With more than 7.000 students, 104 laboratories and 750 faculty and staff members, the University of Cyprus (UCY) is a young and rapidly expanding university (established in 1989). There are 23 departments and 13 research units and centres, covering a broad spectrum within the life, social, natural and engineering sciences.
It is considered to be the leading university and the most active research institution in Cyprus. UCY is the biggest employer in Cyprus for young graduates and researchers. It currently employs about 550 young scientists using external research funds. UCY has implemented a large number of research projects funded by the European Commission, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and several public and private research organizations. In 2016 research funding from external sources reached €11 million. 42 new grant agreements were signed with a total budget for UCY of €7 million. UCY is currently participating in 113 EU-funded projects, out of a total of 146 research projects. These EU projects are funded under Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Life, Cost Action, FP7, Interreg and EU Structural Funds.