University of Nicosia 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 number 106 and 91 among 1,800 tertiary institutions across 24 countries
The 2020 “QS World University Rankings: EECA”, released on 15 October 2019, once again rank the University of Nicosia (UNIC) as one of the leading universities in the region, in which over 1,800 universities operate across 24 countries (among them, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Croatia, Romania, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey, Ukraine). More specifically, UNIC was ranked for a second consecutive year in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Region, out of the 568 universities that had applied and were assessed (and, ultimately, 354 ranked) this year by the global rankings agency.
The QS World University Rankings: EECA were first published in 2014 with 100 universities securing places at the time. Since then, the QS Rankings have grown in popularity and importance, with the number of ranked universities on the EECA list now exceeding 350.
Last year’s landmark ranking success was followed up with excellent results in indicators relevant to the University’s internationalisation and research efforts. Indeed, UNIC maintained its relative standing in this year’s expanded EECA Rankings list, which saw the addition of 53 new entrants, including the University of Cyprus (ranked #96), as the only other university in Cyprus to be ranked by QS World University Rankings.
“The 2019 QS EECA Region Ranking results are noteworthy in a region characterised by dynamic growth in higher education, particularly when contrasted against the large number of other universities counted in the broader EECA region”, noted Prof. Constantinos N. Phellas, Vice Rector for Faculty and Research at UNIC. “We are especially proud of our continuing placement among the leading universities in the region, particularly after having been assessed alongside an expanded base of more than 560 eligible applicants in the region”, he continued.
The QS EECA Rankings are based on 10 indicators and rely heavily on Academic and Employer Reputation, arrived at through an annual survey conducted by QS, designed to evaluate the perceptions of academics and employers around the world. This year, over 94,000 responses were recorded for the Academic Reputation Survey and over 45,000 responses for the Employer Reputation Survey. UNIC’s top scoring indicators especially reflect its dynamic internationalization efforts over the past few years, scoring particularly high in the International Faculty and International Student categories.
“The QS ranking results reinforce the University of Nicosia’s global outlook and are a testament to the University’s research and internationalization achievements. Among other indicators, the University showed a marked improvement in the citations of research articles published by its faculty, which reflects the impact of the University’s research on the international academic community”, noted Prof. Dimitris Drikakis, Vice President of Global Partnerships.
Commenting on the newly-released results, the Rector of the University of Nicosia, Prof. Philippos Pouyioutas, said that “Placing number 106 in this year’s expanded EECA Rankings is a strong testament to the quality of our University; to our continued focus on research and innovation; and to our growing international reputation”. He concluded by thanking the faculty members of the University for their exceptional work, which he underscored as “the critical success factor in our continuing university ranking achievements”.