University of Crete

  • Description
  • The Uni­ver­sity of Crete is a young and dynamic edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tion com­mit­ted to excel­lence in research and teaching.

    The Uni­ver­sity was estab­lished in 1973 and accepted its first stu­dents in 1977 – 78. It now has 17 Depart­ments in 5 Fac­ul­ties (Phi­los­o­phy, Edu­ca­tion, Social Sci­ences, Sci­ences & Tech­nol­ogy, and Med­i­cine) as well as a num­ber of affil­i­ated research-​oriented insti­tu­tions, includ­ing the Ski­nakas Obser­va­tory, the Museum of Nat­ural His­tory, and the Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal. Cur­rently, around 13,000 under­grad­u­ate and 2000 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents study here. They are edu­cated by an out­ward look­ing aca­d­e­mic staff of around 540, whose teach­ing and research activ­i­ties are cur­rently sup­ported by over 400 admin­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal staff.

    The inter­na­tional ori­en­ta­tion of the Uni­ver­sity is reflected in its track record of col­lab­o­ra­tions with many of the lead­ing research and edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions in Europe and world­wide as well as active pro­mo­tion of mobil­ity and exchange pro­grammes. Stu­dents and researchers in Arts & Human­i­ties, Life Sci­ences, and the Phys­i­cal Sci­ences also ben­e­fit from the close col­lab­o­ra­tion between the Uni­ver­sity and the Foun­da­tion for Research and Tech­nol­ogy — Hel­las (FORTH) and the Insti­tute of Marine Biol­ogy & Genet­ics (IMBG).

    Reflect­ing its research activ­ity and asso­ci­ated ini­tia­tives, the Uni­ver­sity of Crete is the first Greek Uni­ver­sity to have signed the EU Char­ter and the Code for the recruit­ment of researchers, and forms part of the Euraxess Euro­pean net­work for the mobil­ity of researchers. The Uni­ver­sity fully par­tic­i­pates in qual­ity assur­ance mech­a­nisms both for its aca­d­e­mic and admin­is­tra­tive struc­tures, and it is a strate­gic choice of the Uni­ver­sity that there will be an ongo­ing effort to meet qual­ity in all its struc­tures. Located at cam­puses in Her­ak­lion and Rethym­non on the island of Crete, a site rich in ancient & mod­ern Mediter­ranean cul­tures, the Uni­ver­sity offers a vibrant social and intel­lec­tual envi­ron­ment for research and edu­ca­tion. As such, whether your con­tact with the Uni­ver­sity is brief or long-​term, we trust it will be rewarding.

    Our Mission

    The mis­sion of the Uni­ver­sity is to pro­vide a stim­u­lat­ing envi­ron­ment that pro­motes edu­ca­tion by teach­ing and research. We strive for excel­lence in teach­ing, research and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships and aim to

    • pro­vide a secure and open teach­ing and learn­ing envi­ron­ment for our students,
    • take a lead­ing role in research and the result­ing innovations,
    • pro­mote the cul­tural, social and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the region and
    • develop and strengthen col­lab­o­ra­tions with other aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions within Greece, Europe and worldwide


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