The University of the Peloponnese is one of the most recently established higher education establishments in Greece (student enrollment began in 2000). Today, with 140 permanent teaching staff and more than 6,000 students, the University consists of ten academic departments organized in five different schools, each located in a different town of the Peloponnese region in southern Greece. The Department of Political Science and International Relations and the Department of Economics have established a reputation of excellence, as being recorded in their External Assessment Reports. They both hosted Jean Monnet Chairs (2012-2015) (Professor Panagiotis Liargovas and Professor Asteris Huliaras).
The Department of Political Science and International Relations was established in 2007, is part of the School of Social and Political Sciences and is based in the city of Corinth. The Department offers courses in political science, international relations, European studies, African and Chinese studies, modern and contemporary history, political economy and public administration. The undergraduate programme also contains workshops and seminars in informatics and foreign languages, aiming at promoting communication skills and abilities. A programme of internships offers students the opportunity to work for think-tanks, international organizations and private and public institutions both in Greece and abroad. The Department accepts 90 undergraduate students per year, has three M.A. programmes (with 120 Greek and foreign students). The M.A. in Mediterranean Studies offers is offered in cooperation with INALCO Sorbonne (France) the University of Bologna (Italy) and Yasar University (Turkey). The Department has a strong research output and currently implements eight international research projects funded by public and private resources.
The Department of Economics is part of the School of Economics and Management, located in the capital of Arcadia prefecture, Tripoli. The Department offers a wide range of courses which cover the fields of economics and finance as well as accounting, economic geography and regional growth. The aim of the four-year study programme is to educate future economists with strong personalities, who respect institutional and academic values. The Programme of Graduate Studies offers two different M.A. degrees (in Economic Analysis and in Public Management) and a Ph.D. in Economics. Although very young, the Department has managed to be included among the top 25% (ranked 6th) higher education economics institutions in Greece in terms of research output (http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.greece.html).