General Information and Profiles of the University of Nicosia (UNic) Required for the Submission of Research Proposals
General Information Required for Proposals 4
Profile of the University of Nicosia (UNic) 5
School of Business 8
School of Education 9
School of Humanities and Social Sciences 10
School of Law 11
School of Sciences and Engineering 13
Medical School 15
Distance Learning 16
University Laboratories 17
Partial List of Awarded Grants (2014-2017) 18
The information provided in this document is the intellectual property of the University of Nicosia and, as such, should only be used for internal purposes.
The Research & Innovation Office (RIO) aims to assist researchers at the University of Nicosia in the effective implementation and management of funded projects. RIO is committed to guiding researchers through the life-cycle of funded projects.
The current document has been prepared to provide the essential general information and profile of the University of Nicosia (UNic) commonly required for the submission of research proposals.
Please note that at this time the majority of EU funded programmes are channeled through UNic, whereas all local research projects funded by the Cyprus Promotion Foundation (CyRPF) are channeled through the University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF).
Please note that should you be submitting a proposal under any EU programme, you are advised to consult the Research & Innovation Office regarding the overhead rates.
Information on recently funded projects is available here: http://www.unic.ac.cy/research-publications/research-projects/projects-under-unic Due to the nature of the information required, this document will be updated on an annual basis.
Research & Innovation Office Contact Details
Name & Surname
Mr. Anthos Shekeris
Ms. Elisa Bosio
Senior Research Officer
Ms. Renata Prince
General Information Required for Proposals
EDEX – Educational Excellence Corporation Ltd (University of Nicosia)
S5 Staff: 501 to 2.000
Economic Sector (Education only)
Type of Company
Private Higher Education Institution/Limited
Place of Registration
Date of Registration
Ministry of Education and Culture Registration Number
Company Social Insurance Number
46 Makedonitissas Ave., P. O. Box 24005, 1700 Nicosia, Cyprus
For all centralized proposals submitted to the EUROPEANCOMMISSION
CHILD PIC Number, UNic
For all proposals submitted to the NATIONAL/LOCAL AGENCY
Profile of the University of Nicosia (UNic) Please note that the profile below should be used as a guideline and developed as per the requirements of each individual proposal. Overview
The University of Nicosia (UNIC for short) is the largest university in Cyprus, with over 11,000 students, from over 70 countries across the globe, coming together in an innovative and transformative learning space.
Located in Nicosia, the country’s capital, and with presence in 18 other cities worldwide, we are driven by our pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning, innovation, research, technology, and a continually evolving academic environment.
We empower our students and instill in them the confidence to make an impact in the world.
Many of our degree programmes and departments were the first of their kind in Cyprus. Over time, several programmes such as Medicine, International Relations, Accounting, Law, and Architecture, have developed into some of the most well-regarded in Cyprus and in the region. Today, UNIC’s new programmes focus on cutting-edge research, making us global leaders in certain fields, such as in our very successful initiative in Digital Currency/Blockchain Technology.
Internationalisation is a central component of UNIC’s strategy. This includes partnerships for degree programmes, student mobility, and opportunities for students post-graduation in academia or industry, in order to share knowledge and capabilities across countries. The first and largest medical programme in Cyprus was formed in collaboration with St George’s, University of London. Today, the Medical School attracts over 500 students from around the world. In Greece, we offer several joint Masters degrees with the top Greek universities: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Patras and the Hellenic Open University. These are some of the most popular degree programmes in Greece. We intend to actively continue our partnerships with leading universities around the world, on both the academic and research front.
Dynamic Urban Campus
UNIC’s modern campus is made up of 18 purpose-built and refurbished buildings situated amid the urban landscape in the bustling suburb of Engomi in Nicosia. Over the last few years, we have invested over €55 million in our campus infrastructure.
The expansive layout of our campus allows us to provide specialised facilities to support each academic department. The whole neighbourhood is oriented towards student life, allowing for a unique social experience, characterised by community interaction, diversity, learning and fun.
With our continuous investment in campus infrastructure over the last decade and our commitment to technological advancement, our laboratories have developed into innovative spaces, whose cutting-edge facilities and resources support teaching and research.
In addition to the teaching facilities, the campus provides the full set of student amenities and support services. You can walk to almost any building on campus within 15 minutes, while there is a large free car park for off-campus students.
