University of the Aegean
The University of the Aegean is an international research-oriented university. It is an inspiring, innovative, socially committed institution situated in the Aegean Archipelago, the ancient cradle of knowledge.
The UoA embodies the concept of a 'university- network'- a network of schools and departments, dispersed over five Aegean islands: Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, and Syros. The challenge of academic and administrative decentralization has resulted in imaginative new approaches in academic practice and has enhanced the sense of unity within the academic community of each campus. It is the network structure that fostered the early and full incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies in everyday practice.
The UoA invests in innovative educational programs and multidisciplinary fields of research that correspond to the needs of the modern world. It has led the way in the introduction of new undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines such as environmental studies, ICT’s, multimedia and design, humanities, Mediterranean studies, making the UoA a pioneering and competitive institution at Greek and European level. It boasts an experienced and well-qualified academic staff with great research expertise, fully equipped laboratories, extensive international links in both research and exchange programs and a vibrant student community. The beautiful Aegean islands provide a unique, natural, cultural and human environment in which high-quality research and education environment can thrive.
The University of the Aegean cooperates on the course Water MIcrobiology with three other universities: the University of Patras, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Tei of Athens.
University of Patras
The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 11th of November in1964 as a self-administered academic institution under the supervision of the Greek Government. It was established primarily with the intention to concentrate on science, technology, economics, business administration and social sciences.
In the proposal for a new University, which was the result of an International Conference in August 1964, it is stated that the role of the University of Patras is to set an example of a highly qualified Institution of higher learning, serve as a stimulus for the modernisation of the entire Greek higher education system, with priority given to the fields where highly trained personnel will be needed for the realisation of the economic development of the country. The above objectives had, in the course of time, to be adapted to new prospects arising from the recognition of the role of knowledge and technology in social and cultural growth and the contribution the University is expected to make towards solving major regional, national and even international problems.
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest university in Greece. The main campus is located in the center of the city of Thessaloniki and covers an area of about 33.4 hectares. It comprises 7 faculties which consist of 33 schools, 5 faculties which consist of one school each, as well as 4 independent schools.
About 81,500 students study at the Aristotle University (72,140 in undergraduate programmes and 8,360 in postgraduate programmes). There are 2,150 faculty members: 739 professors, 435 associate professors, 634 assistant professors, and 342 lecturers. There are also 11 teaching assistants, 58 research fellows, 248 members of the Special Laboratory Teaching Personnel (S.L.T.P.), 69 of whom belong to category Ι and 179 to category ΙΙ, as well as 15 foreign language teachers and 4 foreign instructors. Faculty members are also assisted by 213 members of the Special Technical Laboratory Personnel (S.T.L.P.). The administration office consists of 400 permanent employees and 528 employees under a private law contract of indefinite duration. Moreover, 596 people employed by third parties provide services at the university.
Tei of Athens
Τechnological Educational Institutions (TEI' s) are legal entities, which were founded in 1983 within the framework of Law 1404/1983 in order to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge and background provided by the Greek universities and the demand for highly trained staff who could meet the challenges of the Greek market in technology-related fields.
They are self-governed, multi-disciplinary, technology-oriented institutions funded by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs and according to Law 3549/2007 TEI' s are equal to the Greek universities.
The TEI of Athens is the largest of all TEI' s in Greece situated at Aegaleo, a densely populated suburb of Athens. It has always been at the forefront of developments in technological education.
Over 35.000 students attend the four-year courses provided by its Departments and taught by teaching staff committed to maintaining the highest standards of education.