Research

Research

The University of Nicosia has a strong research orientation with 15+ research centers.

University of Nicosia Research Foundation

The University of Nicosia Foundation (UNRF) is an autonomous, non-for-profit research organization based in Cyprus. UNRF was established to provide an independent platform for researchers in Cyprus.

Its mission is to inspire and to promote knowledge, innovation and development through cutting-edge research. UNRF brings together experience from around Cyprus, the region and the European Union in a wide range of fields.

Its mission is to advance local research and innovation while supporting networking activities amongst its members, at the local and international level,

The following centers have been established under UNRF:

  • European Centre for Knowledge Management Research (ECOKMR)
  • Centre for Economic Studies (CES)
  • Mediterranean Center for Cancer Research (MCCR)
  • Research Centre for Social Work and Policy (RCSWSP)
  • Tourism & Transport Research Centre (TTRC)

 

Academically Affiliated Research Institutes

 

Cyprus Academic Research Institute (CARI)

The Cyprus Academic Research Institute (CARI) is a non-profit multidisciplinary research institution. It was established in 2006 to support researchers seeking funding at the local, EU or international level.

 

Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology (CARDET)

The Centre for the Advancement of Research and Development Technology (CARDET) is an international research and development organization based in Cyprus, with partners from around the world.

CARDET’s mission is to inspire innovation and to promote education, social inclusion, research and development through evidence-based practices, cutting-edge research and empowered people. Among others, CARDET’s services and core expertise include research and evaluation, education and training, innovation and entrepreneurship, instructional design, e-learning, civil society, development education, migration, strategic visioning and policy analysis.

 

Cyprus Center for Intercultural Studies (CCIS)

The Cyprus Center of Intercultural Studies collaborates closely with the UNESCO Chair on Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue for a Culture of Peace. 

The Center’s objectives are manifold:
  • to enhance respect of cultural difference and understanding of intercultural connections,
  • to attend to human rights issues with a commitment to social change,
  • to promote critical thinking about cultural diversity,
  • to explore cultural conflict and conflict resolution, and
  • to foster multicultural education.

The Center organizes annual conferences, workshops, and public lectures to address diversity and equity on the island and abroad. Moreover, by examining the factors of race, ethnicity, class, gender, religion, language, and nationhood in cross-cultural interactions, the Center strives to increase knowledge of globalization and the intricacies involved in communication across cultures.

 

Center for European and International Affairs (CEIA)

The Center is a think tank and research institution which seeks to advance academic and policy-oriented research and to contribute to the study and analysis of important economic, political and social issues revolving around Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader region, the EU and the international environment. Particular emphasis is placed on Cyprus-related issues, Greco-Turkish relations, security and cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the broader Middle East, ethnic conflict, socio-economic issues and challenges, issues of governance, political economy and European integration. 

 

Centre for Green Development and Energy Policy (CGD)

The Centre for Green Development and Energy Policy (CGD) was founded in 2011 to promote research and generate knowledge in the fields of environment and energy and to integrate the University’s various Academic Schools and Centers to create exciting interdisciplinary research programmes, for the benefit of Cyprus and the wider world.

CGD brings in expertise in areas related with Environmental and Energy, including policy analysis, land, waste and water management, air pollution, biodiversity and sustainable development. The Centre provides consulting services in both the Government and the private sector and seeks to become a leading centre in the region.

 

Centre for Leisure, Tourism and Sport Research and Development (CLTS)

The Centre for Leisure, Tourism, Sport Research and Development (CLTS), the first of its kind in the region, plays an influential role in the area, and assists in the development of extensive partnerships in sports and tourism.

Renowned professionals in academia, from universities with an excellent reputation in the discipline, have accepted the Centre’s invitation to join the network of professionals that offer services in specialized areas. The CLTS conducts research and provides in-service training and consultancy services in leisure, tourism and sport. Having identified the vital role of sport (as well as tourism and leisure) as a social institution in modern society, CLTS serves the needs of Cypriot society through academically sound research and service in the above disciplines.