Excellence in Distance Learning/Online Education We offer a multitude of innovative distance learning programmes at Bachelor and Master level, and use the most up-to-date technologies and state-of-the-art learning design theory to deliver our courses.
An integral part of our approach to the learning design of these courses is our commitment to help our students develop higher-order skills of critical analysis, reflection, and problem-solving. We also support our learners in building knowledge collaboratively and engaging in social learning.
As a testament to the quality of our online programmes, our University has been awarded the highest accolades for e-learning and distance learning education excellence.
Research at UNIC focuses on a variety of global and local issues, including health, complex networks, social organisation, education, ICT, engineering, and environmental sustainability. Our researchers examine contemporary challenges from a wide range of perspectives, including technological and scientific advances, and modern culture and thought. They apply their expertise, derived from addressing local, regional and national concerns, to key issues with global impact; and develop teams to bring disciplinary strengths together to approach such issues. Cutting edge research is carried out in the areas of Educational Technology, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
The University, through its participation in projects, either as partner or coordinator, has developed a wide base of knowledge and expertise in terms of both research output and project management.
In pursuing its vision to be a leading contributor to education and research, the University has assisted in the development of several research centres and academically affiliated institutions.
Social Responsibility Social responsibility is fundamental to the University of Nicosia and is demonstrated by our substantial and varied contribution to society.
At the core of our University Social Responsibility (USR) campaigns and initiatives is our concern and pursuit to bring about positive change in six key areas:
1. Access to education
The entire UNIC community shares our institutional values and the vision for a sustainable future, actively supporting the University's endeavours to promote it.
Accreditation, Awards and Recognition
The University was one of the three private universities in Cyprus to obtain from the Government of the Republic of Cyprus the initial license for operation in 2007, and in 2012 the final license of operation. The University has since 2007 been evaluated (at the Institutional and Programme level) by the Evaluation Committee for Private Universities of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Cyprus (ECPU-www.ecpu.ac.cy). All programmes of the University, are fully accredited by the relevant professional associations/councils/bodies and thus all our graduates qualify to practice the profession they have studied (this professional recognition applies also to the European Union countries).
The University has distinguished itself on multiple fronts, earning prestigious labels / recognitions / awards, such as the:
Erasmus University Charter (European Commission)
European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) Label (European Commission)
Diploma Supplement Label ( European Commission)
Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (addressing reforms in European Higher education Area) (European Commission)
Jean Monnet Chair in Diplomacy and Politics of European Integration (European Commission)
UNIQUe Certification for Quality in E-learning and Excellence in Use of ICT in Higher Education (European Foundation for Quality in e-Learning -EFQUEL)
UNESCO Chair (first such Chair in Cyprus) for the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue (UNESCO)
Excellence Award in Entrepreneurship and Educational Services (Cyprus Employers and Industrialists Federation)
Gold Medal in Business Ethics Excellence for its corporate governance and social responsibility ethos (European Business Ethics Network -EBEN)
Commitment to Excellence “5 Stars” (European Foundation for Quality Management -EFQM)
The University is an active member of the following two most important European Associations:
European University Association (EUA www.eua.be); the University is also represented in the EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (CDE www.eua.be/cde)
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE www.eurashe.eu); the University is also represented in the Working Group for Quality Assurance (www.eurashe.eu/policy/quality-he/wg5-quality-he)
It is the only non-state University in Cyprus to have been ranked by U-Multirank (University Ranking), which is supported and endorsed by the European Commission (http://www.umultirank.org/), with very high ranks in the areas of Regional Engagement and International Orientation. The University has also gone through a self-assessment exercise using the HEInnovate benchmarking system (www.heinnovate.eu/, also supported and endorsed by the European Commission), which is used to measure how innovative and entrepreneurial a Higher Education Institution is.
External Quality Assurance is mainly the responsibility of the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education. Further external quality assurance is provided through various other bodies and standards/regulations/laws to which the University adheres to/is regulated by, such as the:
European Guidelines and Standards for Quality Assurance
European Approach for Quality Assurance of Joint Programmes
Private Universities (Establishment, Operation and Control) Law 109(1) of 2005
KYSATS – Cyprus National Academic Recognition Information Centre - NARIC Law
Internal Quality Assurance, is carried out by the University Internal Quality Assurance Committee (UIQAC), chaired by the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs.
