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Ionian University

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The Ionian University is a dynamic, multi-island institution with a lively research, scientific and teaching presence, in Greece as well as internationally. Founded in 1984, in the historic city of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, today it consists of five schools and twelve departments, which operate on four islands (seven Departments in Corfu, three in Kefalonia, one in Zakynthos and one in Lefkada).

The Ionian University is the proud academic successor of the Ionian Academy, the first modern Greek University, which was founded and operated in Corfu from 1824 to 1864, until the Union of the Ionian Islands with the Greek state. Today, the university headquarters are in Corfu, and the historic building of the Ionian Academy houses the Rectorate, while lectures, graduations, conferences, workshops and concerts are held in its ceremony hall.

The originality of the subjects and curricula of the academic departments of the Ionian University (in the fields of humanities and social sciences, sciences and economics but also art and creation), some of which are unique in Greece, is remarkable (e.g., the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpretation, the Department of Archives, Librarianship and Museology, the Department of Sound and Visual Arts).

This originality is complemented by a high degree of interdisciplinarity. For example, many of the curricula are based on the interdisciplinary approach and the combination of science and art. The modern subjects correspond and adapt to professional reality, thus building the foundations for a successful professional career.

Our university graduates also have brilliant academic and research prospects. The Ionian University, having a strong educational and research presence in the national and international academic and research area, cultivates in its graduates the value of Science and equips them for the continuation of their studies in the second and third cycle of studies (postgraduate programs, preparation of a doctoral dissertation, postdoctoral research). The Ionian University has 18 Postgraduate Programs.

Adhering to the principles and values ​​of science, research, quality innovation, continuous improvement of teaching and infrastructure, academic freedom, exchange of views and internationalization, the Ionian University takes advantage of the potential and challenges of our changing times.

Among the goals of the Ionian University is the multilevel coverage of students’ needs and the fulfillment of their expectations through a high level of teaching and constantly improving infrastructures. Classes, workshops, the academic library are places of study, learning and dialogue. The students of our institution form the central reference point of the educational function. Studies are of high quality, aimed at fulfilling all learning objectives set in each case. In this context, joint activities are developed (e.g., guest speaker lectures, seminars, assignments) in between the departments, mainly at school level.

Finally, it is worth noting that scholarships of excellence are awarded in all educational cycles (undergraduate / postgraduate level of studies).

Accreditation

The Certification and Evaluation Council of the Hellenic Authority for Higher Education (HAHE) has with a recent decision (May 7, 2021) ranked the Ionian University in the highest category of full compliance with the principles of the HAHE Quality Standard and the Quality Assurance Principles of the European Higher Education Area (ESG).

The award of this highest level of certification, which is given for a period of four years (until May 2025), demonstrates the commitment of the Ionian University in achieving high quality studies and research. At the same time, it is the result of collective effort, careful planning and investment in work, energy and academic vision to shape the institution's further qualitative and competitive course.

Extroversion, Culture, Participation

The Ionian Islands are a crossroads of cultures and a region of great natural beauty, with a rich history and an important and multidimensional cultural tradition and presence (in art, music, literature, etc.).

Operating on this cultural background, the Ionian University places a high importance on extroversion, and has created an important international academic and research profile, being a partner in many academic networks and collaborating with other Higher Education Institutions and research centers on a European and international level, and participating in ca. 250 bilateral and LLP Erasmus academic agreements.

The traditionally open and outgoing character of the Ionian University also expresses itself on the local cultural and artistic scene with numerous events, concerts, recitals, lectures, festivals, exhibitions, seminars and international conferences, aspiring to offer our students education and culture as an integral part of their everyday university life.



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Direction: Iakovos Panagopoulos
Line Producer: Alkisti Georgiou
Assistant Director-Production Management: Giorgos Klitsas
Photography Direction: Thanos Tsigkas
Drone Operator: Marinos Pavlidis
Sound Design-Μουσική Επένδυση-Mastering: Thanos Mpikakis
Montage-Color: Rania Mastrosavva
Motion Graphics: Andreas Apostolou
Assistant Director of Photography: Evangelia Koumantsioti
Assistant Producer: Vassilis Sarikas
Voice Over: Lina Petrianou
Library and Information Centre

The Library and Information Center of the Ionian University is a modern university library, consisting of the Central Library in Corfu and branches in Kefalonia, Zakynthos and Lefkada. Its collection has about 80,000 titles of items, ie books, brochures, reprints, audiovisual material, etc., which correspond to more than 120,000 copies. It also offers print scientific journals, digital documents, as well as subscriptions to electronic databases. The thematic categories of the material cover the educational and research interests of the sciences that are taught by the academic departments of the Ionian University, but extend to a variety of other material, while also including a large collection of literary texts, classical and contemporary.

