The inclusion of the University of Cyprus (UCy) among the world’s top 1000 higher education institutions in world university rankings, was praised by President Nikos Christodoulides.

For the year 2023, the University of Cyprus is ranked among the top 136 institutions in the EU and in the top 500 globally in business and management studies.

Speaking at Monday’s graduation ceremony of the faculty of humanities and philosophy the president said UCy had made admirable progress.

“The University of Cyprus was ranked 473 [in QS World University Rankings 2023], after evaluating thousands of universities in dozens of countries. I am sure that very soon it will rise even higher,” the president said.

Having himself passed through the department of history and archaeology, Christodoulides said, he felt doubly proud.

In his greeting the president referred to the university’s motto “Knowledge – Research – Innovation”, noting that it reflects its commitment to the dissemination of existing knowledge and to generating new knowledge in response to modern challenges towards a sustainable future.

“With its highly qualified and dedicated staff, state-of-the-art facilities, model campus, and participation in a multitude of interdisciplinary research programs, UCy [is a leader in] the scientific, economic and social development of the country,” Christodoulides said.

The vision, he explained, is to internationalise higher education and transform the island into a regional education hub, a case in point being the recent recognition by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait of UCy degrees.

The president called on graduates to build solid foundations and aim high and urged them not to forget to reinvent themselves, through journeys of the imagination as well as reality.