Latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings see Cypriot universities climb to higher positions

16 September 2021
Latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings see Cypriot universities climb to higher positions
The University of Cyprus and the University of Nicosia have risen in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings from 2021 to 2022. 

Every year the globally esteemed Times Higher Education magazine ranks the top 1000 universities in the world using data from Netherlands-based publishing company, Elsevier. Two public universities in Cyprus have improved their ranking since last year. 

The University of Cyprus has moved up in the World University Rankings from 501-600 in 2021 to 401-500 in 2022. The Times Higher Education noted an improvement in teaching, citations, industry income and international outlook, increasing its score in these categories. The Nicosia-based university performed particularly well in the international outlook rankings, scoring 82.1 out of 100. 

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) rose in the 2022 rankings from 801-1000 to the top 601-800 universities in the world. It saw improvements in all categories, with its score for citations increasing by 25.7 points from 2021 to 2022. UNIC scored an impressive 94.7 in the international outlook rankings, in part due to its large international student population. 53% of students are from outside of Cyprus, spanning 70 countries. 

Cyprus University of Technology was ranked in the top 501-600 in the 2022 rankings. In the 2021 ranking of global universities that are 50 years old or younger, it was ranked 54th. The Limassol-based university was founded in 2003 and first welcomed students in 2007, specialising in economic, technological and scientific sectors. 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings uses 5 performance indicators to calculate each university’s ranking: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. 

The score for teaching measures the staff-to-student ratio, institutional income and reputation among students. The research score is calculated from the volume, income and reputation of each university’s research. Each university’s citations score is based on the average number of times published work from that university is cited by scholars globally. The international outlook score is calculated from the level of international collaboration and the proportion of international staff and students at the university, while industry income refers to the university’s ability to help industry with inventions and consultancy. 

George Campanellas, Chief Executive of Invest Cyprus, said “Cyprus takes pride in its universities and strives to achieve teaching and research excellence. It is encouraging that the Times Higher Education has recognised this and has increased the ranking of Cypriot universities.”

“In particular, the 2022 rankings reflect Cyprus’ attractiveness to international students and staff. This is vital for building a diverse and innovative pool of talent in Cypriot business and research. Cypriot students will also benefit from their universities’ broad international outlook and carry this global perspective into their careers.”

Earlier this year, the QS World University Rankings singled out Cyprus for having the most universities in the Emerging Europe and Central Asia region per 1 million people. 

The 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings can be found here
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