The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984, and is a “peripheral” University, as a multi-insular network of “academic ports of studies and research” and is located on six islands spread across the Aegean Archipelago with a unique natural, cultural and human environment to experience.
The Headquarters and Administration of the UAegean are in Mytilene (the capital of Lesvos island), while its various Departments are to be found in Mytilene, Chios, Karlovasi, Rhodes, Ermoupoli and Myrina (capitals of the respective Aegean islands, that is those of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes, Syros and Lemnos). In this way, the University of the Aegean is a University-Network covering both the North and the South Aegean Regions through its multiple campuses, and acting as Regional Innovator in the Aegean Archipelago.
The University of the Aegean has managed to convert features considered by many as “disadvantages”, i.e. insularity and multi-division, into a good practice for decentralized operation, through the use of digital informatics and communications, extensive high speed networks. The digital connectivity in island campuses offers high quality research and also e-learning and e-governance activities, which ensures cost savings due to the decrease of transportation, the balanced management and development of all University Units of the Institution.
Taking into account current and future challenges, such as supporting innovation, promoting research, encouraging entrepreneurship, improving knowledge transmission, attracting new researchers, researchers to the labour market, coping to societal and cultural needs ERUA for UAegeans:
Through ERUA, UAegean can provide a real-life (as opposed to “academic”) experience for graduate students seeking a global and transdisciplinary experience whereas ERUA can be experience and ERUA is a key factor influencing organizational resilience and stability.
324 Faculty Members
95 Special Scientific and Technical Personnel
291 Administrative Personnel
6 Schools -18 Departments
More than 100 research laboratories and research groups in every campus-island