Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCEs): RCE-Crete
RCE Crete has been a member of the Global RCE Network on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) since 2009. Among its activities, RCE-Crete in collaboration with partners in Egypt and Jordon has developed an MSc programme on Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, and Food Security (CCSAFS) This is showcased in the 2021 UNU-INS publication Tackling Climate Action at the Local Level: Education for Sustainable Development Projects from the Global RCE Network as an example of how global goals can be translated into local actions through education and training to respond to the climate crisis.
For more information on the ESD forums based at the University see RCE-Crete.
The UNESCO Chair in ICTs in Education for Sustainable Development was established in 2008 at the University’s Department of Primary Education. Current programmes include: Refugee Teaching Certification Programme for Egyptian and Refugee Teachers Enabled by Blended Learning (RefTeCp) with HEIs in Egypt; ICT-enabled In-service Training of Teachers to address Education for Sustainability (ICTeEfS) with HEIs in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam; and Professionalisation of Undergraduate Academic Teaching in Multiple Disciplines to Address SDGs (PUAT) with HEIs in Africa.
The University’s NHMC is a pioneering institute in study and management of the natural environment in Crete, Greece and the wider Eastern Mediterranean, with public education, lifelong learning and outreach on environmental issues as core activities.
Utilizing distance learning technologies, face-to-face teaching/learning, and blended course modules, the Centre oversees a wide range of professional training programmes and lifelong learning activities.
The Intercultural and Migration Studies Centre (E.DIA.M.ME) promotes intercultural and bilingual education, and provides pre- and in-service training for teaching Greek as a second/ foreign language.
The University’s e-Learning Lab (EDIVEA) promotes advanced technologies in lifelong and distance learning for the professional development of teachers, for connecting local communities, and for exchanges of best practices on pedagogical uses of ICT among educators and other entities.
Bachelor of Medicine
The University’s six-year Bachelor of Medicine degree equips students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to begin careers in health care practice in communities and hospitals or in medical research centres. The language of instruction is Greek, but English options are available for student exchanges and for clinical clerkships at the University General Hospital of Heraklion.
Biology: Environmental Biology and Biological Resources Management
Biology: Environmental Biology and Biological Resources Management is the scientific direction of a four-year BSc programme that covers theory and offers practical training in the challenges of conserving and managing marine and terrestrial environments and resources.
Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Vaccines and Prevention of Infectious Diseases is a 3-semester programme in Greek &/or English that provides basic theoretical education on vaccines as well as practical skills and strategies for disease prevention, crisis management and interaction with the community.
Aquaculture, Environment and Society
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Aquaculture, Environment and Society Plus (EMJMD ACES\ACES+) Learn from a team of international experts, study at 4 European centres of excellence and play a vital role in addressing global food insecurity.
is a 2-year MSc programme in Greek &/or English focusing on drug abuse and its effective prevention and treatment. The programme is offered by the Department of Psychology in collaboration with the University’s School of Medicine and with OKANA, the Organisation Against Drugs.
The Molecular Basis of Human Diseases is a 2-year MSc programme in English, offered by the Medical School. The objective of the programme is to promote translational research by bridging the gap between basic scientists and clinical doctors. The emphasis is on the molecular basis of human diseases, diagnostics and therapies.
Environmental Biology is a 3-semester Joint Master degree offered by the Department of Biology with the Natural History Museum of Crete and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) It provides state-of-the-art knowledge and skills in key areas of environmental protection, sustainable development of aquaculture, ecology and sustainability of fisheries, and conservation of biodiversity.