"Visiting Professor" is a general term that refers to academic officers bearing a diverse profile. This profile, difficult to be shared by a single, distinctive group of academic officers, is what we mostly focus on (here).

A Visiting Full Professor is a scientist of broad international recognition who is distinguished in his/her field and whose presence alone at the University of Ioannina may enhance the prestige of our School. The main representatives of this rank are first-rate scientists of international reputation..

A Visiting Associate Professor is a scientist younger than the Visiting Full Professor, who might not yet share equal international recognition, nevertheless he is deeply immersed in his work and his career is at a dynamic and creative stage.

A Visiting Assistant Professor, though less experienced than the aforementioned ranks, has a substantial contribution. As a matter of fact, contrary to the VPs and the VAPs, Visiting Assistant Professors are still in direct contact with the laboratory and clinical practice. Thus, as far as the experimental fields or the transfer of know-how are concerned, they are the only ones capable of communicating both the theoretical background of a new technology and the practical information needed for its establishment in our School.

Although the expected recognition varies according to the rank of the visiting professors, it should be documented with the widest possible range of objective criteria such as the number of publications in high impact international scholarly journals, the number of citations, the funding for his/her research work, the development of new technologies, the number of invited lectures, the number of international prizes and, of course, by combining all the above criteria.

The advancement of the educational work is extremely important and should bear its own form and particularities according to the scientific field, basic or clinical.
Taking into account the specific attributes of the visiting professor is a prerequisite for inviting and selecting a visiting professor of any rank, so that he/she will be able to cover short-term Faculty vacancies in laboratories or clinics, embedded in a medium-term strategic planning.


The procedure of attracting a visiting professor may be launched via an application by a member of teaching staff or by a faculty/department of the School submitted to the Deanship. The application is expected to explicate the importance of attracting visiting professors to the specific scientific field and delineate how this may be embedded in the medium-term strategic planning of the Laboratory, the Clinic or the Faculty/Department. The application should also specify the rank of visitor professor called for, define the prerequisites to be met and propose one or more nominees bearing the required qualifications as (is) evident from their CVs. Another requisite is the provision for a private office, also attested in the application either signed by the Director of the Laboratory or Clinic, or by decision of the Sector or the Faculty/Department.
The selection is made via a vacancy notice in accordance with the appointment procedures of the Greek Presidential Decree 407/1980, specifying also the duration and compensation of the relevant position.


The School of Health Sciences values highly the research process and, thus, deems necessary its advancement by inviting Distinguished and Expert Professors. Therefore, alongside the institution of Visiting Professors, which aims at the advancement of the educational work, our School plans to activate the institutions of Invited Distinguished Professor and Invited Expert Professor, who are expected to meet the research objectives of the Laboratories or Clinics, in which they will be embedded as part of a medium-term strategic planning. The title of the Distinguished Professor may refer to an already accomplished, internationally recognized researcher, while that of the Expert Professor may refer to an expert researcher not yet widely acknowledged (usually at the rank of the Assistant Professor).
Alternatively, the invited professors are expected to make identifiable contributions to the clinical work by introducing new surgical/operative techniques, imaging techniques, endoscopic procedures, screening/diagnostic methods, therapeutic techniques, etc.In any case, they should be able to participate in the educational work through organizing lectures, workshops and postgraduate or clinical sessions.


The procedure of attracting an invited professor may be launched via an application by a member of the teaching staff or by a Sector or by one of the faculties/departments of the School submitted to the Deanship. The application is expected to explicate the importance of attracting invited professors to the specific scientific field and delineate how this may be embedded in the medium-term strategic planning of the Laboratory, Clinic or the specific team. It should also document the minimum prerequisites for the official invitation of a professor. Another requisite is the provision for a private office, also certified in the application either signed by the Director of the Laboratory or Clinic, or by decision of the Sector.
The reasoning of attracting invited professors, its compatibility with the long -term strategic planning of the unit, the level required, the criteria as well as the nominees along with their CVs should be included in the application in a separate file in English.
The Deanship, after carefully examining the application and certifying that the prerequisites for attracting an invited professor are met, organizes the invitation followed by a contract with our University.

The duration of the contract with the invited professors lasts two years, with the possibility of two renewals, each time for one year. Therefore, an invited professor may sign up no more than three consecutive contracts, that is up to four years in total (2+1+1). Within that time the invited professor is bound to stay in Ioannina for at least 3 months a year, because if the continuous stay throughout the contract duration in Ioannina were compulsory, no one could abstain from his regular job for so long.
The invited professors of the School are to be unsalaried and cause no operating cost, other than the accident insurance that should be provided to all the employees of our Institution.

The various laboratory and clinical work compulsory contributions of the visiting professors have already been delineated above. However, their effort to assist to the advancement of the School research work through funding should be inseparable from their rights and privileges.
A significant entitlement resulting from the contract would be that of submitting project proposals to both national and E.U. calls. Indeed, earning grants and funds would be a significant contribution on behalf of the invited professors, especially if based on quality upgrade. Acknowledging the difficulty of funding proposals submitted to E.U. calls, it would be to the interest of every Laboratory, Clinic or Faculty to attract high-ranking scientists in order to assist in submitting national and E.U. project proposals. As a result, the duration of the contract with a visiting professor has been established at 4 years, with the obligation of him being present at place for at least 3 months a year. Thus, the invited scientists are able to be present in Ioannina under contract from the beginning of the programme.

3. ERASMUS PLUS (2014-2020): Staff Mobility for Teaching and Training

Erasmus+ provides teaching opportunities for the teaching staff of higher education institutions and staff invited from enterprises. Training opportunities are also available for teaching and non-teaching staff employed in a higher education institution.

In the case of teaching assignments between higher education institutions in Programme Countries, both institutions have to be holder of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and must have signed an inter-institutional agreement.
The partner higher education institution/enterprise must have agreed on the programme of activities to be undertaken by the visiting teachers (Mobility Agreement) prior to the start of the mobility period.
In all cases, the activities of staff undertaking a teaching assignment should be integrated into the curriculum of the receiving institution.
In the case of staff mobility from an enterprise to a higher education institution, the mobility is arranged by an invitation from the higher education institution to the staff member of the enterprise. The grant is always managed by the higher education institution.

The institution sending teaching staff or inviting enterprise staff to teach applies for Erasmus+ mobility grants to its national agency while the staff applies to their sending institution, or the inviting institution in case of enterprise staff.