The University of Cyprus (UCy) has received yet another distinction as it has now been ranked 55th in the list of the top 150 world universities under 50 years old, despite it has been operating for only 25 years, it was announced on Thursday.

The ranking of the best 'young universities' in the world-for was published by the Times Higher Education.

"The University of Cyprus is in 55th place among the "most ambitious young universities", which challenge the dominance of traditional universities," UCy said in an announcement.

According to the rector of the UCy Professor Constantinos Christofides, the fact that the island's first state university is among the 150 best universities operating for less than 50 years, demonstrates the commitment of the university community on the acquisition and maintenance of high quality and excellence.

"The University of Cyprus is innovative, active and dynamic. This classification is due to the academic staff, administrative staff and our students. I would like to congratulate the university community for its impressive performance", Christofides said.

He added that the goal is for the UCy, in a decade, to be among the top 20 young universities of the world.

Top of the list is Switzerland's A�cole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, founded in 1969, followed by Nayang Technological University of Singapore, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in the third place. Maastricht University and South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology, complete the top five list.

"In this context, and given that the University of Cyprus was established in 1989 and counts only 25 years of operation, ranking 55th is an achievement," the announcement said, and a "very important recognition of the foundation's work".

UCy ranked 55th along with the University of Bordeaux, preceded by UK's University of Stirling and followed by the University of South Australia.

The Times Higher Education "150 under 50 Rankings", applies the same performance indicators as the "The World University Rankings", "to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons". The performance indicators are teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

The list does not include universities that do not offer undergraduate degrees or if their research output amounted to fewer than 1,000 articles between 2010 and 2014 (200 a year).

Source: Cyprus