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.
As Greek is the
language of instruction on undergraduate 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. Educational exchange
programmes, notably the Erasmus mobility opportunities for students and staff,
are also an important dimension of University life.
networks, groups and projects currently active in the University of Crete can
be accessed through the University
Research Directory. Many of the
University’s research groups interface successfully with the Research
Institutes of FORTH and have
strong track records of international research collaborations. Benchmarking with
other Universities worldwide in terms of international co-authored papers indicates
that the University of Crete is an active partner in these networks.
Visit the webpages of the International Relations Department,
which manages exchange and mobility
programs of the University of Crete and acts as a contact point for Erasmus and
other international students, researchers, visiting academics and other staff.