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The Ionian University (Greek: Iόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο) is a university located in the city of Corfu, Greece. It is one of the newest institutions of Higher Education in Greece, created pursuant to presidential order 83/84 ΦΕΚ 31 Α/20-3-84, along with the University of the Aegean and the University of Thessaly.

Ionian University
Iόνιο Πανεπιστήμιο
Greece University System
Higher Education Institution

The university opened its doors to students in 1985 and today comprises three Schools and six Departments offering undergraduate and post-graduate degree programmes and summer schools.[1][2]



The Ionian Academy was the first Greek University of modern times. It was in operation in Corfu for forty years, from 1824 to 1864, up to the Union of the Ionian Islands with the Greek State.[3]

Τhe Ionian University was established in 1984 by the Greek government under the Prime Ministership of Andreas Papandreou in recognition of Corfu's contribution to education in Greece as the seat of the first University of Greece, the Ionian Academy, that was established in 1824, forty years before the cession of the Ionian islands to Greece and just three years after Greece's Revolution of 1821.[4]:4 The Prime Ministership thus kept an election promise to the people of Corfu, satisfying their long held demand that a successor university to the Ionian Academy be built.[5] On 21 May 1985, the founding of the Ionian University was announced in a speech at City-Hall square in Corfu city.

Faculties and DepartmentsEdit

The university includes three Faculties (Schools), consisting of six Departments.

The building of the Ionian Academy
Music laboratory
Building of the university
Schools Departments
School of History and Translation-Interpreting
School of Information Science and Informatics
School of Music and Audiovisual Arts
  • Department of Music Studies (1992)
  • Department of Audio and Visual Arts (2004)


The Special Account for Research Grants (S.A.R.G.) of the Ionian University was established in 1988 in order to meet the need to manage research grants from various sources that are to be invested in research, educational, training, and developmental projects, as well as other related services or activities which contribute to the establishment of linkages between education, research and the production market.[6]

Up to this day, the Ionian University S.A.R.G. has developed over 160 research projects and educational programmes financed by the European Committee, International Organisations, the General Secretariat for Research and Technology, ministries, banks, other state organisations, as well as private institutions.

According to the Senate’s decision, the Ionian University S.A.R.G.’s proceeds are used for the students’ education, to finance other research projects and serve different purposes, such us the award of scholarships to postgraduate students.

University UnitsEdit


The Ionian University Library, an autonomous and decentralized service, aims to support and promote the teaching, educational, and research activities that take place within the respective graduate and postgraduate programmes of the University Departments. It also aspires at the continuous development and expansion of educational and research objectives, as well as of the broader social role of the Ionian University

The collection of the Ionian University Library comprises more than 80,000 books, 700 magazine titles, more than 3,500 audio-visual records such as CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, videotapes, microfilms, a remarkable collection of maps as well as thousands of digital documents.[7]


The University’s laboratories aim at the development of academic research and the promotion of knowledge in their field of expertise. Their activity is based on the fundamental concept of the research-education interrelation and their main goal is to support the graduate and postgraduate studies at the Ionian University.[8]

Formal Laboratories

Department of History

  • Laboratory of History Documentation and Mediterranean World Research
  • Laboratory of Modern History Documentation
  • Laboratory for the Study of the Ancient World

Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting

  • Laboratory for the Translation of Greek Literature (LTGL)
  • Laboratory for Economic, Legal, Political and Technical Translation (LLePoTT)
  • Laboratory of Geopolitical Analyses (GeoLab)

Department of Archives, Library Science and Museum Studies

  • Laboratory on Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing
  • Laboratory for the Documentation of Cultural and Historic Heritage
  • Laboratory of Information Technologies

Department of Informatics

  • Bioinformatics and Human Electrophysiology Lab (BiHELab)
  • Information Systems and Databases Laboratory (ISDLab)
  • Networks, Multimedia and Security Systems Laboratory (NMSLab)

Department of Audio and Visual Arts

  • Laboratory of Interactive Arts - InArts
  • Audiovisual Signal Processing Laboratory - EP.O.A.SI

Department of Music Studies

  • Hellenic Music Research Lab
  • Electroacoustic Music Research and Applications Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Early Music

Informal Laboratories Department of Informatics

  • Humanistic and Social Informatics Lab (HILab)
  • Computational Modeling Lab (CMODLab)

Student Activities

Since 2013, a simulation of UNESCO is held, every year, in Greece: SimUnesCO (simulation of UNESCO Corfu). It is organized by The Laboratory for Economic, Legal, Political and Technical Translation of the Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting of the Ionian University.

The Ionian University has a fully equipped Sports Centre where the students and the university sports teams are trained under the supervision of professional trainers. Students can take part in sports programs of football, basketball, rowing, swimming and water polo and various fitness programs.[9]

Student cultural groups

There is a variety of student cultural groups that deal with Drama, Fine Arts, Music, Cinema etc. Every student can participate in any cultural group he/she likes and express his talent through art.

Academic evaluationEdit

In 2016 the external evaluation committee gave Ionian University a Positive evaluation.[10]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQAA) in the following years.[11]

  • Department of Archives and Library Science (2011)[12]
  • Department of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting (2013)[13]
  • Department of History (2014)[14]
  • Department of Music Studies (2012)[15]
  • Department of Audio and Visual Arts (2014)[16]
  • Department of Informatics (2011)[17]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ionian University Brochure 2017".
  2. ^ "Ionian University Summer Schools".
  3. ^ "Ionian University - History".
  4. ^ Athena Magazine. International Studies Association. 1986.The Ionian University in Corfu, opened on December 19 by the Minister of Education.
  5. ^ "Ionian University - Modern History" (in Greek).
  6. ^ "Ionian University - Research".
  7. ^ "Ionian University - Library".
  8. ^ "Ionian University - Laboratories".
  9. ^ "Ionian University - Student Activities".
  10. ^ "Ionian University - External Evaluation Report" (PDF). 2016."The Ionian University after twenty-seven years of operation is one of the newest institutions of Higher Education in Greece offering unique study programs for the new generation of Greek Scientists ensuring high-level research in sectors with high social, scientific and economic added value and performance."
  11. ^ "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency". Archived from the original on 2016-04-21. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  12. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Archives and Library Science, Ionian University, 2011
  13. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Archives and Library Science, Ionian University, 2013
  14. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of History, Ionian University, 2014
  15. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Music Studies, Ionian University, 2012
  16. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University, 2014
  17. ^ HQAA Final Report - Department of Informatics, Ionian University, 2011

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