University of Patras

University of Patras (UPatras; Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών, Panepistímio Patrón) is a public university in Patras, Greece. It is the third largest university in Greece with respect to the size of the student body, the staff, and the number of departments.[1] [2]

University of Patras
Πανεπιστήμιο Πατρών
Higher Education Institution
Greece University System
EstablishedNovember 11, 1964
RectorVenetsana Kyriazopoulou
Academic staff
672 (data from 2017)
Administrative staff
368 (data from 2017)
Students~ 35,000
Undergraduates~ 30,000
Postgraduates~ 3,000
CampusRio campus, 7 kilometres east of the city centre of Patras

The University of Patras is considered one of the best universities in Greece and has been placed in the top 200 universities in subject areas.[3] [4] [5]

In 2014, the student population was 21,000 (17,000 at the undergraduate level and 4,000 at the postgraduate level). It has 672 faculty members, 155 scientific staff members and 372 administrative personnel and comprises 24 Departments, which operate 161 laboratories and 17 clinics.[6] [7]


The University of Patras was established on 11 November 1964 as a self-administered academic institution under the supervision of the Greek Government.[8] It was housed in the city centre of Patras, Greece and later in a campus area of about 600 acres selected in 1968 and appropriated on behalf of the university, located in the adjacent municipality of Rio. Covering an area of 4.5 km², it is one of the largest in the country.[9]

In June 2013 the University of Western Greece was incorporated in the University of Patras.[10][11] The University is a two-city campus, situated in both Patras and Agrinion.[9]

The university conducts research in Environment, Health, Biotechnology, Mechanics, Electronics, Informatics and Basic Science. A number of the departments, laboratories and clinics have been designated as Centres of Excellence, on the basis of international assessment.[12]


The emblem of the university is Andrew the Apostle. Its opening took place on 30 November 1966 which is the date that the city of Patras celebrates its patron "Saint Andrew". This is the reason that the emblem of the University is an X cross which symbolises the one on which St. Andrew was crucified.[13]

Academic profile

The University consists of five Schools, 24 departments with undergraduate study programs leading to a degree.

Furthermore, the University of Patras offers Postgraduate programs, as well as Digital and Open Courses.[14]

Schools Departments
School of Natural Sciences

Founded as the School of Mathematics and Physics on 19 October 1966. Renamed to the School of Natural Sciences in 1983.

  • Department of Mathematics (1966) [15]
  • Department of Physics (1966) [16]
  • Department of Biology (1966) [17]
  • Department of Chemistry (1966) [18]
  • Department of Geology (1977) [19]
  • Department of Materials Science (1999) [20]
School of Engineering (Polytechneio)

Founded in 1967, it includes a Department of Engineering Sciences (1983).

  • Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology (1967) (renamed from Dept. of Electrical Engineering) [21]
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics (1972) (renamed from Dept. of Mechanical Engineering) [22]
  • Department of Civil Engineering (1972) [23]
  • Department of Chemical Engineering (1977) [24]
  • Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics (CEID) (1980) [25]
  • Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management (1998)
  • Department of Architecture (1999) [26]
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Founded in 1989.

  • Department of Educational Sciences and Early Childhood Education (1983) [27]
  • Department of Primary Education (1983) [28]
  • Department of Theatre Studies (1989) [29]
  • Department of Philology (1994) [30]
  • Department of Philosophy (1999) [31]
School of Health Sciences

Founded as the Medicine School in 1977. Renamed to School of Health Sciences in 1983.

  • School of Medicine (1983) (initially as Medicine School in 1977) [32]
  • Department of Pharmacy (1983) (initially in the School of Mathematics and Physics in 1977) [33]
School of Economics and Business

Founded as School of Business Administration in 2013. Renamed to School of Economics and Business in 2019.

  • Department of Business Administration (1999) [34]
  • Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises (2006) [35]
  • Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies (2004) [36]
  • Department of Economics (1985) [37]


In its 161 laboratories, research is conducted by students and teaching staff members.[38]

Apart from regular teaching and research activities, the laboratories are the focal points for the creation of national and international research consortia. The university participates in all major European research programmes such as ESPRIT, EURECA, RACE, LRE, BRITE-EURAM, IMPACT, LIFE, ENVIRONMENT, COPERNICUS, FAIR, STRIDE, BIOMED and other programmes sponsored by the D6XII, D6XVI, D6XIII Directorates.

The management of research projects is carried out by the Research Committee and its administration unit. The financial management of research projects with external funding produces resources for the University, which are used for specific educational and developmental activities, as well as funding of researchers. In recent years, over 2700 research projects, financed both by the State and the European Union have been carried out.[39][40][41]

Academic evaluation

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA).[42] [43]

In 2015 the external evaluation committee gave University of Patras a Positive evaluation.[1]

Location and Campus

The university on the Campus of Patras and in the city of Agrinio.[9]

The campus of Patras is located next to the University Regional General Hospital of Patras, in the suburb Rion, which is 7 km (4.3 mi) North East of the City of Patras within the Municipality of Patras. It is a self-contained campus located at the foot of mount Panachaiko with a view over the Gulf of Corinth and the mountains of Central Greece across the water.[44]

The School of Medicine lies west of the hospital but smaller in size with the parking lots in the west and downtown Rio, and a river with Papandreou Avenue in its southwest. The university is accessible by GR-8A, and by the bypass (perimeter highway) with an interchange in the west and a westbound interchange in the northeast. The elevation is around 50 m (160 ft) above sea level. The facilities lie in the western part, the central part and the northern part. The far western part, and the eastern part are empty.