 

Mass Media & Communication Institute (IMME)

The Mass Media & Communication Institute (IMME) was established in 1999 as a non-profit, research-academic organization based in Nicosia.  IMME works closely with the Communications Department, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law at the University of Nicosia.

The main objectives of IMME include the setting up of archives and the publication of books on the history of the Cypriot press/journalism, the development of research programmes in the fields of communication, journalism and mass media, as well as the production/collection of audiovisual material on the Cypriot mass media and journalists. Moreover, IMME organizes courses and seminars addressed to Cypriot journalists and individuals working in the field and special events to honour Cypriot journalists.

 

Centre for Therapy, Training and Research (KESY)

The Centre for Therapy, Training and Research (KESY) is a non-governmental organization that was established with three basic goals in mind:

  • To provide clients with a safe, caring, and professional environment in which they can access counselling services;
  • To train/educate/inform students, parents, professionals, and the public at large via workshops, seminars, lectures and supervision, as well as act as a training site in which the Master's level Clinical Psychology students of Intercollege can carry out their practicum;
  • To carry out a variety of research projects related to the Centre's domain of practice and in collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Intercollege.

 

Research Partners:

 

Following are some key research partners for both current and previous projects:

 

  • Associazione Sintesi-Italy
  • National Council of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises-Romania
  • Confederation Empresarial Vasca-Spain
  • RTD Talos-Cyprus
  • Inova-UK
  • Belgian Network for Open and Digital Learning-Belgium
  • Myknow ledgemap Limited-UK
  • Givi Group NV-Belgium
  • Karel de Grote Hogeschool-Belgium
  • Association Municipal Energy Agency-Belgium
  • Foundation for the promotion of Entrepreneurship-Poland
  • The Cyprus Board on Books for young people-Greece
  • The Pyramid  Group-UK
  • I-CON Group-Israel
  • Tandem Plus Network-France
  • Black & Ethnic Minorities Infrastucture in Scotland-UK
  • Society of Citizens Assisting Migrants-Czech Republic
  • Scientific Research Center-Slovenia
  • EuroEd-Romania
  • Centre for Inclusive Education-Bulgaria
  • INTRAS Foundation-Estonia
  • Swiss Foundation for Adult Learning-Switzerland

 

Human Brain Project

The University of Nicosia Medical School has joined the Human Brain Project (HBP), one of the largest EU-funded initiatives.

The University of Nicosia Medical School is represented by Dr Avgis Hadjipapas, Associate Professor for Neuroscience and Research Methods. His main research focus is on the relationship of aggregate macroscopic signals that can be measured noninvasively in man (Magnetoencephalography (MEG), Electroencephalography (EEG)) to collective behaviour and dynamics occurring in the underlying neuronal network

https://www.humanbrainproject.eu/

 

Following are the key research partners for the Human Brain project:

 

