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University of Crete

Law

The University of Crete, is a multi-disciplinary, research-oriented institution, located in the cities of Rethymnon and Heraklion, in the island of Crete. It is a University well known both nationally and internationally for its state of the art research, undergraduate curricula, and graduate programmes. It is considered the best University in Greece (2011) by The Times Higher Education mainly due to its research influence in which it ranks 145th out of the top 400 Universities of the World, and also in 2012 by QS World University Rankings. It is notable that it achieves this distinction although it has less than 30% of the faculty members in comparison to other larger Universities in Greece. The University was established in 1973 and started functioning in the academic year 1977-78. Since its establishment, it has developed considerable research activity and has undertaken innovative initiatives that reflect its dynamic. As a higher education institution, it is a legal entity of public law, i.e. it operates under the supervision of the State. The official seat of the University is in Rethymnon.

The supreme administrative body of the University is the senate, which is presided over by the Rector of the University. The Head of the University is the Rector who is assisted by three Vice-Rectors in the exercise of his duties; all four together form the institution's high authority. They are elected for a period of three years by the teaching staff and representatives of the student body. The current rector is Prof. Michael Taroudakis.

During the 2011-2012 academic year the University of Crete had 16,767 undergraduate students (14,668 at the undergraduate level and 2,099 at the postgraduate level), more than 548 Faculty members as well as approximately 420 administrative staff, in Schools and their Departments in the cities of Rethymnon and Heraklion. On several research topics the University of Crete collaborates closely with FO.R.T.H.

The School of Letters, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Education are based in Rethymnon. The School of Letters consists of the Departments of History, Archaeology, Philosophy, Social Studies, and Philology; the School of Social Sciences consists of the Departments of Economics, Psychology, Sociology and Political Sciences; the School of Education consists of the Departments of Primary Education and Pre-Primary Education.

The School of Sciences and the School of Health Sciences are based in Heraklion. The School of Sciences consists of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Materials Science and Technology, and Physics, while the School of Health Sciences consists of the faculty of Medicine.

The Natural History Museum of Crete, established in 1981 at Heraklion, is also part of the University of Crete.

Although still very young, the University of Crete has already shown its commitment in the evolving process of European integration, and it operates as an integral member of the European Research and Education Areas. It is currently coordinating and participating in European Union programs and activities such as ERASMUS, LINGUA, TEMPUS etc. and has important links and cooperations with other Mediterranean and Eastern European countries as well as with many U.S. Universities and Colleges, through international Programs.

The student union also operates a radio station.
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University of the Aegean

Mitilíni

The University of the Aegean (Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου) is a state, multi-campus university located in Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, Syros and Lemnos, Greece. The university was officially founded in 1984, although its historical roots date back to the early 1920s, to the Ionian University of Smyrna (Ex Oriente Lux, Light from the East) which while established never operated.

The University of the Aegean is a medium-sized university, one of the 24 state supervised and funded universities in Greece. It is an institution mandated to provide innovative and socially committed studies. The only higher education institution in the Greek state region of Northern Aegean Sea, it was founded on March 20, 1984, by the Presidential Act 83/1984 and its administrative headquarters are located in the town of Mytilene, on the island of Lesvos. As of 2012, approximately 12,000 active students are studying at the university, 9,700 in undergraduate programmes and 1,500 in postgraduate programmes. Furthermore, the Teaching and Research Staff number 292 people (55 professors, 70 associate professors, 128 assistant professors, and 39 lecturers), the Scientific Teaching Staff number 99 and the Special Laboratory Teaching Staff 23 people. This is further supported by the 30 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Staff for teaching services and the 304 members of administrative staff.

The first Department to operate, in the academic year 1984-85, was the department of Business Administration, in the island of Chios. In the following year, the Department of Primary School Education, in Rhodes, and the Postgraduate Course on Environmental Studies began operating. At the end of the first five years of operation, the University comprises 7 departments and 1 postgraduate course, "however, in 1997 a remarkable development was initiated by exploiting available [european] funding opportunities".

The university today comprises 5 schools and 16 departments offering undergraduate and post-graduate degrees programmes. The newest academic unit was created on the island of Lemnos in 2009. This growth was based on the administration's belief that its sustainability could only be based on its potential to grow into a substantially large institute, initially in department numbers supporting its educational side and secondly in postgraduate courses in support of its research nature.

The University of the Aegean, as all Universities in Greece, is a public university. As such, its educational activities and a small part of its research activities rely upon government funding. These activities are also supported by funds generated by the Research Unit, as well as by the University of the Aegean Property Management Corp. Research in the University is funded through participation in competitive national, European and international research and development programs.

