The University of the Aegean (UAegean) was founded in 1984 aiming to introduce new approaches in higher education in Greece and worldwide and to promote regional development. Situated in 6 picturesque islands in the Aegean Archipelago, the UAegean offers a unique natural, cultural and human environment for modern studies in the ancient cradle of knowledge.
In less than thirty years, the UAegean has evolved into an international research –oriented University offering 18 undergraduate (BA or BSc) and 40 postgraduate (MA or MSc) programmes in modern interdisciplinary thematic areas such as environment, communication systems, cultural informatics, product design, food and nutritional sciences, education design and Mediterranean studies. In addition, the UAegean has established joined international postgraduate programs (i.e. in Biodiversity, Environmental Policy and Management, European Integration) as well as joined PhD degree programmes in a wide range of thematic areas.
It is a policy supported by all the administrations of the University of the Aegean and, on the one hand, it has enabled all University staff engaged in research to develop research initiatives and, on the other hand, has led to the creation of pockets of knowledge-based development. of the University's research and establishment in international research.
The areas of intense research activity at the University of the Aegean include environmental sciences and technologies, social sciences, economic sciences and management science, information and communication technologies, mathematics and mathematical physics, humanities and sciences. .
Free accommodation is provided to eligible students in every University Unit. On the island of Chios, there is a University-owned Student Residence and at the same time rooms in hotels and hostels are rented by the University to provide extra housing On the islands of Lesvos, Samos and Rhodes, furnished hotel rooms are rented by the University. On the island of Syros, housing allowances are available at the end of the academic year . Students living in the Student Residence and the University-rented rooms are entitled to free accommodation. Eligibility criteria for free accommodation are specified in the University's Regulations.
The Rhodes Library Branch has been operating since 1987, along with the establishment of the Aegean University on the island of Rhodes. It is located in the City of Rhodes and housed on the first floor of the "Kleovoulos" building, which was constructed during the Italian occupation like the rest of the buildings used by the University.
Every year, The University of the Aegean organises a good number of conferences, scientific meetings and events in which distinguished scientists, scholars and artists participate. The organisation of the various conferences, meetings and events aim at exchanging ideas and information about the scientific domains relevant to the University's teaching and scientific activities.
Moreover, the University of the Aegean has created an infrastructure to support students' needs and promote culture, civilization and sports on the boarder islands of the Archipelago (i.e. the Aegean Sea), encouraging and nurturing the development of free expression and improvisation.
From its foundation until today, there is a great number of active student groups in the University Aegean, promoting culture and sorts on the border islands of the Archipelago (i.e. the Aegean Sea) and nurturing freedom of speech and improvisation.