Who we are
The University of the Aegean (UAegean) is dedicated to conducting high level research and qualitative teaching on contemporary dynamic study subjects serving the economic and social development of the country, the cohesion of the European area and the values of a universal culture, of which the Archipelagos is an integral part.
In accordance with the articles 101 and 106 of the Greek Constitution, the State should take into consideration the designated role and structure of the University of the Aegean as one of the eminent institutions of the insular region providing for its development.
(Re) founded in 1984, the UAegean aims to introduce new approaches in tertiary education and promote regional development through innovative educational programs and interdisciplinary fields of study and research. The decision to develop in more than one University Units is based on firm strategic and geopolitical criteria.
The twofold aim of UAegean, i.e. focusing on academic excellence and development and unifying the geographically fragmented and culturally diverse Aegean area, with respect to its particular features, has been accomplished through the effective organisation and interconnection of academic and administrative units and the standardization of required proceducres via the use of ICTs and the multifarious connection and mutual support to local communities and their agencies.
Three-cycle education is provided via:
- 1st cycle of studies: Undergraduate studies – a Bachelor’s or a Degree of five-year studies;
- 2nd cycle of studies: Postgraduate Studies, a MA, a MSc or a MBA; and a
- 3rd cycle of studies: Ph.D. Studies, a Ph.D.
In addition to three-cycle institutional education, additional short programmes of scientific, interdisciplinary and professional specialisation – such as Programs to support the training of new Researchers (International Summer Schools), Lifelong Learning Programmes, are provided in order to continuously cover the needs of science and society.
Basic and applied scientific research at international, national, regional and local level has been carried out in all Departments by the scientific staff of the University through various projects, publications and conferences (applied research, development interventions, etc.).
The entire University Community has a strong sense of responsibility regarding:
- the University’s contribution and intervention on a national level
the support of local communities by contributing to the development of the regions where the University is located (i.e. the Regions of North and South Aegean), on an educational, cultural and developmental level.
The University of the Aegean represents a historical attempt for the Greek University area, since its foundation in 1984, in fact, was a “re-establishment” as a continuation of the vision of the prominent Greek mathematician Konstantinos Karatheodori (or Constantin Carathéodory) at the University of Berlin, who proposed the foundation of an Ionic University based on the indisputable fact that the Greek world is a mediator of the Slavic and Turkish-Arab world and the world of the West. This international prestigious scientist considered that Athens, as the unique education center of Hellenism, is no longer sufficient for its needs, especially in terms of its eastern part. Therefore, he proposes three possible seats for the establishment of the new University: Smyrna, Thessaloniki and Chios, with numerous for each advocated selection criteria. The Founding Decree of the University of Smyrna is issued on December, 1, 1920 by the High Commissioner of Greece, after the signature of the Peace Treaty of Moudros (17/30 October 1918), assigning Greece to control the Smyrna area in order to maintain stability and peace in the wider area and Karatheodori undertook the task of co-ordinating the initial efforts The first plans predict the establishment of Schools related to the exploitation of the area as a neuralgistic point for the overseas Hellenism, while in the final course of the preparation works, the University was considered as equivalent to the big European Universities. Nevertheless, it has never been able to operate due to the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
The first plans included the establishment of Schools which would promote the development of the area as a key spot for the overseas Hellenism, while, when it was almost ready to operate, the University was considered just as good as other well-known European Universities. However, the Ionian University never opened its doors to students due to the Asia Minor Disaster in 1922.
The University of the Aegean is the continuation of Konstantinos Karatheodori’s initial vision. Re-established in 1984 PD 83/1984), it is one of the newest Universities in Greece and, during its first development phase, seven Departments were founded on four islands, in Lesvos, Chios, Samos and Rhodes. Until 2017, the 18th Department was also founded through successive phases of development. At this stage, the University extends to six islands, making the first and the largest multi-insularity higher education institution among the Greek HEI. Administrative headquarters of the University of the Aegean is Mytilene, while Schools and Departments are established in the island cities of Mytilene, Chios, Karlovassi, Rhodes, Ermoupolis and Myrina, forming thus a University-Network covering all the Counties of the Aegean.
The University of the Aegean is a multi-insular entity with units/Schools and Departments located on six (6) Aegean islands and in this regard is the most geographically dispersed university of the country.
UAegean in Numbers
- 317 Faculty Members
- 81 Special Scientific Personnel
- 94 Postdocs Researchers
- 257 Administrative Personnel