Technical University of Crete
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Higher Education Institution
Greece University System
|Campus||Kounoupidiana Campus, 7 km northeast of the city of Chania|
The Technical University of Crete (TUC; Greek: Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης, Polytechneio Kritis) is a state university under the supervision of the Greek Ministry of Education and was founded in 1977 in Chania, Crete. The first students were admitted in 1984. The purpose of the institution is to conduct research, to provide under-graduate and graduate educational programs in modern engineering fields as well as to develop links with the Greek industry.
The Technical University of Crete ranks highly among the Greek technical universities in terms of research productivity, research funding, scientific publications and citation per faculty member.
The emblem of the Technical University of Crete is Daedalus.
The Technical University of Crete comprises five Engineering Schools, all of which offer undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. The School of Electronic and Computer Engineering was renamed to School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in July 2016.
|School of Production Εngineering ||
|School of Mineral Resources Engineering ||
|School of Electrical and Computer Engineering ||
|School of Environmental Engineering ||
|School of Architecture ||
The Technical University of Crete is particularly active in conducting basic and applied research.
- School of Production Engineering and Management 
Laboratories: Computer Aided Manufacturing, Intelligent Technological Systems, Computer Aided Design, Robotics, Environmental Engineering and Management, Dynamic Systems and Simulation, Decision Support Systems, Data Analysis and Forecasting, Financial Engineering, Management Systems, Work Safety and Cognitive Ergonomics, Applied Socioeconomic Research.
- School of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
Laboratories: Distributed Multimedia Information Systems and Applications, Intelligent Systems, Software Technology and Network Applications, Electronics, Electric Circuits and Renewable Energy Sources, Microprocessor and Hardware, Automation, Information and Networks, Telecommunications, Digital Image and Signal Processing.
- School of Mineral Resources Engineering 
Laboratories: Applied Geology, Applied Geophysics, Applied Mineralogy, Petrology and Economic Geology, Geodesy and Geomatics, Rock Mechanics, Mine Design, Solid Fuels Beneficiation and Technology, Ore Processing.
- School of Environmental Engineering 
Research Fields: Liquid and Solid Waste Management, Water Resources and Coastal Engineering, Sustainable Energy, Remediation Engineering, Air Pollution, Environmental Sciences.
- School of Architecture 
Research Fields: Architectural Design, Urban design and Planning, Digital Technologies in Architectural Design, History and Theory of Architecture and Art, Landscape Architecture, Visual Arts, Restoration of Buildings.
The campus is located on a panoramic site in the peninsula of Maelehas (ancient Keamon, also known as Akrotiri) and covers an area of 750 acres (3.0 km2), 7 km Northeast of Chania. Library, IT & Communications Centre, cafeterias, sports facilities, and students' dormitories are located on campus.
In 2015 the external evaluation of the institution cited Technical University of Crete as Worthy of merit.
An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was recently conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA).
- Department of Environmental Engineering (2011) 
- Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2011) 
- Department of Mineral Resources Engineering (2011) 
- Department of Production Engineering & Management (2012) 
- Department of Architecture (2013) 
Within the framework of foreign strong international relations with universities from all over the world, TUC has signed Bilateral Cooperation Agreements with the following institutions:
- Georg-Simon-Ohm-Fachhochschule Nurenberg, Germany
- Fachhochschule Aachen, Germany
- Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany
- Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
- Universitaet Lueneburg, Germany
- Technische Universitet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
- Technische Fachhochschule Berlin, Germany
- Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
- Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France
- Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy
- Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
- Universite de Liege, Belgium
- Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
- Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
- Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
- Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Czech Republic
- Czech University of Agriculture in Prague, Czech Republic
- BRNO University of Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
- Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
- Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
- University of Mining & Technology St Ivan Rilski, Bulgaria
- Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
- University of Chemical Technology
- University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K
- National Technical University of Athens, Greece
- Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana, USA
- Middle East Technical University, Turkey
- University Of Southern Denmark, Faculty of Engineering, Denmark
Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards
The Technical University of Crete has conferred the title Doctor Honoris causa to the following distinguished scientists:
- 5/5/1993. Rudolf Kalman, founder of the modern mathematical control theory, Emeritus Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
- 3/5/1996. Sir David Cox, founder of Modern Statistics, Professor at the University of Oxford.
- 2/12/1996. Michael Athans, founder of the self-adjusting control in the field of automation, Professor at M.I.T.
- 26/5/2000. Kenneth R. Laker, founder of micro-electronics in the field of active filters of acoustics surface waves, Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
- 10/6/2002. Bernard Roy, founder of the European School of Multicriteria Decision Analysis, Emeritus Professor at the Universite Paris-Dauphine.
- 15/12/2004. Mohammad Jamshidi, expert on modelling, control and applications of Large-scale complex systems, Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico.
- 15/12/2004. Athanasios Fokas, expert on non-linear mathematical science, Professor at the University of Cambridge.
- 4/3/2005. Laurent Lafforgue, outstanding contribution to Langlands program in the field of number theory and analysis, Permanent Professor at the Institute des hautes etudes scientifiques (IHES).
