Structure and Regulations of Undergraduate Studies
The structure of the University’s undergraduate studies is determined by the provisions of Law 4009/2011 and the relevant amendments.
Mission of Higher Education Institutions
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have the following mission:
- a) To generate and facilitate the diffusion of knowledge through research and teaching and to promote the arts.
- b) To encourage students to become responsible citizens with a scientific, social, cultural and political conscience.
- c) To equip students with the necessary skills that will provide an excellent background for a scientific or professional career.
- d) To meet the social and cultural needs of a constantly evolving and developing region.
By definition the mission of HEIs is to contribute to the need for ongoing training and lifelong learning.
Teaching duties are split into semesters and include: (1) course lectures, (2) tutorial sessions, (3) laboratory work as well as general practical training of students, and (4) supervision of diploma theses and seminars or other related educational activities which aim at consolidating student knowledge.
- The Study Programme contains the titles of the compulsory, compulsory elective and optional courses, their content, the number of teaching hours per week, in which all teaching duties are performed, as well as the temporal sequence and interdependence of courses.
- The Study Programme is adapted to the lowest possible number of semesters required to obtain a degree, which is determined for each degree by means of a Presidential Decree that is issued following the opinion of the National Education Council and the Schools and cannot be less than eight.
- Each semester course consists of a certain number of “credit units” (c.u.). A c.u. corresponds to one teaching hour per week during a semester in the case of the independent course lectures, and to 1-3 hours of teaching or practical training throughout the semester for the remaining teaching duties, in accordance with the relevant decision of the Department’s General Assembly. The Study Programme also includes the minimum number of credit units that is required in order to obtain a degree.
- The allocation of courses per semester is indicative for students and not mandatory. However, it does correspond to conditions of regular attendance, adapted to the least possible number of semesters required in order to obtain a degree, as well as to the sequence of prerequisite courses and courses dependent on prerequisites. The prerequisite courses and courses dependent on prerequisites are determined during the process of formulating the study programmes. Students submit a statement of selected subjects to the Departmental Secretary’s Office at the beginning of each semester on the dates set by the General Assembly.
- The compulsory elective courses cover at least 1/4 of the Study Programme.
- The Department’s General Assembly is responsible for formulating the Study Programme. The Study Programme is reviewed every April. The Head of the Department forms a Programme Committee consisting of members of the Department’s General Assembly with a one-year tenure, which submits a relevant proposal to the General Assembly
- The decision of the Department’s General Assembly regarding the Study Programme is made known to the Dean and is published in the Study Guide of both the Faculty and the Department.
- The Study Programme of a Department may include courses that fall within the subject areas/Sections of other Departments in the same or another Faculty. In such cases, the assignment of teaching duties to members of academic staff of that Section take place by decision of the Deanship or the Senate respectively, following a proposal by the respective Departments or Faculties.
- The Department’s General Assembly may replace part of the compulsory elective courses of the last two semesters before graduation with equivalent training sessions intended to help students gain experience in the field they are training for.