  • University of Nicosia Medical School-Cyprus
  • Ecole Polythechnique Federale de Lausanne- France   
  • Aalto University- Finland   
  • Athens University of Economics and Business- Greece   
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Center- Spain   
  • Bergiche Universitat Wuppertal- Germany   
  • Bloomfield Science Museum-  Israel   
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique- France   
  • University of Oxford- UK   
  • Comissariat a I energie atomique- France   
  • Consorzio Interuniversitario Cineca- Italy   
  • De Montfort University- UK   
  • Universitat Tuebingen- Germany   
  • Ecole Normale Superieure- France   
  • Ernst Struengmann Institute- Germany   
  • ETHZ eidgenossische Technische Hochschule- Switzerland   
  • Fonden Teknologiradet- Denmark   
  • Champalimaud Foundation- Portugal   
  • German Research school for Simulation Sciences- Germany   
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem- Israel   
  • Universitat Dusseldorf- Germany   
  • Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois- Switzerland   
  • Hits gGmbH- Germany   
  • Institut de Cerveau et de Moelle Epiniere Fondation- France   
  • Institut Pasteur- France   
  • Institute of Exxperimental Medicine- Hungary   
  • Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitat- Germany   
  • Karlsruher Institut fuer Technologie- Germany   
  • Karolinska Instituet- Sweden   
  • Kings College- UK   
  • Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan- Sweden   
  • Laboratorio Europeo di Spettroscopie- Italy   
  • Linneuniversitetet- Sweden   
  • Medizinische Universitat Innsbruck- Austria   
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens- Greece   
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology- Japan   
  • Politecnico di Torino- Italy   
  • The Regents of the University of California- USA   
  • Rheinisch-Westfalische Technische Hochschule Aachen- Germany   
  • Riken Institute- Japan   
  • Royal Institution for the advancement of learning- Canada   
  • Ruprecht Karls Universitaet Heidelberg- Denmark   
  • Sabanci University- Turkey   
  • Stichting Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica- Netherlands   
  • Stichting Vrije Universiteit-  Netherlands   
  • Technical University of Crete- Greece   
  • Technische Universitaet Dresden- Germany   
  • Technische Universitaet Munchen- Germany   
  • Fortiss- Germany   
  • Technische Universitaet Graz- Austria   
  • Tel Aviv University- Israel   
  • Umea Universitet- Sweden   
  • Universidad Autonoma de Madrid- Spain   
  • Universidad de Granada- Spain   
  • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid- Spain   
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos- Spain   
  • Universita degli Studi di Pavia- Italy   
  • Universitaet Bern- Switzerland   
  • Universitat Zurich- Switzerland   
  • Universitat de Barcelona- Spain   
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra- Spain   
  • University of Gent- Belgium   
  • Universitetet for Miljo og Biovitenskap- Norway   
  • Universitetet I Oslo- Norway   
  • University of Cambridge- UK   
  • University College London- UK   
  • University of Edinburgh- UK   
  • University of Haifa- Israel   
  • University of Manchester- UK   
  • University of Southern California- USA   
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center- USA   
  • Universite Victor Segalen-  France   
  • Uppsala Universitet- Sweden   
  • Weizmann Institute of Science- Israel   
  • Wenzhou Medical College- China   
  • Yale University- USA   
  • Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum- Netherlands   
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior-  Spain   
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche- Italy   
  • Edex(University of Nicosia)- Cyprus   
  • European Brain Research Institute Rita Levi- Italy   
  • Helsingin yliopisto- Finland   
  • Institut Jozef Stefan- Slovenia   
  • Institute of Science and Technology-  Austria   
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven- Belgium   
  • Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen- Netherlands   
  • Middlesex University Higher Education Corporation- UK   
  • Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa- Italy   
  • Scuola Superiore di Study Universitari - Italy   
  • FZI (Forschungszentrum Informatik Institut)- Germany   
  • Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics- Switzerland   
  • Synaptologics BV -Netherlands   
  • Synome Ltd- UK   
  • Foundation for Medical Research- Israel   
  • Tampere University of Technology- Finland   
  • Universidad de Castilla- Spain   
  • Universitaet Basel- Switzerland   
  • Universitaet Bielefeld- Germany   
  • Universitaetskilikum Hamburg- Germany   
  • Universite d'Aix Marseille- France   
  • Universite Joseph Fourier Grenoble- France   
  • Universite Lyon Claude Bernard- France   
  • Universite Pierre et Marie Curie- France   
  • Universiteit Maastrich- Netherlands   
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam- Netherlands   
  • University of Leeds- UK   
  • University of Surrey- UK   
  • University of Sussex- UK   
  • Les Hopitaux Universitaires de Geneve- Switzerland
 

Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS)

The Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, that promotes and contributes to projects of social, political, and economic themes relating to gender and women’s rights on a national, regional, and EU level.

The Institute deals with the complexities of discrimination against women and attempts to eliminate them, using a combination of research, advocacy and lobbying, as well as trainings, conferences, and other activities. The Institute is closely monitoring the policies and strategies adopted by the State and the European Union in relation to gender equality in all fields. The Institute is in close cooperation with relevant European committees and participates in the implementation of several European projects.

The Institute is an active member of the Cyprus Women's Lobby, which consists of 16 women's organizations and NGOs and is the newest member of the European Women's Lobby, the largest coalition of women's NGOs in the European Union promoting women's rights and equality between women and men.

