirank university ranking system places us high in the clusters of Teaching/Learning; Internationalisation; and Engagement with Society.

Similarly, our University received the highest rating (5 QS Stars) by the QS Intelligence Unit in the fields of: Teaching; Facilities; Inclusiveness; Social Responsibility; Internationalisation; while also becoming the first university in the EU to be recognised with a 5-Star rating for Online/Distance Learning. In 2018, the University of Nicosia became the first university in Cyprus to be ranked by QS World University Rankings, achieving a place on the list of the top 100 universities in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Region. This is indeed an important milestone not only for our University but also for Cyprus Higher Education. It is also a strong testament to the quality of our faculty members, to the University’s continued focus on research and innovation, and to our growing international reputation. We are indeed very committed to conducting high quality basic, applied, and interdisciplinary research that will benefit society on a national and global scale. Our teaching and research staff excel in many subject areas and are well recognised and acknowledged for their contribution to the creation and advancement of knowledge and technology transfer.

Our strong commitment to internationalisation and quality guide us in offering cross-border education, through joint/ double programmes with other prestigious universities in Europe, ranked among the best in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Our focus on implementing the “Knowledge Triangle” through the active engagement of our University with research centres, industry, and society, ensures that all our programmes are designed, developed and enhanced in close collaboration with industry stakeholders and relevant professional associations. This results in programmes that meet industry needs and are accredited by all relevant professional bodies. Our alumni statistics are indicative of the high employability of our graduates, both in Cyprus and abroad.

We offer you an academically stimulating environment, and we are confident that your studies with us will meet your intellectual queries, fuel your aspirations, and positively shape your future career. We are also certain that your student life at the University of Nicosia, and in Cyprus, will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I look forward to welcoming you into the University of Nicosia community.

Professor Philippos Pouyioutas
BSc, MSc, PhD, CertEd