The University of Crete, is a multi-disciplinary, research-oriented institution, situated in the cities of Rethymnon and Heraklion. The University is well known internationally, with modern undergraduate and graduate programmes, significant research activity and initiatives, that reflect its dynamic character. The University of Crete fully participates in quality assurance mechanisms both for its academic and administrative structures. All academic Departments have applied for external quality assurance evaluation and five of them have already been externally evaluated having received excellent evaluation reports (www.adip.gr).
The University of Crete is the first Greek University that has signed the Charter and the Code for the recruitment of researchers as set by the respective EU policy and forms part of the Euraxess European network for the mobility of researchers and will apply for the the seal as an acknowledged Human Resources Strategy for Researchers Incorporating the Charter & Code (HRS4R) Institution in middle 2012. The University started functioning in the academic year 1977-78 and has developed considerable research activity In 2008 the research grant incomes (net) were 9,575,700 Euro, in 2009 8,263,400 and in 2010 7,006,400 (by 635 permanent and adjunct professors). The University has established student, faculty and personnel exchange programmes with over 320 Departments of other European Universities. DIGIT-M-ED will be coordinated by the Department of Psychology.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Crete is a small and innovative department that was established in 1984 and currently employs 22 faculty members. The Department of Psychology has been involved in organizing international conferences in cooperation with other universities and organizations from Greece and abroad. The Department of Psychology maintains inter-university relations with departments of Psychology in Europe and the US. It participates in the European Program of Student Exchange SOCRATES/ERASMUS cooperating with the following Universities: France- University De Provence Aix Marseille I, University Paul Valery-Montpellier III, University Lumiere Lyon 2 and University Victor Segalen Bordeaux II; Germany- Freie University of Berlin; Spain- University Autonoma De Barcelona, University Computense De Madrid, University Autonoma De Madrid, and University De Salamanca; Italy- University Delistudi Di Cassino; Poland- Akademia Pedagogiszna W. Krakowie.
Research related work in the department is also of high standards. Faculty members function as members in scientific editorial boards for 8 international academic journals. Additionally, they offer peer review services for approximately 87 academic journals. For a period of five years (2004-2008) the faculty members published 142 articles in referee academic journals (10,14 per faculty member) and another 44 in national academic journals (3,14 per faculty member). Moreover they reported 2720 cross-references for the same period of time (194, 29 per faculty member). Also, they published 28 chapters in international volumes and 33 in national publications. These publications concerned a wide range of topics in neurosciences, experimental psychology: perception, cognition, and affect, developmental psychology, educational and school psychology, clinical psychology, political and forensic psychology, epistemology, methods in social science research, psychometrics, social psychology and work and organizational psychology. Several members of the faculty share a common interest in symbolic and semiotic approaches; others specialize in the study of discursive formations and systems of thought. The following colleagues associated with the Department of Psychology participate in the DIGIT-M-ED project:
Michalis Kontopodis (international research coordinator)
Manolis Dafermakis (finance coordinator)
Alexis Braillas (web manager)