Since 2014 the University is facing severe economic hardship due to austerity policies resulting in minimal state funding.
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National Technical University of Athens

AthinaUrban Studies

The National Technical University of Athens (Greek: Εθνικό Μετσόβιο Πολυτεχνείο, National Metsovian Polytechnic), sometimes known as Athens Polytechnic, is among the oldest higher education institutions of Greece and is, in fact, considered the most prestigious one. It is named Metsovion in honor of its benefactors Nikolaos Stournaris, Eleni Tositsa, Michail Tositsas and Georgios Averoff, whose origin is from the town of Metsovo in Epirus.

It was founded in 1837 as a part-time vocational school named Royal School of Arts which, as its role in the technical development of the fledgling state grew, developed into Greece's sole institution providing engineering degrees up until the 1950s, when polytechnics were established outside Athens. Its traditional campus, located in the center of the city of Athens on Patision Avenue, features a suite of magnificent neo-classical buildings by architect Lysandros Kaftantzoglou (1811–1885). A suburban campus, the Zografou Campus, was built in the 1980s.

NTUA is divided into nine academic schools, eight being for the engineering disciplines, including architecture, and one for applied sciences (mathematics and physics). Undergraduate studies have a duration of five years. Admission to NTUA is highly selective and can only be accomplished through achieving exceptional grades in the annual Panhellenic Exams. It is a widely spread perception that the vast majority of each year's Panhellenic Exams top students interested in the sciences and technology opts to attend NTUA. The university comprises about 700 of academic staff, 140 scientific assistants and 260 administrative and technical staff. It also has about 8,500 undergraduates and about 1,500 postgraduate students. Eight of the NTUA's Schools are housed at the Zografou Campus, while the School of Architecture is based at the Patision Complex.
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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloníki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (often called the Aristotelian University or University of Thessaloniki) is the sixth oldest and among the most highly-ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece. It is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere.

More than 73,000 students study at the Aristotle University, 65,026 in undergraduate programmes and 8,472 in postgraduate programmes, of which 3,952 at Doctoral level. The Teaching and Research Staff number 2,024 people. There are additionally 248 members of the Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel, 213 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Personnel. The administrative staff consists of 400 permanent employees and 528 subcontractor employees that are contracted by the university.

The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages and courses for international students, which are carried out in English, French, German, and Italian.
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Technical University of Crete

Chania

The Technical University of Crete (Greek: Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης, Polytechneio Kritis) (TUC) is a state university under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Education and was founded in 1977 in Chania, Crete. The first students were admitted in 1984. The campus is located on a panoramic site in the peninsula of Maelehas (ancient Keamon, also known as" Akrotiri) and covers an area of 750 acres (3.0 km2), 7 km Northeast of Chania. Library, cafeterias, and students' dormitories are located on campus.

The Technical University of Crete ranks highly among the best Greek universities in terms of research productivity, research funding, scientific publications and citation per faculty member. In addition the departments of the Technical University of Crete are highly competitive. The students enter the University after scoring high scores in the National Examinations organized annually for this purpose by the Greek Government.

The purpose of the institution is to conduct research, to provide under-graduate and graduate educational programs in modern engineering fields as well as to develop links with the Greek industry. With a total of 210 research and development programs and a budget approaching the amount of 19,000,000 Euro, the Technical University of Crete is among the top in Greece in Performing research. In addition, the Technical University of Crete is among the first and top Greek institution with the highest rate of research publications per faculty member. One of its scope is to strengthen even more the basic sciences offered in the department curricula and to attract the best researchers.

The Technical University of Crete is an Institution, which gives emphasis on both teaching and research. The 57 laboratories are very well equipped with high technology infrastructure and well skilled personnel. Concerning the faculty members, most of them had already an international career, before coming to TUC.
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School of Pedagogical and Technological Education

AthensEducation, Educational Research

Technological Educational Institute of Lamia

Kila KozanisEducation, Educational Research

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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thessaloníki

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (often called the Aristotelian University or University of Thessaloniki) is the sixth oldest and among the most highly-ranked tertiary education institutions in Greece. It is the largest university in Greece and in the Balkans. It is named after the philosopher Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, about 55 km east of Thessaloniki. Its campus covers 230,000 square metres in the centre of Thessaloniki, with additional educational and administrative facilities elsewhere.

More than 73,000 students study at the Aristotle University, 65,026 in undergraduate programmes and 8,472 in postgraduate programmes, of which 3,952 at Doctoral level. The Teaching and Research Staff number 2,024 people. There are additionally 248 members of the Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel, 213 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Personnel. The administrative staff consists of 400 permanent employees and 528 subcontractor employees that are contracted by the university.

The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages and courses for international students, which are carried out in English, French, German, and Italian.

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