The University of Bristol is one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. It is a thriving international community combining excellence in research and innovation with a vibrant entrepreneurial culture. Research is at the heart of the University's mission and accounts for its international reputation. The University organises its academic affairs in some 60 departments and 15 research centres arranged in six faculties: Engineering, Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, Social Sciences and Law, and Arts. In the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), nearly 93% of research at the University was deemed to be of an international standard. Over 60% of the research assessed was awarded either the top 4* rating, defined as 'world leading', or the 3* rating, defined as 'internationally excellent'. As a result, in 2009-10 the University was allocated the 8th highest share of government research funding in the UK.
The Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas (FORTH) is the largest Greek State Research and Development Center. It consists of six Institutes; the Institute of Computer Science (ICS) is one of them. In its thirty-year history, FORTH-ICS has established itself as an internationally known and highly competitive research institute, with modern infrastructure and a broad range of research, development, and educational activities in computer science, computer engineering and in communications. FORTH-ICS is staffed by high quality personnel (Ph.D's, engineers, graduate student research assistants and undergraduate student trainees).
AEGIS, a new research center based in Athens, Greece. Its main aims include the creation of a stress (and red tape)-free environment where innovative research can be carried out. AEGIS also aims to provide unbiased advice and assistance to the public sector. This can be achieved by having AEGIS Research function as a think tank offering proposals and IT-related advice to the various government departments, and as a software development facility providing advanced software systems that help towards achieving the goals of effective and secure e-government.
UGCS (University of Glamorgan Commercial Services) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Glamorgan. It was formed in 1992 to ensure the resources and the expertise of the University is made available to private, public and voluntary sector organisations on a local, national and international basis. UGCS Ltd has approximately 400 University and external consultants registered with the company for their particular areas of expertise. The key services offered by UGCS are in the areas of training (learning & development), consultancy, project management and innovation services. Learning & Development is provided in areas such as Project Management, Procurement & Supply Chain, Management Development and Health & Safety.