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.
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