International Outlook

The origins of the University of Crete are international. Following its official foundation, it was shaped by established scholars and scientists of Greek origin who held professorial positions in HEIs in the USA and Europe and who in turn attracted promising young researchers from the Greek Diaspora to join the endeavors of creating a modern, research-led higher educational institution in Crete. This international orientation continues to characterize the University’s faculty as well as educational programs and research at all levels.

 

Education

 

As Greek is the language of instruction on all taught courses, the international students registered for degree programmes here are a small minority in the student body. There is, nonetheless, an international culture on the campuses which is fostered and developed by various means, and English is the lingua franca in most of these activities. These range from invited lecture series, course units taught by visiting professors, workshops, summer schools and conferences. The international outlook is also evident through the inter-institutional collaborations which are a feature of many of the graduate degree programs offered by the University.

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Educational exchange programmes, notably the Erasmus mobility opportunities for students and staff, are an important dimension of University life. The University currently has over 200 bilateral inter-university exchange agreements. Although the numbers of outgoing students typically exceed the incoming students by a ratio of 3:2, the University was selected by the Commission in 2010 as an Erasmus Success Story (pdf) in recognition of the way the mobility opportunities for staff as well as students have been promoted, together with the involvement of faculty members in multilateral projects for curriculum development, thematic networksand joint degrees.

 

Research


The research networks, groups and projects currently active in the University of Crete can be accessed through the Department sites. Many of the University’s research groups interface successfully with the Research Institutes of FORTH and many have strong track records of international research collaborations. Benchmarking with other Universities worldwide indicates that the University of Crete is an active partner in these networks, as reflected in the ratio of international co-authored papers to all peer reviewed publications.

 

In terms of policy, the University supports the international educational and research initiatives of faculty, and strives to keep abreast of European and international developments impacting on the University’s mission. Reflecting this, the University is a member of the European University Association (EUA), a key stakeholder organization representing HEIs in the policy debates about the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area.

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CH Clinical, Pre-clinical & Health

LS Life Sciences

PS Physical Sciences

ET Engineering & Technology

AH Arts & Humanities

SS Social Sciences


Values and scales on the tables and diagrams are cumulative probability scores, representing the University of Crete’s place compared to other institutions profiled by Thomson Reuters for the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Ranking.

 

Last update 12/01/2015