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.
The University’s 16 Departments offer Bachelor and Master degree programmes with a wide range of core and elective courses leading to specializations within each discipline, as well as doctoral research and research training (PhD). The degree programmes run alongside a kaleidoscope of conferences, workshops, short courses, summer schools, public lectures, lifelong learning programmes and other events organized throughout the year.
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.
The University of Crete and the Office of Student Affairs support and promote all student support actions, and all actions for students’ spiritual growth and personal development, and it aims to help them explore and experience plenty and diverse aspects of student life in compliance with current legislation and decisions of the Senate board members.
Currently there are only a limited number of (free) student residence places in the Gallos Campus, Rethymnon. In Heraklion, there are no student dormitories. Instead, there are a limited number of free places (double rooms) offered in hotels selected by the University. The available free accommodation in both Rethymnon and Heraklion is allocated according to a points system based on economic and social criteria of the student's family. Students must apply for these places at the beginning of each academic year through the Office of Student Affairs.
The University of Crete Library consists of the Central Library in Rethymnon University Campus, which supports Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, and the Library of Heraklionin Heraklion University Campus, which supports the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Medicine.
e-services for students and staff are part of the University’s computer and network services which are coordinated by the Computer Centre.
Students registered at the University of Crete are entitled to full medical and pharmaceutical care in a public hospital and in Health Centres of the prefectures. This applies also to uninsured students. The public hospitals in Heraklion are (a) the University General Hospital of Heraklion (ΠΑΓΝΗ) and (b) the Venizelio General Hospital located in town.
The University has excellent sports facilities at both the Rethymnon and the Heraklion campuses. These include well-equipped gymnasiums and, in the Heraklion complex, an indoor pool, as well as playing fields and mooring berths. A wide range of sporting, athletic and gymnastic programmes are offered on the campuses, ranging from yoga and Tae Kwon Do through to football, tennis, and sailing. The University also has teams training and competing in inter-departmental and inter-University league games and other contests in a number of sports, including basketball, football, and sailing.
All student societies and clubs are located on campus in Voutes. Most clubs use the Student Centre premises for their meetings, classes and rehearsals. Inside the Student Centre there is a Music studio, a dark room for the photography society, a multiple-purpose hall and offices for most of the societies.
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