Τεχνολογικό Εκπαιδευτικό Ίδρυμα (Τ.Ε.Ι.) Αθήνας
The TEI of Athens was founded in 1970 as a Centre for Higher Technical Education (KATE), in order to provide post-secondary non-university education, which would contribute to the advancement of the Greek economy covering study fields related to industry, agriculture, business and health services. By Law 576/1977, it was renamed into Centre for Higher Technical – Vocational Education (KATEE) and established as a tertiary education institution, not yet equal to universities. By Law 1404/1983, it became a Technological Educational Institute (TEI). ΤEIs are legal persons governed by public law, which were founded in order to bridge the gap between the theoretical knowledge and background provided by the Greek universities and the demand for highly trained staff, who could meet the challenges of the Greek and international market in technology-related fields. The TEI of Athens is a self-governed, multi-disciplinary, technology-oriented institution funded by the Greek Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs and according to Law 3549/2007 it is equal to the Greek universities. The strategic goals of the T.E.I. of Athens, according to its vision and mission, are to continue its tradition and to stand out among the Greek and foreign Higher Education Institutes in the fields of education, research, culture and arts, while being connected with the society. Due to the wide range of scientific disciplines covered, with 5 Schools and 27 Departments, along with research structures that have been developed in recent years, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens actively participates and implements research programmes either independently or in collaboration with Greek and foreign universities, research centers and other institutions. The areas where research projects are carried out focus on engineering sciences, biomedicine and material sciences, food and beverage technology, economics ,arts and culture, and education. Furthermore, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens has participated in numerous European and national research projects under the scope of support frameworks such as: The Sixth Framework Programme (FP6), The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Third Community Support Framework. In most of these projects, the T.E.I. of Athens acts as the coordinator.