Technical University of Crete

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Technical University of Crete
Πολυτεχνείο Κρήτης
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Type Public
Established 1977
Rector Vasileios Digalakis
Administrative staff
Students 3443
Undergraduates 2897
Postgraduates 546
Location Chania, Greece
Campus Kounoupidiana Campus, 7 km east of the city of Chania
Nickname TUC
Affiliations CESAER
The library of the university, 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 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, cafeterias, and students' dormitories are located on campus. 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.[1][2] In addition, the Technical University of Crete is among the first and top Greek institution with the highest rate of research publications per faculty member.[3][4]


The emblem of the Technical University of Crete is Daedalus.

Academic structure[edit]

The Technical University of Crete comprises five Engineering Schools, all of which offer undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes.[5]

  • Department of Production Engineering & Management

Production engineering and management is a broad discipline involving the design of effective systems and methods used to develop production resources to their full potential. Production and management engineers draw upon the knowledge of mathematics, physical and engineering sciences, production systems, operations research, computer science, management and behavioral sciences to function as problem solvers, system designers, innovators and managers.

Divisions: Production Systems , Decision Science , Management


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

The Department of Production Engineering and Management offers M.S and PhD Programs in Engineering Management, Operations Research and Production Engineering.

  • Department of Sciences

The objective of the department of sciences of the Technical University of Crete is to provide courses in basic disciplines such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, mechanics and social sciences, thus providing curriculum support to all departments. The department also promotes research in applied sciences and engineering.

Divisions: Mathematics , Physics , Chemistry , Mechanics , Social Science

Laboratories: Applied Mathematics and Computer , Matter structure and laser physics , Physical chemistry and chemical processes , Analytical and environmental chemistry , Applied Mechanics , Applied Socio Economic Research

  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

The department is the second of its kind that was founded in Greece to cover the needs of the country’s industry with engineers having studies and know-how in Computer Engineering. The ECE Department received its first undergraduate and graduate students in 1990. The department offers dimploma, MSc and PhD programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Divisions: Electronics and Computer Architecture , Computer Science , Control Systems , Telecommunications

Laboratories: Computer Science Division: Distributed Multimedia Information Systems and Applications , Intelligent Systems , Software Technology and Network Applications. Electronics and Computer Architecture Division: Electronics , Electric Circuits and Renewable Energy Sources , Microprocessor and Hardware. Control Systems Division: Automation. Telecommunications Division: Information and Networks , Telecommunications , Digital Image and Signal Processing.

  • Department of Mineral Resources Engineering
  • Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Department of Architectural Engineering [6]

Academic evaluation[edit]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was recently conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA).[7]

  • Department of Environmental Engineering (2011) [8]
  • Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (2011) [9]
  • Department of Mineral Resources Engineering (2011) [10]
  • Department of Production Engineering & Management (2012) [11]
  • Department of Architecture (2013) [12]

Partner universities[edit]

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:

  • GermanyGeorg-Simon-Ohm-Fachhochschule Nurenberg, Germany
  • GermanyFachhochschule Aachen, Germany
  • GermanyTechnical University of Ilmenau, Germany
  • GermanyFreie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
  • GermanyUniversitaet Lueneburg, Germany
  • GermanyTechnische Universitet Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany
  • GermanyTechnische Fachhochschule Berlin, Germany
  • FranceUniversité des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, France
  • FranceUniversité Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, France
  • ItalyUniversità degli Studi di Trieste, Italy
  • ItalyUniversità degli Studi di Catania, Italy
  • ItalyUniversità degli Studi di Torino, Italy
  • ItalyUniversità degli Studi di Bologna, Italy
  • BelgiumUniversite de Liege, Belgium
  • BelgiumUniversiteit Antwerpen, Belgium
  • SpainUniversidad de Cantabria, Spain
  • SpainUniversidad de Sevilla, Spain
  • SpainUniversidad Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
  • Czech RepublicInstitute of Chemical Technology, Czech Republic
  • Czech RepublicCzech University of Agriculture in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Czech RepublicBRNO University of Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Czech RepublicCharles University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Czech RepublicCzech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • BulgariaUniversity of Mining & Technology St Ivan Rilski, Bulgaria
  • BulgariaTechnical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
  • BulgariaUniversity of Chemical Technology
  • United KingdomUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow, U.K
  • GreeceNational Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • United StatesMontana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte, Montana, USA
  • TurkeyMiddle East Technical University, Turkey

Honorary Doctorate Degree Awards[edit]

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.


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[edit]

Country Institution(s)
 Austria Vienna University of Technology
 Belgium Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Université catholique de Louvain
Ghent University
 Czech Republic Brno University of Technology
Czech Technical University in Prague
 Denmark Aalborg University
Technical University of Denmark
 Estonia Tallinn University of Technology
 Finland Helsinki University of Technology
 France École centrale Paris
Grenoble Institute of Technology
Institut national des sciences appliquées de Lyon
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse
Paris Institute of Technology
 Germany University of Hanover
RWTH Aachen
Technical University of Berlin
Darmstadt University of Technology
Dresden University of Technology
Technical University of Hamburg
Technische Universität Ilmenau
Technical University of Munich
University of Karlsruhe
University of Stuttgart
Braunschweig University of Technology
 Greece Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
National Technical University of Athens
Technical University of Crete
 Hungary Budapest University of Technology and Economics
 Ireland University College Dublin
 Israel Technion – Israel Institute of Technology
 Italy Politecnico di Milano
Polytechnic University of Turin
University of Florence
 Lithuania Kaunas University of Technology
 Netherlands Delft University of Technology
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Twente
 Norway Norwegian University of Science and Technology
 Poland Poznań University of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology
 Portugal Instituto Superior Técnico
University of Porto
 Romania Politehnica University of Bucharest
 Russia Tomsk Polytechnic University
 Spain Polytechnic University of Madrid
Polytechnic University of Valencia
Polytechnic University of Catalonia
 Sweden Chalmers University of Technology
Royal Institute of Technology
Lund University
  Switzerland École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
ETH Zurich
 Turkey Istanbul Polytechnic University
Middle East Technical University
 United Kingdom Heriot-Watt University
Queen's University Belfast
University of Southampton

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:

Mobility programs[edit]

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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Coordinates: 35°31′48″N 24°03′59″E / 35.5299°N 24.0663°E / 35.5299; 24.0663