The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Patras today
The Faculty of Engineering of the University of Patras has a history of over half a century. It was founded in 1967 with its first department, the Department of Mechanical-Electrical Engineering. It currently includes six (6) departments, and is the largest faculty of the University of Patras, in terms of the number of students (it accepted more than 1000 new students through the national Panhellenic examinations each year), while it contributes decisively to the funding of research at the University of Patras (over 55% of research funds according to the latest report of the University Research Committee), and the development of important areas of cutting-edge research and technology, as well as to the interconnection with industry and innovation.
Indicative achievements of the School are its contribution at national level to the development of the computer science field, mainly through the work of the Department of Computer and Information Technology Engineering and other departments of the School, as well as its pioneering role in aeronautics science and engineering with the existence of the only Department of Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering in the country. It is also a pioneer in the field of international certification of study programmes, with the example of the Department of Chemical Engineering, which in 2017 became the first department of a Greek university in Greece whose diploma was certified through IChemE and EngC at level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework as an Integrated Master of Engineering, with the aim of being awarded the EUR-ACE® label, an example that other departments of the School follow today.
Indicative of the high level of the curricula offered is the international ranking of the University of Patras in the relevant subjects. Specifically, based on the international ranking QS TopUniversities for 2021, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Patras is in position 258, while our ranking in specific subjects is for the subject of Civil Engineering in positions 151-200, Electrical Engineering: 201-250, Mechanical Engineering: 201-250, Chemical Engineering: 201-250, Computer Science: 251-300, Environmental Sciences: 301-350. In these subjects the University of Patras is ranked third in the country, after the much older universities NTUA and AUTH.
The undergraduate level programmes of the seven departments of the School are all of five years' duration leading to Integrated Master in Engineering, covering various subjects of engineering science. The diplomas awarded to our graduates are recognized by the Technical Chamber of Greece and are associated with corresponding professional rights.
In addition, all departments of the School have organized or participate in postgraduate programmes, many in foreign languages and in collaboration with international universities, while participating in staff and student mobility programmes and providing internship opportunities in industry.
The Faculty of Engineering includes the following departments:
- Department of Architecture, was founded in 1999, based in Patras..
- Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (initially as Electrical Engineering Department), founded in 1967, based in Patras.
- Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, founded in 1980, based in Patras.
- Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics (initially as Mechanical Engineering Department), founded in 1972, based in Patras.
- Department of Civil Engineering, founded in 1972, based in Patras.
- Department of Chemical Engineering, founded in 1977, based in Patras.
Dean of Faculty of Engineering
For the period 2021-2024 Dean of the Faculty (School) of Engineering is Professor Nikolaos Avouris