University of Thessaly

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University Of Thessaly
Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας
University of Thessaly logo.png
TypePublic
Higher Education Institution
Greece University System
Established1984
ChancellorGeorgios Petrakos
Vice-ChancellorZissis Mamouris
Vassilis Bourdakis
Athanassios Sfougaris
Ioanna Laliotou
Undergraduates14,000
Postgraduates2,150
1,400
Location
Colors        
Websitewww.uth.gr

The University of Thessaly (UTH; Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας) is a public university in Thessaly, Greece, founded in 1984. [1] The university includes the main campus in the city of Volos and regional campuses located in Karditsa, Larissa, Trikala, and the city of Lamia. [2] The university's central administrative and academic building, located on the seaport seafront, it is often referred to as the main campus, but actually the university does not have a single main site, as it has multi sites with buildings being geographically distributed within the wider region of Volos across the city districts. As of fall 2014, there were approximately enrolled 14,000 undergraduate students, 2,150 postgraduate students, 1,400 doctoral students, and 710 faculty members.[3]

Emblem[edit]

The emblem of the University of Thessaly is Chiron, who used to live in Pelion Mountain and was famous for his special knowledge about medicine, music, archery, hunting, gymnastics and the art of prophecy.

The administration building of University of Thessaly in Volos
The Department of Economics is housed in the old industry building of Matsagos
The Department of Architecture in the campus of Engineering school in Volos

History[edit]

Most university departments were founded by the end of 2001.[1] In 2013, the university absorbed the department of Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics of the now-defunct University of Central Greece,[4] and in 2019 absorbed the departments of Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Nursing and Physiotherapy, as well as the City of Lamia Campus (main campus) of the (now defunct) Technological Educational Institute of Central Greece,[2] These became the university's southern campus.

Academics[edit]

The university includes eight faculties (shown in the table below), further divided into departments. Each department includes undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs.[5] The language of instruction is Greek, although there are programs in foreign languages and courses for international students, which are carried out in English, French, German and Italian. Each department has its own associated student organization.

Faculties Departments Campuses
School of Agriculture Sciences
(Volos)
  • Science of Animal Production (5 years)
  • Science of Foods and Nutrition (5 years)
  • Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment [6]
  • Agriculture and Agricultural Technology (5 years)
  • Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment [7]
School of Economics
and Administrative Sciences
(Larissa)
  • Economic Sciences
  • Business Management
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Volos
  • Larissa
  • Larissa
School of Engineering
(Polytechneio, 5 years) [8]
(Volos)
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
School of Technology
(Larissa)
  • Environment
  • Digital Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Forestry, Wood Sciences, and Design (5 years)
  • Larissa
  • Larissa
  • Larissa
  • Karditsa
School of Humanities
and Social Sciences
(Volos)
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
  • Volos
School of
Physical Education Sciences,
Sports and Dietetics [15] (Trikala)
School of Health Sciences
(Larissa)
  • Larissa
  • Karditsa
  • Karditsa
  • Larissa
  • Larissa
  • City of Lamia
  • City of Lamia
School of Science [20]
(City of Lamia)
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science and Telecommunications
  • Computer Science and Biomedical Informatics
  • City of Lamia
  • City of Lamia
  • City of Lamia
  • City of Lamia
Separate Departments
  • General Department (postgraduate studies)
  • General Department (postgraduate studies)
  • City of Lamia
  • Larissa
  • The General Department offers postgraduate study programs

  • Each of University of Thessaly Faculty offers postgraduate study programs [21]

  • The Faculty of Health Sciences is greatly associated with the General University Hospital of Larissa [22]

Staff[edit]

The university staff is divided into five main categories:

  • Teaching and research staff: The staff in this category undertakes the majority of the teaching and research work done in the university. It comprises professors, associate professors, assistant professors and lecturers.
  • Scientific teaching staff: This category consists of former teaching and research assistants. Their main role is to cooperate with the Teaching and Research staff and assist them in their teaching responsibilities.
  • Special laboratory teaching staff: The members of this category are administering the university laboratories and they undertake special applied and laboratory teaching work.
  • Special technical laboratory staff: They are responsible of keeping the laboratory equipment in good condition and upgrade it whenever necessary in order to stay up to date. They also provide specific technical laboratory services and help with the laboratory teaching.
  • Administrative staff: This category comprises all employees working in administrative positions.