The campus has four entrances; the Platonos Entrance Eisodos Platonos, the Dionysios Solomos Entrance Eisodos Dionysiou Solomou, lying to the west next to Papandreou Avenue which is also a road linking to Kastritsi, Georgios Seferis Entrance Eisodos Georgios Seferis in the east and Yianni Ritsou Entrance Eisodos Y. Ritsou with the old GR-8A (Patras - Corinth - Athens) in the north. The mountains are situated in the southeast. The track and field and sporting grounds are in the southern part.

The first buildings of the new university campus were a unit of 20 small ground level pre-fabricated buildings, still housing some academic and administrative offices. In 1972 the construction of buildings "A" and "B" started. Building "A" houses the administrative services, the rectorship, the Senate's Conference Hall, the University's Ceremonial Hall, a teaching amphitheatre and seminar halls.[44]

Following the master plan, 25 buildings were built, and many more are under construction for the housing of most of the departments, along with a library, a museum of science and technology, a Botanical Garden, and a Student Centre. Within the campus are the students' residence hall, the Conference and Cultural Centre, a restaurant, a bank, a bookstore, a stationery, the Publishing House, cafeterias and kiosks. The University Guest Hall is the only building of the university outside the campus. It is located three kilometres west of the campus. The total number of lecture halls in the different building units is 115. In November 2018 it was announced, that the Region of Western Greece will fund the complete renovation and reconstruction of 20 amphitheatres and lecture halls of the university.

Within the campus there is also the General University Hospital of Patras which functions both as the major regional medical centre and as a teaching facility for the Faculty of Medicine. Several other facilities are available on campus including a gymnasium and a swimming pool (not in operation as of April 2018) , a nursery school, a primary and secondary school for the children of faculty and staff, a post office. In addition to constructing new buildings, new sites at the surroundings have been appropriated on behalf of the university.[44]

Today, buildings of a total area of 210,100 m2 have been completed and are functioning.

The university contains:

The Municipality of Agrinio is the link connecting Aitolia and Akarnania and it is one of the largest cities of Western Greece.[45]

Notable alumni

  • Nikolaos Bourbakis, computer scientist known for his work in image processing. (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Christos Laskaris, Greek poet awarded with the Cavafy International Award in Cairo in 2007. (Pedagogy)
  • Ioannis Liritzis, professor of physics in archaeology (archaeometry) at the University of Henan and the application of natural sciences to archaeology and cultural heritage, awarded with the Prize of Academy of Athens. (Physics)
  • Stathis Psillos, Greek philosopher of science classified among the 91 most cited living philosophers. (Physics)
  • Radovan Stojanovic, Montenegrin professor of electrical and computing engineering, known for his work in accelerating science and technology in the Western Balkan and the Mediterranean,

See also


  1. "University of Patras – External Evaluation Report" (PDF). 2015."UPatras has self-motivated, dynamic and internationally recognised faculty and high-quality staff. Many research units at UP are productive, visible, and deliver high-quality research. There is a commendable societal engagement with the local citizenry. Curricula based on strong emphasis on basic and fundamental knowledge and skills. The EEC recommends that the Institution should develop and implement a pragmatic strategic planning process to set priorities for the university as a whole and for each School with an explicitly defined set of targets and timelines. The EEC evaluated and scored according to our estimate of where UPatras stands in relation to our understanding of an international norm of excellence. Although we are conscious of the severe constraints imposed by the Greek State, we have not used them as an excuse for not identifying areas of improvement. Please note that an EEC member gave a worthy of merit vote by taking into account with a heavier weight the negative influence of the external environment on UPatras’s ability to plan, strategise and operate."
  2. "About the University". University of Patras. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  3. "THE World University Rankings – University of Patras". Times Higher Education (THE). 1 September 2017.
  4. "QS World University Rankings – University of Patras". QS World University Rankings. 1 September 2017.
  5. "University of Patras ranks highly in Chemical Engineering, Civil and Structural Engineering and Environmental Studies". 9 May 2013.
  6. "University of Patras – Facts and Figures". University of Patras. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  7. Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT.), Report on Higher Education – Students, Institutes and Faculty Staff (2013/2014), press release, November 2015 (greek)
  8. "University of Patras' History". University of Patras.
  9. "University of Patras' Location". University of Patras.
  10. "ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education – Ministry of Education portal". ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education (in Greek). 1 February 2013.
  11. "ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education – Ministry of Education press conference" (PDF). ATHENA Reform Plan for Higher Education (in Greek). 31 January 2013.
  12. "Special Account for Research Funds". University of Patras (in Greek).
  13. "University of Patras – Emblem". University of Patras. Retrieved 19 January 2016.
  14. "Education". University of Patras. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  15. "Department of Mathematics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  16. "Department of Physics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  17. "Department of Biology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  18. "Department of Chemistry – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2011.
  19. "Department of Geology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  20. "Department of Materials Science – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  21. "Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Technology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  22. "Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  23. "Department of Civil Engineering – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  24. "Department of Chemical Engineering – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  25. "Department of Computer Engineering and Informatics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  26. "Department of Architecture – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  27. "Department of Architecture – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  28. "Department of Primary Education – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  29. "Department of Theatre Studies – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  30. "Department of Philology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2011.
  31. "Department of Philosophy – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  32. "Department of Medicine – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  33. "Department of Pharmacy – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  34. "Department of Business Administration – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  35. "Department of Business Administration of Food and Agricultural Enterprises – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  36. "Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  37. "Department of Economics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  38. "University Research Brochures". University of Patras. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  39. "Research at University of Patras". University of Patras.
  40. "Research Committee". University of Patras (in Greek).
  41. "Computer Technology Institute and Press - University of Patras". University of Patras.
  42. "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency – External evaluation reports of Institutions". Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. 2016.
  43. "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency – External evaluation reports of Departments". Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. 2014.
  44. "Campus of Patras – University of Patras". University of Patras.
  45. "The City of Agrinio". University of Patras.

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