The University of Patras was founded in the city of Patras on the 11th of November in 1964 as a self-administered Academic Institution under the supervision of the Greek Government. The University was established primarily with the intention to concentrate on science, technology, economics, business administration and social sciences.

The proposal for a new University, which was the result of an International Conference in August 1964, it was decided that the role of the University of Patras was to set an example of a highly qualified Institution of Higher Education, serving as a stimulus for the modernisation of the entire Greek Higher Education System, with priority given to the fields where highly trained personnel would be needed for the realisation of the economic development of the country. The above objectives had, in the course of time to be adapted to the new prospects arising from the recognition of the role of knowledge and technology in the social, cultural growth and the contribution of the University was expected to make towards solving the major regional, national and even international problems.

The opening of the University of Patras took place on the 30th of November 1966 which is the date that the city of Patras celebrates its Patron “Saint Andrew”. This is the reason that the emblem of the University is an X cross which symbolises the one on which St. Andrew was crucified

In the beginning the administration of the University was given to a Management Committee. The main purpose of this Committee was to organise the Departments of the University, to determine their operating procedures and to supervise the formation of the organizing structure of the University. The first Management Committee was appointed on the 9th of January 1965 having its chair in Athens. After a short period of time, the chair of the Committee was transferred to Patras. This Committee ceased functioning in 1974, when new policies concerning the administration of the Universities were established resulting in the formation of the first Senate of the University of Patras consisted of elected Professors from the University of Patras. The Senate held the term of office for one year.

During the last 50 years from the establishment of the University of Patras and up until the present day, many commendable Academics have become members of the Rectorate Authorities of the University of Patras. Presently, the University of Patras remains one of the best well known Universities in Greece with an excellent reputation amongst the International and European Scientific Community, which justifies the vision and mission for the establishment of the University of Patras.