 

Research Unit in Behaviour & Social Issues (RUBSI)

The Research Unit in Behaviour & Social Issues (RUBSI) was registered officially in November 2005 as a non-governmental organisation. Its mission is to improve the processes and mechanisms which influence the health and well-being of the Cypriot population.

In doing so it aims to contribute to the body of knowledge that informs the development of health policy, education and practice in health interventions. The Unit engages in research in the area of social behaviour and public health, both nationally and on European level and implements training programmes in the area of Social Research. Further to this, RUBSI evaluates the social and public health systems, offers social research method services and promotes public health issues.

 

Links with Industry and Business

 

University of Nicosia Business Development Centre

The University of Nicosia Business Development Centre is an affiliated unit of the University of Nicosia, providing a broad spectrum of consultancy, training & development services to the Cypriot and International Business Community, as well as to other organizations (governmental and non-governmental), on a commercial basis. It consists of the Consultancy Unit and the Training & Development Unit.

 

Helix Business Incubator

The Helix Business Incubator is a joint collaboration between the University of Nicosia, the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics and the Government of Cyprus.

The primary mission of the Helix Business Incubator is to foster the development and growth of young companies, by providing inventors and entrepreneurs with the business infrastructure and expertise, and the necessary training, mentoring and business networking to ensure the attainment of their developmental and business goals.

Helix’s secondary, yet equally important goal is to help the resident companies tap into local and international talent, which will help them execute business plans and help the local economy grow.

 

The Law Clinic

The Law Clinic aims to be the main vehicle for clinical legal education at the University of Nicosia’s Department of Law.

In fulfilling this role, the Law Clinic provides its members, who are chosen from among the students of the Department of Law, the opportunity to acquire the competencies and skills essential to the legal profession. This is achieved through their supervised participation in the processes of real cases.

Another goal of the Law Clinic is to provide a forum through which its members can contribute to the social needs of Cypriot society. In this respect, the Law Clinic is founded on the belief that every person should be able to obtain and/or enjoy access to legal assistance and on the shared determination to work towards the fulfillment of this aim.

The educational focus of the Law Clinic is on developing an improved knowledge of law and legal practice and on developing students’ critical, analytical, as well as any other related qualities; thereby offering students of the Department of Law transferable legal and personal skills. 

 

Business School Advisory Council

The Business School Advisory Council is an honorary group of prominent business executives that serves as a bridge between the School and the business and professional community of Cyprus.

It offers its advice and guidance to ensure that the School’s programmes prepare students to become the type of professionals, managers and leaders demanded by today’s growing and diverse economy. The Advisory Council recognizes that with accession into the European Union, the region's economic prosperity depends, in part, on the graduating business professionals ready to address the challenges before them.

By investing in the School of Business, the Advisory Council members receive a range of benefits that include networking opportunities, access to Faculty research and the recruitment of student interns and graduates. The Advisory Council functions as the vehicle that will help fulfill the School’s mission, and achieve its vision, and strategic goals. The Advisory Council assists in the identification of business needs, trends, and challenges and helps build the reputation of the School—its programmes (both undergraduate and postgraduate), Faculty, and students—locally, regionally, and internationally.

The Council serves as a bridge to the business community by addressing student interests and alerting Faculty to the research needs of local companies and industry.

 

Mediazone

Mediazone is a TV, design, multimedia and radio unit which supports the Univerisity of Nicosia.  Mediazone is responsible for support, facilities and equipment for the academic and practical courses of the Communications Department at the University of Nicosia.

Mediazone, along with its Graphic Design section, is also responsible for all of the audio/video / visual, print, graphic, web and multimedia work that is requested from the entire University community.

All of the work produced assists in creating and assimilating the overall image and branding of the institution.

Mediazone’s full time staff includes the Head of Mediazone / a Broadcast Engineer & IT / and a Multimedia Designer.

Mediazone specializes in the field of Video, Audio Production and Multimedia. Mediazone is a producer of media-related products and is involved with a variety of activities including University-sponsored events, film screenings, Famelab and TedX.

