Structure and Operation

A Brief Background

The Programme of Postgraduate Studies Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development was set up in the Civil Engineering Department of A.U.Th. in the academic year 1998-1999. The programme established by the Ministerial Decision B7/52 /6-7-1998 (Official Journal of the Hellenic Republic ( ) 739 . ′ /17-7-1998), which was replaced by the Ministerial Decision 160938/B7/7-10-2014 (Official Journal of the Hellenic Republic ( ) 2754 . ′ /15-10-2014). Institutionally, thus, the operation of the programme is based on the regulations of the recent Ministerial Decision and its Internal Code of Conduct.

This high-quality educational activity of the Civil Engineering Department is in full accordance with its primary goal, which is to educate new engineers and scientists by creating, promoting and transmitting scientific and technological knowledge through continuous research and participation in the production process, leading thus to the development and independent and self-sufficient growth of the country.

The successful operation of the programme up to today is confirmed by:


The particularly positive evaluations of various kinds conducted so far,


The continuously rising demand for the programme from graduates not only of the polytechnic schools but also of many other faculties of applied sciences,

(c) The great impact of the specific studies on the professional career development of the graduates of the programme,

The high-standard results of the collaboration of the programme graduates with the academic staff referring to the production of research work such as publications, doctoral theses and so on.

The traits of the up to present graduates of the programme can be summarized such as follows:


The vast majority of the graduates of the programme are new scientists who have completed their undergraduate studies in the last three years before entering the programme. However, the number of real professionals or executives from the private and public sector should not be undervalued.

(b) The graduates of the programme are at 2/3 civil engineers and at 1/3 graduates of other schools.
(c) The entry and the subsequent graduation of women from the programme is especially high and rates at an average of over 60%.This fact is of great importance if we consider that the demand and participation of the two sexes in the undergraduate studies of the Department of Civil Enineering is the exact opposite in quantity.


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