School of Business The School of Business (SBA) is one of Cyprus’ major business education resources. We are the largest school in the University. Organizationally, our School consists of the departments of Accounting, Finance and Economics, Hospitality and Tourism, Management and Management Information Systems, and Marketing. The School also includes both the graduate MBA Office and the Center for Leisure, Tourism and Sport Research and Development (CLTS).
Our School’s vision is to be internationally recognized for our undergraduate and graduate business programmes in preparing leaders and entrepreneurs for success in the global marketplace, particularly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Not surprisingly, we have been recognized often for our quality programmes and services. In fact, our graduates readily recommend us to their friends and demand for our degree programmes continues to outpace our capacity to accommodate it.
Our mission is to create enduring educational value for our students, for our alumni, and for the business and professional communities we serve:
For our students whom we prepare to succeed in a rapidly changing, technology-driven global business environment;
For our alumni to whom we provide opportunities for continuing professional development and a legacy that appreciates as our excellence grows;
For the business and professional communities to whom we offer knowledgeable graduates, educational programmes, research, and collaborative projects.
Our mission is also to further the professional development of our faculty and staff.
A dynamic force for excellence within Cyprus' private tertiary educational system, our dedicated, multi-campus, full-time faculty amounts to 57 academicians--27 are teaching research faculty (Ph.D. holders) and 30 are special teaching faculty. Additionally, we employ 35 part-time lecturers made up of business professionals, recognized experts in their respective fields.
We provide both degree and non-credit educational programmes for our range of constituents. Included are undergraduate and graduate; seminars, short courses, and conferences.
The School’s student body is diverse and multicultural and reflects, to some extent, the demographics of Cyprus and the location of the island. At the undergraduate level, 69 percent of the student body is Cypriot and 31 percent international, with strong European and Asian representation. At the graduate level, the reverse is true, with international students dominating (74% foreign to 26% local). Our gender ratio is 55% men to 45% women. The average age of undergraduates is 23 and for graduate students, 28.
The diversity of the student body has prompted many of our students to be members of organizations along ethnic lines. This cross-cultural mix provides a rich base of views and practices to enhance and expand students’ perspectives for multinational business environments. To take advantage of this expansive potential, the School offers students the opportunity to develop their business acumen through participation in two organizations—the Business Society for undergraduates, and the MBA Society for graduate students. These societies sponsor a number of events like field trips, discussion panels, and prominent guest speakers from the business sector.
School of Education
Functioning in a knowledge and information society, the School of Education sets the path for a “new” education so that the graduates of the programme will be ready to effectively confront the challenges of the 21st century.
The faculty’s concern is the implementation of flexible and scientifically formed programmes of study. These programmes are taught by specialized personnel and they enable students to respond effectively to the needs of the globalized society and the complex reality we experience today.
A UNESCO chair has been established in the School of Education entitled “Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace”. The Chair is a step towards culture and peace for Cyprus and it guarantees a democratic education and high quality without stereotypes and social prejudices.
What is special of the School of Education is the quality of graduate education at both the Masters and Doctoral level. Three variables define this quality. Firstly, the faculty who teach graduate courses come from Cyprus and Greece and are well-known authorities in the areas of their specialization. Secondly, students who are admitted in the programme enjoy high academic standing in their undergraduate study. Thirdly, the University provides students rich library resources, suitably designed seminar space, and teaching rooms equipped with modern educational technology. Through the programme, students acquire, on the one hand, deep knowledge in the area of their specialization and, on the other hand, research skills and competencies. As a result, the graduates of the programme manage to be appointed to high-level positions in the educational system, in tertiary education and in research centers as well as function as agents of new ideas in education and catalysts of innovation in education.
The culture of the programme is such that it leads to communities of practice. The faculty who teach in the programme work together alongside students. A limited number of graduate students are appointed as Teaching Assistants while some others collaborate with faculty members on research projects.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
At the School of Humanities and Social Sciences we believe that our students should be provided with the knowledge and the set of skills that may enable them to face the difficulties, but also the opportunities, which they will meet after graduation. In particular, we aspire to train students to think critically, communicate effectively, and act ethically. These, we are convinced, are some of the fundamental abilities a student should master in preparation for any career and a lifetime of productive citizenship.
In the six Departments of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences we have more than twelve hundred Cypriot and international students who are about equally divided among undergraduate and graduate programmes.
