Research and research training activities at the University are organized along the lines of the Divisions within each Department. Research activity follows the classic academic model insofar as it is driven by the initiatives of scholars and scientists in developing their own curiosity-driven or practice-based projects or working in collaboration with other research groups. These collaborations mirror the increasingly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary character of both basic and applied research which is blurring the boundaries within and between the Scientific, Technological and Medical disciplines and the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This feature is also reflected in research training, with many of the postgraduate studies programmes offered by the University being multi-or interdisciplinary in character.
Research and research training in Crete currently benefits from an academic and technological environment of international standards which has been built up over the last 30 years through a cluster of research orientated institutions including the University, the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), which has its headquarters in Heraklion, the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC), and the University General Hospital (PagNi), as well as other HEIs in the region – the Technical University (TUC), the Hellenic Mediterranean University [formerly the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI)],and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh).
In particular, close collaborations between the University and the Institutes of FORTH create access to excellent complementary facilities for research and research training in highly competitive fields such as molecular biology, the neurosciences, photonics, informatics, and environmental chemistry, as well as in the Humanities. These Research Institutes not only complement the educational mission of the University, but have also promoted strong regional, national and international collaborations in research activity.
Detailed information is available through the University Research Directory on the human resources and research expertise that exists throughout the University, the research laboratories & workshops, and the corresponding networks of collaborating research groups.
Last update 24/09/2019