The University of Crete was bestowed with two international distinctions for 2010-2011. According to the list of Holland’s University of Leiden, the Greek university is placed among the 200 top universities in the world, while it also placed among the top 500 in Times Higher Education list.
The University was established in 1973 and accepted its first students in 1977-78. It now has 17 Departments in 5 Faculties (Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences & Technology, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions, including the Skinakas Observatory, the Museum of Natural History, and the University Hospital. Currently, around 13,000 undergraduate and 2000 postgraduate students study here. They are educated by an outward looking academic staff of around 540, whose teaching and research activities are currently supported by over 400 administrative and technical staff.
The 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. Students and researchers in Arts & Humanities, Life Sciences, and the Physical Sciences also benefit from the close collaboration between the University and the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) and the Institute of Marine Biology & Genetics (IMBG).