T.E.I. of Crete

The T.E.I. of Crete is a Public Educational Institute. It was founded in 1983.

The Institute is a part of the higher education system of Greece and it provides undergraduate and postgraduate education services. It offers 15 Bachelor degrees and postgraduate studies leading to Master of Science degrees. It focuses on research and innovation as well as lifelong learning and it offers technological and consultancy services of high quality.

T.E.I. of Crete has campuses in all major cities of Crete: Chania, Rethymno, Ierapetra, Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.


The following Schools are established:

  • School of Management and Economics, located in Heraklion
  • School of Health and Welfare Services, located in Heraklion
  • School of Applied Sciences, located in Chania
  • School of Agricultural and Food Technology, located in Sitia
  • School of Technological Applications, located in Heraklion

There are limitless opportunities for active student participation in research and development projects (TEI Crete has the top success rate and recognition in research among its peers), for student exchanges with over 100 foreign universities and for paid work at the Institute laboratories. Graduates can also continue with Postgraduate Studies at the Institute or at cooperating Universities in Greece and abroad, with the active support of TEI Crete professors.

The Island of Crete

Crete (Greek: Κρήτη) is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands and the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

It forms a significant part of the economy and cultural heritage of Greece; while it retains its own local cultural traits (such as its own dialect, poetry, and music). Crete was the center of the Minoan civilization (circa 2700–1420 BC), the first civilization in Europe and the first European country with a palace (at Knossos). Beginning in 1420 BC, the Minoan civilization was overrun by the Mycenean civilization from mainland Greece.

The oldest samples of writing in the Greek language, as identified by Michael Ventris, is the Linear B archive from Knossos, dated approximately to 1425-1375 BC. Crete lays between the Sea of Crete and the Libyan Sea, south of the Peloponnese. Crete is approximately 260 km long and 60 km wide. Crete consists of four prefectures: Chania, Rethimno, Heraklion and Lasithi.

Crete, with a population of approximately 650,000, is not just sun, sea and sand; it is a quite distinct place full of vitality, warmth, hospitality, culture and of course an excellent infrastructure.

Crete is well known for its seas and beaches but it has a very contrasting landscape.
The island goes from fertile coastal plains to rugged mountains and from busy metropolitan cities to very peaceful hillside homes.


Heraklion is the capital of Crete and one of the Mediterranean region’s most fascinating and vibrant cities.

It is full of places to discover. With the current efforts to open up the wonderful mediaeval city centre, it speaks to us of a past full of history and great events that reflect its location at the crossroads of three continents.

The city is also the commercial and technological centre of the island. It has a strategic geopolitical position in the south-eastern Mediterranean Sea connecting three continents and many different cultures.

It offers a wealth of museums, a summer-long arts festival, historical sightseeing, amazing nightlife and events throughout the year.

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