Democritus University of Thrace

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Democritus University of Thrace
Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης
Democritus University of Thrace.jpg
Type Public
Established 1974
Students 18,000 (active) [1]
Location Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupoli, Orestiada, Greece
Website www.duth.gr
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The Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH; Greek: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης), established in July 1973, is based in Komotini, Greece and has campuses in the Thracian cities of Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupoli and Orestiada.

The University today comprises eight Schools — School of Humanities, Engineering School, Law School, School of Agricultural Sciences, School of Education Sciences, School of Economic and Social Sciences, School of Health Sciences and Physical Education and Sport Sciences and eighteen Departments. As of 2017, there is a student population of 18000 registered undergraduates and 3500 registered postgraduates, a research and teaching personnel of over 600 as well as approximately 300 administrative staff.[1] [2]

As a university it is state-owned and fully self-administered. It is thus supervised and subsidized by the Greek State and the Minister for National Education and Religious Affairs. The University plays an important role in strengthening the national and cultural identity of the region of Thrace, and contributes to the high level of education in Greece.

Name and emblem

The old building of the Deanship.

The emblem of the Democritus University of Thrace represents the influential Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher Democritus. He was born in Abdera, Thrace and is primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of matter.

History

The university was established in July 1973 and accepted its first students in the academic year 1974–1975. The first departments to operate were the Department of Law and the Department of Civil Engineering. It was named after Democritus, the ancient Greek philosopher who hailed from the town of Abdera in Thrace.[3]

Schools and departments

The University consists of eight Schools and eighteen Departments.[4]

Schools Departments
School of Engineering [5]

(Xanthi)

School of Classics and Humanities

(Komotini)

School of Law

(Komotini)

  • Department of Law
Physical Education and Sport Sciences

(Komotini)

School of Economic, Political and Social Sciences

(Komotini)

School of Health Sciences

(Alexandroupoli)

School of Education

(Alexandroupoli)

School of Agriculture and Forestry

(Orestiada)

  • Department of Agricultural Development
  • Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources

Research

The research strategy of DUTH aims at one hand to further support its academic and outward-looking character and on the other hand to promote its social role.[6]

Academic evaluation

In 2016 the external evaluation committee gave Democritus University of Thrace a Positive evaluation.[7] [8]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA). The following DUTH departments have been evaluated.

  • School of Health Sciences
    • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (2011) [9]
    • Department of Medicine (2011) [10]
  • School of Agricultural Sciences and Forestry
    • Department of Forestry and Management of Environment and Natural Resources (2011) [11]
    • Department of Agricultural Development (2014) [12]
  • School of Engineering
    • Department of Environmental Engineering (2008) [13]
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (2013) [14]
    • Department of Production Management Engineering (2013) [15]
    • Department of Civil Engineering (2013) [16]
    • Department of Architecture (2013) [17]
  • Law School
    • Department of Law (2014) [18]
  • School of Classics and Humanities
    • Department of History and Ethnology (2014) [19]
    • Department of Philology (2014) [20]
  • School of Education Sciences
    • Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood (2013) [21]
    • Department of Primary Level Education (2013) [22]
  • School of Physical Education and Sports Science
    • Department of Physical Education and Sport Science (2011) [23]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "DUTH - Internal Evaluation Report 2015" (PDF) (in Greek). DUTH. 2015. 
  2. ^ "DUTH University Guide" (PDF). DUTH. 2015. 
  3. ^ "History - Democritus University of Thrace". DUTH. 2017. 
  4. ^ "DUTH Schools and Departments". DUTH. 
  5. ^ "DUTH, School of Engineering". Democritus University of Thrace. 
  6. ^ "DUTH - Research Strategy" (in Greek). DUTH. 2015. 
  7. ^ "DUTH - External Evaluation Report" (PDF). www.adip.gr. 2015. "The report was honest and clear in pointing out strengths as well as weaknesses. One dissenting member who finds the final rating as “Worthy of Merit” views it as a rating of “the totality of the internal evaluation process” with emphasis on the overall efficacy."
  8. ^ "DUTH - Presentation of External Evaluation" (PDF) (in Greek). DUTH. 
  9. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, DUTH, 2011
  10. ^ HQAA Final Report - School of Medicine, DUTH, 2011
  11. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Forestry and Management of Environment and Natural Resources, DUTH, 2011
  12. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Agricultural Development, DUTH, 2014
  13. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Environmental Engineering, DUTH, 2008
  14. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, DUTH, 2013
  15. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Production Management Engineering, DUTH, 2013
  16. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Civil Engineering, DUTH, 2013
  17. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Architectural Engineering, DUTH, 2013
  18. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Law, DUTH, 2014
  19. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of History and Ethnology, DUTH, 2014
  20. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Philology, DUTH, 2014
  21. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood, DUTH, 2013
  22. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Primary Level Education, DUTH, 2013
  23. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, DUTH, 2011

External links

  • Democritus University of Thrace (in Greek) (in English)
  • DUTH Internal Quality Assurance Unit (in Greek)
  • DUTH DASTA Office (Career Office & Innovation Unit) (in Greek)
  • DUTH Information Technology and Communications Office (in Greek)
  • DUTH official twitter account (in Greek)
  • Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) (in Greek) (in English)
    • Department of Environmental Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2008 (in English)
    • Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, HQAA Final Report, 2010 (in English)
    • Department of Medicine, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
    • Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
    • Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, HQAA Final Report, 2011 (in English)
    • Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of Primary Level Education, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of Production Management Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of Civil Engineering, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of Architecture, HQAA Final Report, 2013 (in English)
    • Department of History and Ethnology, HQAA Final Report, 2014 (in English)
    • Department of Philology, HQAA Final Report, 2014 (in English)
    • Department of Agricultural Development, HQAA Final Report, 2014 (in English)
  • Greek Research & Technology Network (GRNET) (in Greek) (in English)
  • ~okeanos (GRNET's cloud service) (in Greek) (in English)
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