Business Administration Department - T.E.I. of Piraeus
Technological Education Institute of Pireaus

The T.E.I. of Piraeus is one of the oldest Academic Institute in Greece, with a long tradition of involvement in the country’s educational life. It was established under the terms of Law 1404/83 in 1983, while Law 2916/2001 saw the Institute formally incorporated into the country’s Higher Level Education System. Students wishing to enter the T.E.I. must first successfully take the Panhellenic examinations, a legal requirement, and once students have joined, full attendance is compulsory.

 

As part of its work, the T.E.I. of Piraeus offers both theoretical and practical education to help students use their scientific, technological and artistic knowledge and skills. Courses at each of the T.E.I.’s departments last for eight semesters, which includes a six-month period of Practical Training.

 

Today T.E.I’s are part of the country’s higher education system with specific-and distinctive when compared to Universities-mission. It provides high school graduates with scientific and academic training of immediate application to the economy, although many T.E.I graduates decide to continue in for post-graduate study in the Universities after obtaining their T.E.I degree.

 

Responding to such interest on the part of its graduates, the T.E.I of Piraeus, and a few other as well, have started to experiment with post-graduate programs of their own which are expected to be officially incorporated in their basic program once the necessary legislature is completed. The study at T.E.I, as all levels of education in Greece, is provided free of tuition and education material and is supervised by the Ministry of Education.

 

To gain a degree, students need to complete successfully the courses offered by their department, write a dissertation and complete a six-month period of Practical Training. The T.E.I. of Piraeus’s headquarters is in Western Attica in the Municipality of Aegaleo, alongside P. Ralli and Thivon Street. The buildings are located on the edge of the historic Elaionas area of Athens, where philosophers used to teach in ancient times (e.g. Plato’s Academia).



University of the West of Scotland

The merger last year of the University of Paisley and Bell College, Hamilton, has created the new University of the West of Scotland, an institution with the regional reach implied by its name. With about 19,500 full- and part-time students, UWS is the largest modern (post-1992) university in Scotland, spread across four campuses in Paisley, Hamilton, Ayr and Dumfries.

 

Paisley had been pulling away from the foot of our league table and the new institution should continue making similar progress, but as merged data for UWS is not yet available we have withdrawn the new university from our league table this year. Not that UWS will ultimately measure its achievements by league table ranking. Its agenda is broader, close to the top of which is giving opportunities to study that might be denied elsewhere.

 

Almost half the intake are mature returners to education, many of whom benefit from summer schools, modules completed at the university’s lifelong learning centre and other introductory programmes. UWS is also working hard to keep students in higher education once they arrive. The aim is to rein in a dropout rate which at one point at Paisley threatened to undermine all the good done by providing opportunities to study not available elsewhere.

 

A “buddy project” provides mentoring of new arrivals by current students. More rigorous tracking of students through attendance monitoring identifies those at risk of dropping out, while personal tutors and improved counselling and support should help those in difficulty.



Technical University in Zvolen

The Technical University in Zvolen (TUZVO) has a unique position in university educational system of Slovakia, because we are the only university providing univestity education in the field of forestry, wood sciences, ecology and environmental and manufacturing technology. It follows up a rich and very old tradition of technical university studies in Slovakia, which dates back to the establishment of the Mining Academy in Banska Stiavnica in 1762, where are the Forestry Institute was establishet in 1807.

 

These facts give evidence that technical and forestry studies in Slovakia originated among the first ones in the world, and, together with mining university studies, point out a high level of mining and forestry in our country in the past, considering the significance of these production branches in the countrys economy at that time.

 

In 1952 the University College of Forestry and Wood Technology was founded in the town Zvolen and in 1991 the name university was changed to the: "Technical university in Zvolen."

Technical university in Zvolen does not belong to big universities in Slovak republic. Total enrolment of students is almost 5 000 and the staff number is almost 900 employees. Over the last ten years the number of students has rapidly increased and it has almost doubled due to broad diversification of study branches, which is typical for the most Slovak universities. In this time, almost 1 300 students register annually as undergraduates, as well as for PhD. study programes at the TUZVO. There are approximatly 550 graduates in different study programmes every year.



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