University of Crete

University of Crete



University of Crete was established in 1973 and welcomed its first students in 1977-78. It now has 16 Departments in 5 Schools (Philosophy, Education, Social, Economic & Political Sciences, Sciences & Engineering, and Medicine) as well as a number of affiliated research-oriented institutions.


Currently, almost 19,000 undergraduates and 3,000 postgraduate students are registered at the University of Crete. They are educated by an outward-looking academic faculty of around 450 members, supported by adjunct lecturers, post-doctoral researchers, laboratory support staff and instructors, as well as around 300 technical and administrative support staff.

Since its establishment, the University of Crete has been geared towards the development of research on all the scientific fields covered by its 16 Departments. Today, new knowledge and technological innovation is produced in a wide range of research areas.

The University of Crete, in its 40 years of operation, has emerged as a highly extrovert and innovative educational and research institution with significant scientific distinctions and a unique presence in international rankings.

Located at campuses in Heraklion and Rethymnon, a site rich in ancient and modern Mediterranean cultures, the University of Crete offers a vibrant social and intellectual environment for research and education.


The University of Crete recognizes its critical role for contributing to the understanding of global challenges and to the achievement of the SDGs. In this context, the University of Crete is committed to integrating sustainability into its quality objectives for research, education, development and modernization.

Visit for details about the University of Crete’s impact on sustainability through its organizational operation, its education and research, as well as through partnerships!

The Times Higher Education Impact Ranking is the only global ranking of universities against the SDGs. The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition and the overall ranking included 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

The University of Crete was ranked first, along with the University of Athens, among the Greek Universities!


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