Our students are taught by seventy-five internationally recruited faculty. You can see more information about their qualifications, research interests and publications here.
The School offers a wide range of programmes with the aim of offering students a well-rounded education. The programs are organised in six Departments.
Each Department offers a variety of programmes and specialisations which are interrelated, so that students have the opportunity to combine courses within the Department, from other Departments of the School, and even from other Schools, according to their interests and aptitudes.
School of Law
With more than 20 years of experience in the provision of a top-tier legal education, the School of Law can also be credited for awarding the first Law degrees in Cyprus that were officially recognised academically by the Republic and professionally recognised by the Cyprus Legal Counsel.
Today, our School offers a number of innovative courses and legal programmes that are recognised by the Cyprus Legal Counsel for access to the legal profession. Through these, we aim to help you gain a competitive edge in a prestigious selection of professional careers.
Further, our European Studies and International Relations programmes aim to address the impact the economic, political and social issues surrounding Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader region, the EU and the international arena. These will give you thorough grounding in the knowledge and skills that you will need to follow a career in international organisations, government, multinational companies, and educational institutions.
School of Sciences and Engineering
The philosophy of the School of Sciences and Engineering is that the education offered should be of the highest level so that our students are enabled to acquire the knowledge and skills and cultivate the abilities which will help them to succeed in their careers, enrich their lives, and successfully face the difficulties but also take advantage of the opportunities which they will meet.
The vision of the School of Sciences and Engineering in a summarized form is to:
Prepare good science graduates for postgraduate studies and to enter the workforce
Strive for excellence in teaching and learning and provide a dynamic learning environment
Promote research and education for research (especially in the MSc, PhD research degrees)
Collaborate effectively with the academic and industry communities nationally and internationally
Make available to society our science resources and human expertise
Our Departments and Programs
The School of Sciences and Engineering is one of Cyprus’ few resources of education in the fields of science and engineering. Organizationally, our School consists of three departments, namely: Computer Science, Engineering, and Life & Health Sciences.
The Department of Computer Science offers programs in Mathematics (BSc) and in Computer Science (BSc, MSc, PhD).
The Department of Engineering offers programs in the disciplines of Computer Engineering (BSc), Electrical Engineering (BSc, MSc, PhD), Civil & Environmental Engineering (BSc), Mechanical Engineering (BSc), Oil & Gas Engineering (BSc) and Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering (MSc, PhD).
The Department of Life and Health Sciences offers programs in the disciplines of Nursing (BSc), Human Biology (BSc), Sports Science (BSc), Nutrition & Dietetics (BSc, PhD), Pharmacy (BPharm), Physiotherapy (BSc, PhD), Environmental & Energy Management (BSc), Exercise Science & Physical Education (MSc, PhD), Clinical Dietetics (MSc), Sports Nutrition/Dietetics & Nutrition Intervention (MSc), Contemporary Nursing (MSc), Mental Health Nursing, Orthopedic Science & Rehabilitation (MSc), and Biomedical Sciences (MSc).
The School is also affiliated with the University of Nicosia Research Foundation (UNRF) which deals with scientific and technological research.
Our success is evidenced through the acknowledged satisfaction of the companies and organizations which have employed our graduates. Also, the success story of students who obtained their foundation (Bachelor degree) from us and went on to pursue graduate studies (Masters and Doctoral degrees) overseas is another piece of proof concerning the quality of our programs.
A dynamic force for excellence within Cyprus' private university educational system, our dedicated, full-time faculty amount to 60 academics - 54 are teaching research faculty (PhD holders) and 6 are special teaching faculty. Additionally, we employ a number of part-time lecturers made up of professionals, recognized experts in their respective fields.
The university library collection of over 95,000 volumes, more than 1,000 print journals and 6,000 electronic journals, and numerous online resources supports basic research. The university’s sizeable investments in its specialized computer labs, electrical & computer engineering lab, radio communications lab, civil engineering lab, oil & gas engineering lab, chromatography lab, physics lab, nursing skills lab, patient simulation suite, biology lab, chemistry lab, cell biology lab, developmental biology lab, tissue culture lab, molecular biology lab, dark room, ventilated chemical storage room, pharmaceutical technology/analysis lab, medicinal chemistry lab, simulation pharmacy, physiotherapy labs (2), food and nutrition lab, food science lab, and human performance lab, along with a networked learning environment and multi-media classrooms give state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure and support to our students.
