The University of Nicosia is proud to announce it was ranked as the top university in both Cyprus and Greece and 12th in Europe for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal Good Health and Well-being (SDG3), in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2023.
The 2023 Impact Rankings evaluated universities based on various key indicators related to SDG3. These indicators encompassed factors such as paper views on good health and well-being, clinical citations, publications on good health and well-being, the number of students graduating in health professions, collaborations and health services. The University of Nicosia excelled in all these areas, earning recognition for its comprehensive approach to promoting good health and well-being.
The University’s Medical School and the School of Life and Health Sciences have played a pivotal role in driving progress towards SDG3, actively shaping the future of healthcare and well-being. Noteworthy initiatives and programmes of the Schools that contributed to its exceptional performance in SDG3 include:
- University Medical Centre serving the needs of the Institution and the local community
- Strategic partnerships with health institutions in Cyprus, rest of Europe, North America and the middle East
- The Medical School flagship Mobile Clinic programme, offering free diagnostic services to remote communities and vulnerable groups of people
- Sexual and reproductive health care services provided to students
- Mental Health Support provided by the Centre for Therapy, Training and Research (KESY).
Commenting on the results, the Executive Vice President of UNIC Health, Professor Andreas Charalambous, stated: “This prestigious ranking is a testament to our dedicated faculty, staff, and students who work tirelessly towards improving healthcare systems and promoting wellness on a local and global scale. We remain focused in our mission to drive impactful research, nurture future healthcare leaders, and contribute to a healthier, equitable and more sustainable world.”
On behalf of the Medical School, its Dean, Professor Adonis Ioannides stated: “The latest impact rankings reflect the incredibly hard work and dedication of the Medical School team towards the promotion of good health and well-being of the population. This is a key pillar of the School’s mission and is reflected in various facets of our work. Examples include the ongoing support of underserved communities and the focus on health promotion through emphasis in our medical curricula, innovative research and dedicated outreach activities. I would like to warmly congratulate our faculty, staff and students for their contribution to this achievement.”
Professor Kyriacos Felekkis, Dean of School of Life and Health Sciences, noted: ”We are incredibly proud of the faculty, staff, and students for their remarkable dedication to promoting sustainable development and good health and well-being. Their unwavering efforts have yielded significant recognition and solidified our position as leaders in this field. I extend my sincere appreciation to the entire university community for their invaluable contributions in shaping the future of healthcare and well-being. Together, we will continue to drive progress and make a lasting impact on society.”
Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings assess the contributions of universities towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Additionally, UNIC holds prominent positions in the prestigious THE World University Rankings, which evaluate teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook, and are considered as the flagship rankings of the organisation. In the 2023 World University Rankings, UNIC ranked #4 in both Cyprus and Greece, #501-600 globally, and amongst the top 101-150 universities worldwide that are 50 years old or younger.