Research Activity

Research and research training activities at the University are organized along the lines of the Divisions within each Department. Research activity follows the classic academic model insofar as it is driven by the initiatives of scholars and scientists in developing their own curiosity-driven or practice-based projects or working in collaboration with other research groups. These collaborations mirror the increasingly multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary character of both basic and applied research which is blurring the boundaries within and between the Scientific, Technological and Medical disciplines and the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. This feature is also reflected in research training, with many of the postgraduate studies programmes offered by the University being multi-or interdisciplinary in character.


Research and research training in Crete currently benefits from an academic and technological environment of international standards which has been built up over the last 30 years through a cluster of research orientated institutions including the University, the Institutes of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), which has its headquarters in Heraklion, the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (IMBBC), and the University General Hospital (PagNi), as well as other HEIs in the region – the Technical University (TUC) the Technological Educational Institute (TEI),and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (MAICh).


In particular, close collaborations between the University and the Institutes of FORTH create access to excellent complementary facilities for research and research training in highly competitive fields such as molecular biology, the neurosciences, photonics, informatics, and environmental chemistry, as well as in the Humanities. These Research Institutes not only complement the educational mission of the University, but have also promoted strong regional, national and international collaborations in research activity.



Benchmarking with other HEIs indicates that research and research training is of a high standard.

  • The 2017 CWTS Leiden Ranking   includes all Universities worldwide that have produced over 1000 Web of Science core publications in the period 2012-2015 (using fractional counting): a total of 903 Universities from 53 countries.  According to the 2017 results, the University of Crete has the highest percentage of high impact publications of the seven Greek HEIs included and, overall, ranks #211 on this research indicator among the total 334 European listed. Nature Index bibliometric analyses of articles published in the prestigious Nature journals also shows the University among the leading Greek research producing organizations.



The THE World University Rankings, now in their 14th year, focus on a selected frame of the world’s research intensive universities rather than the total global ‘pool’ of over 20,000 Higher Education Institutions. 13 indicators are used to measure the performance of these leading research universities in teaching, research output and impact, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Crete’s position in other THE rankings are determined by the same indicators


  • University of Crete is ranked =62 in the 2018 THE Young University Rankings. This is the seventh annual ranking of universities under 50 years old, and the seventh time University of Crete has been included in the top 100 of the world’s best young universities.


  • The University is also listed among the Best universities in Europe 2018 (tied #175 and first in Greece). In addition, since  2015 Greek universities have  been included in the THE’s Emerging Economies Ranking, with University of Crete ranking consistently in the Top 50. It is worth noting that in terms of research influence, as measured by citations, University of Crete is in a leading position at #3 among the 378 universities included in the 2018 ranking.


  • In the US News Best Global Universities 2018, the fourth edition of this ranking of research-intensive universities powered by Clarivate Analytics Incites, the University is ranked 207 in Europe and fourth in Greece.  Most of the bibliometric indicators used in this ranking of are size dependent.  Even so, the UoC  punches above its size in terms of research impact as indicated by ‘Normalized Citations’, at 189 worldwide and first in Greece. It is also notable, given the significance of international collaborative papers as a marker of quality, that the UoC ranks #82 worldwide on this performance indicator. 


  • The University has taken part in the new U-MULTIRANK university ranking, which compares and grades HEI performance across five broad dimensions (teaching and learning, regional engagement, knowledge transfer, international orientation and research). To date sixteen (16) of the nineteen (19) Greek HEIs listed participate in this multidimensional ranking.  The Ready Made Rankings tool again shows that the University’s primary strengths are in research and research linkages.



Detailed information is available through the Departmental websites about the research groups in each Division, their associated workshops, laboratories and/or clinics and corresponding networks of collaborating research groups

Last update 26/09/2018