The School of Sciences and Engineering has around 2000 students. The School’s student body is diverse and multicultural and reflects, to some extent, the demographics of Cyprus and the location of the island; 42% of the student body is female and 58% is male; 30% of the students are international, with strong European, Asian and African representation, and 70% are Cypriot. This cross-cultural mix provides a rich base of views and practices to enhance and expand students’ perspectives for multinational scientific and technological environments.
In 2011, the University of Nicosia established the first Medical School in Cyprus, and launched the Graduate Entry 4-Year MBBS Programme (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), the first Medical Programme in Cyprus, in collaboration with St. George’s, University of London, one of the leading medical schools in the UK.
The University of Nicosia Medical School now offers the following programmes of study:
A Doctor of Medicine (MD) 6-year undergraduate entry degree awarded by the University of Nicosia.
An MSc in Family Medicine degree for physicians awarded by the University of Nicosia.
The St George’s, University of London Bachelor in Medicine and Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS), a 4-year graduate-entry British medical degree that is quality assured by the UK General Medical Council. This degree is offered through a franchise agreement.
The University of Nicosia Medical School encourages faculty to engage in funded research. The majority of the faculty members of the University of Nicosia Medical School are experienced researchers with research interests in a variety of research areas. The faculty are currently involved in local and European funded projects and are interested in the development of local and international collaborations in the following research areas:
Basic Medical Sciences
Epidemiology and Public Health
The University of Nicosia strives to support students who wish to study off-campus as more and more students are working and so might find it difficult to attend face-to-face classes. New and emerging technologies undoubtedly afford excellent opportunities for enhancement of learning opportunities on campus, at the workplace or at home; some of these technologies include new generations of innovative hand-held and mobile information appliances.
The University of Nicosia started offering e-learning courses in 2009 in an effort to provide students with the opportunity to explore a different mode of delivery. Since then, over 100 different E-Learning courses have been developed and in Fall 2012 the first Distance Learning Programmes were launched. Currently, there are 14 Distance Learning programmes available to local and international students.
In every course, students are provided with the necessary course material and numerous ways to encourage collaboration and interactivity with their lecturer and fellow students. Such ways include the course forum and video conference sessions.
Upon registering on a Distance Learning programme, students are provided with extensive support from the Distance Learning Unit. Guidance is readily available for all Distance Learning students throughout their studies as to assist them in successfully completing their studies.
Distance Learning programmes currently available:
Bachelor in Business Administration
Bachelor in English Language and Literature
Bachelor in Nursing
Bachelor in Primary Education
Bachelor in Pre-Primary Education
Master in Business Administration (MBA)
Master in Educational/School Psychology
Master in Educational Studies (MEd)
Master in European Law and Politics
Master in International Relations and European Studies
Master in Public Administration (MPA)
Master in Social Work
Master in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Master in Teaching Greek to Speakers of Other Languages
Currently, there are approximately 3,500 Distance Learning students at the University of Nicosia and since the first intake in Fall 2012, there have been approximately 3,200 Distance Learning graduates.
For a complete listing of DL programmes at UNic visit: http://www.unic.ac.cy/distance-learning/programmemes
The following laboratories can be found at the University of Nicosia:
Type of Lab
No. of Labs
Biology & Chemistry Lab
Culinary Arts Lab
Design & Photography Lab
Graphic Design Lab
Culinary Arts Lab
Sports Centre – Dance Studio
Dance Studio 1
Dance Studio 2
Fabrication Workshop (Laser Cuter)
Fine Art Studio
Research & Technology
A/C Refrigeration Lab
Gas Chromatography Lab
Oil & Gas Engineering Lab
Civil Engineering Lab
Medical Block A
Medical Block B
Clinical Skills Lab
Partial List of Awarded Grants (2014-2017) For more information on awarded grants visit: https://www.unic.ac.cy/research/research-unic/research-grants/awarded-grants/research-grants
Project Identification or Contract Number
ERASMUS Mundus Action 2
552077-EM-1-UK ERA MUNDUS EMA21
University of West Scotland
FP7-Human Brain Project Competitive Call
GPF HBP (604102) 2014-04-24
Maastricht University, Cognitive Neuroscience Department
DG Development and Cooperation – EuropeAid, EU
ENEA (Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile)