NA Department|Mission|History|Administrative Structure|Duration of studies|Faculty Members


THE DEPT. OF NAVAL ARCHITECTURE IN TEI-A

The Technological Educational Institute of Athens (TEI-A) is an institute of the higher education that focuses on providing the theoretical and practical background required to support the practice of professions relating to the application of scientific, technological, artistic or other type of knowledge. It comprises five faculties, namely:

  1. The Faculty of Technological Applications
  2. The Faculty of Management and Economics
  3. The Faculty of Health and Caring Professions
  4. The Faculty of Food Technology and Nutrition
  5. The Faculty of Fine Arts and Design

The Faculty of Technological Applications includes nine (9) departments, one of which is the Department of Naval Architecture.


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MISSION OF THE NAVAL ARCHITECTURE DEPARTMENT

The mission of the naval architecture department of the Technological Educational Institution of Athens (TEI Athens) is the dissemination of scientific knowledge and applications on modern shipbuilding technology, including design and manufacturing methodologies for ships and other marine constructions. Delivering teaching, facilitating learning of the highest quality and conducting applied research, the Department of Naval Architecture provides the students with a place where they congregate with academics and are supported by professional support staff, buildings and equipment, to engage in the creation and dissemination of knowledge, the facilitation of learning and the inculcation of skills.

In the framework of its mission, the naval architecture department:

  1. Follows the international state-of-the-art in scientific and educational developments
  2. Develops collaborations with Higher Education Institutes both domestic and abroad.
  3. Collaborates with marine institutions from the private and public sector.
  4. Applies modern technology in the educational process
  5. Conducts research and development (R&D)
  6. Supports students in skills' development that renders them competitive in the domestic and the international marine business environment
  7. Is continuously being prepared for modernization changes, in line with the changing educational, economic and social conditions prevailing in regional, national and international environment.
  8. Continuously monitors the quality level of the offered educational programme .
  9. Co-operates with other universities in national and international level for the development of post-graduate programmes.

During their studies, graduates of the department acquire the scientific and technological knowledge and skills in Naval Architecture, that enables them to successfully offer their services in the shipbuilding and shipping industries and at key positions in Government Authorities, Regulatory Bodies, European and National Agencies and Classification Societies. Furthermore, the Department is equipping its students with appropriate transferable practical skills in computing and information technology, data collection and analysis, problem formulation and solving and communication skills, both oral and written. It encourages them to develop awareness and responsible attitudes towards the needs of society and the environment in the application of their engineering knowledge, including a regard for safety appropriate to their profession. Additionally, it instills in students an awareness of their professional responsibilities and the need for their own continuing professional development. Finally, it contributes to the working environment within the School, such that students enjoy the University learning experience and wish to maintain contact with the School in its future activities, professionally as well as socially.


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HISTORY AND STRUCTURE

The department of Naval Architecture is under the Faculty of Technological Applications, one of the five faculties of TEI of Athens (TEI-A). It is situated at the central building of TEI-A at Egaleo campus. The department started its academic operation in 1984 immediately after the passage of the Greek act 1404/1983 concerning the establishment of Technological Educational Institutes (TEI). The department's personnel comprises of fourteen faculty members, three technicians and two registrars. Part-time teaching staff is employed each academic year (four persons for the academic year 2010-2011), consisting of laboratory and scientific fellows who also contribute to the proper function of the laboratories and to the theoretical instructions. According to the Greek act 2916/2001 the skills of the part-time staff are equivalent to those of Laboratory Professor and Assistant Professor respectively. The department of Naval Architecture is the only academic institution in Greece providing undergraduate technological education in the field of Naval Architecture. For the academic year 2010-2011, in order to enroll to its undergraduate programme students were required to obtain at least 12,277 credits at the university entrance examinations. According to the approved curriculum, the duration of studies is four years (eight semesters). A student completes his/her studies on the approval of a Dissertation and on the completion of his/her Practical Training.


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Administrative Structure

Department's Decision Bodies

1.

Head of Department: Assoc. Prof. G. Livanos
Secretary:

2.

Department's Council:

  1. Head of Department (Assoc. Prof. G. Livanos)
  2. Head of Division A:Technology of Naval Architecture (Prof. C. Politis)
  3. Head of Division B:Technology of Marine Engineering (Prof. Ath. Bratsos)
  4. Students' representative
  5. Technical personnel representative

3.

General Assembly

  1. Academic staff
  2. Students' representatives


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Durations of Studies

The duration of studies is 4 academic years (8 semesters). The last semester (8th) is devoted to the practical training (prerequisite) and the preparation of a thesis on the student's chosen area of interest, which is presented before a three-member panel. The taught modules cover the first 7 semesters. Each semester comprises 13 teaching weeks. Lectures are the most common mean of presenting the material in the various modules. The lecture notes taken by the students are supplemented by handouts, including copies of the overhead presentations. Many lectures include the use of video, slides or overhead projection from computer screens. The majority of modules include coursework or seminar periods or visits to shipyards, shipping companies and classification society offices in Piraeus. The assessment methods include coursework, lab work and reports, oral presentations, formal examinations, research project/dissertation and literature review. Each semester the student is acquiring 30 ECTS credit units giving a total of 240 ECTS units for graduation (equivalent to Bachelor Level 5A). There are both core and optional modules in the programme. The modules form four different groups

  • The General Knowledge group that includes Mathematics, Physics, Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Chemical Technology, Computer Programming, Applied Mathematics etc.
  • The Essential Knowledge group includes Mechanical Eng. Drawing and Introduction to MCAD, Ship lines Drawing & Introduction to CASD, Shipbuilding Materials Technology, Fluid Mechanics, Machine Elements etc.
  • The Specialty Knowledge group includes Ship Theory, Strength of Ships, Ship Design and Outfitting, Marine Engines, Ship Production, Technical Law, Ship Automation, Marine Electrical Installations, Small Craft Technology, Shipping, Ship Repairs and Conversions, Ship Welding Technology and Total Quality Management.
  • Modules on Management, Finance, Legislation, Humanitarian Studies such as Business Administration, Maritime Economics, Financial & Technical Analysis, Technical Law

During the last (8th semester) the students select a project for study under the supervision of a faculty member and prepare a thesis, which is presented before a three-member panel. In addition, the student must complete a six months practical training before graduating.

The aim of the practical training is to bring the students in contact with the industry in order to entrench their theoretical background. The industry positions where the students may be employed include ship design offices, shipyards, classification societies, the Hellenic Ministry of Shipping, shipping companies etc. The experience gained is helping the students to enhance their awareness on their professional responsibilities and the need for their own continuing professional development skills in formulating and solving real engineering problems, take initiatives and appreciate the virtue of cooperation. The practical training is supervised and assessed by a committee established by the department.


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Faculty Members

The department of Naval Architecture has in total 14 academic staff, 3 adjunct professors, 3 permanent laboratory personnel and 2 permanent administrative support staff. The academic faculty members include 1 associate professor, 7 assistant professors, and 6 laboratory professors. For a full list of Academic, Technical support, and administrative support staff please visit personnel's page.

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