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.
- A pilot study on the procedures and methods for assessing the social impact of research undertaken by a team from the University’s Research Centre for the Humanities, the Social and Education Sciences (UCRC)
The first report of the Sustainable Development committee for 2021 is available here in Greek (pdf). A summary version outlining progress in 2021 and plans for 2022 was presented to the UoC Senate 479/17.02.2022. [summary]
A related development is the mapping of educational, research and community actions taken across the University on Human Rights. The review, available here in Greek (pdf), is based on the report sent to the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs on March 17, 2021, following the Ministry request to provide information for the annual report of the National Human Rights Commission (EEDA) for the year 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Current plans are for all energy needs of the new residences to be supplied by renewables.
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.
The University Botanical Garden, located on the Gallos Campus, provides a unique space for education and recreation for students, staff, and the local community. Together with joint actions for the management of the Municipal Garden of Rethymno, these spaces promote the botanical, ecological and cultural issues related to the world of plants.