University of Piraeus

The University of Piraeus (UniPi; Greek: Πανεπιστήμιο Πειραιώς, ΠαΠει) is a Greek public university located in Piraeus, Athens, Greece with a total of ten academic departments focused mainly on Business Management, Computer science, Economics, Finance and Maritime Studies.[1]

University of Piraeus
Πανεπιστήμιο Πειραιώς
Greece University System
Higher Education Institution
RectorAggelos Kotios

The University of Piraeus has the second-oldest business school established in Greece, while the Department of Banking and Financial Management is the country's oldest academic department in the area of finance.[2]


University of Piraeus main entrance.

The university was founded in 1938 by the Industrialists and Tradesmen Association under the name "School for Industrial Studies" and its original aim was the advanced training of managerial executives. In 1945, it was renamed to the "Higher School for Industrial Studies", while in 1958 it was renamed again as the "Graduate School for Industrial Studies" and its seat was established in Piraeus. Since then the university has evolved from its original sole focus on business management and added additional academic fields, such as economics, finance, maritime studies, informatics, and statistics. In 1966, it became a public university, and in 1989, it received its present name.[3]

Academic structureEdit

Each of the following 9 departments offer undergraduate programmes with a corresponding four-year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree upon completion.[4]

School of Economics, Business and International Studies
School of Finance and Statistics [8]
School of Maritime and Industrial Studies [11]
  • Department of Maritime Studies [12]
  • Department of Industrial Management and Technology [13]
School of Information and Communication Technologies [14]
  • Department of Informatics [15]
  • Department of Digital Systems [16]

Postgraduate studiesEdit

University of Piraeus primary campus.

The university is one of the two public universities in Greece that offer an Executive M.B.A. programme. Additionally, there are numerous postgraduate programmes that offer an M.B.A. or a M.Sc. degree upon completion, such as in Actuarial Science and Risk Management, Accounting, Finance, Banking, Maritime Economics, Business Administration, Marketing, Applied Statistics, Economic and Business Strategy, ICT and so on.[17]


The institution is home to the University of Piraeus Research Center (UPRC) which was founded in 1989.[18]

In addition, many cooperation agreements under the Erasmus +, as well as other bilateral cooperation agreements and inter-university provided, exchange of students and staff, exchange of teaching and research material and conduct joint research projects and conferences. Moreover, the university is a member of international organizations such as European University Association, AACSB, International Association of Universities, etc.

Academic evaluationEdit

In 2016 the external evaluation committee gave University of Piraeus a Positive evaluation.[1]

An external evaluation of all academic departments in Greek universities was conducted by the Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (HQA) in 2008-2014.[19][20]


Study room in the university library.

The university is managed by the Rectorial Council and the Senate.[21]

The Senate consists of the rector, the two vice-rectors, the departments' chairpersons, one representative from each department's student body, two representatives from the postgraduate students and special postgraduate scholars, one representative from the assistant tutors and scientific contributors, one representative from the special teaching staff, one representative from the administrative staff, and one representative from the special administrative technical staff. There are also representatives of the associate professors, the assistant professors and the lecturers.

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "University of Piraeus – External Evaluation Report" (PDF). 2016."University of Piraeus offers some unique programs in the undergraduate and Masters level that specifically address the needs of the economy, specific needs of important industries and those of the public sector. The university has no living accommodation facilities. Specific strategies should be incorporated in the mission statement associated with specific measurable goals and objectives. The institution does not appear to have strategic goals prioritized, nor to have them broken down into measurable objectives and outcomes. The EEC recommends that the University should reduce its admissions to the doctoral programs. There is no formal research strategy in this university at present. There seems to be insufficient coordination between departmental units and Schools and the University as a whole."
  2. ^ "University of Piraeus Student Guide 2017" (PDF) (in Greek).
  3. ^ "History of the University of Piraeus".
  4. ^ "UNIPI – Departments Student Guides" (in Greek).
  5. ^ "Department of Economics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  6. ^ "Department of Business Administration – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  7. ^ "Department of International Relations and European Studies – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  8. ^ "University of Piraeus, School of Finance and Statistics".
  9. ^ "Department of Banking and Finance – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  10. ^ "Department of Statistics and Insurance – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  11. ^ "University of Piraeus, School of Maritime and Industrial Studies".
  12. ^ "Department of Maritime Studies – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2014.
  13. ^ "Department of Industrial Management and Technology – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2012.
  14. ^ "University of Piraeus, School of Information and Communication Technologies".
  15. ^ "Department of Informatics – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2011.
  16. ^ "Department of Digital Systems – HQA Final Report" (PDF). 2013.
  17. ^ "University of Piraeus Postgraduate Studies".
  18. ^ "University of Piraeus Research Center".
  19. ^ "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency – External evaluation reports of Institutions". Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. 2016.
  20. ^ "Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency – External evaluation reports of Departments". Hellenic Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency. 2014.
  21. ^ "University of Piraeus Senate".

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Coordinates: 37°56′30.10″N 23°39′10.92″E / 37.9416944°N 23.6530333°E / 37.9416944; 23.6530333