The latest edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, released on 2 September 2021, reaffirms the University of Nicosia’s (UNIC) global standing, ranking it among the Top 601-800 universities in the world. Correspondingly, UNIC ranks among the Top 250 universities 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 their core missions: Teaching, Research, Knowledge Transfer, and International Outlook. The expanded THE WUR 2022 edition includes over 1,600 ranked research-intensive universities, out of more than 25,000 universities globally, that met the THE eligibility criteria and applied for assessment.
''This latest distinction expands upon UNIC’s ranking achievements as a leading global university, essentially now among the top 3% of universities in the world”, noted Professor Philippos Pouyioutas, Rector of the University. The Rector underscored the University’s upward trajectory in the World University Rankings, with UNIC markedly advancing its standing (from the Top 801-1000 band last year). ''Our progression into the Top 601-800 band of universities globally, correspondingly among the top 250 universities in the European Union, is a strong endorsement of the high quality and international reputation of our University, and an acknowledgment of our dedicated and pioneering efforts in implementing all facets of the Knowledge Square'', underlined Professor Pouyioutas.
''More broadly, such ranking achievements are indicative of the tremendous development of the university field in Cyprus, which boasts three of the Top 1000 universities in the world according to Times Higher Education: University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Technology, and the University of Nicosia. This is particularly impressive when considering the island’s relatively short 30-year history in university education”, noted Rector Pouyioutas. “In this respect, we are proud to be playing a significant part in advancing Cyprus as an international hub for high quality, university education; providing prospective students from Cyprus, Europe and beyond the opportunity to study on campus and online at one of the best universities in the world'', he added.
One of the core areas in which the University demonstrably continues to excel in the THE WUR is International Outlook, where UNIC ranked 47th globally. ''Advancing in the rankings in this core area, from number 76 in 2021 to number 47 in 2022, attests to our innovative internationalisation strategy and especially to our notable success in offering cross-border education'', remarked Rector Pouyioutas.
In line with this, UNIC has the highest number of international degree-seeking students at any university in Cyprus by a wide margin, which is reinforced by its more than 14,000 on-campus and distance learning students from over 100 countries –- making it the largest university in Cyprus by that metric.
''The advancement of the University of Nicosia in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings is the result of our continued and consistent effort to deliver the highest quality teaching, research, and knowledge exchange'', noted Professor Dimitris Drikakis, Vice President of Global Partnerships. ''It is especially gratifying to be included in the Times Higher Education rankings alongside other leading universities, reflecting our commitment to making a global impact in education and research'', added Professor Drikakis.
The results of this year’s World University Rankings are the latest in a succession of distinctions bestowed on UNIC by Times Higher Education. Along with its inclusion in the Top 601-800 universities in the world (THE WUR table), UNIC was ranked:
- among the Top 251-300 universities in the world that are 50 years old or younger by the 2021 THE Young University Rankings;
- among the Top 201-250 universities in the countries or regions classified by the London Stock Exchange’s FTSE Group as “Emerging” by the 2021 THE Emerging Economies Rankings;
- among the Top 301-400 universities in the world in Business and Economics by the 2021 THE World University Rankings by Subject, which correspondingly places UNIC as the #1 ranked university in Cyprus and Greece, and among the Top 100 universities in the European Union, in this subject area; and
- Number 32 in the world in the core area of Quality Education by the 2021THE Impact Rankings.
Rector Pouyioutas concluded by thanking the people who have been instrumental in this and all other major achievements, especially during this particularly challenging period: ''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''.
The University of Nicosia would like to congratulate the University of Cyprus and the Cyprus University of Technology for their continued placements in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.