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The Internationalisation Strategy of the TEI of Crete

It is an open secret that the European programs for Research and Education, and particularly the Erasmus Programme, are the driving force for an ever increasing and more strategic approach of internationalisation in Higher Education Institutions. These programs have a great impact on universities, both in the personal improvement of students and staff members, and to boost the employability of their graduates.

Globalization is strongly affected by a dynamic and ever evolving combination of political, economic, socio-cultural and academic effects. These incentives are taking different forms and dimensions in different regions and countries, as well as in various Higher Education Institutions.  Having all these matters in mind, the  TEI of Crete has in its mission, as stated in the report to the evaluation authorities,   “….(e) To promote the cooperation with other Universities, Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers in Europe and Worldwide. The mobility of students and staff members helps to build stronger Higher Education and Research in a country and in the realization  of  the European Higher Education and Research era. "

The internationalization policy of the TEI of Crete is based on the following axes:

  •         To import know-how and  best practices in research & technology and  education from technologically developed countries
  •         To export know-how and best practices  to developing countries
  •         To promote relations based on countries being ‘good neighbors’ and countries with common historical and cultural heritage legacies. 

The strategy of the internationalization of the TEI of Crete on the one hand moves in the direction of strengthening the cooperation with European universities within the Erasmus and the other research and operational programmes and to expand its partnerships with universities in countries situated in our vicinity. So we are particularly looking for partner universities in the Western Balkans, East European Neighboring and South Mediterranean Countries.

At the same time it is very important for our internationalization strategy to also begin research and educational activities  with East African countries (developing countries) using a mobility tool (and Erasmus International Mobility is one of them)  in order to  transfer technology that will  enable states to benefit from technology transfer and financial aid.

The scientific fields in which we are  focusing our technology transfer to the developing countries  are those in which the TEI of Crete has a comparative advantage over other educational establishments of the island (Tourism, Agriculture, Energy) or has a very strong background (New Technologies, Welfare, Health Services, Informatics).  Our efforts will focus on having a cooperating University from these countries, if this will be possible, and in some cases maybe more universities in order to cover, as much as possible, more subjects. The success of our efforts will result in addition to the creation of thematic networks between partner universities that will contribute even more to achieve our goals.

Of course we would like to benefit from the technology transfer from more developed industrialised countries, both European and non-European, and we would also try to find the ways of collaborating with Universities & Research Centres from these countries as well.

 

A welcome from the President

 

president Dear Student,

For more than 25 years now we have been taking pride in welcoming visiting students from many different countries of Europe and elsewhere. Our multilingual teaching and administrative staff will make your visit at our Institute efficient and will guide you in making your stay and travelling in Crete as pleasant as possible. We have a range of courses for you to attend, especially adapted for visiting students, and will guide you through offered placements for your industrial practice. You will have the opportunity to attend courses on Hellenic language and culture and on the Cretan Civilization. You will be tempted to visit our towns and villages and enjoy the wild nature of the Cretan mountains and the rugged seashores. I wish you a safe trip to Crete and a most enjoyable stay.

Prof. Evangelos Kapetanakis
President
The Technological Educational Institute of Crete

Welcome

 

vlahos Located on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete, the TEI provides university level education for the students of Greece and international incoming students. The TEI of Crete has always welcomed foreign students, participating in all major European programmes (Socrates, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus, Alpha, EC/US and others). Today we are cooperating with more than a hundred and fifty foreign Universities and other Institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States. The ECTS grading system and the Diploma Supplement (DS) have been successfully implemented in all our Departments and facilitate the recognition of studies for both incoming and outgoing students.

As an Erasmus student at our TEI you will have the opportunity not only to study a variety of courses offered in our Departments or do a practical training but also to experience the Hellenic way of life and participate in several cultural and recreational events organized during your stay. The staff and students of the TEI of Crete will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at home in the friendly environment of our campus. You will also have the chance to meet many other students from other countries with different backgrounds, languages and cultures that will surely enrich your view of the world and contribute to your personal development.

The purpose of this guide is to provide you with useful information as a prospective Erasmus student, planning to come to the TEI of Crete for studies and/or training. It will also help you make the most of your stay in Crete and we hope that you will find it both interesting and informative.

During your stay in Crete you will have the opportunity to travel around the island and discover a land of unique beauty and historical treasures.

The multilingual, multinational and friendly staff of the International Relations Office (IRO) of the TEI of Crete will always be ready to assist and guide you in any matter or problem you may encounter from the first moment you arrive at our TEI until your last day of departure.

I sincerely hope and believe that your stay in Crete and your studies at the TEI will prove to be both successful and unforgettable.

Emeritus Professor Ioannis Vlahos
Emeritus Director of the International Relations Office
The Technological Educational Institute of Crete

 

 

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Since its establishment in 1983 TEI of Crete was open to collaboration with HEI abroad. Crete is the homeland of “Xenios” Zeus, the patron deity of hospitality and thus keeping the long tradition, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) seeks the cooperation with foreign institutes putting into practice the policy of internationalization.