 

Research Support Structure

 

University Research Committee

The University Research Committee (URC), chaired by the Director of Research, is responsible for the development of the University Research Policy and Strategies to assist the University in meeting its research objectives. It is the highest research coordinating body of the University.

Membership of the University Research Committee

  • Vice-Rectors
  • Deans of Schools
  • Director of Research (Chair)
  • Invited (non-voting) experts as and when it is considered essential to seek their advice

Scope of the University Research Committee

  • formulate strategies to assist the University in meeting its research objectives
  • identify and use the means by which the University can engage in emerging research opportunities
  • monitor and review research performance across the University and advise the Senate and the Council on the University's research strategies, priorities and performance
  • interact with external research funding agencies
  • advise the Senate and the Council on the allocation of any funds to support the research strategy
  • advise the Senate and the Council on an appropriate strategy for the submission of proposals for University funded research
  • foster the marketing of research activities as a mechanism for enhancing grant and contract income from industrial and research funding sources
  • consider research matters arising from Departmental Reviews referred to it by the School Research Committees
  • advise on any matters referred to it by the Senate and the Council

 

Research Ethics Committee

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is an independent body and is not subject to the administrative control of any academic body, officer, department or national body and has the powers provided by the relevant Republic of Cyprus Laws.

Membership of the Research Ethics Committee

  • Two faculty members from each School
  • One representative from the Research & Innovation Office

Each School Research Committee will nominate two members for service on the REC. The nominees have to be approved by the URC. The members of the REC will be electing the chair of the REC for a period of 2 years. The length of service for each member (except the ex-officio members) will be two years. The members are entitled to an additional consecutive term of service (maximum of two consecutive terms will be allowed). A member is entitled to apply for new membership two years after two consecutive terms end.

Scope of the Research Ethics Committee

The guiding principle for the REC’s decisions is the protection of research participants’ human rights. The primary purpose behind this principle is to ensure that no research project is permitted to override or outweigh the health, care, dignity, human rights and well-being of the participant. Researchers, in the presentation of their project proposals, must address issues of ethics and sensitivity of participants and information, and provide adequate guarantees in relation to these issues. The purpose of REC is also to contribute to the protection of Researchers and the University of Nicosia from risk(s) emanating from the conduct of research. Support from the REC should be seen as a pre-assessment phase. It does not contradict, but it is helpful towards, the application process to the Cyprus National Bioethics Committee, should this be needed.

 

School Research Committees

The aim of the School Research Committee (SRC), one for each School, is to enhance the research profile and reputation of the School both within and outside the University.

Its role is to encourage, facilitate and support research in the School and, where possible, to extend this to cross-departmental, cross-school and interdisciplinary synergy and collaboration. This Committee is where the majority of research management takes place, thus giving more responsibility at school level. The SRC meets on a regular basis and will concern itself with the quality and quantity of research activity and output.

Membership of Each School Research Committee

Membership will consist of at least five persons and should include the:

  • Dean of the School
  • Heads of the Departments and
  • The Directors/Leaders of the School’s Research Institute/Centres and/or senior faculty active in research may be invited by the Dean as non-voting members

Scope of Each School Research Committee

  • advise the School Dean on strategic issues with implications for research and disseminate timely information concerning the School’s Research Strategy throughout the School
  • review School Faculty research and draft the Research Strategy for the School including the allocation of monetary and non-monetary research resources
  • identify and develop School Research Themes (areas of possible research collaboration within the School) and research collaborations within the University (other Schools, Research Institutes/Centres)
  • co-ordinate and rank applications for competitive funds (research grants, start up of research projects and for small cost research equipment1)
  • allocate and monitor research funds allocated to the School and report to the URC on their use
  • encourage research meetings and interdisciplinary research to further the research interests of the Faculty
  • set up research activities, in association with the Research & Innovation Office, where Faculty present their research and discuss future plans
  • collect data on research conducted in the School (recent research publications, grants, patents, etc.) and prepare an annual report to the URC

1 In the events of internal funding the allocation of this money will initially be determined by the URC on the basis of the priorities put forth by the SRCs and then disbursed through the SRCs according to those priorities.