UNIVERSITY UNIT OF MYTILENE
(based in Mytilene, Lesvos )
The headquarters of the University of the Aegean are located in the city of Mytilene , the capital of the island of Lesvos and of the Prefecture of Lesvos . Here, there are the Rectorate, the central Administration of the Institution, the Central University Library and the Research Committee.
The University Unit of Mytilene is located in the city of Mytilene and consists of two Schools: the School of Social Sciences and the School of the Environment. The former includes the Departments of Social Anthropology & History, Geography, Sociology and Cultural Technology & Communication, whereas the latter is comprised of the Department of Environmental Studies and the independent Department of Marine Sciences.
The University Aegean is housed in existing privately-owned buildings of particular architectural value, in rented buildings located in the city centre and in new modern buildings built in one of the most beautiful areas of city (i.e. University Hill).
The city of Mytilene is an alive, fast-growing city of 40,000 inhabitants, and is the administrative centre of Aegean since it hosts the headquarters of the Ministry of the Aegean and of the Region of Northern Aegean. The city is built on small hills, on top of the ruins of an ancient city. The prosperous economic past of the city is impressed on impressive mansions, while the establishment of the University of the Aegean has given it a fresh impulse and has livened things up.
The island of Lesvos is connected with mainland Greece (i.e. with big cities, such as Athens , Thessaloniki , Kavala) by ship (with conventional and high speed ferries) and by air. It is also connected with the rest of the islands of Northern Aegean Sea and the Dodecanese both by ship, and by air. Lesvos is the third biggest island of Greece with1,632 square kilometres in extent and 90,643 inhabitants; see 2001 Census. It is named the island of harmony, beauty and calmness.
The immense areas of olive groves, pine forests, oaks, the rich gulfs of Gera and Kalloni and the impressive Petrified Forest of Lesvos (at Sigri) on Western Lesvos compose a multifarious and particularly attractive natural landscape.
The island of Lesvos is also renowned for its rich history and culture, which are depicted in a number of archaeological and historical monuments and works of art. Homeland of ancient Greek poets, such as Sappho, Alceus and Theofrastus, modern Greek painters, such as Theofilos, and modern Greek poets, such as Myrivilis, Eftalioties and Elytis [Nobel Prize for Poetry in 1979], Lesvos (or Lesbos) is famous for its rich culture and its unique course in and offer to world literature and arts.