With more than 150 signed bilateral agreements between TEI and other HEI abroad, TEI of Crete is one of the most active Institutions in Greece and got an ERASMUS award from EU.

Now under the new ERASMUS + programme TEI of Crete intent to expand the collaboration not only with European Universities but also with HEI and Research Institutions all over the World becoming a real International University

From the position of Academic Institutional Coordinator of International Relations Office I would like to address a warm welcome to our partners abroad and I believe that my colleagues in the office and I will do our best to be satisfied from your stay here and to combine research and studies in TEI with the deeper knowledge of Crete (its history, nature, culture and way of live) and become our best ambassadors in your countries.

Dr. Ioannis Kaliakatsos,

Professor - Academic Director of the International Relations Office

 

Welcome Leaflet for Incoming Students in Departments of Campus of Heraklion

Information about Crete

The Great Island of Crete, (Megalonisos Kriti) is the largest island in Greece and the 5th largest in the Mediterranean. Crete has a population of more than half a million (c.600,000) istributed in 4 prefectures; Chania, Rethymno, Heraklion and Lasithi from West to East. Since 1983 it has been home to the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete with the main campus and most departments and students located in Heraklion, in the centre of the island of the north coast, while also having departments in all the other five cities of the island: Chania and Rethymno in the West, Aghios Nikolaos and Sitia in the East, and Ierapetra on the South Coast.
The island of Crete has 10,000 years of civilization with important archaeological sites at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros and Gortyna. Byzantine churches, Venetian castles, and Turkish mosques are to be seen all over the island as well as many museums housing the treaures of 4000 years of history. It also has beautiful sandy beaches, high mountains and gorges including the spectacular Samaria Gorge. Crete is also home to the University of Crete located in Heraklion and Rethymno as well as the Technical University of Crete in Chania.

Municipality:
www.heraklion-city.gr

Prefecture:
www.nah.gr
www.explore-crete.gr

Heraklion is the largest city on Crete and is now the capital of the island located in the centre of the north coast. With a population of more than 150.000 Heraklion was also known as Kastro, Chandax and Candia throughout its rich and long history. Its past can be seen in the Venetian walls and harbour. Heraklion is a historical city, proud of its past, with many monuments and museums. Nearby is the Minoan Palace of Knossos, the Labyrinth of King Minos, the homes of the famous painter El Greco, and the author Nikos Kazantzakis.
Along with the TEI, the University of Crete, a Technological Park, the Foundation Institute for Research and Technology, the Research Institutes for Marine Biology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Electronic Structure and Laser, and Informatics are also located in Heraklion. They all contribute significantly to the economic, social, scientific and cultural development of the city. The city also has an industrial area, a large harbour and an international airport. Heraklion publishes many newspapers, and has several television
and radio stations. The many attractive stores and large super markets along with other tourism related activities that take place in the city make Heraklion a most vibrant city that is full of activity and life. The students of the various educational establishments in the city create a youthful and lively student atmosphere, particularly regarding the social life of Heraklion.
Restaurants, tavernas, cafeterias, bars and cinemas (including open air ones) contribute greatly to the entertainment of students in this town.

Municipality:
www.heraklion.gr

Prefecture:
www.nah.gr

 

Chania is the second largest city on Crete in the west of the island. It has a population of c. 80,000. It is a beautiful city with a picturesque Venetian harbour and is the birthplace of Eleftherios Venizelos, the great statesman of Greece. For several centuries Chania was the capital of the island and it is still important both commercially and culturally. It is close to the impressive White Mountains with the Samaria Gorge.

Municipality:
www.chania.gr

Prefecture:
www.chania.eu

 

Rethymno is the third largest city on Crete in the west of the island between Heraklion and Chania. It has a population of about 40,000 and is considered the intellectual centre of the island with writers and artists. The old town with Venetian and Turkish houses has been well preserved and the impressive Venetian castle, the “Fortezza” overlooks the city.Municipality:
www.rethymno.gr

Prefecture:
www.rethymnon.gr

 


Aghios Nikolaos with a population of c. 20,000 is the capital of the prefecture of Lasithi in the east of the island. The nearby Elounda bay and Spinalonga island are very popular estinations attracting many tourists and world celebrities for vacations.Municipality:
www.aghiosnikolaos.gr

Prefecture:
www.lassithi.gr

 


Sitia is a pleasant small city in the east of the island. It has a population of c. 10,000 and is famous for its foods and wines, was the home of Kornaros, the Cretan "Shakespeare" of the medieval times and is near the archaeological sites of Palaikastro and Zakros as well as to the beautiful and well known palm beach of Vai. 

Municipality:
www.sitia.gr

Prefecture:
www.lassithi.gr

 

Ierapetra is the only city of Crete located on the south coast of the island with a population of c. 25,000. It is famous for its subtropical climate as it is only 200 klm away from the coast of N. Africa and it is the center of greenhouse production for vegetables, flowers and fruit.

Municipality:
www.ierapetra.gr

Prefecture:
www.lassithi.gr

 


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International Relations Office,
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Crete, Hellas - Greece
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