The University of Crete was established in 1973. It 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, over 16,000 undergraduates and 2,500 postgraduate students are registered at University of Crete, educated by an academic faculty of around 500 members.Located centrally on the north shore of the island of Crete, the University has modern campus sites in two towns: the Humanities and Social Sciences are based at the University Campus in Rethymnon, while the Physical, Technological, Mathematical and Life Sciences together with the Medical School are based at the University’s Heraklion Campus.
Research and training at all levels benefits from the close collaboration between the existing research groups at the University of Crete. These collaborations mirror the increasingly multi-disciplinary character of both basic and applied research which is blurring the boundaries between sciences.
In the Times Higher Education (THE) 2015-16 World University rankings, UoC is listed in the 351-400 band. Moreover in the THE One Hundred Under Fifty ranking, which recognizes the “halo effect” favouring old Universities, UoC was ranked 51st in 2015 among the world’s best young universities. UoC has been ranked in this prestigious grouping every year since this index was first published in 2012. Overall, UoC ranks 150 amongst the 288 European Universities listed and 5th in Europe for Natural Sciences. According to the CWTS Leiden Ranking for 2015 UoC has the highest percentage of high impact publications (normalized for size) amongst all Greek Academic Institutions.