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The University of Rethymno, in Crete: The University of Crete was established in 1973, started academic operations in 1977-1978 and has campuses in the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion. The University promotes various research activities under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and is attended by over 11,000 students, around 500 teaching and research staff and 400 administrative staff.
The recently-constructed Rethymno Faculties extends for 30,000 m2 in Gallos, an area about 5 km far from the city and comprises of the Schools of Letters (Philology, History-Archaeology, and Philosophy), Social Sciences (Sociology, Economics, Psychology, and Political Science) and Education (Primary and Pre-School departments).
The University Library has a large database with thousands of bibliographic records and often works closely with the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), on topics of research. Though fairly young, the University participates in European Union activities, such as ERASMUS, LINGUA, and TEMPUS.
It also collaborates with Mediterranean and Eastern European countries and undertakes several research initiatives to promote its vibrant character. Rethymno city is rich in culture. In fact, its history starts back in the Mycenaean times and the city went through many occupations. The impact of the Venetian, Algerian, Ottoman, Russian and German occupations have been researched and preserved by the University, which in this way attracts tourists in the city.
Excavations in the ancient city of Eleftherna were conducted by the Department of Archaeology and History of Art, leading to the discovery of important ruins and remains of previous settlements.
The University also hosts theatre performances and art and exhibitions held all year round, in cooperation with the municipality and international private organizations. Its increasing student population contributes significantly to the economy of the city for the last 25 years.