The University of Crete (UoC) is a young public education institution, sited in a region rich in ancient and modern Mediterranean cultures. Established in 1973, the university accepted its first students in 1977-78.
Currently about 14,000 students study here through the faculties of Philosophy, Education, Social Sciences, Sciences and Technology, and Medicine, taught by an outward looking academic staff committed to excellence in research and teaching. Research activity benefits from close collaboration with the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH), the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBCC), and the University General Hospital, and is reflected in collaborations with institutions worldwide. (source: Times Higher Education - World Universities Rankings - University of Crete)
The Medical School of the University of Crete was established in 1983 and admitted its first students in 1984. In 1989 it moved to its new campus which is one of the biggest medical and research complexes in Greece located about 7 km from Heraklion. The campus includes a spacious and functional 24,000 square meter, ten-wing building and a modern, well-equipped University Hospital.