The educational work is also exercised by guest professors and scientists who are invited to teach specific courses.

Academic evaluation[edit]

In 2015 the external evaluation committee gave University of Thessaly a Positive evaluation.[3]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA) in the previous years.[23]

University Units[edit]

Library and Information Center[edit]

Library and Information Center of University of Thessaly was founded in 1995. Its central building is hosted in the renewed building of the old Athens Bank, which was built in 1903, and is located in the center of Volos. Moreover, there are branches of the Library that operate in every faculty in all cities of University of Thessaly. The Kitsos Makris Folklore Center is also part of the University of Thessaly Library & Information Center.

Residence Hall[edit]

University of Thessaly owns a small Student Residence Hall in Volos with a capacity of 40 rooms. There is also an accommodation grant of 100 € per month for the undergraduate foreign students of countries outside EU. For the Greek students and also the students of countries members of EU there is an accommodation grant of 1000 € per year depending on academic and financial criteria. There are plans for the development of a new large scale residence hall in the near future.

Psychological Counseling and Support for Students[edit]

The Laboratory of Psychology and Educational Applications of the Department of Special Education offers psychological support and help to all students who need it, in order to deal with their personal difficulties and concerns, and it also helps in developing skills on how to manage potential problems, such as problems in student life, difficulties in personal relations and other psychological disorders.

The students make an appointment with the psychologist of the Laboratory, either individually or in groups; they also may participate in seminars that are organised in regular time intervals. All services are provided free of charge and the meetings have confidential character.

Centre of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning (KEDIVIM)[edit]

The Centre of Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning [24] (ΚΕ.ΔΙ.ΒΙ.Μ, Κέντρο Επιμόρφωσης και Δια Βίου Μάθησης) at University of Thessaly in Volos offers educational programmes on-campus and by distance e-learning off-campus, certified by the EOPPEP, National Organization for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance.

Culture and Sports[edit]

University of Thessaly offers the possibility of many sports and cultural activities. There are many student groups consisting the team of Physical Education, Musical Ensembles, Theater Group, Photography Group etc. In the beginning of every semester the students have the opportunity to enter in every action that are interested in. Moreover, there is plenty of student groups that undertake cultural actions such as Cinema Group and University of Thessaly Student Radio.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "University of Thessaly – History". University of Thessaly.
  2. ^ a b "Law 4589, Government Gazette 13 Α'/29.01.2019". Hellenic Parliament.(in Greek), "Synergies between National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), University of Thessaly (UTH) with the TEI of Thessaly and TEI of Central Greece, Panlimniako Fund and other provisions”
  3. ^ a b "University of Thessaly – External Evaluation Report" (PDF). www.adip.gr. 2015."UTH provides a positive and collegial work environment. The EEC believes that with hard work and dedication, the University of Thessaly will be able to reach its full potential in the near future."
  4. ^ ""ATHENA" Reform Plan for Higher Education" (in Greek). www.minedu.gov.gr.
  5. ^ "University of Thessaly – Schools and Departments". University of Thessaly.
  6. ^ "Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2011.
  7. ^ "Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2010.
  8. ^ "University of Thessaly, School of Engineering". University of Thessaly.
  9. ^ "Department of Civil Engineering – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2011.
  10. ^ "Department of Social Anthropology and History – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2010.
  11. ^ "Department of Planning and Regional Development – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  12. ^ "Department of Special Education – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  13. ^ "Department of Primary Level Education – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  14. ^ "Department of History, Archaeology and Social Anthropology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2010.
  15. ^ "University of Thessaly, School of Physical Education and Sport Sciences".
  16. ^ "Department of Physical Education and Sport Science – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2010.