Research Strategy in DUTH

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) is one of the largest Universities in Greece based on the number of active students. DUTH is operating in the region of Thrace, in 4 cities, with 8 Faculties and 19 Schools, and with more than 25,000 (undergraduate and postgraduate) active students, hundreds of PhD holders of different specializations and with a research and teaching personnel of over 600. DUTH is still the only University in the region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The study courses on offer cover most of the current scientific disciplines, through the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences & Forestry in Orestiada, the Faculties of Health Sciences and of Education Science in Alexandroupolis, the Faculties of Law, of Classics & Humanities Studies, of Social, Political and Economic Sciences and of Physical Education & Sports Science in Komotini, and the Faculty of Engineering in Xanthi. From the aforementioned one can easily conclude the multi-disciplinary character of the studies on offer at DUTH, as well as the cross-cutting research conducted at the University.

In a rapidly changing environment, DUTH continues to build upon the challenges and demands of the future, reshaping its research strategy based on innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, the new digital era, development at a grand scale, as well as attracting funding from national (the Greek State, the Regional Authority of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace) and international (European Commission) authorities. DUTH, with its innovative and international post-graduate courses, as well as with different initiatives, tries to overcome the barriers of bureaucracy and geography. DUTH seeks to enhance its research profile with collaborations and projects that allow it to remain as one of the top research bodies in Northern Greece.

The research strategy of DUTH aims at one hand to further support its academic and outward-looking character and on the other hand to promote its social role. The Greek University with its dual nature it is not and should not be turned into a research institute solely focusing on frontier research, but it should also provide high quality programmes of studies aiming at the balanced growth of all research fields (both theoretical and applied).

The research policy of DUTH supports and promotes the triple helix model in the: a) the support and qualitative improvement of research activity and excellence, b) the sustainable operation of the research infrastructure, and c) in the exploitation of the produced research results.