- 1/2/2006. Eftychios Bitsakis, outstanding contribution to Theoretical Physics, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ioannina.
- 07/05/2006. Richard Lambert, expert on physical chemistry and surface science, Professor of the University of Cambridge.
- 01/09/2008, Pravin Varayia, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Electric & Computer Engineering of Berkeley University
- 01/09/2008. Professor David F. Olli, expert on photochemical and biochemical engineering, Distinguished Professor of the North Carolina State University
- 10/11/2008. Roman Slowinski, founder of the scientific school of «intelligent decision support systems», Professor at the Computer Science Institute of Poznan University of Technology
- 29/05/2009. Professor Dimitrios Bertsekas, McAfee Professor of Engineering at MIT, member of the United States National Academy of Engineering.
- 04/10/2012. His All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, prominent figure with diverse social, humanitarian, environmental and spiritual work.
- 12/09/2012. Asad M. Madni, for contributions to development and commercialization of sensors and systems for aerospace and automotive safety, Distinguished Professor in the area of systems' design and signal processing, member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
- 14/12/2012. Jaime-Gil Aluja, in Recognition of his Outstanding Contributions to the field of Decision Making in Uncertainty
- 5/12/2015, Emmanouil Michailakis, in recognition of his outstanding Contributions to the field of Medical Science and his valuable services to Greece and TUC, Doctor.
- 29/06/2017, George Tchobanoglous, in recognition of his outstanding Contributions to the field of Environmental Science and his valuable services to the Technical University of Crete
- 30/08/2019, Rainer Stegmann, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of research and technology worldwide in the field of Solid Waste Management.
The Technical University of Crete cooperate with universities and other organizations of higher learning and research. Within this framework, it has been a member of the European University Association since 1995 (E.U.A), a member of the Conference of European Engineering schools of Advanced Research (CESAER) since 2003. CESAER, is a non-profit association of leading engineering universities in Europe. CESAER was set up on May 10, 1990, with headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. The main objectives are to provide high quality engineering education in Europe and to improve links between association members in research, as well as postgraduate and continuing education.
Members of CESAER
TUC is also a member of the Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs (RMEI), a member of the Community of Mediterranean Universities (CMU) and a full partner of NEARCTIS (A Network of Excellence for Advanced Road Cooperative Traffic management in the Information Society). It is an academic network gathering the main teams working on the field of traffic management and optimisation, with a particular focus on cooperative systems for road traffic optimisation, but it covers a wide scope as it appears that cooperative systems have to be integrated into the whole traffic management systems. The full partners are:
- Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
- Imperial College London, United Kingdom
- University College London, United Kingdom
- University of Southampton, United Kingdom
- EPFL, Switzerland
- Technical University of Crete, Greece
- Institut National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Securite, France
- Europe Recherche Transport, France
- Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Germany
SOCRATES is a programme funded by the European Union that covers all areas and levels of education. The section involving higher education is called Erasmus. Students can participate in this exchange programme by studying at a particular university in another European country for a short period. Study placements involve either attending classes at a host university. The Technical University of Crete, has signed many bilateral agreements with other universities. The number of the outgoing and incoming students is increasing, year after year, indicating that the programme is very successful.
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- "TUC ranked 151-200 in Civil Engineering subject at the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects - 2017". TUC.
- "TUC Professors broke the 10,000 citation level according to Google Scholar". TUC.
- "TUC Professor in the top 1.5% of the Social Science Research Network according to the international ranking "SSRN Top Authors"". TUC.
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- "Technical University of Crete - External Evaluation Report" (PDF). www.adip.gr. 2015."Two members of the EEC give a lower evaluation (positive) due to the fact that QA of the Institution is actually not in place and also that the absence of a feasible strategic plan hampers the Institution’s operation and its readiness to change."
- "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2014-12-16. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- HQAA Final Report - Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, 2011
- HQAA Final Report - Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering, Technical University of Crete, 2011
- HQAA Final Report - Department of Mineral Resources Engineering, Technical University of Crete, 2011
- HQAA Final Report - Department of Production Engineering & Management, Technical University of Crete, 2012
- HQAA Final Report - Department of Architecture, Technical University of Crete, 2013
- Technical University of Crete (TUC) - Official Website (in English) (in Greek)
- Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) (in English)
- Technical University of Crete Internal Quality Assurance Unit (in Greek)
- Technical University of Crete Special Research Fund Account (in English) (in Greek)
- Guide to Laboratories of the Technical University of Crete (in English) (in Greek)
- Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA)(in Greek) (in English)
- Department of Production Engineering and Management, HQAA Final Report, 2012 (in English)
- Department of Mineral Resources Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
- Department of Environmental Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
- Department of Architecture, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
- DASTA Office (Career Office & Innovation Unit), HQAA Final Report, 2012 (in English)
- "ATHENA" Plan for Higher Education (in Greek)
- Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) (in Greek) (in English)
- okeanos (GRNET's cloud service) (in Greek) (in English)
- synnefo - Open Source Cloud Software (GRNET) (in Greek) (in English)