Rethymno University

The University of Crete was established in 1973, started to operate in 1977-1978 and has campuses in the cities of Rethymno and Heraklion, promoting various research projects under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. Over 11,000 students attend it and it has around 500 teaching and research academic staff, as well as 400 administrative staff.

The Rethymno Campus extends for 30,000 m2 in Gallos, an area about 5 km from the city and comprises the Schools of Philosophy, Social Sciences, and Education.

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 research topics. 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 initiatives to promote the development of innovative research.

Rethymno is rich in history and 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 to 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 findings and remains of previous settlements.

The University also hosts theatrical performances and art exhibitions are held all year round, in cooperation with the municipality and international private organizations. Its increasing student population has been contributing significantly to the economy of the city for the last 25 years.