As a member of the Hellenic Academic Libraries Association (HEAL-Link), the library also offers the academic community access to 26,710 digital scientific journals, 152,000 digital books and 13 bibliographic and full-text databases. At the same time, it participates in the AMELib network, the multimodal digital library, which supports print-disabled persons, i.e., people who have difficulty reading printed material without assistance, offering them the opportunity to read books in different formats.

Library services are fully automated, while the access to its spaces is free both for the members of the university community of the University, as well as for anyone interested. All members of the academic community of I.U. are automatically members of the library, with the right to use its material and other services offered, if, after submitting an online application, they become full members. For member information about the use of the library and offered services, educational seminars are planned, and relevant guides and videos are available.

Study abroad with the Erasmus + Program

Erasmus + is the EU program for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2021-2027. Based on the success of the program during the period 2014-2020, Erasmus + strengthens its efforts to increase the opportunities offered to more participants and a wider range of organizations, focusing on its quality impact and contributing to more cohesive, more ecologically oriented, and digitally better prepared societies

The program provides the opportunity for students to gain learning experiences and / or professional experience in another country. At the same time, it offers language learning opportunities to participants who carry out mobility activities abroad. This support will be provided primarily through the Erasmus + Online Language Support Tool (OLS).

Under the Erasmus + Program, the European Commission provides a student mobility grant for studies and internships abroad. Undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as doctoral candidates who are enrolled in the Ionian University are eligible to participate. Students are transferred to institutions with which the IU has a running bilateral agreement, inside and outside the European Union. The mobility of the above categories also includes the preparation of a graduate or postgraduate diploma thesis or a doctoral dissertation.

The Ionian University collaborates with almost 250 partner universities in the European Union and in other countries under the program, and every year many students of the institution carry out studies or internships at universities abroad.

Detailed information for Erasmus+ incoming students at the Ionian University Erasmus+ website!

Internship

During their undergraduate studies, students have the opportunity to participate in the program "Higher Education Internship of the Ionian University". The internship is an institutionalized course of the curriculum and students are eligible to participate from the 6th semester of study and on.

The Program gives students the opportunity to practice for a period of two months, carrying out their internship in private and public sector organizations. The internship can take place in any city of the country and concerns the short-term presence and the exercise of duties in potential workplaces, under the guidance of an executive of the host agency and the supervision of a faculty member.

Room and Board

The Ionian University provides housing to a number of students upon selection, with economic and social criteria, as described in its Housing Regulations.

Accommodation is provided for first-year students at the Student Residence (located in Corfu town) and for senior students in hotels in the cities or on the outskirts of Corfu town. The aim of the University is to soon make it possible to accommodate students in the other cities in which its departments operate (Lefkada, Zakynthos, Argostoli).

The Ionian University also has a student restaurant, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is provided free of charge to the students who meet the criteria of the no. Φ5 / 68535 / Β3 / 18-6-2012 Joint Ministerial Decision, and the rest pay the amount of two euros per meal.

The facilities are offered (food / accommodation) on all the islands.

Student Support

The students are at the center of the IU administration’s efforts to constantly improve its teaching, infrastructure and the services offered. In this context, the Student Assistance Intervention Support Unit operates on all four islands-headquarters of the institute. The unit aims to provide substantial support to students, and its goal is to facilitate their studies through a series of services and actions, such as counseling and psychological support services, occupational therapy and sessions with a social worker (https://studentsupport.ionio.gr/index.php?l=gr ).

Furthermore, the Student Advocate at the Ionian University mediates between students and professors or administrative services of the institution, and generally ensures the observance of legality in student matters, always within the framework of academic freedom and the university’s regular operation.

Official Website: ionio.gr
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