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Title General Info

The University of Patras (UoP) was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the academic year 1966-67. UoP is the third largest University in Greece concerning the size of students’ potential, the faculty members, administrative personnel, number of departments, and accredited students titles. It includes 22 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 clinics fully equipped.

The Computer Engineering and Informatics Department of the UoP was founded in 1980, and was the first engineering school in Greece to offer a 5 year Diploma curriculum in the dynamic field of Computer Engineering and Informatics. Since then, it has become one of the leading university departments in Greece, attracting some of the strongest students in the country. The teaching and research activities of the department are aided by extensive and up to date computing and networking facilities that span across 11 laboratories and the Computer Center which is the main laboratory for the software education of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The Department of Economics was founded in 1985. Since 1997 the department is located at the campus of UoP. It offers a full undergraduate program leading to a Bachelors Degree in Economics. The undergraduate program is of a 4-year duration. The Department also runs a taught postgraduate program leading to a Masters or a PhD degree. It is exceptionally well placed to provide leadership in the development and dissemination of sustainable business and management practice, informed by sound economic logic. Faculty members publish their research output in leading economic and business outlets along with their involvement in the policy making mechanisms. In most recent research assessment of all Departments of Economics in Greece, it has been ranked among the top three corroborates.

Title RIG

  1. Regional Municipality Union - Western Greece Region
  2. Manpower Employment Organisation
  3. Technological Educational Institute of Patras
  4. Technological Educational Institute of Messolonghi
  5. Foundation for Research and Technology Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Chemical Processes
  6. Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"
  7. Federation of Peloponnese & Western Greece Industries
  8. Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (Patras, Messolonghi-Nafpaktia, Agrinio, Aigio, Ilia-Olympia)
  9. Port Authority of Patras
  10. Chamber of Achaia
  11. Chamber of ?lia
  12. Chamber of Aitoloakarnania
  13. Patras Science Park
  14. Business Technology Association of Western Greece
  15. Association of Business established in the Industrial Zone of Patras
  16. University of Patras
  17. Industrial Systems Institute

Title The Region

The Region of Western Greece stretches from the northwest part of the Peloponnese to the western tip of the Greek mainland. It is one of the 13 Regions of Greece, is separated in 3 administrative districts, the Prefectures of Aitoloakarnania, Achaia, Elia and covers an area of 11.350 square kilometres (8,6% of the total area of Greece).

For the most part the terrain is mountainous (45,3%) or hilly (25,6%), while only 29,1% consists of plains. All three prefectures have extensive coastal areas along the Ionian Sea and the Gulfs of Ambrakia, Patras and Corinth. According to the 2001 census, the population of the Region of Western Greece is 741,282. This makes it the fourth most populated Region of Greece, with 7% of the country’s total population.

Today the Region of Western Greece is a modern communications and transport hub that connects Greece to the rest of Europe. The busy port of Patras is not only the Region’s capital but also the country’s main gateway to Western Europe.

Title The City

Patras is Greece’s third largest urban area and the regional capital of West Greece, located in northern Peloponnese, 215 km (134 mi) west of Athens. The city is built at the foothills of Mount Panachaikon, overlooking the Gulf of Patras.

The Patras Metropolitan Area is a conurbation of 222,460 inhabitants, while its urban area, contained within the Patras municipality, had a population of 202,757 (in 2001). The core settlement has a history spanning four millennia. In the Roman period it had become a cosmopolitan centre of the eastern Mediterranean whilst, according to Christian tradition, it was also the place of Saint Andrew's martyrdom.

Dubbed Greece’s Gate to the West, Patras is a commercial hub, while its busy port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Western Europe. The city has two public universities and one Technological Institute, hosting a large student population and rendering Patras a major scientific centre with a field of excellence in technological education. The Rio-Antirio bridge connects Patras’ easternmost suburb of Rio to the town of Antirrio, connecting the Peloponnese peninsula with mainland Greece.

Every year, in February, the city hosts one of Europe’s largest and most colourful carnivals ; notable features of the Patras Carnival include its mammoth-sized satirical floats and extravagant balls and parades, enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of visitors in a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Patras is also famous for supporting an indigenous cultural scene active mainly in the performing arts and modern urban literature. It was European Capital of Culture 2006.
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InCompass Project is funded by the EU’s European Regional Development fund through the INTERREG IVC programme