General Info & Access
With its strategic position, a crossroad of sea and land routes, Alexandroupolis connects Europe and Asia, East to West. This beautiful seaside city, whose trademark is a Lighthouse, forms the center of a truly fascinating region full of nature, culture and friendly people. Near the city you can find the Delta of Evros and the forest of Dadia, both adding a natural beauty to the area.
With a population of more than 60.000 people, Alexandroupolis is the capital of the Administrative Regional Unit of Evros. The city was named after King Alexander, who visited the area after its liberation on May 14th 1920. During the first half of the 19th century, the population was initially composed of fishermen, but after 1870 it began to grow, especially after the setting of the railroad which connected Thessaloniki with Istanbul. The commercial character of the city was determined by its location.
Today, Alexandroupolis is a new city with modern infrastructure, based on a well-structured urban plan, and has a leading role in the geographical area of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, being the connecting gate between the European countries, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia and the countries around the Black Sea. Having a harbour, an airport and a railroad station, the city has developed itself to one of the major junctions of the European Union. Alexandroupolis is also the seat of the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Primary Level Education, the Faculty of Molecular Biology and Genetics and the Faculty of Preschool-Level Education of the Democritus University of Thrace.
A great number of different events, exhibitions, feasts and conferences give to the city a vivid cultural colour, especially during the summer months. The Egnatia Park and the Lighthouse Square (the Lighthouse is the trademark of the city) are the places where most of the events take place. A small number of museums, such as the Ethnological Museum of Thrace, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Ecclesiastical Art, can also be found. The mountainous regions with the Greek and Byzantine ruins, the gorges and the caves, are a very impressive sight, while Cyclopes’ Cave and the ancient settlement of Zone (Mesimvria) are worth visiting.
The coastal settlements (Makri, Dikella) as well as the mountainous settlements (Avandas, Esimi, Kirki, Sikorachi) of the Municipality of Alexandroupolis offer numerous routes, where visitors can enjoy the rare natural beauty. The city is also very close to areas of ecological importance, such as the Evros Delta and the National Park of Dadia. Additionally, while being in the area, one should definitely visit the famous spa in the neighbouring village of Loutra.
Presenting a rapidly growing economy, Alexandroupolis offers high-living standards, a colourful and lively cultural life and many options for the locals and the tourists to enjoy themselves. Alexandroupolis – city of hospitality!
You can arrive to Alexandroupolis by:
- Airplane: Alexandroupolis has a national airport called “Democritus” with daily scheduled flights to Athens
- Bus: Alexandroupolis is connected with other cities in Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria (νομίζω) by bus. There are daily scheduled routes to Athens, Thessaloniki, Istanbul and Bulgaria
- Train: Alexandroupolis is connected with Athens and Thessaloniki by train. For more information please visit: www.trainose.gr
Democritus University Of Thrace
The Democritus University of Thrace (D.U.Th.) was established in July 1974. It was named after the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus who was born in the village Avdira of Thrace. Its administration is located in Komotini, which is the seat of the Administrative Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace. The university is organized in two Schools and twenty Faculties located in four cities of Thrace – nine in Komotini, five in Xanthi, four in Alexandroupolis and two in Orestiada. A total of 12.700 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. The Democritus University of Thrace plays an important and effective role in establishing the national and cultural significance of Thrace and is constantly contributing to the high level of education of the Higher Education in Greece. Through the quality of teaching and the level of research, Democritus University of Thrace has achieved an excellent place among the leading Greek universities, being the 3rd largest university in Greece. Until today, it remains a Public Institution with full administrative autonomy. It is subject to state supervision via the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, which also provides its funding.
School of Medicine
The Faculty of Medicine of the Democritus University of Thrace was established in 1977 and accepted the first students in 1984 – 1985.
Since 2003, the faculty is accommodated in the new University Campus in Dragana area, 6 km west of Alexandroupolis. It consists of 50 laboratories and 30 clinical departments and has its own library with more than 13.500 books, 200 journals and 5.000 bibliographic databases.
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The available departments for Professional Exchanges are:
- Internal Medicine-General
- Internal Medicine-Hematology
- Internal Medicine-Nephrology
- Internal Medicine-Cardiology
- Internal Medicine-Pneumology
- Internal Medicine-Oncology
- Intensive and Critical Care
- Surgery-Plastic Surgery
- Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Surgery-Vascular Surgery
- Surgery-Pediatrics Surgery
The available projects for Research Exchanges are:
|Biophysics and Medical Physics||Evaluation of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in Greek patients with type 2 diabetes and peripheral neuropathy.|
|Ophtalmology||REFRACTIVE SURGERY: The impact of refractive surgery techniques on vision specific quality of life.|
|Biophysics and Medical Physics||The role of Chromogranin?A (CgA) in Monitoring Patients with inflammatory bowel diseases|
|Genetics||Mutagenesis testing for food additives|
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