The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras in 1964 and it began functioning in the Academic year of 1966-67, this contributed vastly to the decentralization of Academic Education in Greece. In June 2013 the University of West Greece was incorporated into the University of Patras. In 2019 the Technological Educational Institute of Western Greece was incorporated in the University of Patras [N.4610/109, ΦΕΚ 70/7,5,2019 (Α' 70)]. The University of Patras includes 35 Departments, with a large number of sectors and consequently a great range of disciplines, which operate 161 laboratories and 17 fully equipped clinics.
Besides its distinguished path in education, the University of Patras has excelled in the fields of Basic and Applied Research. The University of Patras has acquired international prominence for pioneering wide-ranging Research in areas such as Environment, Health, Biotechnology, Mechanics, Electronics, Informatics, and Basic Science. A number of the Departments, Laboratories, and Clinics have been designated as Centres of Excellence, on the basis of International Assessment. The University of Patras has a reputation for quality and innovative research and presents effective participation in a plethora of Research Projects, Scientific Organizations, and Research Groups. Together with its educational and research work, the rich campus life of the University of Patras, attracts many candidate students every year as their first and foremost choice for their Higher Degree studies.