ABOUT THE IONIAN UNIVERSITY
MCIS 2018 Is organized by the Department of Informatics, Ionian University.
The reception (Friday, 28/9/2018) will take place at the Ionian Academy, which constitutes the first University in Greece. The main conference (29-30/9/2018) including the keynote speeches will take place at the main building of the Ionian University. The doctoral and junior faculty consortium (Friday 28/9/2018) will be hosted within the premises of the Department of Informatics.
The Ionian University was founded in 1984, the same year as the University of Thessaly and the University of the Aegean and is located in Corfu.The University consists of the following six Departments.
The number of Departments, as well as the fields covered, indicate that the Ionian University has chosen to operate on a narrow and therefore controllable base. Ionian AcademyThe teacher to student ratio (approximately 1:10) illustrates this fact. Moreover, the dispersion of the Departments’ facilities in different parts of the urban complex of the city of Corfu, a city with a population of 40,000 residents, declares the University’s will to find its place in the structure of a city with a rich historic and architectural heritage.
From the 12th century an on, Corfu and the Ionian Islands in general have followed a different historical path in relation to the rest of Greece. Having experienced Venetian, French and English rule, the Ionian Islands differ historically from most Greek provinces, which after the fall of the Byzantine Empire in the 15th century became part of the Ottoman Empire until the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, when these territories gradually gained their freedom and joined the newly established Greek state. These different routes brought the Ionian Islands closer to the western European ways of life and thinking, which, in turn, left their mark on the urban and rural landscape of the islands, on the mentality of people and their customs. It should be noted that the first Greek University, the Ionian Academy, was founded in Corfu in 1824, under English rule. From the first decades of the 19th century and until the Union of the Ionian Islands with the New Greek State in 1864, the Academy served as the source of a remarkable literary current of unique character, which largely contributed to the intellectual ferment of that period.
After their Union, the Ionian Islands shared a common course with the rest of Greece, acknowledging the need for the formation of an atmosphere of inner coherence and uniformity among the provinces of the newly established State. As a consequence, the distinctive character of the Ionian Islands started to gradually fade away. The closing down of the Ionian Academy was only one step of this process.
More recently, new Universities have been founded all over Greece on the basis of developmental state policies. These new Institutions approach scientific fields and methods which had not been covered in Greece before. Thus, the Ionian University was established in 1984 as part of the above-mentioned policies. The University aims to contribute to the revival and cultivation of the local intellectual heritage, a heritage partly deriving from the cultural impact of the long-lasting European occupations. What is more, the Ionian University aspires to play a significant academic role as one of the Greek Higher Education Institutions through its educational, scientific and intellectual activities.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATICS
The Department’s mission is to advance scientific and research activities relating to the design, use, applications and implications of information technology. Its function is complementary to that of similar departments in Greece: Our Department is clearly focused on novel applications in the areas of Information Systems and Humanistic Informatics.
As a result, its function is complementary to that of similar departments in Greece and is clearly focused on novel applications in the areas of Information Systems and Humanistic Informatics. On one hand, Information Systems are crucial in production, services and management in enterprises nowadays. Humanistic Informatics, on the other hand, addresses the need for education and research within the area of Informatics, consistently with the nature of the Ionian University.
To cultivate and promote the Science of Computing, focusing on the theory and the applications of Informatics in the areas of Humanistic Informatics as well as on the design, development, operation and management of Information Systems.
To offer the latest knowledge and state-of-the-art support to the students, enabling them to engage in the study, research, and application of Informatics, and to appreciate its profound effect in administrative, social, and financial activities.