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In 2015, the establishment of a new program Mathesis, a separate branch of Crete University Press aimed at bringing yet another institution to Greece: Massive Open Online Courses.  MOOCs were first launched by major US universities in 2011, and have now spread to all the countries shaping our common future.   

With 55,000 student enrollments and 33,000 certificates issued (on completion of exams), Mathesis –keeping in mind the population differences– is now one of the world’s most successful MOOC centers.  The instructors are the top academics in their field currently working at universities in Greece and abroad.

Attending Mathesis courses and sitting exams is free of charge. All they ask for is a small contribution (20 Euro) for course completion certificates. Mathesis believes that achieving equity of access to quality education is one of the noblest aims a modern democratic society should set itself.  All of the funding derives from generous initial support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). An endowment from a private donor combined with the voluntary (full time) work offered by Mathesis' director, Dr. Stefanos Trahanas. The eventual goal is to have an entirely self-funding Mathesis within ten years.  

The Pancretan Endowment Fund is undertaking this program to raise needed funds for the sustainability of the Mathesis. 

To read more about the program please select one of the following documents
MATHESIS - English