The Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering (ICSD) was established in 1997 (Greek Government Gazette Issue 223/A/1997). The Department’s mission is to provide a first-class specialist technological education with an aim to produce highly skilled graduates. More specifically, the objectives of the ICSD Department are the following:
- Achieving superior educational standards based on international academic models
- Offering technology-oriented studies
- Keeping up with new developments in research and technology
- Providing students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to flourish in competitive work environments, conduct research, pursue postgraduate studies, and be constantly up to date with new research and technology developments through lifelong learning
Successful completion of the first stream of studies leads to a level 7 integrated master’s degree, based on the Hellenic and European Qualifications Framework (Greek Government Gazette Issue 3524/21.08.2018).
In 2018, 1,143 undergraduate students, 210 postgraduate students and 76 doctoral candidates were studying in the ICSD Department. In the same year, 544 students completed their bachelor’s studies, 457 students were awarded a master’s degree and 54 students were awarded a PhD.
Mission and objectives
Currently, the vision of a European information society is becoming a reality in order to eliminate technical, social and economic barriers and establish national and European infrastructures in information technology; therefore, developing functional and up-to-date information and communication systems is becoming an urgent necessity. Within this framework, the main mission of the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering (ICSD) is to produce highly skilled graduates, able to think creatively and critically, and to utilize modern information and communication technologies in the design, management and development of information and communication systems. The Department’s educational activities are combined with extensive basic and applied research, aiming at producing new knowledge and spreading it throughout Greece and Europe.
Even since the Department was founded, in 1997, the prevailing view was that the traditional concepts of telecommunications engineering and information technology would cease to be independent entities and would be replaced by a new, integrated scientific field: information and communication systems engineering. The combination of information technologies and communications through integrated systems gave the Department its unique character, a character which is maintained and reinforced until today.
The ICSD Department has adopted the aforementioned view about the nature of information and communication systems. An information system is a system that receives, stores, retrieves, transforms and processes information. An information system is made up of an organized set of individual, interdependent components: people, processes, data, software and hardware. This definition covers not only the “Information” part of the Department’s title, but also the “Communication” one, since the term “communication system” is not viewed as separate and complementary, but as an inherent dimension of an integrated information system. In this way, the two dimensions of the Department’s title reflect the wholeness of its studies, which is necessary for achieving its stated objectives.
Programme of studies
The Department’s programme of studies is completed in 5 years and has been developed based on international academic models, adapted to Greek needs. It covers all topics that make up the core syllabus of information and communication systems courses, offering high quality of studies. Studies in ICSD are established on student-based teaching approaches, student evaluation of teaching methods and practices, high level of cooperation and communication between students and teaching staff, as well as a connection of studies to research and production. Moreover, the programme of studies is continuously evolving and keeping up with new developments in the field, so that studies maintain their up-to-date, dynamic and competitive character.
Many of our alumni choose to pursue doctoral or master’s studies in leading universities worldwide, such as: Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, GeorgiaTech, Imperial College, University of Edinburgh, University of London, University of Warwick, City University, University of Bristol and others.
What is more, a lot of our alumni have found employment or are currently employed in companies such as: J.P.Morgan UK, ATOS Origin UK, IBM Hellas, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture, Instrasoft International, Adacom, National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank, Ericsson, SingularLogic, Unisystems, Oracle, COSMOTE, Wind Hellas, European Dynamics, Ideal Systems, SAP, Exodus SA, SPACE Hellas, Obrela Security Industries, Encode and others.
Successful completion of the first stream of studies in the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering leads to a level 7 integrated master’s degree, based on the Hellenic and European Qualifications Framework (Greek Government Gazette Issue 3524/21.08.2018).
The professional status of an ICSD graduate is outlined below:
The graduates of the Department are eligible to become members of the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE-TCG), branch of Electrical Engineers (Greek Government Gazette Issue 187/A/5.11.2018), like all graduates from equivalent Departments of Information Technology Engineering, Telecommunications and Networks of the Engineering Schools of the Universities of Patras, Thessaly, Western Macedonia and the Technical University of Crete.
The graduates of the Department are insured by the Engineers and Public Contractors Pension Fund (TSMEDE).
The graduates of the Department can work as IT, telecommunications and networks professionals in any business of the private sector.