in 1973, the University of Crete is a young public educational institution
committed to excellence in research and teaching. The seat of the University is the Gallos
Campus in Rethymnon, where the Schools of Philosophy, Education, Social,
Economic & Political Sciences are located.
The Voutes Campus in Heraklion is home to the School of Sciences &
Technology and the School of Medicine, as well as a number of affiliated
research-oriented infrastructures and facilities, including the University
The University accepted
its first students in 1977-78. Currently, over 18,000 undergraduates and 3000
postgraduate students are registered here. They are educated by an
outward-looking academic faculty of around 450 members, supported by adjunct
lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory staff and instructors, as well
as around 300 technical and administrative staff.
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. Research and research training at all levels benefits also from the
de facto regional cluster of research institutions i.e. the Foundation
for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH),
the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC),
the University General Hospital (PagNi) as
well as the other HEIs in Crete.
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 on the island of
Crete, a site rich in ancient and 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.
Emblem - Symbolism
The emblem of the University of Crete is based on Hellenistic coinage of Gortyna (430-300 BC) and represents Europa in contemplation sitting among olive branches, the symbol of peace. The emblem was designed in metal by the sculptor Aspasia Papadoperaki, and adopted as the University’s logo in 1992. The central motif is of Europa in Crete, the cradle of ancient civilization, with the five olive branches representing the five continents peacefully connected with Mother Europe.