University Stewardship

The University of Crete, as a public higher education institution, is committed to socially responsible and sustainable planning and management of the resources entrusted to its care [human resources, environment and infrastructure].  This is consistent with the concept of ‘localizing SDGs’: embedding socio-cultural, environmental, and economic sustainability into UoC governance and policies. 

 First steps in this direction include  

  • Formation of an ad hoc committee on SDGs by the Rectors Council in 2021, tasked with mapping of SDG-related activity, highlighting the dominant areas of activity and the gaps, and identifying avenues for developing  the University’s role in contributing to the  SDGs. 
  • Pilot study on the procedures and methods for assessing the social impact of research being undertaken by a team from the University’s Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC) 

The next steps include development of a dedicated platform for identifying, recording and tracking research, educational, organizational and collaborative/ communication activities that contribute to the SDGs  and to the cross-cutting UNESCO goals of cultural heritage and diversity at regional, national and international level. 

Human Resources

Responsible employer

The University provides facilities, services and health and wellbeing support for staff, as well as support and resources for developing innovative teaching skills and services for the successful development of research activity.

Students

Academic and pastoral care of students is at the heart of university life. The University provides a range of facilities and support services and strives to provide a secure and open teaching-learning environment for our students. 

 

Research Ethics Committee

The University is committed to the principles of ethical and professional integrity   as embodied in the University Code of Ethics and Good Practice (pdf)  and through the Research Ethics Committee 

Gender Equality Committee

The remit of the University’s Gender Equality Committee is developing and overseeing the policies and strategies to ensure gender equality and diversity in all processes and aspects of university life. 

Researchers

The University endorsed the EC Charter and Code for Researchers  in 2009 and endeavours to create a secure and stimulating environment for young researchers in particular.  

Environment & Infrastructure

University’s Green Campus Action Plan

The University’s action plan on the implementation of Green Policy at the UoC addresses the issues of developing better sustainability policies for energy and water management, for mobility, and for the built and natural environment, and for monitoring through the introduction of an Environmental Management System. 

Student housing

The University has embarked on an ambitious project to build new student dormitories for 3,000 students on brownfield sites on the Gallos and Voutes campuses.  This programme will finally realize a long-standing aim for sufficiency in free/affordable student housing

Green Team

The Green Team is a vibrant student organization with strong community links. The Green Team focuses on sustainable design and identifying environmental /ecological challenges on campus and in the community. 

University Library

The modern, purpose built University Library is a pioneer among Greek academic libraries in the development and exploitation of ICT and documentation networking services.  UoC Library cooperates with municipal public libraries and has created a network of 31 experimental school libraries in Crete 

Cultural heritage

The University plays an important role regionally as custodian of cultural heritage: through archaeological excavations, the Library’s rare books collection, the University Museums, and many other activities